The 2023 Ford Transit Connect is part of that model’s second-generation, which has been in production since the 2013 model year, though it did undergo a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year. Regardless, it will solder on largely unchanged for the new model year, though sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2023 Ford Transit Connect van and wagon will no longer offer the 2.5L I-4 engine.
For the 2022 model year, that powerplant was optional for both variants, and allowed fleet customers to run the Transit Connect with either compressed natural gas of liquid propane, as Ford paired the engine with the CNG/LPG Engine Prep Package, though that package has also been discontinued. The Transit Connect equipped with the 2.5L I-4 was one of the last North American Ford products to utilize the six-speed automatic transmission, but now, the 2023 model equipped with the 2.0L I-4 paired with the eight-speed automatic gearbox is the sole available drivetrain option.
As Ford Authority reported in March of 2021, FoMoCo is reportedly working on a next-generation Transit Connect that is slated to be built at the Hermosillo Assembly plant in Mexico alongside the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Maverick. In the meantime, as Ford Authority reported in May, the 2023 Ford Transit Connect will not be an all-new model, but rather, a continuation of the current version.
Like the Bronco Sport and Maverick, the next-gen Transit Connect will reportedly ride on the Ford C2 platform, which also underpins the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair. The current-gen Transit Connect shares its Ford C1 platform with the Focus and is currently built at the Valencia Assembly plant alongside the Galaxy, Kuga, S-Max, and Mondeo, and is imported into the U.S.