The presentations at Ford’s “Go Further” event in Amsterdam continued with the somewhat confusing Transit sub-brand and an array of passenger and commercial vans.
“Ford’s Tourneo line-up is undergoing a radical transformation, led by the stylish new Tourneo Connect and with more exciting product to come,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe.
“These are good-looking, versatile and well-equipped vehicles that families, professional drivers and those looking for space to stow bikes, and even fishing equipment, will choose for their practical virtues and enjoy for their do-it-all spirit and attractive design,” he added.
The Tourneo Connect and Transit Connect Wagon will go on sale in Europe and North America respectively in 2013. They will be offered in two flavors, the five-seat Tourneo Connect and the seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect. Ford has not yet said which engines will be available on these models.
The range also includes the new eight and nine-seat Tourneo Custom people mover, which is on sale now.
Moving on to the much larger Transit, the new commercial van will be offered in Europe in a full range of bodystyles and derivatives, including front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, with power coming from Ford’s latest 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel unit.
In North America, the 2014 Transit vans will be manufactured in Kansas City, alongside the Ford F-150. U.S. customers can choose between two gasoline engines including a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 and an additional V6 unit, or a diesel option; all of which feature rear-wheel drive.
Another new model is the Transit Connect (if you’re already confused, trust us, you’re not alone…), which is available in Europe and North America with a choice of short and long wheelbase versions.