Nearly a decade after this Ford Transit Connect introduced the U.S. market to Euro-style compact cargo vans, this Blue Oval will be giving its people/cargo hauler a series of updates as it faces continued competition from Chevrolet, Nissan, and Ram.
Significant changes to the renewed 2019 Ford Transit Connect passenger wagon include this supply of a new turbo-diesel 1.5-liter inline-four. Dubbed EcoBlue by Ford’s marketing team, this engine will be expected to get an EPA-rated highway fuel-economy estimate of 30 mpg or better on the highway, Ford affirms.
2019 Ford Transit – Engines
There is no specific output amounts are being shared yet. New for the Transit Connect is a 2.0-liter direct-injected flex-fuel four cylinder that’ll likely produce result similar to that of its Focus fitment (160 hp and 146 lb-ft). This more interesting one is a segment-first offering: a 1.5-liter turbo diesel dubbed “EcoBlue.” The engine was designed in Europe in a joint venture with PSA (Peugeot-Citroën-DS), though Ford required the lead on the 1.5-liter variant. Techie features include a variable-nozzle turbine on its single-scroll turbo, an electronically controlled thermostat which maintains higher engine temps to thin the oil for lower friction, and a variable-displacement oil pump which saves energy at idle and lower speeds and loads, and diamondlike low-friction coatings throughout this engine. U.S. designs get an intercooler and a structural plastic oil pan that increases sump capacity and reduces noise. The basic block design comes from the 1.5- and 1.6-liter Euro-Ford Duratorq engine, but the latest engine upgrades from single- to dual-overhead cams, and also the injection pressure jumps from 23,000-29,000 psi and can offer five injection events per combustion cycle to smooth and quiet the engine’s operation. Ford expects an EPA highway rating of a minimum of 30 mpg, and claims this payload capacity will exceed that from the Ram EcoDiesel 1500 pickup (1,100-1,600 pounds). This engine will hit the road initial within the Euro-market Eco Sport little crossover. (We ought to note that this 2.5-liter Duratec four- and six-speed automatic would remain accessible but only to fleet purchasers from the base XL wagon running propane as well as compressed all-natural gas conversions).
Those latest engines will probably be mated to a new eight-speed automatic transaxle derived from the GM/Ford joint-venture nine-speed by pruning 1 gear for lower-cost applications. This actual Transit Connect will probably be among the very first automobiles to provide this transmitting, which assistance regular auto will stop/start on both latest engines.
2019 Ford Transit – Design and Interior
When it comes to styling, the whole nose is new and aligns using the vaguely Aston-Martin-esque look that has spread throughout this Ford range. New front lighting attributes HID headlamps with LED fog and accent lighting. Underneath the latest front-clip sheet metal lie a couple of structural reinforcements for enduring small-overlap crashes.
For the interior a new dash design attributes a high-mounted “floating” 6.5-inch screen supporting the most recent SYNC3 connectivity with Ford+Alexa individual assistant performance along with a regular 4G LTE modem able to connecting 10 devices towards the web. There’s also wireless device charging inside a cubby beneath that screen and two USB ports to charge devices from. Rear passengers can have their own temperature and fan controls, plus both 12-volt and 110-volt outlets. This suite of new driver-assist attributes is headlined by regular forward accident caution with pedestrian detection as well as automatic emergency braking with dynamic braking assistance. Those attributes as well as side-wind mitigation are all regular. Active cruise manage, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane maintain assist are also accessible.
Car seat foam material can be changed to improve comfort, and even though these folding systems carry over, this controls and levers that operate them are apparently redesigned for simpler use. Because of the fragile nature from the prototype parts on display, we were not permitted to verify this claim.
2019 Ford Transit – Release Date and Price
Anticipate the new Transit to appear in dealers within the third quarter of 2018 as a 2019 model, accessible as prior to in XL, XLT, and Titanium trim levels with only a modest price improve from 2018 levels ($26,925-$31,555).