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New Transit Connect will offer PHEV option

New Transit Connect will offer PHEV option

Ford's new Transit Connect offers PHEV option, based on VW Caddy, with increased load volume and advanced driver assistance systems.

Published 16 Feb 2024By CV Show News

A new Ford Transit Connect will arrive in the UK this summer, with the option of a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. The new van is produced as part of Ford's partnership with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and is based on the VW Caddy.

Ford Pro offers the Transit Connect with short- or long-wheelbase options in two seat van or five seat Kombi body styles. The van’s new load area design delivers an increased volume of 3.1 cubic metres (L1) or 3.7 cubic metres (L2) depending on wheelbase choice. Maximum payload is 820Kg and the towing capacity is 1,500Kg.

In the Kombi, a flexible seating concept enables dual-use customers to switch their vehicle from a five-seater to a work van. The rear seat folds forwards and upwards to increase load volume to 2.5 cubic metres (L1) or 3.1 cubic metres (L2)

The PHEV variant uses a VW-derived 1.5-litre petrol engine, combined with an electric motor and battery. Maximum power output is 150PS and the van has a zero-emission range of 68 miles. DC fast charging at 50kW is possible. PHEV models have a maximum payload of 770Kg.

Ford also offers the Transit Connect with a diesel powertrain. The 2.0-litre unit can be specified with 102PS or 122PS and is capable of achieving almost 60mpg.

A 10-inch digital instrument cluster is standard across the range and is combined with a 10 inch colour central touchscreen with available Connected Navigation.

Drivers who use a work phone for navigation or to contact customers benefit from wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto mirroring, with wireless device charging on Limited and Active trim levels. Charging larger equipment such as laptops or tools is possible via 45-watt USB-C ports in the cab.

The range of driver assistance systems includes Pre-Collision Assist with Auto Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning, Evasive Steer Assist and Intersection Assist to help prevent or mitigate collisions with other road users. A rear-view camera and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert are standard on high-series models.

The Connect enters production in the spring, with initial deliveries of the diesel van scheduled for the summer. Transit PHEV will join the range before the end of the year, with Kombi models completing the line-up in early 2025.

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