An updated version of the Ford Transit Connect has been spotted testing on public roads around Dearborn, Michigan, wearing obfuscating camouflage on the front and rear. The current, second-generation Transit Connect was introduced in North America in 2013 for the 2014 model year, and earlier this year, photos emerged of a similarly-disguised, refreshed Ford Transit Custom (not sold in US) undergoing testing.
The new spy shots of the refreshed Ford Transit Connect can be seen over at Motor1.
Going by where the camouflage is concentrated on this preproduction Transit Connect, exterior changes to the van will be limited to the front and rear ends, likely with redesigned headlamp/taillight graphics, tweaked fascias, and perhaps a new grille pattern. We expect the same choice of regular or extended wheelbase to stick around.
Motor1 suggests that the revised Ford Transit Connect could inherit the new Ford/GM 10-speed automatic transmission, but we find that quite unlikely, given that the slushbox has been developed specifically for longitudinal (RWD-based) applications. However, the use of Ford’s new 9-speed transverse automatic transmission, also co-developed with GM, seems like a safe bet.
Stay tuned for more on the refreshed Ford Transit Connect, expected to bow for 2019, as it develops. Be sure to visit Motor1.com for the new spy shots.