Earlier this week we reported about the new 2019 Ford Transit Custom Sport – which will be the most powerful Transit van offered in Europe. New for the 2019 model year is the Ford Transit Connect Sport, which joins the sporty family of fun and functional Ford vans.
The Ford Transit Custom Sport will lead a range of three models – all complete with easily identifiable sports stripes, body-side moldings and wheel arch extensions.
The new Ford Transit Connect Sport starts with a more striking exterior styling kit with matte black sports stripes and either silver or orange accents. Ford has mounted 16-inch Dark Stainless alloy wheels at all four corners, and upgraded the powertrain, too.
Under the hood of the Ford Transit Connect Sport is Ford’s 118 horsepower 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine. The upgraded engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
Inside, the cabin features partial-leather heated driver’s and passenger seats. Other standard features include dual-zone climate control and cruise control with an adjustable speed limiter. Active park assist is also standard along with Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system. As with the Transit Custom Sport, the Transit Connect Sport can be spec’d with FordPass Connect and an embedded modem for Wi-Fi connection on the go.
Demand for sporty Ford vans has continued to grow in Europe. Sales of Transit Custom Sport and Transit Courier Sport rose by more than 50 percent in 2018, and Ford looks to gain even more traction with the Ford Transit Connect Sport.
Ford delivered its best commercial sales in 25 years in 2018, with 380,900 commercial vehicles sold in its 20 European markets. In comparison, Ford sold 127,360 Transit vans in the United States in 2017, and 137,794 in 2018. Specifically, 31,923 Ford Transit Connect vans were sold in the U.S. in 2018.