Back in June of 2020, Ford and Volkswagen signed off on a landmark partnership agreement that will see the two automakers work together to develop a number of new vehicles and jointly invest in the self-driving software company Argo AI. The newly revealed 2022 Ford Tourneo Connect is the very first fruit of that relationship and is essentially a rebadged Volkswagen Caddy with the same drivetrain options and output, albeit renamed to fit within the Blue Oval family.
On the outside, the 2022 Ford Tourneo Connect does take on a slightly different look than its VW counterpart, with a design that’s more in line with its current European offerings. A handful of trims are available, including the Sport, which features hood stripes, a revised lower front bumper, and 17-inch wheels, as well the more upscale Titanium, Trend, and rugged Active, which features a number of additional body moldings, unique 17-inch wheels, and a skid plate.
The 2022 Tourneo Connect offers seven-passenger seating in both short- and long-wheelbase models, with foldable or removable second and third rows, as well as the passenger seat when extra cargo space is needed. Trend, Titanium, and Active customers can also specify ergonomic seats with extended leg supports and four-way electric lumbar adjustment for extra comfort.
2022 Tourneo Connect models come with a standard 8.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, while a 10-inch screen is standard on Titanium, Sport, and Active series and available on all other trims. Models with the larger screen get a FordPass Connect modem, which is one feature not available on the VW Caddy. A 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster is also standard on Sport models and available on Titanium and Active trims. The new model boasts a whopping 19 driver assistance technologies as well.
Powertrain options include a 1.5L EcoBoost gas engine from Volkswagen, which is rated to produce 114 PS (112 horsepower) and 220 Nm (162 pound-feet) of torque, or two different versions of a VW-sourced 2.0L EcoBlue diesel producing either 112 PS (110 horsepower) and 280 Nm (206 pound-feet) of torque or 122 PS (120 horsepower) and 320 Nm (236 pound-feet) of torque. Both motors are mated to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven‑speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic. For the very first time, all-wheel drive is available on models fitted with the 122 PS version of the 2.0L EcoBlue diesel and six‑speed manual gearbox.
While the 2022 Tourneo Connect is essentially a rebadged VW Caddy, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Transit Connect will follow the same path in the U.S., as the Tourneo Connect is the European parlance for the passenger variant of the Transit Connect.
This article has been updated to reflect the fact that the EcoBoost and EcoBlue engines are from VW.