• Nov 19, 2010
2011 Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon – Click above for high-res image gallery

Rejoice, America! The Ford Transit Connect is no longer just for plumbers and electricians. The Blue Oval has announced it will produce a civilian version of its hardcore work van. Called the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon, the vehicle will boast roomy seating for five and massive amounts of cargo area. Out back, those hefty panes of glass actually pop open for easy-breathing ventilation, and tricks like blind-spot awareness and a rear-view camera make piloting this machine a cinch. Other visual changes like larger alloy wheels, a painted grille and front foglamps give this Transit Connect a bit more personality, as well.

Ford showed off the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon at this year's LA Auto Show, but so far, we don't know exactly how much the van will cost when it shows up next year. We do know that buyers will be able to expect the same 26 mpg highway as the bare bones models on sale right now. Follow the jump to have a look at the full press release.

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Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon

* Ford Transit Connect – 2010 North American Truck of the Year – is expanding its lineup with the addition of a Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon offering
* Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon offers seating for five passengers with enhanced interior appointments and visibility from integrated blind-spot mirrors, a rear view camera and flip-open rear quarter windows

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2010 – A new personal-use package for the 2011 Ford Transit Connect debuted today at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The XLT Premium Wagon offers more comfort and visibility for second-row passengers, something customers have been asking for since the small, fuel-efficient van went on sale in the United States in 2009.

"Since Transit Connect arrived here as the 'ultimate tool' for small business proprietors, we've heard requests from potential personal-use customers," said Rob Stevens, chief nameplate engineer for Commercial Vehicles. "Buyers looking for a taller wagon with seating for five passengers and generous cargo space have shown significant interest in Transit Connect."

XLT Premium Wagon offers enhanced second-row passenger comfort, including cargo space surface trim, wheelhouse covers and flip-open rear quarter windows for draft-free ventilation.

This personal-use package gives owners and drivers additional confidence with blind-spot sideview mirrors, rear view camera, rear cargo door windows and privacy glass.

Transit Connect was named North American Truck of the Year in January 2010, selected by journalist jurors for its unique combination of car-like ride, 135 cubic feet of cargo space, 1,600-pound payload capacity and unmatched fuel efficiency – up to an EPA-rated 26 mpg highway.

All Transit Connect models – including XLT Premium Wagon – are assembled at the Ford Otosan joint-venture production facility in Kocaeli, Turkey, and are available at North American Ford dealerships.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I forgot:

      FORD: Please give this machine a moonroof as an option!!!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Will it also include SYNC?

      If so I would definitely check this machine out, eventhough I really have my eye on the new 2011 Nissan Quest for purchase.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Ideal taxi vehicle, isn’t this close to what they are proposing for NYC taxis?
        • 4 Years Ago

        This will see more time as a business transport than a personal vehicle. I imagine it would be a great shuttle for hotels and tourist attractions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agreed improve the mpg, Ford has the technology. Offer an extended body and awd. Many of us baby boomers are no longer hauling kids around, but need a practical vehicle to haul stuff...garden supplies, bikes, ski/snowboard trip, plywood, camping equipment, the lawnmower to the repair shop, helping the grown up kids move, and the list goes on. The current minivans have lost their utility with the interior moulding that decreases the interior width. Need to remove all the rear seats easily. It would be like a Honda Element only longer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can already build one on Ford's website...it $23,895, including $695 destination charges.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You would think that they could squeeze in a couple extra seats to seat 7, but I would still take this over your normal everyday minivan, no questions asked.

      And that name, [deep breath in] Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon. Why not just call it a Ford Transit Wagon or anything else that does not consist of 6 words (if you count XLT as a word)?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm giving an example. I know the 5 only comes with a 4-banger. But you could get a stripper Sienna or Odyssey or Kia-whatever for the same price and that is arguably much more attractive and comfy. The Mazda5 is closer in size, that's all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Luis

        "Minivans are more comfortable, look better, and return similar MPGs with V6 power."

        The thing you are missing is that the above statements represent your opinion about what is important; they are not universal truisms against which all cars are measured.

        There is nothing wrong with owning a minivan if you want one, but I still think minivans are hopelessly dorky. I'd much rather be seen in a dressed-up version of a work truck any day.

        As far as comfort goes, the Transit connect is lower to the ground, has more head room and offers easier entry and exit. I think the Transit wins the comfort battle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Luis, the Mazda5 doesn't have "V6 power," it has a relatively underpowered 4-cylinder (used to be a 2.3l, now it's a 2.5l). Also, I think the city mileage on these is substantially better than a minivan, due to the lower curb weight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I would still take this over your normal everyday minivan, no questions asked."

        Exactly why? Minivans are more comfortable, look better, and return similar MPGs with V6 power. The Mazda5 is a MUCH better alternative.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That name is way too long.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, the van is made in Turkey and imported into the USA as a wagon with windows to bypass the chicken tax. The windows are then taken out and are fitted with metal panels. This is just a mere unmodified version of their wagon as it comes from Turkey.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Grand C-Max is coming in a year or two so I don't think Ford intends this a volume minivan contender. An XLT 5-passenger van with windows was already available; adding the "Premium" trim just makes it more pleasant as a dual-use vehicle, or for corporate fleets. I know of one company in our area that was planning to buy Mazda5s to replace some of its older in-town runabouts/shuttles, but those realistically seat 4 adults and although cargo volume is ample with the third row down it's not as capacious as a Transit Connect.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why would I buy this over a minivan? It's cool man that's why!

      I don't see why comparing it to a Sienna or Odyssey or Caravan is necessary as they, along with every other minivan (with the exception of the Mazda 5), are massively ugly and simply huge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call me crazy, but, I thought they couldn't do this due to that weirdly named law... chicken law or something where they could only import these without the back seats.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They get around the chicken tax by importing them as wagons (with rear seats), then remove them to sell them as commercial vans without paying the tax.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They've offered an optional back seat from the start. If I'm not mistaken, they actually import them with full windows and back seats. They are then reconfigured upon arrival for cargo versions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The "chicken law" puts a tax on imported trucks. So the Transit Connect vans that Ford sells as a commercial vehicle with just front seats and no windows on the rear side doors are actually imported with rear seats and windows on the side doors. After they have been imported, Ford has a contractor replace the windows on the rear side doors with steel, and remove the rear seats.

        So, Ford can import the Transit Connect wagon as is, without having to do foolish things to avoid the chicken tax.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I need one of these for my film production business. Red all the way!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's the latest and greatest band tour mobile. Seriously. Secure that back area up and this would be one sweet tour machine for local and regional bands of 5 or less. Sweet deal Ford!
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