2012 Ford Transit Connect
Along with the new generation Transit, Ford also unveiled the Transit Connect, which is a sort of stylish and improved version of the base car.
The Transit Connect offers van buyers with best-in-class load carrying ability, outstanding fuel economy and total dependability – adding up to best-in-class cost of ownership. But despite being a special edition, it’s still a pretty hard working car, featuring stuff like smart features and technology including car-like cockpit, Active City Stop and Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance. Other major feature of the Connect include dynamic new looks, innovative load-carrying features and advanced technologies – including the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, Active City Stop and Ford SNYC.
Transit Connect are due to go on sale by the end of 2013. Not sure yet if the price difference over the standard car will be worth it actually.
2012 Ford Transit Connect details:
The new model has a stylish cockpit with car-like design and craftsmanship, a range of smart stowage solutions, and the latest Ford driver assistance features and interior technologies. Transit Connect is the first in its class to offer Active City Stop, and features the Ford SYNC voice-activated, in-car connectivity system with Emergency Assistance.
Class-leading fuel economy and dependability
Minimising overall cost-of-ownership was a high priority throughout the vehicle design and development, and the all-new Transit Connect targets best-in-class fuel economy, along with minimised maintenance and repair costs with extended service intervals.
The powertrain line-up in Europe includes the highly-efficient 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with a choice of 75, 95 and 115 PS versions, and the remarkable new 100 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine – 2012 “International Engine of the Year”, plus a version of the acclaimed 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine available with a six-speed automatic transmission. The latest low-CO2 Ford ECOnetic Technologies help to minimise fuel consumption, including Auto-Start-Stop available on both diesel and petrol models.
A range of efficient petrol engines with automatic transmission will be made available in the U.S. to meet local market needs.
Since its 2002 launch, the Transit Connect has established a reputation for toughness and reliability. The new model has been engineered to extend this tradition of class-leading dependability, using customer feedback from around the globe to ensure that toughness and durability are designed in from the start.
Unlike many rivals which are tested like passenger cars, the vehicle has been subjected to Ford’s ultra-stringent commercial vehicle testing and durability standards, covering millions of miles of arduous testing in laboratories, at proving grounds and on customer fleets.
Next-generation global platform
The all-new Transit Connect is based on a global platform that is derived from the state-of-the-art C-segment platform shared by models like the Focus and Kuga/Escape.
Innovative technologies include an advanced Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) system featuring Load Adaptive Control, which adjusts the operation of the ESP stability systems to take account of variations in vehicle load, so the systems remain fully effective whether the vehicle is partially or fully laden.
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