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2017 Ford Transit, Transit Connect To Receive Meaningful Updates

The Ford Transit lineup is set to be updated for the 2017 model year, with ergonomic and tech features inspired in-part by fleet customer feedback.

Updates to the Ford Transit range include:

  • Optional low-profile center console to facilitate easier access to the back of the van from within the cabin
  • Optional heated front cloth seats, along with optional 10-way power-adjustability
  • Available enhanced high-capacity upfitter switches: two increased amperage outputs, two battery hot outputs, and two unswitched outputs; output connector moved to behind the glovebox for easier access
    • Includes heavy duty alternator, auxiliary fuse box, dual heavy duty batteries
  • Base audio system upgraded to feature four speakers with a tweeter and woofer
  • LED lighting improved, made standard on Ford Transit vans for improved cargo area visibility
  • Optional passenger’s side power running board on Ford Transit vans and wagons without dual sliding doors
  • New aluminum alloy wheels available on all Ford Transit variants with a gross vehicle weight rating below 9,500 pounds

In addition, the smaller Ford Transit Connect is receiving some changes come 2017, including standard SYNC 3 infotainment with a 6.5-inch touchscreen on the Ford Transit Connect Wagon Titanium. The system will be optional on the XLT trim level Transit Connect and Wagon. For the first time, even short-wheelbase Transit Connects will be available in Titanium trim, and reverse sensing, automatic headlamps, roof rails, and a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat is being made standard on XLT and Titanium models.

Ordering for the new 2017 Ford Transit starts April 4th, with deliveries to commence in September. Orders for the 2017 Ford Transit Connect start even sooner, on March 14th.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Vern Larson

    1 – I would like to know what are the engine options for 2017 on the transit connect?
    2 – Is 7 passenger seating available on the Transit Connect Titanium?.
    3 – Which is the smoother ride…16 or 17 inch tires.

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      Vern Larson

      1 – I would like to know what are the engine options for 2017 on the transit connect?

      ▸ Currently the 2017 Transit Connect is Available with either the 2.5-liter Duratec 4-cylinder engine or 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine

      2 – Is 7 passenger seating available on the Transit Connect Titanium?.

      ▸ Correct, The Transit Connect Titanium does offer a third row passenger seating for up to 7 persons.

      3 – Which is the smoother ride…16 or 17 inch tires.

      ▸ In our experience, the 16” wheels and 215/55/16 tires offers a better ride and handling. Where as the 17” and 215/50/17 tires are a more rim/wheel is a lesser tire setup, but still is a good selection based on other Transit Connect owners opting for 18” 19” or even 20” wheels.

      For More Information: Ford Transit Connect DOT Boardhost Dot Com

  2. Bill Uher

    It is quite obvious that Ford does NOT read its own forums (please refer to the Transit Connect Climate Control forum about the lack of rear seat heat). I started that forum in 2014. The problem has yet to be remedied. There are four pages of entries from Transit Connect drivers that address the same issue. We have contacted multiple dealers. We have been given “case numbers”, etc. but the PROBLEM HAS NEVER BEEN ADDRESSED. Ford customer service fails miserably in this department. But they are not the problem. The design for supplying heat to the rear seat passengers is a design problem. I have yet to see anything that would indicate Ford has addressed the problem. However, they are making big deal about the addition of a lock on the glovebox. WOW! I would like to trade my 2014 for a 2018 but only if the rear heater system operates as it should. This is not rocket science (I worked for NASA). Please, Ford; solve the problem for me and the others. Let us know you listen and care about your customers.


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