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New for 2011-Ford

New for 2011-Ford

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
Ford Welcomes New Explorer, Fiesta, Transit Connect to Showroom for 2011
Other Models Get Significant Updates or Engine Refinements

2011 Ford ModelsHistory
Founded in 1903 by Henry Ford, the Ford Motor Company is the second-largest American automaker (based on sales volume), and the fourth-largest maker of passenger cars and trucks in the world today. During its early years, Ford is remembered as the automaker that launched the "Model A" and "Model T" (the latter a car famous for its use of an automotive assembly line, and its sole-color-choice monolithic black exterior).After the Second World War (a period in time when Ford successfully built aircraft for the military), the automaker introduced models like the infamous Edsel and popular Thunderbird. One decade later, the company welcomed the Mustang-a 2-door sports car that gained such popularity that it is still in production today. In the 1980s, Ford introduced the industry-changing Taurus sedan, followed by the segment-leading Explorer SUV in the 1990s; each has been popular with consumers.

The company's current lineup contains coupes, sedans and sport utility vehicles with up-to-15-passenger seating capacities. Under its Ford brand, the company sells vehicles that operate with gasoline, diesel, and hybrid powerplants. Models include both rear- and all-wheel drive. Headquartered in the United States, Ford manufactures automobiles in Europe, North America, Africa, India, and Asia that are sold around the globe.

2011 Ford Models at a Glance:

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2011 Ford Edge

2011 Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is a premium midsize crossover SUV that was first introduced for the 2007 model year. Designed to compete against the Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander, the Edge shares its platform and powertrain with the Lincoln MKX (incidentally, the platform is also shared by the Mazda CX-9, Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ). The Edge is the second-smallest SUV in Ford's lineup (only the Escape is smaller), while the Ford Flex and Ford Explorer are both larger.

Debuting at the North American International Auto Show in January 2006, the first-generation Ford Edge was offered with only one powerplant choice (a 3.5-liter V-6 engine), and a choice between front- and all-wheel drive. The SUV was upgraded slightly in 2008, when the Edge Sport model arrived (the variant featured colored body trim and standard 20-inch wheels). In addition to a new 3.7-liter V-6 engine option, the 2011 Ford Edge receives a significant refresh, including new exterior styling, a new dashboard, new infotainment options, and several new wheel options.

Highlights:

  • New engine and option changes for 2011
  • Four trim levels: Edge SE, Edge SEL, Edge Limited and Edge Sport
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 285 horsepower (Edge SE/SEL/Limited)
  • Standard 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 305 horsepower (Edge Sport)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (Edge SE)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control (SEL and Limited )
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control and paddle shifters (Sport)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW MyFord Touch infotainment system
  • NEW 3.5-liter V-6 engine (Limited)
  • NEW 18-inch wheels and tires (SEL and Limited)
  • NEW Revised suspension tuning to improve handling
  • NEW Available high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps
  • NEW Increased noise insulation including a thicker acoustic-laminated windshield and enhanced sound package

2011 Ford Escape

2011 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is a compact crossover that was first introduced for the 2001 model year. The Escape was designed in conjunction with Japanese automaker Mazda (it shared unibody platforms with the Mazda Tribute and Mercury Mariner-and the Mazda 626 sedan). While standard models were fitted with gasoline-burning 4- or 6-cylinder engines, Ford introduced a Hybrid Escape model in 2004.

The second-generation Escape debuted for the 2008 model year. Still sharing a platform with the Tribute/Mariner (the Mariner was discontinued in 2010 when the Mercury brand was phased out), the Escape carried many of its components forward, including powertrains. In 2009, Ford updated the Escape with new 6-speed automatic transmissions, and a new, 2.5-liter, base 4-cylinder engine (the 3.0-liter V-6 was also updated). The automaker also gave the Escape a mild facelift, to improve its aerodynamics and fuel economy. For the 2010 model year, Ford added several new options and accessories to update the crossover. The 2011 Ford Escape is essentially a carryover.

Highlights:

  • Carryover for 2011
  • Five models: Escape XLS, Escape XLT, Escape Limited, Escape Hybrid and Escape Hybrid Limited
  • Standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 171 horsepower (XLS, XLT and Limited)
  • Optional 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower (XLT and Limited)
  • Standard Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor with combined system power of 177 horsepower (Hybrid and Hybrid Limited)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission (Escape XLS, FWD)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (Escape XLT and Escape Limited, optional on Escape XLS)
  • Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (Escape Hybrid and Hybrid Limited)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 5-passenger seating

2011 Ford E-Series

2011 Ford E-Series

The Ford E-Series is a line of full-size vans that was introduced 50 years ago. Launched in 1961, the first E-Series vans were based on the Ford Falcon (a passenger car) platform.

Today, the E-Series is in its fourth generation. The current E-Series van was introduced in the 2008 model year. Its underpinnings remained a "truck like" body-on-frame (excellent for heavy loads and commercial applications), and the exterior of the E-Series sported a completely new front fascia designed to mirror the appearance of the Super Duty pickup truck lineup. An all-new dashboard followed in 2009, along with the option of a back-up camera (a first in a Ford full-size van).

The current 2011 model, when properly configured, has the ability to tow upwards of 11,000 pounds with a gross vehicle weight of nearly 15,000 pounds, according to Ford. The E-Series is a van of extremes, as its largest passenger variant will hold 15 occupants, and the largest engine boasts 10 cylinders. As far as changes go, they are minor-most significant for 2011 is a new 50th Anniversary model.

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Seven models: E-150, E-250, E-350, Wagon, Cargo Van, Extended, and Cutaway
  • Standard 4.6-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 225 horsepower
  • Standard 5.4-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 255 horsepower
  • Standard 6.8-liter 10-cylinder engine rated at 305 horsepower
  • Standard 4-speed automatic transmission (4.6-liter engine)
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (5.4-liter, optional on 6.8-liter engine)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • Seating for up to 15 passengers
  • NEW 50th Anniversary model commemorating 50 years of the E-Series

2011 Ford Expedition

2011 Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is a full-size sport utility vehicle that was introduced in 1997. The Expedition shares platforms with the Ford F-150 pickup truck. The Expedition used to be the second-largest truck in the automaker's lineup, but it became the largest when the Excursion was discontinued in 2005. Furthermore, with the 2011 Explorer now built on a unibody platform, the Expedition is the automaker's last "truck-based" SUV.The current Ford Expedition is the third-generation model, last redesigned for the 2007 model year. Bigger than its predecessor, it was offered with two wheelbases ("EL" is the extended model) to make up for the absence of the Excursion. Standard Expedition models are rear-wheel drive, with 4-wheel drive optional across the board. The 2009 model year saw a slew of upgrades to the Expedition when Ford improved its standard 6-speed automatic transmission, engineered the engine for flex fuel (alcohol-based E85), and added Ford's Sync infotainment system, among other things. For 2011, the American automaker has left the mechanical aspects alone, but updated the SUV's electronics with the latest version of Sync, HD radio, and a new headrest-mounted DVD system.

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Four models: Expedition XL, Expedition XLT, Expedition Limited, Expedition King Ranch (there are also extended-length "EL" versions of each)
  • Standard 5.4-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 310 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (RWD)
  • Optional 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 8-passenger seating (or 7-passenger, depending on configuration)
  • NEW Optional new interior technology includes headrest-mounted DVD system
  • NEW Optional latest version of Sync infotainment system
  • NEW Optional voice-activation system
  • NEW Optional HD radio

2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is a midsize utility vehicle that replaced the Ford Bronco II for the 1991 model year. The first-generation Explorer was based on the Ford Ranger pickup truck. As such, both models featured body-on-frame platforms, shared V-6 engines, and offered many similar options.

The second-generation Ford Explorer debuted in 1995. The original truck-based front suspension was upgraded for a better ride and the 2-door model was renamed the Ford Explorer Sport. An 8-cylinder engine option was added in 1996, and a full-time all-wheel-drive powertrain (improving on the part-time system) emerged on the upscale Eddie Bauer and Limited models. The third-generation Ford Explorer appeared in 2002. The redesigned 4-door Explorer was fitted with an independent rear suspension to improve its ride and handling (however, the Explorer Sport retained the live axle), and a third-row seat for a 7-passenger capacity (the 2-door Explorer Sport was discontinued in 2003). The fourth-generation Ford Explorer, with redesigned rear suspension and a new one-piece rear door, debuted in 2006.

The fifth-generation Ford Explorer debuts for the 2011 model year. Its arrival marks a radical departure from its previous four generations as the new model features a car-like unibody platform, front- or all-wheel-drive powertrain, and an optional 4-cylinder base engine (late availability).

Highlights:

  • All-new redesign for 2011
  • Three models: Explorer Base, Explorer XLT and Explorer Limited
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 290 horsepower
  • Available 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 237 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 5,000-pound towing capacity (V-6 models)
  • 7-passenger seating

2011 Ford F-Series

2011 Ford F-Series

The Ford F-150, or F-Series, is a full-size pickup truck that has been on sale since 1948. A perennial top-seller thanks to its countless variants, the F-Series is a traditional body-on-frame design with rear leaf springs and a live rear axle.

Now in its 12th generation, last redesigned for the 2009 model year, the F-Series is offered in three different cab configurations (Regular, SuperCab and Supercrew) with cabin space for up to 6 passengers. Powertrain choices include a list of 6- and 8-cylinder engines, with automatic transmissions for all light-duty models (manual transmissions are only offered on the F-250/F-350 commercial vehicles).

New for 2011, Ford has introduced all-new, more powerful and more fuel-efficient engines to its F-Series lineup. They include a turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, promising the power of a V-8 with increased fuel efficiency, according to Ford, and a 6.2-liter V-8-the performance engine found under the hood of the SVT Raptor. All of the engines are mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission.

Highlights:

  • All-new engines for 2011
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Nine F-150 models: XL, STX, XLT, FX2/FX4, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, SVT Raptor, and Harley-Davidson
  • Three cabs: Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew
  • Two wheelbase lengths: 126-inch and 145-inch
  • Standard 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 302 horsepower
  • Optional 5.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 360 horsepower
  • Optional 6.2-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 411 horsepower
  • Optional 3.5-liter, turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 365 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (F-150 models)
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (RWD)
  • Optional 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • Seating for up to 6 passengers
  • NEW 3.7-liter V-6 engine
  • NEW 5.0-liter V-8 engine
  • NEW 6.2-liter V-8 engine
  • NEW 3.5-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine
  • NEW 6-speed automatic transmission

2011 Ford Fiesta

2011 Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is a compact car that was first introduced in 1976. The first-generation Fiesta (Mark I) was a subcompact, front-wheel-drive model that was designed for the European and South American markets. It was imported to the United States in 1978 with its largest engine, a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. The second-generation model (Mark II) debuted in 1983, but it was never imported to the States. nor was its descendants. The sixth-generation Fiesta (Mark VI) was launched for the 2008 model year in Europe only.

However, Ford has chosen to bring the Fiesta back to the North American market for the 2011 model year. Assembled in Ford's Mexico plant, the standard powerplant for US-bound vehicles will be a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder. The fuel economy for the standard 5-speed manual transmission is listed at 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. The 2011 Ford Fiesta will be offered in both hatchback and sedan body styles.

Highlights:

  • All-new model for 2011
  • Four models: Fiesta S, Fiesta SE, Fiesta SEL Sedan, Fiesta SES Hatchback
  • Standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 120 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 5-passenger seating

2011 Ford Flex

2011 Ford Flex

The Ford Flex is a full-size 3-row crossover. All-new in 2009, the Flex is a production version of the well-received Ford Fairlane "People Mover" concept from the 2005 Chicago Auto Show. While the suicide doors are gone, and the front has been opened up a bit to allow the engine to breathe, the production version is nearly spot-on to the concept's execution.

While there are many comparisons of the Flex to a minivan, Ford deliberately put two front-hinged passenger doors on each side, and a power-operated tailgate on the rear. Inside the 7-passenger vehicle, the seats may be folded to increase passenger capacity and utility-much like a minivan.

Under the hood is a choice between a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 engine (262 horsepower) or a turbocharged variant (355 horsepower) sending power to the front- or all-wheel-drive powertrain. New for 2011, Ford has introduced a "Flex Titanium" trim level, with standard black chrome finish grille, black roof, black chrome liftgate, and fog lamp bezels. The Flex Titanium also comes with standard 20-inch 5-spoke wheels.

Highlights:

  • New trim level for 2011
  • Four models: Flex SE, Flex SEL, Flex Limited, and Flex Titanium
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 262 horsepower
  • Optional 3.5-liter, turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 355 horsepower (with standard all-wheel drive)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (Flex SEL, Flex Limited and Flex Titanium models)
  • 7-passenger seating
  • NEW Exterior colors include Kona Blue Metallic, Earth Metallic, Bordeaux Reserve Red Metallic, and Mediterranean Blue Metallic

2011 Ford Focus

2011 Ford Focus

The Ford Focus is a subcompact car first launched in 1998. Like most of Ford's small vehicles, the Focus was designed for an international audience-primarily in Europe, South America, Africa, Australia, and Asia. It wasn't imported to the United States, with minor certification changes, until 1999. The first-generation Ford Focus was offered as a 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan, and a 5-door wagon powered by a 2.0-liter (or 2.3-liter) 4-cylinder engine sending power to the front wheels.

The second-generation Ford Focus debuted in 2008. The hatchback and wagon were both dropped, so it was only offered in 2-door coupe or 4-door sedan body styles. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit sending power to the front wheels. With an all-new 2012 Focus just around the corner, the 2011 Ford Focus is mostly a carryover. About the only change is the addition of Ford's remote keyless entry system as a standard feature on all models, along with power locks and a remote trunk release.

Highlights:

  • Carryover for 2011
  • Three models: Focus SE, Focus SES and Focus SEL
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 140 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard remote keyless entry
  • NEW Standard power locks
  • NEW Standard remote trunk release

2011 Ford Fusion

2011 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion is a midsize sedan that was introduced in 2005 to slot between the compact Ford Focus and the full-size Ford Taurus. Assembled in Mexico, the first-generation Fusion shared platforms with the Ford Edge, Mazda 6, and Mercury Milan (among others). It was offered with a choice between a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder and a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine sending power to the front wheels. Ford added all-wheel drive as an option in 2007 (only on 6-cylinder models).

By the 2009 model year, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system were all standard equipment on all trim levels. A heavily refreshed Ford Fusion debuted for the 2010 model year featuring new front and rear fascias and a completely reworked interior. In addition to the new Fusion Hybrid model (a near clone of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid), the standard Fusion models were fitted with new engines promising increased refinement, more power, and improved efficiency, according to Ford. The 2011 Ford Fusion enters the new model year with only a few changes, including new standard features and infotainment upgrades.

Highlights:

  • Minor upgrades for 2011
  • Five models: Fusion S, Fusion SE, Fusion SEL, Fusion Sport, and Fusion Hybrid
  • Standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 175 horsepower
  • Optional 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 250 horsepower
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 263 horsepower (Fusion Sport model)
  • Standard hybrid gasoline-electric 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 40-horsepower electric motor for a total system power of 191 horsepower (Fusion Hybrid)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (2.5-liter engine)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (3.0-liter engine, optional on 2.5-liter engine)
  • Standard electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (Fusion Hybrid)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Ford's MyKey system
  • NEW Optional rain-sensing wipers
  • NEW Optional HD radio
  • NEW Integrated blind-spot mirrors (cars without BLIS)
  • NEW Ford Sync is now offered with touch-screen navigation

2011 Ford Mustang

2011 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is a compact 2-door sports coupe and convertible that was first launched in 1964. The traditional American "pony car" arrived on the scene following the success of the Ford Thunderbird. Unlike that popular 2-seat Thunderbird, Ford designed its new Mustang with a rear bench seat to hold upwards of 5 occupants (furthermore, to keep development costs down, the Mustang borrowed parts from the Ford Falcon and Fairlane).Fast-forward nearly 50 years, and the Mustang has become Ford's third-oldest nameplate. Now in its fifth generation (last completely redesigned for the 2005 model year), the Ford Mustang continues with the traditional front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration and a variety of engines, including "muscle car" 8-cylinder models. In 2010, Ford significantly refreshed the Mustang. While it continued on the same platform, the exterior was completely updated.

For the 2011 model year, Ford has focused on the Mustang's powertrains. Most significant is the all-new, fuel-efficient 3.7-liter V-6 (with a power rating of 305 horsepower, it is stronger than the V-8 engines found under the front hood of many of its predecessors). The range-topping, enthusiast-tuned Shelby GT500 model received a new aluminum engine block, shaving 102 pounds of weight off the nose, which benefits driving dynamics and handling. Other changes include a new oil sump to increase maintenance intervals, two 6-speed transmission choices, a freshened front fascia (and other aerodynamic improvements), enhanced noise and soundproofing, and an electric steering pump.

Highlights:

  • Significant powerplant upgrades for 2011
  • Ten models: Mustang V6 Coupe, Mustang V6 Coupe Premium, Mustang V6 Convertible, Mustang GT Coupe, Mustang V6 Premium Convertible, Mustang GT Premium, Mustang GT Convertible, Mustang GT Premium Convertible, Shelby GT500, Shelby GT500 Convertible
  • Standard 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 305 horsepower (Mustang V6 models)
  • Standard 5.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 412 horsepower (Mustang GT models)
  • Standard 5.4-liter, supercharged 8-cylinder engine rated at 540 horsepower (Shelby GT500 models)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW 3.7-liter V-6 engine
  • NEW All-aluminum, 5.4-liter, supercharged V-8 engine
  • NEW Extended maintenance intervals
  • NEW Freshened front fascia
  • NEW Improved noise and sound insulation
  • NEW Electric steering pump

2011 Ford Ranger

2011 Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck. The "Ranger" nameplate has been in use since 1965, but it has only been applied to Ford's compact pickup range since 1983. The first-generation model shared most of its mechanical componentry with the Ford Bronco II. Offered with 4- or 6-cylinder engines, sourced from Ford and from Mazda, the Ranger grew in 1986 with the introduction of the Supercab (the 17-inch stretch allowed two more passengers to fit into the cab).

The second-generation model debuted for the 1993 model year. Sharing platforms with the Ford Explorer, Mazda Navajo, and Mercury Mountaineer, the suspension, engines and interiors were refined when compared to its predecessor. The Ranger received a facelift in 1998 that included a longer wheelbase and a stretched cab (for the regular cab models). With an all-new third-generation model rumored right around the corner, the 2011 Ford Ranger is unchanged.

Highlights:

  • Carryover for 2011
  • Three models: Ranger XL, Ranger XLT and Ranger Sport
  • Two cab configurations: Regular Cab and Super Cab
  • Two pickup box configurations: Styleside 6ft and Styleside 7ft
  • Standard 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 143 horsepower
  • Optional 4.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 207 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 5-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive (4x2)
  • Optional 4-wheel drive (4x4)
  • Seating for up to 5 passengers

2011 Ford Taurus

2011 Ford Taurus

The Ford Taurus is a full-size 4-door sedan. Launched as an all-new model for the 1986 model year, the Taurus has been in production for more than 25 years, making it Ford's fourth-oldest nameplate. The first-generation Taurus was a significant departure from the automaker's standard sedans. Replacing the aged rear-wheel-drive body-on-frame Ford LTD, the all-new Taurus was unique and modern, riding on a unibody platform with a compact front-wheel-drive drivetrain. Its interior continued the theme with a highly customized options list.

Six generations later, the Taurus was all-new for the 2010 model year. Like its ancestor, the Taurus continued to utilize the same basic front-engine, front-wheel-drive configuration (all-wheel drive was also available), but with updated technology thrown into the mix. The Ford Taurus SHO, paying homage to the original high-performance variant, had also returned (with a turbocharged engine, standard all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission). All-new just last year, the 2011 model receives several new exterior colors and a few other minor enhancements.

Highlights:

  • Mostly carryover for 2011
  • Four models: Taurus SE, Taurus SEL, Taurus Limited, and Taurus SHO
  • Standard 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 263 horsepower (not available on SHO)
  • Standard 3.5-liter, turbocharged 6-cylinder engine rated at 365 horsepower (SHO)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD standard on Taurus SHO)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Exterior colors include Bordeaux Reserve Red Metallic, Kona Blue Metallic and Sterling Gray Metallic
  • NEW Standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine

2011 Ford Transit Connect

2011 Ford Transit Connect

The Ford Transit Connect is a compact panel van that is designed primarily for commercial use. First introduced in 2002, the Transit Connect has had success in markets outside North America. The van is distinguished by its tall body and features twin rear cargo doors that open 180 degrees wide (255 degrees optionally). Unlike most commercial vans, lift-over height is just two feet, making it easy to load and unload, Ford says. The interior height inside the cargo area is over 59 inches, and the load width is 48 inches wide by 72 inches long.

According to Ford, the Transit Connect may carry up to 1,600 pounds of payload. Sharing mechanicals with the Ford Focus, the front-wheel-drive Transit Connect is powered by a fuel-efficient, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Ford is offering the van in cargo, taxi and mobility packages. For the 2011 model year, Ford will begin to offer the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon in both the United States and Canada.

Highlights:

  • All-new model for 2011
  • Four models: Transit Connect XL Van, Transit Connect XLT Van, Transit Connect XLT Wagon, and Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 136 horsepower
  • Standard 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)

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