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2023 Ford Transit Connect: Here’s What’s New And Different

The 2023 Ford Transit Connect presses forward into the 10th model year of its second generation largely unchanged, aside from the deletion of one engine option from the lineup.

2023 Ford Transit Connect Model Line

The 2023 Ford Transit Connect continues to be offered as either a passenger wagon or cargo van configuration. The Transit Connect passenger wagon is available in three trims, beginning with the entry level XL trim, followed by XLT and finally the range-topping Titanium Passenger Wagon. The cargo van, meanwhile, is available in two distinct trims: XL and XLT.

2023 Ford Transit Connect Exterior

The 2023 Ford Transit Connect has only one change to its exterior color lineup. The Silver exterior color (YT) has been changed to a metallic paint color, after being previously considered a medium solid color for the 2022 model year.

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2023 Ford Transit Connect Interior

The 2023 Ford Transit Connect sees no changes to its interior, meaning the technology and styling all remains the same as the 2022 model year.

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2023 Ford Transit Connect Mechanical

The 2023 Ford Transit Connect has dropped one engine, and as such, is exclusively offered with one engine option.

The 2023 Ford Transit Connect has dropped the 2.5L IVCT I4 engine. This powerhouse produced 169 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque and was mated to Ford’s six-speed automatic transmission, which has also been deleted.

That means the sole engine choice for the compact van is the 2.0L Duratec I4 engine, which is capable of 162 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to FoMoCo’s eight-speed automatic transmission, and is harnessed by a front-wheel-drive driveline as standard.

2023 Ford Transit Connect Packages

The 2023 Ford Transit Connect sees the deletion of a handful of packages from its lineup. It has lost the Flex Fuel Capability (FFV), which was previously offered on models featuring the 2.0L I4 engine, which optimized fuel economy for the compact van. Additionally, the compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) engine prep package (98G) has been dropped from the compact van lineup. Finally, the heavy duty battery (51C) has also been axed.

2023 Ford Transit Connect Production

The 2023 Ford Transit Connect is produced at the Valencia Body and Assembly plant located in Spain. Order books for the compact van closed in mid-February 2023.

2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van


Looking ahead, it’s worth noting that the next-generation Transit Connect has apparently been canceled for the U.S. although it 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.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Nico

    “De-contenting Into Oblivion!” Ford’s new tag line!
    Very Sad!

  2. Rob Mcginley

    I have a 2014 Transit Connect for my work truck. I am not a fan of Fords over engineering. But the Transit Connect with its simple 6 speed and extremely reliable 2.5 inline 4, is one of the most reliable vehicles on the road.
    I literally beat the hell out of this van and it keeps taking it. I don’t warm it up even when the temps are below zero. I jump in put it in gear and pedal to the metal. Red line every day. Burnouts from every green light. It uses no oil and it has never been back to the dealership for service. I change the oil once a year and put new front tires on it once bald.
    I didn’t think the 2.0 was a very reliable engine with its head gasket issues ect.
    Big mistake AGAIN Ford.
    I guess there was not enough money in the 2.5 for the dealer service departments….
    So much for replacing the old 2014 with a new one…..

  3. Garrett Davidson

    When they got rid of the headroom they doomed this van and made it like everything else out there. The 2011 is great. Now it’s just a pt cruiser. Put the headroom back and watch it fly off the lot. Or keep removing what people like about it and watch the line disappear.

    1. Mike

      It’s been flying off the lot. That’s why it’s so expensive now. That’s it’s real problem.

  4. Mike

    Maybe the price increases have caught up to it. I’ve owned 2 of these, the last one was a 2018 Titanium. I believe I paid $26k for it. Now a stripped model, tho stripped is not much less than the titanium, starts at $35,600 for the same truck that started at I believe $23k 5 years ago without anything new to it. Over a 35% markup in 5 years, that’s insane. It’s a great little van but there’s nothing to it. It’s like an old VW bug. There aren’t enough options to make it a half way luxury vehicle, never mind a top of the line Titanium. This is why I won’t buy another one.


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