NOT content with giving the Ford Transit Courier its world debut at the CV Show, Ford also gave the new Ford Transit Connect its UK debut.
There will be two lengths available: a short wheelbase Ford Transit Connect L1; and long wheelbase Ford Transit Connect L2.
fuel consumption has been improved by a massive 30%
The key figures for the Transit Connect are:
- Load area L1 3cu m
- Load area L2 3.7cu m
- Load length with through hatch L1 3.0m
- Load length with through hatch L2 3.4m
- Maximum payload 1000kg
There will be the choice of Van, Double-Cab-in-Van (crew van) and Kombi (Tourneo) – the latter can seat up to seven in the L2 version.
The new Ford Transit Connect also promises vastly reduced running costs. Ford says fuel consumption has been improved by a massive 30%.
There will be the choice of three diesel engines, and two petrol engines, including Ford’s award-winning 1.0T EcoBoost unit.
- 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel 75PS
- 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel 95PS
- 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel 115PS
- 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol 100PS
Phil Hollins, Ford fleet director, said: “We’ve shown the new Ford Transit Connect to some of the larger fleets and residual value setters and they were blown away.
“It’s more fit for purpose, has 30% better fuel economy and fantastically low running costs. Inside, it’s like driving a standard Ford Focus.”
The Ford Transit Connect goes on sale in Q3 this year. Phil said that he expected first deliveries to company van fleets to be in October.
Prices have yet to be announced.