On the heels of revealing the all-new 2014 Transit Connect Wagon this morning, Ford officials confirmed to Autoblog that its work-ready cargo counterpart will debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Just like the Wagon, the cargo van will be offered in both short- and long-wheelbase variants and be able to handle payloads up to 1,200 pounds.

During an event held today at the company's Product Review Center in Dearborn, Michigan, Ford's marketing manager of commercial vehicles, Tim Stoehr, explained the strategy behind the new Transit Connect Wagon. Much like how we've seen consumers downsizing to smaller vehicles over the past few years, Ford firmly believes that buyers in the minivan segment are also looking to downsize. Thus, the Transit Connect Wagon is more of a true minivan than just about anything else on the market, and Ford believes the two-wheelbase strategy (with five- and seven-passenger configurations) will make its new van appealing to a wide range of consumers. That said, Stoehr expects the take rate on the two models to be about 80/20 – the majority going with the seven-passenger, long-wheelbase configuration.

The 2014 Transit Connect Wagon will be the least-expensive seven-passenger vehicle in the United States, coming in "thousands less than the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey."

Stoehr did not confirm pricing for either model, but said that the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon will be the least-expensive seven-passenger vehicle in the United States, coming in "thousands less than the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey." The Mazda5, which starts at $20,420 including delivery fees, only seats six.

Looking back to the introduction of Ford's other new people-mover, the C-Max, the automaker was originally scheduled to launch a seven-passenger version, complete with sliding doors and traditional gas powertrains. When asked about why Ford decided to shift this sort of vehicle over to the Transit Connect line, Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's vice president of global engineering for global product development, told Autoblog that the decision was based on the fact that Ford wanted to have one nameplate in its US product portfolio solely dedicated to electrified vehicles. That, and the seven-passenger C-Max (better known as the Grand C-Max) didn't offer nearly as much interior volume as the Transit Connect. To that end, Thai-Tang confirmed that a hybrid version of the Transit Connect is not on the table.

Ford also confirmed that, just like the current-generation Transit Connect, the new model will not be affected by the so-called "chicken tax" that applies to cargo vans built outside of the US. The 2014 Transit Connect will be built in Valencia, Spain.

When Ford launches the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon near the end of 2013, it will be available in the buyer's choice of either a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder or a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four, both coming standard with six-speed automatic transmissions. The 2014 Transit Connect Wagon will officially bow at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      fred schumacher
      • 2 Years Ago
      Minivans have gotten too big, too heavy and too expensive. My old 1993 Dodge Caravan with the 2.5 liter and 5-speed manual averaged 29 mpg overall and would get 33 on the highway. It could hold 7 and had tons of cargo space. This Transit based minivan looks to be much the same concept as Fiat's Doblo, which is also headed for the states to be the smaller minivan in Mopar's lineup.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fred schumacher
        The Mazda5 is a nice alternative to all the big heavy expensive minivans
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe I am not the target market, I do not have kids, am not a small business owner. However, a practical vehicle that is nice enough to carry around friends and family in, but rugged enough that landscaping and lumber runs to home depot, and putting dirty bikes or camping gear in are a-okay... I am really digging it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      its certainly not much to look at, but the idea of 7 passanger ride, a low low price and possible high MPG could make it a winner.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It blows my mind that such an immature and arbitrary tax as the "chicken tax" is still in effect! They need to get rid of the stupid thing so Ford can import the new Ranger...
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it's cheaper than a 7 passenger Dodge Jouney, that's an impressive price point, ugly or not.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Snoopy called. He wants his nose back.
      • 2 Years Ago
      - Ugly or not. I like this 7-seater a lot! Based on what I've seen on Ford's offical photos, I see a M/T (Manual Transmission)!!! - If this is true, this would be my favorite 7-seater other than the Flex Ecoboost! The Mazda 5 although excellent, lacks a bit of room and seats 6. By far my perfect-sized 7-seater would be the '98 Odyssey LX, but that only comes with a A/T.
      • 2 Years Ago
      so no hybrid version of the Transit Connect on the table -- why ? The CMAX engine will give a 40+mpg for sure for this also with a nominal cost increase , why its not considered ? Again Transit taxi also can go hybrid.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I speculate that dropping in the system straight from the C-max into the TC may not work very well or provide very excitng mpg numbers. The TC is a lot higher. I'm not sure, but it's probably a bit heavier. It looks to have the aerodynamics of a parade float.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find it to be a huge improvement over the last version. Yes the last version was rather funky looking, which was OK for it's very utilitarian mission. But now that they are looking to go less commercial and more soccer mom, the new face and features are a big plus. I think it has potential to be a big seller for Ford.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That round-ish, semi-overstyled front end seems a bit out of place on an otherwise boxy design. That said, I like the overall look and I'm glad that there's a true compact van ("minivan") again from a domestic automaker, and a perhaps more "right-sized" alternative to mid-sized vans like Odyssey and Sienna.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you check on Ford's website, you can already see pictures of the Cargo version of this car.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's about time! My design parameters are for it to be high roof enough to fit my road bike upright in the back without wheels removed (I'm 6'3"). Ideally I'd have a couple of bikes in there. Also, would be nice to have an AWD option like the old Astro had.
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