Since it has made its way to American shores, the Ford Transit Connect has proven to be nearly everything that one could ask for in a small commercial van: utile, frugal and easy to drive in tight quarters. What the van has never been accused of being, however, is particularly pretty. And, while we can't confirm with unerring certainty that the upcoming revision of the TC will be a looker, we do see evidence of a little more form to go with all of that function.

This new set of spy shots indicates that the Transit Connect will borrow liberally from the front end of the Fiesta, with headlights and grille both mimicking that fetching small car. Around back you'd be hard pressed not to notice the thinner, longer rear lighting elements, which appear both sleek and modern even in this heavily cladded context.

The Ford prototype in question makes use of a one-piece tailgate that is hinged on the roof, though we'd expect that the side-hinged double rear doors of the current model will still be available.

Expectations are that the new Transit Connect will arrive in North America and Europe as a 2014 model, sometime in the second half of next year. Small business owners everywhere, rejoice.


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      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the last gen was a handsome, classic, understated design. Maybe it didn't have some silly styling buzzword (like flame surfacing or fluidic precision) attached to it, but it worked really well. You don't see simple honest cars like that much anymore and that's a shame.
        Evan Hayden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        I totally agree. I think the outgoing one is tasteful and looks good!
      wsbfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good. Offer a diesel with a manual....or at least a dual-clutch auto. Drop the slush-box auto.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wsbfan
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      rbnhd1144
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford of Europe have had the Connect with a overhead one piece door and two swing outs for years, Id like to see us get that choice too.
        Kumar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rbnhd1144
        Connect <> transit connect Anyway, looks like it might just be cladding (including the full window), but that would be interesting to see in the smaller van.
      natron3030
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw the patent drawings for this thing and it is an abomination.
      ishmaelcrowley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares what the front end looks like. Just put a diesel in it. It's a commercial vehicle.
        Paul P.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ishmaelcrowley
        I agree, the Transit Connect begs for a small diesel option. It could also use a few more gears in the transmission. I'd love to see a manual transmission too, but I doubt we'll see it stateside as the take rate would be extremely low.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      This will almost certainly be an improvement on a car which is supposed to be form following function in the first place, but my bigger hope is that Ford will put the same small diesel in this car as they're planning for the bigger Transit soon to be sold here. 35-40mpg and all that torque would be useful in a commercial vehicle like this, just saying...
      • 2 Years Ago
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        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        Rick, the FR100 pickup & van were hot-rodded 1953 Ford trucks. Are you saying that that's what you've been craving all this time that you've been bemoaning and whining about the lack of a RWD Ford car? Those trucks were built as custom vehicles for the SEMA show, never, ever intended to be "concept" cars in the typical sense. At no point was Ford ever considering building a production version.
      Andyz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Commercial vans have never been a style statement, but this little guy needs some facial surgery, at least it is not as hideous as the Nissan vans. The LV is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. Europe has some great looking small and mid-size vans, why do we get these dog ugly things here...and don't get me started on New York's new Nissaxi, are there no designers that can make good looking commercial vehicles?
      Linda & Billy
      • 2 Years Ago
      That thing reminds me of the Johnny Cash car he sang about. It looks like someone built it one piece at a time over about a five year period by bringing one parts home in a lunchbox.
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