The 2017 Ford Transit Connect is one prime example of how strong a case Ford makes when it comes to designing AWD cargo vans that pack in lots of room and lots of power in a vehicle. With this newest Transit Connect model, Ford shows that a big and roomy all wheel drive cargo van can move with grace, power, and efficiency too. The question is: How is the 2017 Ford Transit Connect different from its sister van, the Ford Transit?
The 2017 Ford Transit Connect is smaller, but don’t let its size fool you.
You can say that the 2017 Ford Transit Connect is a more petite version of the 2017 Ford Transit. The Transit Connect comes in two wheelbase lengths: 104.8 inches and 120.6 inches. They’re a lot smaller when compared to the Transit’s 130- and 148-inch wheelbases. The Transit’s capacity also runs up to 487 cubic feet with a maximum payload of 4,560 lbs. On the other hand, the Transit Connect can carry up to 149 cubic feet of storage and a maximum payload of 1,610 lbs.
What the Ford Transit Connect lacks in size, it definitely makes up for power and control. The Transit Connect is built with Ford’s 2.5L iVCT I-4 engine, which delivers 169 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. More than that, this engine adjusts according to driving conditions, thus maximizing power but without sacrificing fuel efficiency. To make gas consumption a lot less costly, you can opt for Ford’s CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package, which allows you to use compressed natural gas or propane autogas instead of regular gasoline.
As for control, the Ford Transit Connect is built for it. It has curve and torque vectoring controls that help you slow down if you’re going too fast while driving on wet roads or approaching a curve. It also has an electronic emergency braking system, which adds force to your brake pedal if you need to do a hard stop. If you need to go up on an incline, the Transit Connect’s hill start assist system keeps you from rolling backward.
The Transit Connect’s size and advanced control features actually make it the better choice for towing trailers and driving rough roads than the bigger Transit model. If you intend to use your Transit Connect as part of an RV rig, you’ll have even better control of your Ford AWD van and your trailer if you opt for the Trailer Tow Prep Package.
The 2017 Ford Transit Connect is one smart ride.
The Ford Transit comes with a set of tech features that make it a smooth and smart ride, and you can customize them further. But it seems that the 2017 Ford Transit Connect has more tech features you can play with.
The Sync3 navigational system is a feature that the Transit and the Transit Connect have in common. This system does more than just navigate you to your destination, though. You can connect it with your Apple or Android phone and use it as a hands-free device for phone calls, text messages, and email. You can use it to access real-time traffic information. And, of course, you can play music on the Sync3.
Parking and unloading cargo also becomes easier if you install a rear view camera and bumper sensors on your Transit Connect. The rear view camera lets you maneuver this AWD cargo van in tight areas, while the bumper sensors tell you if you’re about to hit something as you’re backing up or moving forward at slow speeds.
As a heavy-duty AWD cargo van, the Transit Connect is built to withstand different weather conditions. But you can enhance that further by opting for an electric windshield defroster system. This quickly heats up the windshield to remove mist, ice, or snow. And since no one wants to sit inside a hot or cold car, you can use the handy remote start system. This will help you start your Transit Connect and heat it up or cool it down before you get in. This remote start system also acts as an anti-theft device.
Speaking of safety, the Transit Connect comes fitted with standard airbags and side-curtain airbags to minimize and even prevent injuries in case of accidents. You can also sign up with the Ford Telematics service to get real-time tracking data on your vehicle. This can be extremely useful if you’re operating a fleet of these cargo vans.
The 2017 Ford Transit Connect works great with small and mobile businesses.
The 2017 Ford Transit Connect may be small, but it has enough power and capacity for small business owners who don’t need to transport large amounts of cargo. In fact, the Transit Connect is ideal for small-volume deliveries and as passenger vehicles. As a passenger vehicle, you can outfit the Transit Connect
Another neat feature of the Transit Connect is you can outfit it to suit your business needs. If you’re not using this van to shuttle people around, you can have shelving and other storage solutions installed in the rear cargo space. You can increase this AWD cargo van‘s capacity by installing a roof rack for ladders and other gear. If you’re going to use the Transit Connect as a taxi service, Ford offers a customizable taxi package. You can also install pre-set or custom-made graphics on the exterior of your Transit Connect. This will transform your van into a mobile advertising and calling card for your business.
In summary, the 2017 Ford Transit Connect and the Ford Transit are two entirely different vehicles. One may have a few advantages over the other, but that’s because they’re designed to serve different business needs. Whether you get a Transit or a Transit Connect, you’re getting the power and performance you’d expect from a Ford AWD cargo van.