As Ford Authority reported earlier this week, the next-generation Ford Transit Connect has been canceled after FoMoCo previously planned to build that model at the Hermosillo Assembly plant in Mexico alongside the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Maverick on the same Ford C2 platform as those models. Ford will also reportedly stop selling the van in the U.S. entirely by the end of next year. However, the Ford Transit Connect will live on in Europe as a rebadged Volkswagen model, and will be underpinned by that automaker’s MQB platform.
Back in June 2020, Ford and VW signed off on a landmark partnership agreement that will see the two automakers share resources and co-develop a handful of vehicles, including the next-gen Volkswagen Amarok, which is based on the new Ford Ranger, as well as a pair of future Ford EV crossovers built on VW’s MEB platform. However, the first fruit of this relationship was actually the 2022 Ford Tourneo Connect, which was revealed back in October.
The new Tourneo Connect is essentially a rebadged Volkswagen Caddy with the same drivetrain options and output, albeit renamed to fit within the Blue Oval family. That van features a few distinct styling cues to differentiate it from its VW counterpart, though it is basically the same, right down to the engines that power it, which are built by Volkswagen but bear the EcoBoost and EcoBlue names.
In the meantime, U.S. customers will still have a variety of full-size Ford Transit models to choose from, including the all-electric E-Transit and the forthcoming Transit Trail, which is an off-road-focused variant already on sale in Europe that’s expected to launch in the U.S. early next year.