2013 Ford Transit Connect "will bring new customers"

The Transit Connect was displayed this week during the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, alongside its full-size counterpart the standard Transit van.

The more compact Ford Transit Connect will go on sale to many markets worldwide including the UK, its key rivals will include the latest Vauxhall Combi range.

Describing how the new Transit Connect improves on its predecessor, the vice president of Product Development at Ford of Europe, Barb Samardzich, explained: “We’ve taken the toughness and dependability of the current model, and added some smart new loadspace features, much-improved fuel efficiency, and a dynamic new style inside and out. We’re confident the all-new Transit Connect will bring new customers to the Ford brand.”

The line-up for the 2013 Ford Transit Connect will offer buyers three different body types to pick from, as well as two different lengths, and a choice of petrol and diesel engines.

The bodystyles available include the standard van, a five-seat double-cab-in-van, and a seven-seater Kombi passenger specification with extra windows.

Customers for the 2013 Transit Connect can also choose a wheelbase measuring at either 2.9m3 or 3.6m3 depending on preference.

Engine options with the new Transit Connect include a 1.6-litre diesel with three outputs, either around 75hp, 95hp or 115hp.

Alternatively buyers can have a 100hp 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, the same frugal unit which has debuted earlier this year on other Ford models including the Focus, C-Max and B-Max.

The new Ford Transit Connect is also set to offer a 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol unit, connected to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The 2013 Ford Transit Connect will be available to buy next year at Perrys Ford Dealerships located in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.