The van segment is dying. These vehicles can’t deal with the versatility of mid- and full-size SUVs. But still, there is one model standing out with its functionality and performance. If you need an urban commercial vehicle, you will be happy to hear that 2019 Ford Transit Connect is part of the refreshed lineup by the Blue Oval company. This compact van is in its second generation, and the current model is better than its predecessors.
There are two versions of the van. Some will use it for commercial purposes, and some for transporting people. Either way, the 2019 Ford Transit Connect is one of the best vehicles in the class compared to Chevy City Express and Nissan NV200. Now, it gets a boost from a facelift. Both ends are getting a refresh, the new dash is installed inside, and new suspension is part of the drivetrain. Add an optional drivetrain and driver aid features and put the 2019 Transit Connect side by side with any SUV challenging other vans. Ford’s vehicle is bringing the hope back for the vanishing class.
2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van
Both wagon and van will have two platforms to offer for its buyers. The shorter version is 174 inches long with a wheelbase of 105 inches. If you want more space, then a 190-inch long model is more suitable. Its wheelbase is also longer with 120 inches. The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo van comes with 105 cubic feet of space behind seats. With front passenger seat folded, we can gain nearly 20 cubic feet more. Other options for buyers are two trim levels. XL and XLT are available.
2019 Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon
If you need a passenger van, then the 2019 Ford Transit Connect will offer similar building options. There is regular and extended wheelbase. Dual sliding doors are standard. It is up to buyers if they want liftgate or doors at the back. The shorter model comes with five seating spots, while the extended version offers seven seats. A three-row model has 25 cubic feet of cargo space behind rear seats or 60 cu.-ft. with this row folded. Shorter variant comes with 13 cubic feet less. The volume increases with all rear seats folded down.
2019 Ford Transit Connect Specs
The new 2019 Ford Transit Connect will offer more engines than before. Whatsoever, the van keeps a 2.5-liter unit as the base one. Now, we will see a smaller displacement and a diesel van. The 2019 Transit Connect raises the game to the next level.
A 2.5-liter inline-four unit is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox sends power to front wheels. No AWD is offered for the 2019 Ford Transit Connect. This engine can also take the CNG. A four-banger is able to create 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. It returns 24 mpg combined.
The other option is a new 2.0-liter with 160 h[ and 145 lb-ft of torque. An inline-four unit will become the main option for buyers looking for a more efficient drive. It will give back 26 mpg combined and 30 mpg on highways. On the other hand, it won’t be able to tow as much as much as its bigger sibling. That means a 2.0-liter engine will probably be rated at around 1,500 pounds. A 2.5-l powertrain can pull 2,000 pounds.
2019 Ford Transit Connect Diesel
More towing capacity could come with a diesel engine for the new 2019 Ford Transit Connect. But, engineers opted for an EcoBlue model. Specs are not available yet. Experts believe it can produce around 120 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque. This will be good for the same towing capacity as for the 2.5-l four-cylinder. But, the EcoBlue will make at least 35 mpg on open road. This is a good reason to pick up this engine. On the other hand, its pollution and the cost of maintenance is a downside. Also, we can vote for petrol engines reliability.
2019 Ford Transit Connect Price and Options
The starting price of the 2019 Ford Transit Connect depends on the version you need. A new engine will drop the price below $23,000 for the Cargo Van. Model for passengers adds more features and equipment. These will increase the price by nearly $3,000. The extended model adds $1,000 more. A 2.5-liter engine won’t be under $24,000 and the diesel starts at least $25,000.
Trim levels available for Cargo Van are XL and XLT. Larger screen and cruise control are some of the features you will get by choosing an XLT Cargo Van. Also, the MyKey option is available. The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Passenger Wagon adds Titanium trim level. It costs $5,000 more than the base setup and $3,000 more than the mid-range XLT van. Captain chairs in the second row drop the seating capacity to 6 spots. Cornering fog lamps are the latest feature developed by Ford. Leather seats and Sync3 infotainment system are part of the Titanium package.
The SWB Transit Connect diesel option has been massively delayed.