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New Ford Transit Connect Sport Joins European Lineup

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.

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Austin is an automotive enthusiast from Buffalo, NY with a passion for speed. When Austin isn't writing about the auto industry you can find him racing go-karts, competing in time attack events, or autocrossing his 2017 Toyota 86—with a manual transmission, of course!

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  1. LostInTransit

    Adding sport seating and strips doesn’t make this small van a “sport” van. Ideally and here’s what we’ve done. For the last 2 years we’ve searched for aftermarket parts that fit the van. We’ve heard that the Focus shares parts with the van as well as other Ford vehicles But we’ve debunked the rumor that a Focus sway bar would fit the Connect. it doesn’t. However, we’ve gotten a new lead of a donor car which uses the same engine cradle as the Connect. The Ford KUGA. Then we get word that Hardrace, has a 28mm sway bar designed for the KUGA.. So we’re assuming that the KUGA cradle is the same as the Connect cradle, then the KUGA sway bar should fit the Connect. We aim to find out shortly. The point here is.. adding strips etc to a car/van doesn’t make it a sport model. Add parts that increase or better it’s handling does make it a sports model. We yet to hear back from the MS-RT people on what they’ve done to their connect..


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