The Ford Transit Connect is the Blue Oval’s compact commercial van. Originally developed by Ford Europe, the vehicle is currently sold in Europe as well as in North America. The current, second-generation model arrived for the 2013 model year in Europe and for the 2014 model year in North America, with the 2019 model year bringing a facelift that included two new powertrains and a fresh eight-speed transmission. The van is enjoying healthy levels of success, being the best-selling model in its segment in the U.S. And now, the 2020 Ford Transit Connect has arrived as a rolling update with a number of noteworthy changes and updates.
As before, the 2020 Ford Transit Connect continues being offered with three trim levels, two wheelbase options and two seating configurations, with a total of seven combinations thereof. These include:
- XL Cargo Van SWB
- XL Cargo Van LWB
- XLT Cargo Van SWB
- XLT Cargo Van LWB
- XL Passenger Wagon LWB
- XLT Passenger Wagon LWB
- Titanium Passenger Wagon LWB
The 2020 Ford Transit Connect is mechanically identical to the 2019 model year. Two powertrain combinations are offered, including:
- Atmospheric 2.0L Duratec inline four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The duo is rated at 162 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque.
- Atmospheric 2.5L Duratec inline four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The duo is rated at 169 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque.
Front-wheel-drive is standard across the range.
Outside, the 2020 Ford Transit Connect delivers several notable changes.
To begin, Automatic Headlamp On/Off and Configurable daytime running lights are now standard across all trim levels, as are automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Meanwhile, power-adjusting, power-folding, heated exterior mirrors become standard on the XLT and Titanium trim levels for both Van and Wagon models.
Finally, the Guard Metallic exterior color has been deleted.
The only change to the interior of the 2020 Ford Transit Connect is that the vehicle no longer offers orange seatbelts (85S).
The 2020 Ford Transit Connect sees the deletion of the Titanium Premium Package, which previously included the following content:
- BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert
- Forward and Reverse Sensing Systems
- Panoramic fixed-glass Vista Roof
- Lane-Keeping System
Driver Assist Technology
Several driver assist features in the deleted Titanium Premium Package mentioned above become bundled with Ford Co-Pilot360, which is standard on 2020 Ford Transit Connect models in the XLT Cargo Van, XLT Passenger Wagon, and Titanium Passenger Wagon trims, while being optional on XL Van and XL Wagon trims.
Ford Co-Pilot360 includes:
- Automatic High-Beam Headlamps1
- BLIS (85D) with Cross-Traffic Alert2
- Lane Keeping System1, which includes:
- Lane-Keeping Assist
- Lane-Keeping Alert
- Driver Alert
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking3, which includes:
- Pedestrian Detection
- Forward Collision Warning
- Dynamic Brake Support
- Rear View Camera3
- Included with equipment group 53C for XL, and standard for XLT and Titanium
- Optional on XL, standard on XLT and Titanium
- Standard on all trim levels
That’s all for now with regard to what’s new and different about the 2020 Ford Transit Connect. If you’re eager to read further updates about The Blue Oval, then make sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Transit Connect news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.