We recently showed you the updated Ford Transit Connect Wagon in all its refreshed glory. Well here is the new 2014 Transit Connect (note the lack of "Wagon" in name, for its commercially minded purpose), and it's the small Ford van of choice for your tougher jobs. Ford says this van is ideally suited for small businesses and fleets looking to prioritize fuel economy. Two gasoline-powered four-cylinder engines have been announced, as well as the availability of compressed natural gas-powered mill with the CNG prep package. The base engine is a 2.5-liter DOHC inline-four, while the uprated engine is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline-four. Ford is anticipating 30-plus miles per gallon from the latter. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

The Transit Connect comes with all of Ford's latest collection of goodies, including an available 6.5-inch touchscreen with Sync and MyFordTouch, as well as Ford's MyKey programable key system. However, the key feature of the Transit Connect is capability, and this van appears to have it in spades, including a max 1,600-pound payload and over 130 cubic feet of cargo space. When properly equipped, it can also tow up to 2,000 pounds.

Ford sees global commercial vehicle sales growing by 4.8 million units next year, and wants to capitalize on that by employing its One Ford program. To that end it will be selling the Transit Connect in 66 international markets, making it a truly global vehicle. If your interest has been piqued by the Transit Connect, feel free to read on to the press release below.
Show full PR text
Next-Generation Ford Transit Connect Breaks New Ground in Commercial Van Fuel Efficiency with 30+ MPG

-Ford brings an all-new compact Transit Connect commercial van to market, ideally suited to small business owners and fleets placing high value on fuel efficiency

-Transit Connect Van is expected to deliver at least 5 mpg better fuel economy on the highway than Ram C/V Cargo Van while carrying more payload than a full-size Ram 1500 pickup truck

-Anticipating up to 30+ mpg on the highway with EcoBoost® power, Transit Connect Van offers customers their choice of two fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, two wheelbase lengths, two model series and an available CNG/LPG prep package

-Transit Connect Van takes versatility to a new level with convenient sliding side doors, side-hinged rear cargo doors, a choice of side and rear window configurations, and an estimated 1,600-pound payload

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 14, 2012 – With global commercial vehicle sales expected to jump significantly during the next several years, Ford's all-new 2014 Transit Connect cargo van is set to provide cost-conscious commercial fleets and small business owners with unmatched fuel economy and versatility in an expanding commercial vehicle market.

Redesigned from the ground up, Ford Transit Connect cargo van drives and parks like a car, hauls more payload than a full-size Ram 1500 pickup, and delivers fuel efficiency unmatched by any other commercial vehicle in North America today – 30+ mpg on the highway.

"We have completely reengineered Transit Connect with North American business owners top of mind," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of The Americas. "This all-new cargo hauler offers entrepreneurs and fleet owners a unique combination of leading fuel efficiency, cargo capacity and maneuverability."

With global commercial vehicle sales expected to grow by 4.8 million during the next several years to 21 million units annually by 2017, Transit Connect represents a major opportunity. Ford is the second-largest commercial brand in the world and best-selling commercial vehicle brand in North America. The company is leveraging its One Ford product strategy to meet the growing needs of Transit Connect customers in 66 global markets with vans that are Built Ford Tough and even more fuel efficient and capable and with greater choice of bodystyles.

Transit Connect joins the most fuel-efficient lineup in Ford Motor Company's history. Next year, Ford will offer eight vehicles rated at 40 mpg or higher – double 2011's total, and more than any other automaker. Ford tops Toyota in fuel economy in every segment in which both companies compete.

Transit Connect will be joined by the all-new 2014 Ford Transit full-size van, which will provide professional tradesmen and commercial fleet customers with a diverse array of bodystyles and configurations tailored to their work needs, unmatched fuel economy and low cost of operation.

To meet the needs of North American customers, Transit Connect Van is offered in two wheelbase lengths, in XL and XLT series levels, and with up to a 1,600-pound payload and more than 130 cubic feet of cargo space.

For the first time, this versatile compact van is also approved to tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped.

Power of choice
Transit Connect Van offers North American customers a choice between two fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines – a standard 2.5-liter and an optional 1.6-liter EcoBoost® estimated to deliver 30+ mpg on the highway.

These powertrain alternatives make Transit Connect Van the gas mileage leader among commercial cargo haulers.

Transit Connect's 2.5-liter engine can also be specified with a compressed natural gas/liquid propane gas (CNG/LPG) preparation package, enabling convenient conversion by Ford-certified upfit specialists.

Both engines come mated to an efficient six-speed automatic transmission, geared for around-town responsiveness and low-rpm highway cruising.

Transit Connect Van offers unexpected features in a high-value package, combined with low operating costs.

This stylish, contemporary cargo van is available with or without second-row seating, and offers useful options like rear view camera, 6.5-inch touch screen display with navigation, and SYNC® with MyFord Touch® – Ford's highly acclaimed voice-activated mobile communications and entertainment system.

Transit Connect is a One Ford global design delivering substantial capability on a compact overall footprint with urban-friendly maneuverability. It is ideal for small business proprietors and fleets aiming to right-size vehicles to specific duties.

Commercial-strength DNA
The Transit Connect work ethic is reflected in this clever van's cargo carrying and payload capabilities, and its high-strength body engineered to rigorous global commercial vehicle durability standards.

The all-new Transit Connect Van builds on the foundation of reliability and durability established by the current Transit Connect compact van. Introduced in North America in 2009, Transit Connect has become the must-have vehicle for small business proprietors and fleets.

Transit Connect was recognized as an innovative "white space" vehicle – literally carving out a new category in the market – by the automotive industry press corps when it was named North American Truck of the Year in January 2010 at the North American International Auto Show. Now selling at a pace of 35,000 units per year, Transit Connect has also become a favorite of taxi operators in major urban areas such as Los Angeles and New York City. Tradesmen and fleet administrators alike find its combination of car-like maneuverability, ease of handling and cargo capacity just right for many tasks.

All Transit Connect Van models feature first-row frontal and side airbags, first-row side curtain airbags, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Ford's award-winning MyKey® programmable ignition key, enabling owners and fleet administrators to restrict maximum vehicle speed and audio system volume, is standard.

Multiple vehicle fleets can specify Transit Connect with the available Ford Work Solutions™ Crew Chief™ telematics system, powered by Telogis®. This system enables a centralized fleet logistics leader to simultaneously monitor several vehicles in real time – for location, speed and excess idle time – thus improving productivity and efficiency.

Look for Transit Connect Van to begin arriving in dealerships in North America late next year.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 33 Comments
      BYALTF
      • 2 Years Ago
      More power, better fuel economy, more gears, what's not to like? I see a surprising number of these on the road. If the price remains reasonable, there will likely be many more.
      Mason
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are they STILL going to be importing these from Turkey with windows and seats and then converting them once they're here?
        PM
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mason
        the full-size is being built in the States... I imagine the connect would shift to U.S. production as well.
        Austin Too
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mason
        The full size Transit will be built in what is essentially a new plant in Kansas City where Escapes were built before production was moved to Louisville.. Production of the Transit Connect was moved from Turkey to Spain, which also will serve the U.S. market. If volumes were to increase substantially, Ford could consider producing in the U.S., but there isn't any spare capacity right now and Europe has open capacity so I assume it will stay where it is for now.
          Mason
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Austin Too
          Thanks! And I'm from Kansas City, so I'm pretty excited we got the Transit after the Escape escaped haha.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Austin Too
          The Transit Connect will still be built in Turkey. However, the Valencia plant in Spain which traditionally builds Fiestas will also be tooled to produce the Connect.
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Austin Too
          hopefully we will also see the demise of wonderfully Fragrant adhesive as well.....
      Dane Grant
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will this be my Volkswagen Eurovan replacement?
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      To be fair and from own opinion I’m happy they gave this van a more sleeker athletic look because from my observations on the roads when I see a 2010 bone stock model they are starting to look dated especially the beat up ones. While some may argue “who gives a crap it’s commercial van” don’t forget they are also launching the Connect Wagon as a family van and I have a feeling if they kept the same bland boring boxy look of the 2010 model nobody would even give it a glance in showrooms.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      The outside looks good minus the plastic strip on the sides, I think that cheapens it and isn't really necessary. I am not pleased with the interior of the commercial version. It looks unfinished IMO and just hacked together. Yes, its meant for business, but why not look... well... the business! I would have liked to see something like a rubberized liner sprayed in the interior, with some plastic skids the length of the back area, so its easy to slide things in and out. An AC power outlet on the back would be a nice feature. Any why aren't those panels at least body color? A pull out ramp would have been a neat feature to have for the back. Very ghetto, but I suppose if they price this ridiculously cheap, then perhaps the unfinished inside can be overlooked.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        [blocked]
      Autour_du_monde
      • 2 Years Ago
      Commercial vehicles to grow BY 4.8 million units? I think you mean grow TO 4.8 units!
      walthamdan
      • 2 Years Ago
      it has a bit of an elongated Kia Soul look to it
      K Dawg ONE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Forward down the field, A charging team that will not yield. And when the blue and silver wave, Stand up and cheer the brave RA RA RA!
      vfugelsang
      • 2 Months Ago

      I love My 2014 ford  Transit Connect,It Duz everthing i wount it to do

      THE 507
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay, enough with the Transit Connect, okay? I think we've had about all we can take for now (and the next 5 years). The mid-cycle refresh with the new corporate face is bad enough, but two reports on this behemoth is just too much. Thank you for your cooperation. ; - )
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @THE 507
        heres just one response to your comment 507...HUH?.....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @THE 507
        [blocked]
          Jesse Gurr
          • 2 Years Ago
          This is a "transit connect". The "Transit" is a new model to replace the E-series vans. Its understandable to get the two confused.
          F'nBrower
          • 2 Years Ago
          I like how I get downgraded for saying this is the next gen model, which is what the press release calls it. This may be a new VERSION of the Transit Connect, but the first generation has been on the road for years....
      n.bob2
      • 2 Years Ago
      U G L Y You ain't got no alibi you UGLY!
      PM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the rear barn door option on the Transit Connect no longer allows the full opening that the current ones do, that allow for backing up to a loading dock/doorway, etc.
        rbnhd1144
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PM
        I must admit I'm a fan of up and over rear doors, it sure works good for some people.
        PM
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PM
        I'm sorry that my observation upset someone enough for a thumbs down. I currently own a Transit Connect and was simply stating what I noticed.
    • Load More Comments