The highly-accommodating and decidedly-utilitarian Transit Connect rides on the same platform as the Focus. Built in Turkey, this new Ford product is putting a clear emphasis on versatility to make a lasting impression over here.
From a mechanical standpoint, the Transit Connect benefits from a 136-horsepower, 2.0-litre I-4 Duratec, a familiar and well-proven engine from the blue-oval automaker.
The 4-speed automatic transmission it’s mated to is not sophisticated by any means yet fulfills its duties effectively. In some situations, an additional gear (or two) would be much appreciated to help in rev matching.
But the point of creating a vehicle like the Ford Transit Connect is to offer outstanding functionality in a clever layout. Earlier this year, at the Chicago Auto Show, the company unveiled various interior configurations, from flower and pastry delivery to jazz mobile. Missing at the time was the five-passenger wagon variant with rear seats and rear side glass.