Much as we like the current Ford Transit Connect, "sexy" is not an adjective we'd use to describe it. And while this new 2014 model appears a bit bulgier in person than the original stock photos led us to believe, it's no doubt a wholly more stylish van than the vehicle it replaces.

Unfortunately, details are slim regarding the new Transit Connect. When it first debuted in Amsterdam, Ford said that its trusty work van would be powered by a range of "highly-efficient downsized diesel and petrol engines," while in the United States, we'll have to live with "a tailored range of gasoline powertrains." Whatever that means.

We've just returned with a full smattering of high-res images live from the Paris Motor Show floor, so check 'em out in the gallery above. Ford's official press blast and a short video are yours for the perusing, below.


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Ford Reveals All-New Global Transit and Transit Connect Commercial Vehicles at 'Go Further' Event

• Ford unveils its new generation of Transit commercial vehicles, developed on all-new global platforms for sale in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets

• Tough, functional and professional, the all-new Ford Transit brings a new level of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market; it replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit in Europe and worldwide markets, and replaces the E-Series in North America

• Stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect delivers outstanding performance across load carrying ability, dependability and fuel economy, for a best-in-class cost of ownership package


AMSTERDAM, Sept. 6, 2012 – Ford today revealed a new generation of world-class Transit commercial vehicles at its "Go Further" event.

Developed under its "One Ford" global product strategy in Europe, the Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect models will be sold in Europe, North America and other worldwide markets, with product ranges tailored to the needs of customers in each region.

"These new products will carry more, work harder, last longer, and cost our customers less to operate – just as Ford Transits have done for 47 years," said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. "The unprecedented launch of two all-new Transit models will extend Ford's leadership in serving commercial vehicle customers around the world."

The introduction of the new generation Transit and Transit Connect models is a major step in Ford's commitment to completely redesign its entire commercial vehicle line-up for Europe by the end of 2013.

Using the latest global platforms, the two models highlight Ford's new approach to delivering the next generation of class-leading commercial vehicles to meet the needs of customers in all worldwide markets.

The new range builds on almost 50 years of experience in creating market-leading commercial vans and was engineered at Ford's Centre of Excellence for commercial vehicles in Europe; applying global product development resources.

The all-new Ford Transit replaces the heavier two-tonne Transit derivatives in Europe and other worldwide markets, and will eventually replace the popular Ford E-Series range in North America. Tough, functional and professional, new Transit brings new levels of capability and versatility to the medium commercial van market.

Offering a comprehensive range of body styles and derivatives, with multiple wheelbases, roof heights and new chassis cowl versions, all-new and more capable Transit is tailored to the needs of key worldwide markets.

For Europe, a full range of Transit bodystyles and derivatives, offering front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, will be powered by the latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel.

In North America, customers can choose from several engines, including the proven 3.5-litre EcoBoost or a powerful diesel option; each features rear-wheel drive and at least 25 percent better fuel economy than a comparable E-Series. Multiple roof heights and wheelbases will be available. North American Transit vans will be manufactured in Kansas City, alongside the Ford F-150.

The stylish all-new Ford Transit Connect will deliver new standards for the sub-one-tonne segment for load-carrying ability, cost of ownership and dependability.

Available in a choice of short and long wheelbase versions, the new Transit Connect will offer European and North American customers the most flexible and functional loadbox in the segment, with a host of innovative features to enhance everyday productivity.

Transit Connect features the latest low-CO2 powertrain technologies to deliver best-in-class fuel economy in all of its target markets. In Europe, the engine line-up will include highly-efficient downsized diesel and petrol engines, while the U.S. market will benefit from a tailored range of gasoline powertrains.

The new model has a stylish cockpit with car-like design and craftsmanship, and offers the latest Ford interior technologies and driver assistance features.

The Ford Transit brand has established a legendary reputation for toughness and dependability, and the new global Transit products have been engineered to extend that tradition. Both the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect have been subjected to Ford's ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering millions of miles of arduous testing in laboratories, at proving grounds and on customer fleets.

"Our new global Ford Transit products will be totally fit for purpose," said Samardzich. "These are the strongest, most capable and most efficient commercial vans we have ever built – this is the start of a new chapter in the Transit success story."

In Europe, deliveries of the all-new Transit and Transit Connect are due to start by the end of 2013.

The two new global models join the Transit Custom in Ford's renewed commercial vehicle line-up for Europe. Targeting the one-tonne market, the all-new Transit Custom is now on sale across European markets. It will not be introduced in North America but will be launched in other selected other global markets later.


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      rayhondafan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the answer for all the parents with 2 kids. The current crop of Minivans is too Macro for most, yet most station wagons and small SUVs are a bit too small for groceries and stroller. The current Transit Connect with the ancient 2.0L engine is too industrial. If Ford can put in the ECOBoost 1.6L with an option for the ECOBoost 2.0L, that will seal the deal for me. If there is an ECOBoost diesel, that will be even better.
        ebn.hahn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rayhondafan
        2014 TC in US will be offered with similar power train as the Escape.........
        tnsubie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rayhondafan
        Have you looked into a Mazda5. Granted, the 2012 model is ugly, but it has a perfectly packaged small van for small families. If they would fix the styling and add the SkyActive, it would be nearly perfect.
          tnsubie
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tnsubie
          That is why I suggested Mazda should add a SkyActive drivetrain.
          Earthwateruser
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tnsubie
          I had a 2005 Mazda5. Great handling and completely useful. But the fit and finish on the interior was lousy and the MPGs were only average or less for a car of that size w/ that engine. I guess it was kind of heavy. True, fixing the styling, interior, and updating the powertrain would make it much better. I'm now totally contemplating the new Transit Connect as my next car. True to Ford's objective, I was considering a small, economical pick up truck, but why bother with a truck for occasional hauling when I can get a small van with even more versatility and likely much better performance, comfort, and economy. I wish Autoblog would post the interior shots though. I believe it will look much like the new Focus dash, which isn't terrible (and much better than a Mazda5). I don't find the exterior to be ugly, but I drive a Nissan cube now, so my sense of style doesn't mesh w/ 98% of Americans.
          kec2579
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tnsubie
          only problem is it gets close to the same mileage of an SUV or full size minivan
      Jason
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem with the current TC isn't the shape of the headlights, it's the antiquated engine and transmission. Hopefully Ford is fixing what matters and not just blinging up the grill.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      call me crazy, but i would like to see one done up for sema.
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do these stupid auto makers find it so hard to bring us a diesel with a stick? They already exist - just bring them. I think the US government is half the reason we don't have more fuel efficient vehicles on the road - the cost of federalization and all.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Vehicles like this that tend to be bought mainly for commercial purposes should have a diesel option! As if people or companies aren't going to like a van like this that gets 40mpg or more. Come on Ford!
      Hello, Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I agree with the majority - diesel would be very appropriate for a vehicle like this. Why is it that no one offers a diesel minivan in the US? Diesels are perfect for haulers, whether they are hauling people or things.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Ford's designers are completely blind. The are the most incompetant bunch of buffoons in the entire industry. Ford wouldn't know a well deisgned, good looking vehicle if it ran them over. The Focus is a horrid design and now they are pasting it onto everything. Oh well, Ford can enjoy the terrible sales. It's clear they are only after volume. So fleets should love this appliance.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
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        ebn.hahn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Ok REALIST!, or That Guy, 2013 Escape has been top seller since introduction, Focus Sales Trumps that of the bloaded and Fat (like you I assume..) chevy Cruze which is being unloaded at $100/month leases!!!. Go back under your rock Lamo....
          That Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ebn.hahn
          Yeah, Ford sure loves fleet sales. And thank you for calling me a realist. I appreciate it.
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        @That Guy
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      dan1malk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, they're really betting on everyone liking the Focus styling. It's too busy and fussy for my tastes.
        Dean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dan1malk
        I am so glad that there are people who can leave a proper comment on here, about why they like, or dislike a particular vehicle, instead of just saying 'it looks like a turd'... That being said, I agree with you, putting the face of the Focus on everything is going a bit too far. The addition of that big bulbous piece of plastic serving as the bumper on the front of the grille clutters things up too much. Ford got it right with the Focus though.
      natron3030
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hideous Kuato squished face... I like the utilitarian look of the last gen. JUST ONE MANS OPINION.
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      'When it first debuted in Amsterdam, Ford said that its trusty work van would be powered by a range of "highly-efficient downsized diesel and petrol engines," while in the United States, we'll have to live with "a tailored range of gasoline powertrains." Whatever that means.' It'll tell you what it means: a big fat middle finger in the general direction of the U.S. consumer.
      Saint Zero
      • 2 Years Ago
      So we can't get the diesel and we get stuck with that hideous front end. Also, I doubt seriously a dealer within 250 miles of me would stock a passenger version. Typical.
      Paul P.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Diesel please.
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