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Ford Transit Connect

The Ford Transit Connect is a 4/5-door compact panel van that has been produced since 2002. Prototypes it’s based on are the Ford Escort Van and Ford Fiesta Courier. The 2015 Transit Connect is represented by five models: the XL Van, XLT Van, XLT Wagon, XL Wagon, and Titanium Wagon.

The 2015 Transit Connect: Trim Levels

The Transit Connect comes as cargo and passenger vans (the latter are called ‘wagons’) of the XL and XLT trim levels each, except for the Titanium that’s available only as a passenger van. Such division makes the vans suitable either for transportation work or family travelling. A wheelbase type (there are two of them) determines number of seats in the XLT model – five or seven – while the XL and Titanium can accommodate seven passengers with any wheelbase used.

Rear doors are dual and sliding on all modifications. When it comes to cargo doors, a customer has a right of choice: an overhead liftgate or swing-out cargo doors.

The XL Van runs on 16-inch steel wheels and offers front passenger seat folding flat, air conditioning, keyless entry, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power door locks and front windows, AM/FM stereo with audio input jack, two-speaker sound system, etc. Its passenger version is equipped with the same set of features adding rear-seat climate control, two rows of seats at the back, and power second-row windows.

What differs the XLT Van from the XLT Wagon? The van version got cruise control, 4.2-inch infotainment display, fog lights, rear privacy glass, power-adjustable heated mirrors, etc. The wagon version can be put either on short or long wheelbase that determines availability of rear-seat climate control (the function is available only on the long-wheelbase XLTs).

The Titanium Wagon, top-of-the-line model, has 16-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, cornering fog lamps, 4.2-inch LCD multifunction display with steering wheel controls, AM/FM stereo with single-CD player, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear-seat climate control, power-folding mirrors, four front speakers, heated front seats, power disc brakes with anti-lock brake system, rear-view camera, driver and front passenger frontal and side airbags, and first, second, and third row curtain airbags. Besides, there’s a voice-activated system in the van.

Engineers at Ford created vehicles with state-of-the-art or even futuristic technologies that make driving much easier, more pleasant, and, what’s more important, safer. Results of crash tests prove it – the 2015 Ford Transit Connect (passenger vans) was awarded five, maximum number of stars in the category of overall crash protection.

Powertrain

The 2015 Ford Transit Connect can be powered by one of the following engines: a 2.5 L 4-cylinder Duratec producing 169 hp and 171 lb/ft of torque (standard) or 1.6 L 4-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost motor making 178 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque (optional). The EPA estimated fuel efficiency of the latter at 30 hwy mpg – the best result in class. Both of them are teamed up with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Payload of the Transit Connect is 1,620 lbs at most. The van’s towing capacity is 2,000 lbs.

Special Functions

The 2015 Transit Connect allows for some interesting and truly unique technologies, which cannot be found in any other vehicle, just in a Ford.

Sync with MyFord technology allows a driver to make phone calls, turn on the radio and select a station to their taste, or activate an app without the necessity to push any buttons. All this can be done with voice only. In such a way, Ford took care of your safety on the road by excluding a situation when you’re distracted. Sync with MyFord Touch technology offers even more advanced functions.

Cannot find some building? It isn’t a problem at all if there’s navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM TravelLink in your vehicle. Voice a needed address and the navigation system will bring you here providing you with detailed directions. Information it possesses is updated all the time. Be sure it’ll show the shortest and safest way, avoiding areas where the road is being closed or repaired, where there are traffic jams or a car accident has happened. Moreover, the system can provide information on weather conditions, sports scores, movies (description, time and place of demonstration), fuel prices, etc.

If you need or want to make a call when at the wheel, pushing a single button or uttering a few words can be enough. The system will dial a required number and you’ll hear your interlocutor through a vehicle’s speakers.

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