While these supposedly leaked patent images aren't as sexy as those of the Acura NSX convertible we recently spied, they do point to an interesting new look for the homely Ford Transit Connect.

As the pedestrian delivery van in its current form is in need of a massive upgrade in the aesthetics department, adopting more of a "Ford face" like what's found on the Fiesta and forthcoming Fusion seems like a great idea. We're not sure, however, what to make of the buttresses at the base of the pillars, which reminds us a bit too much of the Honda Element.

While we haven't heard much about when a new Transit Connect might be headed to our shores, according to Left Lane News, Ford may show an almost-production-ready concept at the Paris Motor Show in September.


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      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I seem to be one of the few, but I think the current Transit Connect looks great. A focus on function and a lack of unnecessary elements..... to me it comes across as clean and handsome. This one comes across as a little too trendy for a utility van.
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        "...homely Ford Transit Connect" Name a better looking delivery vehicle (not that it matters). Kind of funny seeing kinetic styling ques show up on the Transit Connect, but it gives a who-cares-what-it-looks-like vehicle a minor upgrade.
        Jesus!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        Have you ridden in one? Remember 90s Pontiacs? Yeah thats what it sounds like inside and the plastics are low quality.
      rsholland
      • 2 Years Ago
      People don't buy this type of vehicle because of styling. Function rules; and judging by how many I see on the road, Ford has hit a grand slam with this vehicle.
        atvman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rsholland
        Nice to see somebody that gets it. Pretty much all fleet trucks/vans are white with ugly base wheels and black plastic trim, buyers don't care about styling. These vehicles are all about doing the job for the least total cost, something the TransitConnect does quite well for people who don't need the extreme weight capacities of the big Econolines and Savannahs out there.
      dan1malk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fords must really be hoping people don't get bored of the Focus-like styling on everything. It looks good now, but not so sure how I'll feel with so Fords having such similar lines.
      Paul P.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Ford corporate nose makes it look kinda chunky in the renderings. More like a little SUV/CUV and less like a van. Makes me curious to see it in person. With that said, hopefully the redesign brings an updated drive train, as that's the Connect's biggest issue right now. The 4-spd+2.0L duratec is adequate, but nothing to write home about. A little diesel option for the domestic market would be nice too.
      CJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      They're starting to rely on that nose a bit much... As much as I like it, it doesn't seem needed on this type of vehicle, and as someone that designs graphics for work vehicles from time to time... please for the love of pete, keep the sides simple and flat!
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully they put a diesel into the next generation model, the mileage could be a lot better
      Sgt Beavis
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree that the current Transit Connect is a bit homely, but Ford has nailed the form factor for this little van and that is why it has been fairly successful. Putting more styling into the redesign tells me that they are possibly put a little more focus on selling this as a passenger van in the US. If the buttresses are your only complaint, then Ford probably has another winner on its hands. This Element suffered from a huge number of styling mistakes. Buttresses were the least of it's worries. This looks fairly handsome...
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      That design is much too busy. Plus, the TC is generally for businesses. Businesses use vehicle wraps, and those work best on flat surfaces. This is just too lumpy.
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow it looks like a Focus...and a new Escape...and. 13 Fusion...wow...who woulda thought?! Ford ive been loyal since birth but this is getting ridiculous. Im two steps from owning a Chrysler product. This one look is getting old. I mean at least when you had created in America products nearly everything had its own distinctive front end. Now its like whats the point of getting excited anymore. I guess we know what the next Mustang will look like. A 2 freakin door Focus. I better buy a 13 or 14 model before you destroy it.
      huisj203
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what if the new one looks like other Fords. The original did too. Park a current Transit connect next to a first generation Fusion or Edge or an older Mondeo or a Ford Transit fullsize van, and you'll definitely see that it fit right in to the styling themes that Ford was using when it came out. So doing the same thing for this generation isn't a shock at all.
      M
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish North America would get a chance to try the VW Caddy, IMHO a better small utility vehicle than the TC on all points. http://www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/caddy-range/
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Over style much.......?
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