In case you’re new to the industry, I’m happy to tell you that we’ve got a whole new market for on the rise – the market of compact vans that are best suited for small business and/or a family-run business. That’ right, this is a big, trending segment these days and the majors are doing their best to win over the ever-growing customer base. The Ford Transit Connect 2017 is right in the middle of it, offering the ultimate compact van experience with a sleek, almost sporty interior, great exterior looks, mighty performance, solid fuel-efficiency, and decent handling.
Comfort level is superb, and, if you add all the latest technological features and safety equipment, you’ll get a near-perfect…hell, a PERFECT model! Seriously, though: if you take everything that makes vans and SUVs great and get rid of all the unnecessary stuff that turns you off, you’ll get the Ford Transit Connect 2017. In 2015 it went through a complete redesign and is now fighting a much wider range of competitors, such as Nissan’s NV200, Chevy’s City Express, RAM’s ProMaster, and others.
Pretty, Spacious And Feature-Packed
The new Transit is an awesome alternative for dinosaur-like full-size vans, because, despite the fact that it’s pretty small, it offers quite a bunch of amazing features and is a true workhorse – heart and soul. Alright, so, while the standard Connect is a commercial vehicle, the Connect wagon is a whole another story: it’s a passenger-friendly edition with seating for up to 7 folks and a very special appeal not only for modern-day families, but also the hipsters, hippies, and hobbyists that just love taking a small van for a spin out in the wild, camping in the woods, the desert, the suburbs – whatever. So, for healthy outdoor activities, the Ford Transit Connect 2017 wagon is a very good choice.
You’ve got tons of space in the interior, with enough leg- and head-room for a giant, comfortable seats, a thought-through layout and quite a strong technological side with all the latest features, including the basics – climate control, cruise control, navigation, a rearview camera, keyless ignition/entry, a great sound system, Bluetooth/USB connections, and more, and some “luxury” stuff, such as – the Sync 3 interface with the Sync voice-control system, High Def. Radio, leather upholstery, heated/ventilated seats, blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, et cetera, et cetera.
Nimble, Flexible And Versatile
With the release of the Ford Transit Connect 2017 the company will finally be able to bridge the gap between the “elder brother” – the large Transit – and the hybrid hatchbacks. Speaking of the friendly models, I gotta say that the upcoming Connect borrows a lot of features from the Explorer and Escape crossover SUVs, including the similar front grille, LED/xenon lights, materials/finishing in the interior, techy equipment we just talked about, and other stuff. This is a very common thing in the industry – sharing awesome developments throughout the line-up to perfect every last model and make them stand out more.
So, I just mentioned the new Transit Connect’s fun experience behind the wheel in the beginning, and I just wanna add that it drives like a small hatchback, not a van – it’s nimble, flexible and super sneaky in those tight European corners, while still offering enough cargo, payload, and towing capacity to meet the needs of small/family business owners all around the globe.
Ford Transit Connect 2017 – Powertrain And Interior Specs
The Ford Transit Connect 2017 won’t be much different from the current edition in terms of handling and you can expect the same powertrain specs – nothing new. As for the drivetrain, we’ll get a choice between two engines: the first one is the standard-level 2.5-lit 4-cyl unit that’s good for 169HP and 200 lb-ft of torque; the second engine is a far better pick; it’s a turbocharged 1.6-lit 4-cylinder and it’s capable of 178 Horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque, while returning 30 miles per gallon on the highway and 22MPG in the city. As for the bodywork, the Transit Connect (both the standard and the wagon edition) is based on the Ford Focus platform, while borrowing some parts from the Escape SUV.
In the 3-row wagons there is plenty of leg- and headroom, and, with the sliding doors and the main cargo opening, you’ll get easy access from all around. Plus, the Ford Transit Connect 2017 rides at car height, and that means you won’t have to step up.
The van/wagon will be available in 3 trim levels – XL, XLT, and Titanium, with a choice between a long wheelbase and a short wheelbase. The passenger-friendly wagon will be able to tow anything up to 2K pounds with the special Tow package, which is available only with the 2.5-lit engine. Alright, that’s it for the upcoming Transit Connect. Not much is new for the 2017 edition, but even the minor changes play a significant role in making the van greater with each new edition. Stay tuned, keep up with the latest trends and write in the comments!
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