After discontinuing the diesel-powered Ford Transit Connect in the U.S. back in 2019 and the Transit Connect Taxi in 2020, FoMoCo also dropped the 2.5L I-4 engine from the 2023 model – which is a carryover model and not a redesign, as Ford Authority reported last week. However, as Ford Authority reported in March 2021, a next-generation Ford Transit Connect was expected to be built at the Hermosillo Assembly plant in Mexico alongside the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Maverick, though those plans have now been canceled, according to Automotive News.
In addition to canceling its plans to build the next-gen Transit Connect in Mexico, Ford will also reportedly stop selling the model in the U.S. entirely by the end of next year. However, the van will live on in Europe, where the redesigned 2022 Tourneo Connect was recently revealed as a rebadged Volkswagen Caddy with the same drivetrain options and output.
Ford currently imports the Transit Connect from Spain, but was planning on building the next-gen version in Mexico on the Ford C2 platform, which is already used by the Bronco Sport and Maverick. The new, Europe-only model will ride on Volkswagen’s MQB platform like the Tourneo Connect.
Small van sales have been in decline for some time now, and are down 15 percent through 2022 thus far. This likely played a big part in Ford’s decision to exit the U.S. market in that regard, while it continues to expand its full-size Transit lineup with 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.