Ford Transit Connect Van Models and Transit Connect Van History
Appreciated by delivery and other businesses in European cities since 2002, the Ford Transit Connect's years of success eventually convinced the auto company to import the small van to North America. First sold in the United States for the 2010 model year, the Transit Connect featured a tall roof and abundant upfitting options. Possessing 135.3 cubic feet of cargo space, the small commercial van is surprisingly built on the same platform used by the compact Ford Focus. Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the 2010 Transit Connect provides thrifty 25 miles per gallon highway fuel economy. During 2011 and 2012, a small quantity of all-electric Ford Transit Connect was created in collaboration with Azure Dynamics capable of travelling up to 80 miles on a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. A major redesigned of the Ford Transit Connect Van occurred in 2014 consisting of a refreshed exterior appearance, 104.8-inch or 120.6-inch wheelbase options and a choice of two engines including a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine producing 178 horsepower. Among numerous features available through Ford Work Solutions on the Transit Connect included Crew Chief that allows the vehicle to be remotely monitored for optimized productivity. Sale success for the Transit Connect has resulted in emerging competition for the small commercial van market.