Ford’s Transit Connect Wagon is now on sale in North America at a starting price of $24,525.
The vehicle is available in two wheelbase lengths – a five-passenger with removable seating or a seven-passenger with fold-flat seating. It offers sliding side doors, a choice of a rear liftgate or side-hinged cargo doors, more than 100 cubic feet of cargo space and a maximum payload of 1,270 pounds. Available trim levels include XL, XLT and the range-topping Titanium.
Ford wants consumers to think of the all-new 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon as the #unminivan.
Described by Ford as fuel efficient, flexible, uniquely styled and fun to drive, the Transit Connect Wagon is an affordable people mover for families and active individuals who want to be ready for whatever life brings.
“Ford’s all-new Transit Connect Wagon is unlike anything else,” said Minyang Jiang, Transit Connect brand manager, Ford Motor Company. “It drives like a car, has the flexibility of a utility and can haul the payload of a full-size pickup. This new wagon is a great combination of affordability and functionality – a unique global vehicle we’re proud to offer our customers.”
Ford explained customers can select from two fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines – the standard 2.5-liter with an EPA-estimated rating of 20 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway, and a 1.6-liter EcoBoost with an EPA-estimated rating of 29 mpg highway.
Both engines are paired to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission designed for smooth driving around town and efficiency on the highway.
Ford added California is the largest retail area for Transit Connect Wagon and van. The growth in this market is 300-plus percent more than the minivan segment, which grew by about 10 percent in the first quarter of 2014.
The short-wheelbase, five-passenger wagon model allows for the second row to flip, fold or be removed entirely. It features 77.1 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the first row with the second-row seats flipped forward, and 46.9 cubic feet of volume behind the second row.
The long-wheelbase, seven-passenger wagon model has second- and third-row seats that fold flat. It has 104.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the first row with the second and third row folded flat; with passengers in the second row, cargo volume reaches nearly 60 cubic feet.