Like the more pedestrian Ford Transit Connect Wagon, the Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van is getting a refresh in North America for the 2019 model year, premiering two new powertrain options that consist of either a direct-injected, 2.0-liter Ti-VCT petrol I4, or a 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel I3, both mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. That diesel option makes the new-for-2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van the only vehicle in the segment with an available compression-ignition engine.
For fleet customers, a third option will be available: a 2.5-liter petrol I4 with a 6-speed automatic and CNG/propane gaseous fuel prep package.
Just as on the Wagon, Ford is chasing fuel economy of at least 30 miles per gallon on the highway with the 1.5L EcoBlue diesel. Both it and the direct-injected, E85-compatible 2.0L petrol engine will be equipped with EcoMode and EcoCoach, which keep tabs on fuel economy and encourage the driver to practice efficient driving behaviors. Both will ship with Auto Start-Stop.
Beyond that, the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van is boasting “the most driver-assist technologies in the segment,” according to Ford. It’s the only vehicle in its segment to offer standard Automatic Emergency Braking – a new technology for Ford. Additional standard driver-assist features include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Side Wind Stabilization, and a rearview camera. Optional active-safety tech includes Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert, a Lane Keeping System, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Some additional high-tech convenience features are present, too, including an available, segment-first wireless phone charging system. A Ford MyKey® programmable ignition key system comes standard on the XLT, allowing owners and fleet managers to set vehicle speed warnings and limits, and set a maximum 45-percent volume level for the entertainment system. The FordPass mobile app allows fleet managers to monitor small fleets, keeping tabs on vehicle location, fuel level, tire pressure, and more.
“The original Transit Connect’s compact size resonated with customers searching for a more maneuverable and efficient commercial van,” says Ford General Fleet Marketing Manager Tim Stoehr. “We’ve enhanced Transit Connect’s available technology and powertrains to keep up with what our customers need. It is a critical tool with smart features to help improve productivity out in the field.”
The refreshed, 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van will go on sale across the US this autumn.