Ford has unveiled the 2014 Ford Transit Connect, which will be the first 7-passenger "people mover" expected to break the 30 mpg-plus highway barrier. Transit Connect Wagon expected to deliver at least 5 mpg better fuel economy on the highway and 2 mpg better in the city than a seven-seat Toyota Sienna minivan, and more cargo space and passenger seating than Mazda5, yet hauls a heavier payload than a Toyota Tacoma Double Cab pickup or Dodge Grand Caravan.
"Transit Connect Wagon gives young families and people on the go the fun-to-drive and efficient vehicle they've been looking for," said Mark Fields, Ford's President of The Americas. "It's an all-new, smaller seven-seater that has better mileage than larger vans and creates a segment of its own. Customers also will love the unique combination of style, adaptability and affordability this wagon brings."
Transit Connect Wagon is offered in two wheelbase lengths, in five- and seven-passenger configurations, and in XL, XLT and Titanium series levels. No other wagon in the market today offers the convenience of fold-flat seating, at least a 1,200-pound payload and more than 100 cubic feet of cargo space. It can also tow up to 2,000 pounds, 500 pounds more than a four-cylinder Toyota Highlander SUV.
Te 2014 Transit Connect Wagon will be offered with a choice between two four-cylinder engines - a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an optional 1.6-liter EcoBoost that is estimated to deliver 30 mpg-plus on the highway. Both engines are mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
"The all-new Transit Connect Wagon will expand the personal-use audience for this versatile nameplate by offering up to seven-passenger capacity across three rows of seating in a fully trimmed interior," said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford vice president of Global Engineering, Global Product Development. "It has an extensive selection of comfort, convenience and connectivity options, and a full complement of safety features - making it a modern, family-friendly alternative to oversized minivans."
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