- Ford brings the compact Transit Connect Wagon to market, a vehicle so unique it is a revolution in seven-passenger transportation
- Transit Connect Wagon expected to deliver at least 5 mpg better fuel economy on the highway and 2 mpg better in the city than a seven-seat Toyota Sienna minivan, and more cargo space and passenger seating than Mazda5, yet hauls a heavier payload than a Toyota Tacoma Double Cab pickup or Dodge Grand Caravan
- Anticipating up to 30 mpg-plus on the highway with EcoBoost® power, Transit Connect Wagon offers a choice of two fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, two wheelbase lengths and three series models – XL, XLT and range-topping Titanium
- Transit Connect Wagon takes adaptability to a new level with the convenience of sliding side doors, fold-flat second- and third-row seating, a 1,200-pound-plus payload, and choice of a rear liftgate or symmetrical, side-hinged cargo doors
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 13, 2012 – Ford, the most fuel-efficient full-line manufacturer,
introduces the first seven-passenger people mover expected to break the 30
mpg-plus highway barrier with the all-new Transit Connect Wagon, which drives
like a car, has the flexibility of a utility and can haul the payload of a
“Transit Connect Wagon gives young
families and people on the go the fun-to-drive and efficient vehicle they’ve
been looking for,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s President of The Americas. “It’s an
all-new, smaller seven-seater that has better mileage than larger vans and
creates a segment of its own. Customers also will love the unique combination
of style, adaptability and affordability this wagon brings.”
Transit Connect Wagon is offered in
two wheelbase lengths, in five- and seven-passenger configurations, and in XL,
XLT and Titanium series levels. No other wagon in the market today offers the
convenience of fold-flat seating, at least a 1,200-pound payload and more than
100 cubic feet of cargo space.
When properly equipped, this
versatile wagon is approved to tow up to 2,000 pounds, 500 pounds more than a
four-cylinder Toyota Highlander SUV.
Have it your way
Transit Connect Wagon offers
customers a choice between two fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines – a
2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional 1.6-liter EcoBoost®
that is estimated to deliver 30 mpg-plus on the highway. This powertrain makes
Transit Connect Wagon the gas mileage leader among seven-passenger vehicles.
Both engines come mated to a
convenient six-speed automatic transmission, geared for around-town
responsiveness and low-rpm highway cruising.
Transit Connect Wagon is available
in a wide variety of configurations and series levels, offering unexpected
features in a high-value package with low operating costs.
This stylish, contemporary design is
offered in two wheelbase lengths, a choice of five- or seven-passenger seating
arrangements, and offers meaningful options like a full-glass panoramic roof,
rear view camera, 6.5-inch touch screen display with navigation, and SYNC®
with MyFord Touch® – Ford’s highly acclaimed voice-activated
communications and entertainment system.
Transit Connect Wagon’s global
design includes premium cues throughout such as available full body-color
exterior accents with jewel-like chrome trim and high-gloss interior trim
pieces. A range of seating surfaces, from luxurious leather, comfortable cloth
and heavy-duty vinyl, is available to suit the specific needs of a wide variety
of potential customers.
Commercial-strength DNA in a family
Transit Connect Wagon’s
work-hard/play-hard nature is reflected in cargo-carrying capacity and room for
up to seven comfortably seated passengers, wrapped in a high-strength body
engineered to rigorous global commercial vehicle durability standards.
The all-new Transit Connect Wagon
builds on the foundation of reliability and durability established by the
current Transit Connect compact van. Introduced in North America in 2009,
Transit Connect has become the must-have vehicle for small business
proprietors, thanks to its unmatched combination of payload and cargo
capacities, adaptability, fuel efficiency, maneuverability and overall ease of
Transit Connect was recognized as an
innovative “white space” vehicle – literally carving out a new category in the
market – by the automotive industry press corps when it was named North
American Truck of the Year in January 2010 at the North American International
Now selling at a pace of 35,000
units per year, Transit Connect has become a favorite of small businesses,
corporate fleets, taxi operators and a few individualistic owners who find its
combination of a car-like ride and the cargo capacity of a van just right for
their personal use.
“The all-new Transit Connect Wagon
will expand the personal-use audience for this versatile nameplate by offering
up to seven-passenger capacity across three rows of seating in a fully trimmed
interior,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford vice president of Global Engineering,
Global Product Development. “It has an extensive selection of comfort,
convenience and connectivity options, and a full complement of safety features
– making it a modern, family-friendly alternative to oversized minivans.”
All Transit Connect Wagon models
feature first-row frontal, pelvis and side airbags, with first-, second- and
third-row side curtain airbags in long-wheelbase models. Short-wheelbase
versions get first- and second-row side curtain airbags.
Ford’s award-winning MyKey®
programmable ignition key enables restricting maximum vehicle speed and audio
system volume, bringing additional peace of mind to both parents and fleet
Transit Connect Wagon even offers a
child observation mirror so parents can keep track of children safely belted in
second- and third-row seats.
Inside, the Transit Connect Wagon
package is a rolling showcase for adaptability in hauling both people and
From its 60/40 three-passenger
second-row bench seat through fold-flat second- and third-row seating with
third-row independent fore-and-aft sliding capability, Transit Connect Wagon
quickly adapts to accommodate multiple combinations of people and cargo.
Also available is an electric
windshield defroster, making short work of icy windshields in wintry conditions
and when parking Transit Connect Wagon on the street.
The versatile Transit Connect Wagon
offers far better fuel efficiency than traditional minivans, compact-car-like
maneuverability and handling, combined with unprecedented payload and cargo
Look for Transit Connect Wagon to
appear in North American Ford dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Consumers can get more information and learn more about the Transit Connect
Wagon at http://ford.com/transitconnectwagon.