Refreshed, 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Unveiled At The Chicago Auto Show

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Ford Motor Company today pulled the wraps off of a newly-refreshed, 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon for North America, boasting two brand-new powerplants and a fresh suite of driver assist features. The automaker is touting the new compact van as an ideal solution for Baby Boomers looking for “space, versatility, and technology” from a single vehicle, and one that’s well-suited to those born between 1946 and 1964.

Externally, not much has changed about the Transit Connect Wagon apart from a thorough redesign of the front end, but underneath the skin, the van boasts a choice of either a new direct-injected, 2.0-liter Ti-VCT petrol engine, or a 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel, both of which come paired with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Ford is anticipating at least 30 mpg highway with the latter powerplant – no small feat for a van with seating for up to seven.

More good news comes in the form of new driver-assist features, like standard Automatic Emergency Braking – included with the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon’s segment-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrial Detection. Available tech includes Adaptive Cruide Control, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, and a Lane Keeping System.

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2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon infographic

Additionally, the refreshed Ford Transit Connect Wagon will ship with a digital driver information center in the instrument panel and an embedded 4G LTE modem with mobile WiFi hotspot as standard, while SYNC 3 infotainment with an Amazon Alexa personal assistant, wireless charging, and a floating 6.5-inch touch screen will be available.

The revamped, 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon will be available starting this fall, with two wheelbases, three trim levels (XL, XLT, and Titanium), dual sliding side doors, and a load floor that’s conveniently just two feet above the ground. In the right configuration, with the available trailer tow package, the refreshed van will offer a best-in-class tow rating of 2,000 pounds.

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“Baby Boomers have always embraced life’s adventures and to them age is just another experience to master,” says Ford VP of US Marketing, Sales and Service Mark LaNeve. “From being easy to get in and out of, plus flexible seating and cargo space, Transit Connect Wagon makes it convenient for Boomers to keep enjoying family time or explore new hobbies and careers.”

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

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. I am quite fond of my 2014 Transit Connect LWB Titanium. I will trade for a diesel in 2019. There is one problem with my vehicle that has not been addressed formally; I started commenting on this problem in the winter of 2014 as my 2nd row passengers had no heat and subsequently had to wrap themselves in blankets. The problem was: Despite its controls, NO heat came from under the driver or passenger seats. Also, only cold air blew out of the mid-high vents. I have never got any air out of the very rear vents. The “supplemental” heater or fan or filter or whatever it was did nothing but make a loud noise. Several trips to my local Ford dealer produced negative results in solving the problem. They experienced the same no-heat issue in the Connects they had on the lot. They reported this to Ford and I received a “number” and was actually contacted. Ford Customer Service said they had no fix and gave me an extended warranty. The extended warranty notwithstanding, I still had no heat. I was not alone as evidenced by the number of similar comments that were posted echoing my problem. Do you suppose by this time, Ford will have taken a look at the rear heating and A/C system and made some fundamental changes? It was a bad design as confirmed by Ford. So what do I do? I’ll wait and see if Ford even recognizes the problem and addresses it, or in 2019, will the same malady be apparent?

  2. Even with the recalls and other problems, I love my 2014 Transit Connect LWB Titanium Wagon. With 45k on the odometer, it is time to think about trading. I love the idea of a diesel. I don’t know if the extra expense of a diesel is really worth about 3mpg more than I am getting with my gasoline version. The Transit Connect is the ONLY vehicle of its size and cargo-carrying ability that falls at a decent price point (I hope the 2019s do) and is appointed in leather with some good technology. I am avidly awaiting the release date. My biggest problem with the Transit Connect LWB wagon is that my local and very rural Ford dealer never had more than two XLTs on his lot. I had to procure mine from a dealer 120 miles away. I never got the impression my dealer’s mechanics were comfortable working on my Transit. They never did any repair that I didn’t have to go back and have them re-repair their repair. The sunroof recall had to be handled by the sister Chevrolet dealer across the road. My local dealer is staffed with great people but I have lost faith in their service department. This is turning out to be a long saga (perhaps for the benefit of other owners). Headlines as events warrant…

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