2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van made its debut at this year’s Chicago Auto Show on Tuesday evening, March 6. Ford is bringing out the newest version of the compact, front-drive cargo van at the Association for the NTEA’s Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van made its debut and offers improved mobile connectivity, enhanced safety and the segment’s first diesel engine to commercial users. It gets updated features along with a new engine option in the form of a 1.5-liter diesel that will eliminate operating costs over gasoline models for small business owners.
For the 2019 edition, the Connect Cargo Van will come with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a new eight-speed auto transmission. It also includes the all-new 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine and the company expects the EPA highway fuel economy rating to exceed 30 mpg, according to Ford’s commercial fleet marketing manager, Tim Stoehr.
The features include standard automatic emergency braking that aims to avoid car crashes, as well as pre-collision assist, wind stabilization, cross-traffic alert, the available adaptive cruise control feature, pedestrian detection, rearview camera, and lane keep assist.
According to Ford, both the standard 2.0-liter and new EcoBlue engine option comes has EcoMode and EcoCoach that enables drivers to monitors consumption and supports “fuel-efficient driving behaviors.”
“Transit Connect is a modern-day workhorse. With city-friendly dual sliding side doors, a wide and flat load floor finished in durable vinyl, near-vertical walls and integrated tie-downs, it boasts flexible and generous cargo-carrying and towing capability,” Ford says in the release.
Ford reported that the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van will go on sale later this year at more than 3,000 U.S. Ford dealers and 650 different commercial vehicle centers.