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2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Is a New Way to Move People

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Is a New Way to Move People

By Jeff Youngs, November 14, 2012
Ford hasn't marketed a minivan aimed at consumers for several years, having focused efforts on crossover SUVs such as the Escape, Edge, Explorer and Flex. With the debut of the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon, it appears that the automaker is ready to carve a new slice of the minivan market share pie.

The new 2014 Transit Connect Wagon is a passenger version of the redesigned 2014 Transit Connect cargo van, which is designed for business customers seeking a smaller, more fuel-efficient alternative to traditional full-size cargo vans while at the same time maximizing interior volume and payload capacity.

The Transit Connect Wagon version is offered in short- or long-wheelbase models with 5- or 7-passenger seating in a fully finished cabin. Three trim levels will be offered when the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon goes on sale at the end of 2013: XL, XLT and Titanium.

Standard equipment includes 8 air bags and Ford's MyKey suite of programmable vehicle settings. Available features, depending on the trim level selected, include aluminum wheels, cloth or leather seating, reversing camera, Sync smartphone connectivity with Bluetooth calling and music streaming, 9-1-1 Assist service, navigation system, MyFord Touch infotainment system, panoramic glass roof, and more.

Transit Connect Wagon buyers can choose between a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, each paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Final horsepower and torque figures are not available as this post is written, but these same engines generate 175 horsepower and 173 horsepower, respectively, in the 2013 Ford Fusion. The benefit with the EcoBoost engine is greater torque spread across a broader rev range.

Ford says the new Transit Connect Wagon will supply 100 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seats folded, and that it can handle a payload of up to 1,200 pounds as well as a trailer weighing up to 2,000 pounds. Buyers can choose between a rear liftgate or dual doors that swing out to the sides.

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