2019 Ford Transit Connect Adds Diesel, Standard Auto Braking

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, Automotive Editor - February 9, 2018

The 2019 Ford Transit Connect has received its official debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. The vehicle gets a host of driver-assist features, a new look, and, shockingly, an available diesel engine. Ford claims the new vehicle will appeal to Baby Boomers who want something a little more flexible.

On the outside, the new Transit Connect Wagon doesn't look a whole lot different from the last model. There's a new front fascia with an oval grille, while the lower intake has also been widened. The changes help Ford create a more cohesive design throughout its entire lineup.

More interestingly, the Transit Connect Wagon will have two available engine choices. There's a 2.0-liter inline-four gas engine that's paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. That powertrain has an auto start-stop system as standard. A diesel engine is also offered in the form of the 1.5-liter EcoBlue motor that Ford claims should get at least 30 mpg on the highway. The diesel engine is matched to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, as well.

While official figures on the powertrains haven't been released yet, the Transit Connect Wagon will be able to tow 2,000 pounds with the available trailer tow package.

In addition to the new powertrains and design, the Transit Connect Wagon gets a whole bunch of driver-assist features. Automatic emergency braking is standard, and comes with pre-collision assist, along with pedestrian detection. Adaptive cruise control is available as an option, but Ford hasn't said how much that feature will cost. Other available safety features include a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert and a lane keeping system.

2019 Ford Transit Connect

The vehicle also benefits from an updated instrument panel that has an available 6.5-inch floating touchscreen. Wireless charging for smartphones is available as an option, while a 4G LTE modem that can provide Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices is standard. Sync 3 with Amazon Alexa connectivity and Waze integration, which will be added in the future, is also available on the new Transit Connect Wagon.

It sounds like the wagon has grown up, but that doesn't mean it's ditched its commercial roots (a pure commercial variant will follow the passenger-friendly Wagon next month). The wagon is available in two wheelbases and comes in either a five- or seven-passenger layout. Ford states that the interior's flexible, which we assume will include seats that can fold away or be removed completely. Dual-sliding doors should also make getting cargo into and out of the vehicle easy.

The new Transit Connect Wagon sounds like it would be an excellent option for anyone wanting to add some flexibility to their driveway. Pricing for the machine hasn't been announced yet, but it will go on sale later this fall.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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