The next-generation Transit Connect will adopt a more car-like face.

Five computer-generated images that have somehow leaked out of the European Patent Office have revealed the lines of the next-generation Ford Transit Connect several months ahead of schedule.

The images confirm that the next installment of the Transit Connect will adopt a more car-like face that is strongly reminiscent of the one seen on the recently-launched Europe-only Tourneo Custom. It borrows styling cues from small hatchbacks like the Fiesta and the Ka that utilize Ford's Kinetic design language.

Out back the taillights get skinnier and longer. The van depicted in the patent images is fitted with two side-hinged doors but a variant with a single top-hinged hatch is expected to be available as well.

Images of the van's interior are not currently available. It should follow the bigger Tourneo Custom's example and be more car-inspired than the current model.

The Blue Oval is expected to offer the Transit Connect as both a five-seater passenger model and a two-seater commercial model. It will be sold throughout Europe and in the United States.

Ford has yet to make an official announcement about when it plans on introducing the next generation of the Transit Connect. However, we would not be surprised to see it show up as a thinly-disguised concept at the Paris Motor Show next fall.