Ford has unveiled the commercial vehicle version of its VW Caddy-based Connect van: the Transit Connect. However, it beats its donor by launching a plug-in hybrid variant first, which boasts up to 110 km of electric range with minimal compromises.
The Ford Transit Connect slots in between the small Transit Courier and the larger one-ton Transit Custom, both of which are available in all-electric E-Transit versions. No such luck for the middle child, but a brand-new plug-in hybrid version is available as a consolation prize.
First, with the PHEV drivetrain
This PHEV driveline was not yet available on the Tourneo Connect, which has been on sale since 2021, nor on the Volkswagen Caddy, which serves as a technical base for the Connect model range as part of the collaboration between Ford and VW.
It features a 1.5-liter combustion engine (Ford calls it ‘EcoBoost’, but we’re pretty sure it’s a VW TSI engine) coupled to an electric motor for a combined power of 110 kW (150 hp) and 350 Nm of torque, which powers the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DSG).
Up to 820 kg payload
There is no word on the battery size yet (nor the fuel tank), but Ford promises a targeted electric range of up to 110 km, with 50 kW fast charging available. The Transit Connect PHEV features a maximum payload of 770 kg, with a 1,400 kg towing capacity.
This is only slightly less than the 820 kg and 1,500 kg of the diesel variants, respectively, which are powered by a 2-liter ‘EcoBlue’ (TDI) engine with 75 kW (102 hp) or 90 kW (122 hp). The latter can also be equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. All-wheel drive is also available as an option.
In the back, the Ford Transit Connect offers space for up to 3.7 m³ of cargo space for the long-wheelbase L2 version (3.1 m³ for the L1), and a double cab Kombi version is also available with five seats.
Order books open in the Spring
The interior is slightly more bare than the Tourneo Connect passenger van, but you still get a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10-inch central touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. A full suite of safety systems is also available.
Order books for the new Ford Transit Connect open in Spring 2024, with customer deliveries following in the Fall. The PHEV version will follow by the end of the year, with all-wheel drive and Kombi models coming in early 2025.