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Ford Transit, Transit Connect Vans Get Smarter, New Upgrades for 2016

Ford Transit, Transit Connect Vans Get Smarter, New Upgrades for 2016

By Philly Murtha, June 05, 2015

Ford's 2016 Transit large van and smaller Transit Connect multi-purpose vehicle lineup gains new features and upgrades to make them smarter, safer, and more functional, the automaker recently announced.

A reversing camera is now standard on the 2016 Transit van, as are map lights and a USB port in a more accessible location. Ford also is offering four new paint colors for the 2016 models: Shadow Black; Caribou (brown); Magnetic (gray); and Race Red. The 2016 Ford Transit will also come standard with automatic trailer hitch-assist technology, making it easier for operators to line up the van's hitch mount with a trailer.

A new option for the 2016 Transit, which was adapted from Ford's 2015 commercial van in Europe to replace the Ford E-Series large van, will be the Sync 3 infotainment system. Ford says the new system is faster and has a smartphone-like touch screen. For 2016, Ford also is offering optional dual sliding doors on the medium- and high-roof models. New options will allow for as many as 58 configurations of the large van.

The smaller 2016 Transit Connect Van and Transit Connect Wagon, initially developed by Ford Europe and redesigned in 2014, will feature updates including a perimeter alarm that comes standard with the remote start option. The commercial-grade 2016 Transit Connect also can be equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that runs on gasoline or E85 for non-California-emission states.

New seat options will be available for the 2016 Transit Connect Wagon. The Titanium trim level will feature standard second-row fold-flat bucket seats. A blind-spot detection system and 17-in. premium alloy wheels also are new options for the higher-end trim levels. Customers also can select the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine on the Transit Connect and Connect Wagon XLT.

Through the first five months of 2015, Ford Transit deliveries totaled 45,509 units, based on sales data compiled by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Combined Transit Connect Van and Transit Connect Wagon sales in the first five months of 2015 were 19,781, up from 15,226 in the same period of 2014.

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