2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Preview
By Christian Wardlaw, February 08, 2018
- Updated minivan based on European commercial vehicle
- Standard and extended wheelbases
- XL, XLT, and Titanium trim levels
- Choice between gas and diesel 4-cylinder engines
- New 8-speed automatic transmission
- Updated dashboard and seating
- New infotainment and safety technologies
- On sale in the fall of 2018
Ford expects Baby Boomers to find the refreshed 2019 Transit Connect minivan appealing because it offers seating for up to seven people and plenty of utility at a low price. In fact, the automaker predicts that the Transit Connect will be one of the most affordable 7-passenger vehicles you can buy.
On the outside, the most significant change is the front styling. Everything forward of the windshield is new, bringing a more modern appearance to Ford’s minivan.
Practicality is ensured thanks to dual sliding side doors, a choice between a rear liftgate and cargo doors that open 180 degrees, and roof rails to which numerous accessories can be fitted.
Inside, a new dashboard greets the driver, and is available with a new 6.5-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system. A new driver information system is nestled within the instrumentation.
Standard wheelbase versions supply seating for five people, while extended wheelbase variants can ferry up to seven passengers. Ford says that the seats in the first and second rows are improved for greater comfort.
If you were to fold the second- and third-row seats flat, the extended model has more cargo space than a Chevrolet Tahoe, according to Ford.
Under the Hood:
New drivetrains are a part of the improvements to the 2019 Ford Transit Connect.
Standard equipment includes a new direct-injected, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with automatic start/stop technology. An available 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel 4-cylinder engine is expected to get 30 mpg on the highway. Both engines are paired with a new 8-speed automatic and front-wheel drive.
When equipped with the optional towing package, the Transit Connect will tackle up to 2,000 pounds of trailer, according to Ford.
Another significant upgrade to the new Transit Connect relates to safety. Reportedly, Ford has made changes designed to improve small overlap frontal-impact crash protection.
However, it is always better to prevent a collision from occurring in the first place, and to that end Ford offers a long list of new driver assistance and crash avoidance systems.
Standard equipment includes forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. Available upgrades include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist.
Every 2019 Ford Transit Connect will include a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection. A Sync 3 setup is available, offering Ford+Alexa mobile assistant technology and, soon, a Waze traffic routing app. The Transit Connect will also offer wireless device charging.