Ford’s Transit Connect Wagon hits 29 mpg on highway


Ford Motor Co.'s freshened Transit Connect Wagon gets best-in-class highway and combined EPA gas mileage ratings, though the automaker claimed it is aiming even higher due to its new, yet-to-be-rated diesel offering.

The passenger wagon, available now, comes standard having a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated for an eight-speed transmission. The long wheelbase, front-wheel-drive model gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 24 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. That may be a noticable difference over the previous generation's 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

The 2019 Transit Connect beats the Nissan NV200 Cargo Van's 24 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined rating, as well as leads the 2018 Ram ProMaster City's ratings of 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.

But Ford is looking to crack the 30 mpg barrier which consists of upcoming 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine. Ford says it expects "at least" 30 mpg as soon as the engine earns its EPA rating sometime early next year.

Ford unveiled freshened passenger wagon and cargo van versions from the Transit Connect small van captured. The cargo wagon hasn’t yet been rated.

Officials the wagon makes up about about 15 percent of Transit Connect volume, but Ford wishes to grow that to twenty to Twenty-five percent.

It will offer you a class-leading towing capacity of 2,000 pounds when with an available trailer tow package, Ford says. The automobile also includes a host newest driver-assistance features.

The refresh is meant to further grow Ford's dominant share of your commercial vehicle segment.

Last year, Ford sold 34,473 Transit Connects within the U.S., down 20 % but nearly double the amount of sales on the second-place NV200. Ford owned in regards to a 45 percent share in the compact van segment in 2017 and wishes to grow that number by targeting active middle-agers who is probably not in the position to afford a regular minivan or large crossover.

The Transit Connect's U.S. sales fell 9.Three percent to 23,218 units through September of the year, Ford's monthly sales report said on Tuesday.

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