Ford Motor Company has revealed the 2019 Ford Transit Connect for the U.S. market. For 2019 the Euro-style van is sporting a revamped look, more features and a new turbo-diesel engine for buyers.
The overall, purpose-driven shape of the Transit Connect remains unchanged. Instead, Ford has opted to swap out the front clip of the van with a face that is similar to other recent Ford products. This means a new trapezoidal grille design and revised headlights.
While the refreshed appearance is noteworthy, buyers in this segment rarely care about look. They will be more intrigued by what’s under the hood. For 2019 the base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Ford says the power will dip a bit from today’s version, but that the difference will be made up with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Those wanting a little more grunt will be able to opt for the new 1.5-liter turbo-diesel. This engine will churn out 120 horsepower and around 200 pound-feet of torque, also funneled through an eight-speed automatic. Ford says it expects this engine to achieve around 30 mpg highway in EPA testing.
Buyers in this segment will also appreciate the host of new technology Ford is adding to the Transit Connect for the first time. The 2019 model features standard automatic emergency braking and 4G TLE WiFi. Additives such as adaptive cruise control and high-intensity discharge headlights are also finding their way to Transit Connect for the first time.
The new gadgets are controlled in an interior that has been mildly updated from today’s version. The overall dash panel remains unchanged, but the center stack has been modified to house Ford’s latest switchgear and touchscreen LCD panel.
Ford will have the 2019 Transit Connect in dealerships by the end of this year.