Ford boosts Transit Connect range


Ford is adding new powertrain options and driver-assistance technology to its Transit Connect van range.

The additions run right across the range and also include the Tourneo Connect MPV.

A new 1.5-litre TDCI diesel engine replaces the previous 1.6-litre unit and offers a six per cent improvement in fuel economy – in EcoNetic form its combined figure is 74.3mpg (65.7 in the Tourneo) which Ford says is class leading.

CO2 emissions can be as low as 99g/km in the van, 111g/km in the Tourneo.

New technology now available for the Connect line-up includes Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Keeping Aid.

The voice-activated Sync 2 connectivity system makes its European debut in a van, while the MyKey function is available for the first time. While best known for its use in cars allowing parents to restrict the way in which their children drive, it is highly useful for fleet operators enabling them to programme a key that restricts the top speed and reduces the maximum volume of the audio system.

MyKey can disable the audio system altogether if driver and passengers are not using safety belts, and can prevent the driver from deactivating safety functions.

The Transit Connect is available inVan and Double-Cab-in-Van bodystyles with L1 and L2 variants, as well as a Kombi in L2 only. Since being introduced in 2013 the model has proven a big success for Ford – demand for the model is up 93 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Meanwhile Ford’s smallest van, the Transit Courier, has also gained a powertrain improvement, the latest 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine offering a best-in-class 55.4mpg combined cycle fuel economy figure.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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