Smaller engine, more power for Transit Connect
International Van of the Year winner, the Ford Transit Connect, has received an important update, with the addition of a new 1,5-litre TDCi engine, which replaces the older 1,6-litre version.
Offering improved efficiency and greater performance, the power output of the new turbocharged, direct-injection 1.5 TDCi diesel engine climbs from 85 to 88 kW, while the maximum torque is 270 Nm. The new engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
Available only in long-wheelbase (LWB) configuration, the Transit Connect van boasts a payload of 1 000 kg and a cargo volume of 3,6 m3, with six tie-down points provided to safely secure loads. Easy access to the load compartment is via side-hinged rear doors and a kerbside sliding door.
The standard full-width steel bulkhead, separating the load compartment from the cabin, can now be ordered with a load-through hatch and window coupled with a dual passenger seat. This is available as a no-cost option in place of the single bench-type seat.
“As a winner of International Van of the Year, the Ford Transit Connect is an extremely capable and practical panel van designed to suit the needs of business owners that require a compact vehicle that offers a robust, practical and cost-effective solution for their day-to-day operations,” says Tracey Delate, general manager, marketing – Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region.
The Ford Transit Connect 1.5 TDCi LWB Ambiente is priced at R323 900 (including VAT and emissions tax) and is sold with the Ford Protect suite of maintenance, warranty and roadside assistance products.
This includes a four-year/120 000 km comprehensive warranty, four-year/60 000 km service plan, three-year unlimited distance roadside assistance, and a five-year unlimited kilometre corrosion warranty. Service intervals are set at 15 000 km.