• 2019 Ford Transit Connect: A Smaller Cargo Van with Over 30 MPG

    2019 ford transit connect cargo van
    2019 Transit Connect Cargo van

    Ford unveils the cargo version of the latest 2019 Ford Transit Connect van at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN. The new Transit Connect cargo van joins the passenger version with up to three powertrain options and full compliment of safety, driver assistance, and connectivity technologies.

    The 2019 Transit Connect cargo van will offer a standard 2.0-liter gasoline engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission and engine start/stop feature. Heavy duty battery and alternator are available for more demanding jobs. Next up is a new 1.5-liter EcoBlue turbo-diesel that is also mated to an 8-speed automatic. Ford estimates over 30 MPG highway fuel efficiency from this powertrain, but EPA certification will not be available until calendar 2019.

    Fleet-only versions of the Transit Connect van will also be able to order a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission and CNG/propane fuel compatibility.

    The latest Transit Connect comes with a slew of available driver assistance technologies that include: adaptive cruise control, lane keep system, blind spot info and cross traffic alert, pre-collision assist, side wind stabilization, and automatic emergency braking.

    2019 Transit Connect Van

    Connectivity is very important these days, and the Transit Connect cargo does offer the latest SYNC 3 infotainment system with 4G Wifi support for up to 10 devices.

    Stay tuned for much more coverage from the 2018 Work Truck Show.  TFLtruck is on location in Indianapolis.

    Andre Smirnov
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    19 thoughts on “2019 Ford Transit Connect: A Smaller Cargo Van with Over 30 MPG

    1. While I’d admire the efficient space utilization of these FWD trucklets, there is just too much low hanging fruit below that front chin. The front ends of these trucklets will scrape on local driveways where I live and good luck with taking one off-road.

      The Start/Stop feature means you have time to say – “ready, set, go” – each time pull away from a stop sign.

      1. I have a steep drive way and own one of these. The front tires with the short distance to the grille make it to where it seems like it would, but doesn’t and clears with ease. My complaint is curbing. I got front and rear sensors to prevent that but my fiance managed to curb it a few times parking.

    2. Who wants a work truck of any kind that has such terrible road clearance? And what’s with the tiny 1.5L diesel that can only achieve 30mpg highway powering such a small vehicle. I can’t wait to see 0-60 times for that powerhouse! ☺☺☺

      1. Evacuated from Harvey in it. Did well, carried a lot (2 people, 2 dogs, 2 cats, supplies and all we could pack luggage, and even had a hitch platform carrying 20 gal of fuel for generators. Was I over payload? Heck yea, but it did the job.

    3. It would be nice if Ford would increase towing capacity to 3,500lbs from the 2,000lbs it currently is. Might open this up to more people that need to pull a trailer, tent camper, or small boat.

    4. I have a 2015 Ram Promaster City Wagon SLT.It competes with the ford transit connect and the chevy city/nissan nv200.I wish there was a diesel option for what I have,and the dash layout could be better.Other than that,it handles great,and gives me around 26.5 mpg on the hwy.It’s rated at 30 mpg on the hwy,but once I leave my valley,it’s up and down 7% grades and switchbacks.Never a problem with steep transitions,nothing scrapes.The rear seat folds and tumbles so there is plenty of room when needed,and the barn doors are much better than a YUUGE liftgate,imho.

      1. Did barn doors too on the TC, great for blocking out people with brights on too! 😉

        How many miles you have now on your ProMaster? I am at 24k now. I did a bed conversion in the storage area that folds over the middle row. Just place the mattress pieces on top and good to sleep. Have not used it yet like I intended for camping but hopefully one day…..

        1. I only have 14k on it. yeah I know,I don’t get out much,lol. Back in the day when my kids were little,we’d go camping for a weekend in my then new 1974 Dodge B100 van. 225 slant six,three on the tree,lol. The kids just loved it. Simpler times…

          1. Those vans are nice! Saw one at a car show not too long ago. They did full carpet interior bright orange with a lime green exterior. Talk about shaggin wagon!

            1. Oh yeah,I well remember the van craze.Mine was a bareass work van. On weekends when we wanted to go camping with the kids,I’d take all my tools out,and put in our camping gear.

    5. The Transit Connect is probably the best of these small vans, but people need to be realistic. It’s a Ford Focus platform adapted into a van. It will never be useful for towing anything other than a very small utility trailer, and it will never carry a big payload. Where these things excel is delivering lighter goods while offering unmatched maneuverability and decent fuel economy. Airport shuttle, floral delivery, restaurant delivery, etc, etc. If you need heavier duty or more towing, check out the Transit, Sprinter, Savannah, or Promaster. But the full size Promaster is awful, so only check it out if you have to.

    6. The drive train itself since 2014-2018 is the Fusion drive train which I wish they kept the 2.5 i4 stout and proven, even listed in Ward’s top engines. The 2.0 I could careless for, although the new diesel is intriguing. The benefit the bigger pro master has over the competition is that it is RWD. Being so can allow handicap access to the side door with a ramp. I have lost a couple sales for that reason alone. Transit is rear access ramp only or lift on side door.

        1. Yea just saw read up on that, reason was the lower load level floor. They all pretty much switched to FWD except Nissan and MB i think,… too lazy to google 🙂

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