It's a busy time for Ford's European division.Â After the revamped Fiesta hatchback and the all-new Fusion-based Mondeo, the automaker has lifted the veil off of the 2014 Tourneo Connect van at a press event held in Amsterdam, Holland.
Modeled after the defunct Europe-only Fusion hatchback, the current Transit Connect's design is a relic from the past.Â The entirely new next-gen model is heavily inspired by Ford's current Kinetic design language and it boast a trapezoidal air dam as well as sleek and thin headlights.Â Out back, the tail lamps and the distinctive shape of the rear window are reminiscent of the Peugeot Partner van.Â
Both commercial and passenger variants will be offered, as well as long- and short-wheelbase models.
Interior pictures were not published but Ford promises that the dashboard will be more car-like and driver-oriented than the one found in the current model.Â The van will be available with high-tech equipment such as the next generation of Ford's SYNC infotainment system.Â
The technical details released by Ford are very vague.Â In a nutshell, the European-spec van will be powered by a range of downsized gasoline and diesel engines and the U.S.-spec model will rely solely on gasoline engines.Â
After debuting in Paris later this month, the Tourneo Connect will go on sale across Europe in late 2013.Â It will be launched in the United States, where it will be dubbed Transit Connect, at about the same time.
Pricing information and a full set of technical details will be released closer to the van's launch.