About an hour ago, Ford gave auto writers a preview of the Transit Connect Wagon that it will introduce at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and it’s a people mover (or gear mover) extraordinaire. While no pricing was given as yet, the company indicated that it will start well under competitive vehicles.
A new addition to Ford’s Transit Connect commercial trucklet line, it is expected to break 30mpg highway, haul the payload of a full-size pickup — more than the Toyota Tacoma Double Cab pickup, according to Ford’s vp for global engineering and product development, Hau Thai-Tang.
The company introduced the Transit Connect at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit where it was named a year later as Truck of the Year. At that first 2009 press conference, which I attended, writers were asking when a passenger version would be offered. Now, with the 2014 Wagon, it is.
I will do a full review once I have a chance to drive it, but here are some specs that should give you a capsule view of what’s to come:
This vehicle meets global commercial vehicle durability standards so it is no wimp in terms of construction. This is not your Mama’s mini-van.