- Priced from £13,921, order now for late 2013 delivery
- ECOnetic model capable of up to 70.6mpg
- Load volume of up to 4.4 cubic metres on LWB L2
Ford has confirmed the prices for its new range of Transit Connect vans which are available to order now, with first deliveries before the end of 2013.
Priced from £13,921 up to £19,130, excluding VAT, the all-new Transit Connect comes in two wheelbase lengths, known as L1 for the short version and L2 for the longer model.
Two bulkhead options are available on the Transit Connect. As standard it's a full-width arrangement behind the seats, giving L1s a capacity of 2.9 cubic metres and 3.6 cubic metres on the L2. By extending the cargo bay into the front passenger area, space is increased to 3.7 and 4.4 cubic metres respectively.
With a payload capacity of up to 1,000kg, the new Ford matches the class best, while the 1,226mm distance between the wheelarches enables the Transit Connect to carry two Europallets.
Extra functionality is offered with a hatch in the bulkhead and a fold-down front passenger seat, allowing cargo lengths of up to 3.0m on L1s and 3.4m on L2s.
If carrying passengers is required, the Transit Connect ticks those boxes too with Kombi and Double-Cab-in-Van options, the latter featuring a movable mesh bulkhead. L1 versions seat five, while the L2 Kombi can carry seven occupants with seats which can fold fowards to return the cargo bay to a more van-like size.
An efficient range of engines is on offer with 74bhp, 94bhp and 113bhp versions of the popular 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine. That's joined by the first application in a commerical vehicle of the petrol-powered 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit with 99bhp.
For thrift-conscious operators, the ECOnetic version is capable of up to 70.6mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 105g/km. Stop-start systems and an automatically closing grilles further reduce fuel consumption.
Inside, the car-like cockpit provides the benefit of Ford's 'Sync' system for Bluetooth connectivity, while 'Active City Stop' emergency braking should reduce bodywork repair bills by monitoring vehicles in front of the Transit Connect and stopping the van accordingly.
Security is also improved over the outgoing Transit Connect with drill and chisel-proof lock shields and configurable remote central locking.
Come back soon for the full all-new Ford Transit Connect review.