As a winner of International Van of the Year, the Ford Transit Connect is an extremely capable and practical panel van designed to suit the needs of business owners that require a compact vehicle that offers a robust, practical and cost-effective solution for their day-to-day operations.
The introduction of the new-generation 1.5 TDCi continues the roll-out of this engine across the model range as a replacement for the outgoing 1.6 TDCi, with commensurate benefits in terms of performance, fuel consumption and running costs.
Matching improved efficiency with greater performance, the power output of the new turbocharged direct injection 1.5 TDCi diesel engine climbs from 85 to 88kW, while the maximum torque is an impressive 270Nm. Combined with a six-speed manual transmission, it ensures outstanding load-lugging capability matched to budget-friendly improvements in fuel economy and emissions.
Adding to the Transit Connect’s segment-defining versatility, the standard full-width steel bulkhead separating the load compartment from the cabin can now be ordered with a load-through hatch and window coupled with a dual passenger seat, available as a no-cost option, in place of the single bench-type seat.
Available only in long-wheelbase (LWB) configuration, the Transit Connect Van boasts a payload of 1 000kg and a cargo volume of 3.6m3, with six tie-down points provided to safely secure loads. Easy access to the load compartment is via side-hinged rear doors and a kerbside sliding door.
The list of standard features incorporated in the Transit Connect’s Ambiente specification is very comprehensive. On the safety front it comes equipped with ABS and disc brakes all round, along with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) which includes Hill Launch Assist, Load Adaptive Control, Emergency Brake Assist, Emergency Brake Warning and Roll-Over Mitigation. A driver’s airbag is standard, with a passenger airbag available as an option.
The Ford Transit Connect 1.5 TDCi LWB Ambiente Van 6-speed manual carries a recommended retail price of R323 900, including VAT and emissions tax.
All Transit Connect models are sold with Ford Protect, which provides a holistic suite of maintenance, warranty and roadside assistance products. This includes a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, four-year/60 000km service plan, three-year unlimited distance Roadside Assistance, and a five-year unlimited km corrosion warranty. Service intervals are set at 15 000km.