Ford revealed a new version of their Transit Connect van for Baby Boomers, entrepreneurs
Were you born between 1946 and 1964? Do you lead an active lifestyle? If so, Ford is aiming this van squarely at you. Meet the 2019 Ford Transit Connnect, a van the company is marketing toward Boomers that still want to live an active lifestyle.
The new Transit Connect Wagon has room for five to seven passengers, houses new gas and diesel engines, and includes a suite of driver-assist technologies. It’s also available in two wheelbase forms and three trim levels: XL, XLT and Titanium.
2019 Ford Transit Connect powertrains
The Transit Connect features both a new diesel and gasoline powertrain option. On the diesel side, buyers can order a 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine. Ford’s targeting at least an EPA-estimated 30 MPG, with power routed through a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Actual economy estimates on the diesel are expected in early 2019. There’s also a larger gasoline engine – a direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four with Auto Start-Stop equipped. As with the diesel, the gas engine also comes mated to the eight-speed automatic.
The 2019 Transit Connect features Automatic Emergency Braking, for a start. On top of that, there’s Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and an available Blind Spot Information System. The van’s Lane Keep Assist system vibrates the steering wheel when you stray out of your lane, and steers you back on course to keep you centered on the road.
Ford kept things fairly straightforward for the Transit Connect’s tech feature – it is a practical van, after all. Buyers get a 6.5-inch floating touchscreen, as well as a digital information center in the gauge cluster. You’ll soon be able to get Waze compatibility, and the van features standard 4G LTE connectivity for up to 10 devices. Ford’s SYNC 3 includes Alexa integration.
The long wheelbase Transit Connect touts more cargo space than a Chevrolet Tahoe and a turning radius of 38.3 feet, if maneuverability is one of your chief concerns. The van can also tow up to 2,000 pounds with the available trailer tow package.
Pricing isn’t available at time of writing, but the 2019 Ford Transit Connect will go on sale this fall.
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