Last month we showed you that the completely revamped 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon, that was introduced in the consumer-focused Chicago Car Show. And though Ford expects this refresh rate increases earnings of this windows-and-seats variant of the vanlet to one in four Transit Connects up until today the combination was 85 percent freight vans–sufficient to pay 45% of their little work van marketplace. Apparently the most major fleet buyers searching for freight vans do not congregate in Chicago. Rather they go to Indianapolis, in which the Transit Connect van only broke cover in the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Show.
Most of what is new is shared using the wagon: 2 new motors, a 2.0-liter direct-injected flex-fuel four cylinder generating about 160 hp plus 146 lb-ft plus a brand new a 1.5-liter turbodiesel dubbed “EcoBlue,” that has not yet been ranked but is predicted to reach 30 mpg highway fuel market. There is also a brand new 8F35 eight-speed automated transmission, also refreshes of front and back ends, the dashboard, along with the rear suspension (geometry and fresh single-rate springs). Matters that take over in the 2018 Transit Connect van comprise the choice of 2 wheelbases and 2 rear-door fashions (180-degree-opening duplex doors along with a liftgate) along with also a 2,000-pound towing capability. Fleet buyers may also still become past year’s 2.5-liter Duratec four naturally-occurring propane or compressed natural gas routers, that still mounts into the semi automatic automatic.
We’ve heard a little more about that brand new eight-speed automatic. It’s founded upon the GM/Ford joint-venture nine-speed that is presently being used from the Chevy Malibu and Equinox plus a number of their sisters but that’s yet to look at a Ford. The nine-speed variant has a distinctive dedicated clutch which just participates throughout fourth-gear operation. Taking away the clutch plates, piston, casing, and associated electronics and hydraulic controllers for this 1 equipment reduces mass, removes the parasitic drag these clutch discs created from all gears except and thus enhances overall efficiency. Eliminating an intermediate equipment similar to this usually means the general gear ratio spread is precisely the exact same, and we are confident the marginally bigger jump from next to this fourth equipment won’t be noticeable. The brand new transaxle supports conventional automobile stop/start on both the new engines.
Cargo trucks embrace precisely the exact same unacknowledged-bastard-son-of-Aston-Martin face that has been propounded amongst all Fords, although here the lesser half of front fascia comes from practical, scuffable black vinyl. Behind that fresh confront are a few structural reinforcements that will assist the van endure small-overlap crashes. Ford fleet advertising director Tim Stoehr reported that using 77% of adults possessing a smartphone connectivity is much more significant than everparticularly for fleet managers that will leverage this technology for enhanced productivity. Therefore a 4G LTE modem effective at linking 10 apparatus to the world wide web is currently normal, as are an wireless apparatus charger along with two USB interfaces.
Stoehr asserts insurance prices must fall because of a package of fresh driver-assist attributes, which can be headlined by regular forward collision warning together with pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking with dynamic braking assistance. These attributes and side-wind reduction are standard. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot tracking, back cross-traffic attentive, and lane maintain assist will also be offered. Last, conventional Ford MyKey technologies enable fleet managers to pre requisite warnings, set rate limits, and limit audio quantity.
Front seat foam fabric has been altered to enhance relaxation, and recycling fans will be delighted to learn that nowadays the rear seats and rear glass panels which have installed and eliminated from each Valencia, Spain-built Transit Connect van (to conquer the “chicken taxation”) are currently returned for reuse (they had been formerly recycled). Long-wheelbase models can accommodate an astonishing 149 cubic feet of cargo using front passenger seat folded down, all which can be easily accessed through the very low load floor (two ft above the floor).
The new Transit Connect van ought to hit dealerships in regards to precisely the exact same period as the wagons, throughout the next quarter of 2018 as a 2019 version, with just a modest cost increase from 2018 amounts ($24,240 to $26,765).