Following the success of its smaller Transit Connect van, Ford has announced plans to eventually sell its seven-passenger Transit Connect Wagon in the North American market.
A three trick pony, Ford says the Transit Connect Wagon “drives like a car, has the flexibility of a utility and can haul the payload of a full-size pickup.” Ford also expects the Transit Connect Wagon to be the first seven-passenger vehicle to receive an EPA rating of 30mpg or better on the highway.
“Transit Connect Wagon gives young families and people on the go the fun-to-drive and efficient vehicle they’ve been looking for,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s President of The Americas. “It’s an all-new, smaller seven-seater that has better mileage than larger vans and creates a segment of its own. Customers also will love the unique combination of style, adaptability and affordability this wagon brings.”
In addition to its seven-seat form, Ford will offer the Transit Connect Wagon as shorter wheelbase, five-passenger vehicle. Trim levels for both models will include XL, XLT and Titanium. Reflecting its versatility, the Transit Connect Wagon will be offered with cloth, vinyl and leather seating surfaces.
The Transit Connect Wagon will come standard with Ford's 2.5L four-cylinder, but a 1.6L EcoBoost mill promising better than 30mpg on the highway will also be available. Both engines will be hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission.
When properly equipped the Transit Connect Wagon is capable of carrying a 1,200-pound payload. The wagon can also tow up to 2,000 pounds, which Ford notes is 500 pounds more than a four-cylinder Toyota Highlander.
Look for the Transit Connect Wagon to debut later this month at the Los Angeles auto show and go on sale during the fourth quarter of 2013.