Ford Rolls Out Updated Transit Connect Wagon In Chicago

Ford’s arrived at the Chicago Auto Show this year with an updated version of its Transit Connect van for the US market, putting a fresh face on the model that first launched in 2012 (and reached the US as a 2014 model).

For starters, there’s a new 1.5-liter diesel engine under the hood, along with a 2.0-liter gasoline four. Both come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

While official specs have not yet been released, the diesel targets fuel economy of over 30 miles per gallon on the highway. And with stop-start ignition, the gasoline engine ought to deliver better economy than the outgoing version as well.

Dearborn has also taken the occasion to pack its latest little van with all the latest advanced safety equipment. Those include automatic emergency braking, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and available adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist systems.

There’s an available 6.5-inch display in the dashboard, a digital display in the instrument cluster, and optional wireless inductive charging. The available Sync 3 system offers Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, with Waze navigation soon to follow.

In addition to the revised powertrain options, buyers will be able to choose between XL, XLT, and Titanium trim levels, and two wheelbase lengths with room for five or seven passengers. So far Ford has only detailed the Transit Connect Wagon passenger version, but you can expect similar revisions to make their way into the cargo version as well in due course.

more photos...
Lamborghini Huracan Evo Does The Quarter Mile… Faster Than You’d Think

The latest iteration of the baby Lambo is powered by a screaming 5.2-liter V10 with 631 HP – and boy does it go…

Never Get Lost In Nature Again With The Ranger Raptor’s Clever Sat-Nav

Compared by Ford themselves to breadcrumbs, the system places a virtual pin on the map every second.

Lamborghini Aventador S Art Car Salutes Monterey Car Week Attendees

This Lambo was treated as a canvas by 19-year old American street artist Skyler Grey .

Rivian R1S Buyers Will Be Able To Choose Between Three Roof Configurations

One of the options available on Rivian’s upcoming SUV will be a two-piece, removable composite roof .

2020 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Pounds The Tarmac On The Nordschleife

As with the 991.2-based model, the new GT3 Touring Package will be a 911 purist’s wet dream.

Original McQueen-Driven Mustang Bullitt To Be Auctioned In 2020

The current owner of what is probably the most famous Mustang ever inherited the car from his father.

Driven: 2019 Hyundai Kona Elite Is A Crossover You Might Actually Want

Behind its cute looks, the Kona is a crossover with lots of appealing features that won’t break the bank.

Drako GTE Is A 1200 HP Electric Hyper Sedan That Promises Supercar-Like Handling

Loosely based on the old Fisker Karma, it’s got a massive output, impressive tech and costs $1.25 million.

2019 BMW 330i Fights The Clock At The Hockenheim GP Track

For a four-pot-powered sports sedan, the new generation 330i performed remarkably well on the circuit.

Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S: A Sexy Super Saloon For Those Who Want It All

The GT 63 S four-door combines aggressive looks, room for four and extreme performance, so if you can afford it…