Ford redesigns the Transit Connect cargo minivan for Baby Boomers

Gladys Abbott
February 9, 2018

Ford has unveiled the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon and it is aiming the vehicle directly at Baby Boomers who need space, versatility, and tech without the big price tag that normally comes with a minivan.

Ford makes a wide variety of Transit vans, but perhaps its most interesting variant is the Transit Connect Wagon, a sort-of minivan that doesn't shy away from its cargo-van roots. The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon maintains the same adaptable shape and packaging while adopting a new diesel engine option and a host of active-safety features as it enters its third generation.

The automaker debuted the refreshed small cargo van at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday.

And 1-in-3 boomers expect to buy a vehicle in the next three years. Ford will offer XL, XLT, and Titanium trims.

"It's responding to requests we've heard from our customers going back to 2010", says Tim Stoehr, Fleet Marketing Manager for Ford Commercial Trucks.

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On the safety front, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection becomes standard across the board. Adaptive cruise control, which now works down to a speed of 12 miles per hour, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring and lane-keeping assist systems are also available. Ford also has available Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert to detect vehicles around the Wagon.

Richard Truett, Automotive News' powertrain savant, design connoisseur and all-around engineering go-to guy, jumped up on just about every stand, thought and pondered and scratched his head, . The 6.5-inch media screen runs Ford's latest Sync 3 infotainment system. Both engines are mated to a wide-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, which allows the engine to operate in a more efficient speed range.

Available across the line for the passenger-friendly Transit Connect Wagon, the new 1.5-liter EcoBlue four-cylinder diesel is the latest entry in the complicated and controversial U.S. diesel fleet. The wagon, which comes in 5- or 7-passenger models, offers a choice between a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with direct injection with Auto Start-Stop as standard equipment, or the new 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel, both paired with a new 8-speed automatic.

The Transit Connect Wagon is expected to be one of the most affordable seven-passenger vehicles in the United States.

The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon goes on sale later this year.

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