This year, the Ford Transit Connect 2019 Cargo Van version has received significant refreshment with the introduction of a 1.5 L turbo-diesel engine. Noticeably, in the US market, the cargo version takes up to 85% of the Transit Connect's total sales. Therefore, changes to the van play a very important role as the American car manufacturer is aiming at not only maintaining but also enhancing its success in the commercial van segment.
The new engine is supposed to drink 30 mpg on the highway and it boasts to be the only diesel engine option in the van segment offered for the US market. With this fresh mill, the Ford Transit Connect 2019 Cargo Van will go head-to-head with the Ram ProMaster City, Mercedes-Benz Metris, Nissan NV 200 and Chevrolet City Express.
This year, the van has received significant refreshment with the addition of a 1.5 L turbo-diesel engine
Other options for the car's engine are also available including a 2.0 L gasoline and a 2.5 L inline-four. The former is combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission and comes with stop-start. It is also equipped with a battery and a heavy-duty alternator for vans. Specifically, the battery demands high energy needs and can be powered by E85 fuel. Meanwhile, the latter is fed by compressed natural gas to aim at fleet customers.
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Other options for the car engine are also available including a 2.0 L gasoline and a 2.5 L inline-four
Moreover, a standard pre-collision braking system is also added to the van so as to meet the huge demand from fleet shoppers who understandably want to minimize the risks of their drivers getting into incidents. It also has a standard backup camera and an optional safety gear consisting of adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and blind-spot warning with cross-traffic alert at the rear.
A standard pre-collision braking system is also added to the van
Some techs are also included in the package to fullfil the request of fleet buyers. They are:
- FordPass connectivity: Allowing remote monitoring of the van’s fuel level, location, tire pressure and more;
- MyKey: Restricting the radio volume allowed with each key fob as well as maximum speed;
- 4G LTE WiFi hotspot: Allowing connection to up to 10 devices;
- An 6.5’’ touchscreen with optional Sync 3 infotainment system.
Speaking of the cargo space, opening the rear doors can provide 180 degrees of space, allowing the forklift driver to load large items, even a 48’’-wide pallet.
Opening the rear doors can provide 180 degrees of space
The car also has hooks and multiple tie-downs to restrain stuff in the cargo. And, for your information, Ford has cooperated with decorating companies that will help spruce up your car with various types of storage, mount and racks of your choice.
Coming available with an optional pull package, the Ford Transit Connect 2019 Cargo Van can tow 2,000 pounds. The gasoline engine is capable of loading 1,610 pounds.
When it comes to the exterior’s changes, the front fascia of the Transit Connect gets a completely new look while the interior receives a new dashboard and fresh seats armed with new foam to provide "enhanced comfort".
The interior receives a new dashboard and fresh seats armed with new foam to provide "boosted comfort"
The Ford Transit Connect 2019 Cargo Van is manufactured in Valencia, Spain. In order to avoid import taxes on commercial vehicles, Ford then takes them all into the US as passenger cars. After that, at the port located in Newark, New Jersey, the window panel will be replaced by a fixed unit while the seats will also be removed.