Ford makes a wide variety of Transit vans, but perhaps its most interesting variant is the Transit Connect Wagon, a sort-of minivan that doesn't shy away from its cargo-van roots. Ford is fitting the wagon with a range of all-new gas and diesel engines and a suite of driver-assist technologies.
The automaker debuted the refreshed small cargo van at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday.
Ford made no secret on who it's targeting with the redesigned Connect. And one in three Boomers plans to purchase a auto in the next three years, according to AARP.
What's missing from Ford's announcement for the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon is any mention of a hybrid powertrain.
"It's responding to requests we've heard from our customers going back to 2010", says Tim Stoehr, Fleet Marketing Manager for Ford Commercial Trucks.
Nearly the entire suite of Ford's driver assist technologies have been included in the van, starting with the Automatic Emergency Braking and ending with the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. Besides, it packs automatic emergency braking as standard and adaptive cruise control which slows the vehicles after detecting traffic.
But the 1.5-liter diesel engine in the Transit Connect Van will join the 2-liter diesel engine in the yet to appear Ford Ranger and a 3.0-liter diesel in the Ford F-150 that will be available later this year.
The new Connect will be available in either five or seven passengers configuration and in three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Titanium.
Both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission and have a fuel-saving stop-start function. Staying connected is easy thanks to the standard embedded 4G LTE modem providing Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices and available SYNC3 with Ford+Alexa personal assistant functionality.
The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon goes on sale later this year. And passengers don't have to step up or down to get into the vehicle. When equipped with a towing package, the Transit Connect can tow 2,000 pounds or have a payload of 1,600 pounds, both in keeping with the van's typical commercial uses.