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FORD EXPANDS TRANSIT CONNECT LINEUP, ADDS XLT PREMIUM EDITION

By Mark Kleis

Among all of the glamorous reveals and Hollywood stars pulling silk off of fancy, sexy and technology-packed new car at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford very quietly pulled the wraps off of a new trim level for its new-to-America Transit Connect.

The Transit Connect comes in essentially two forms: Transit Connect Van (traditional cargo hauling mode) with rear panels where the windows would normally be and only two front seats; or Transit Connect Wagon, which essentially replaces the rear panels with windows and adds a second row three-person bench-like seat.

Until now, however, the Transit Connect Wagon was only available in XLT form, and only had second row rear windows and minimal trim to spice up the outside and dignify its existence compared to the work-minded Van. But alas, XLT Premium adds a “third row” set of flip-out windows – despite only have two rows of seats – and more consumer-minded exterior belt line trim to give the vehicle a proper look for people moving duties.

Also added with families in mind were standard blind-spot sideview mirrors, a rear view camera, rear cargo door pocket storage and privacy glass.

“Since Transit Connect arrived here as the ‘ultimate tool’ for small business proprietors, we’ve heard requests from potential personal-use customers,” said Rob Stevens, chief nameplate engineer for commercial vehicles. “Buyers looking for a taller wagon with seating for five passengers and generous cargo space have shown significant interest in Transit Connect.”

Since Ford doesn’t currently offer a minivan in America – the Flex CUV being the closest thing to a van – this expansion helps Ford fill a niche that was previously arguably empty in its lineup, at least until the C-Max arrives next year.

The Transit Connect XLT Premium is available now on Ford’s website, and comes powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in all Transit Connect models, with a best-in-class highway rating of 26 miles per gallon.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/ford-transit-connect-xlt-premium.html

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They need to get the six-speed auto and 160 hp 2.0 from the 2012 Focus in the Transit. I think an Ecoboost 2.0 with 200 hp would be good also, not that this van is used for speed by any means, but for business that haul 1,000 lbs of cargo or might tow a small trailer, the extra power would be useful.

What would we awesome is if they put 2 reclining leather seats in back, and a couple LCD screens.

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Ford makes version of Transit Connect for the people

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Nov 19th 2010 at 11:59AM

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Rejoice, America! The Ford Transit Connect is no longer just for plumbers and electricians. The Blue Oval has announced it will produce a civilian version of its hardcore work van. Called the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon, the vehicle will boast roomy seating for five and massive amounts of cargo area. Out back, those hefty panes of glass actually pop open for easy-breathing ventilation, and tricks like blind-spot awareness and a rear-view camera make piloting this machine a cinch. Other visual changes like larger alloy wheels, a painted grille and front foglamps give this Transit Connect a bit more personality, as well.

Ford showed off the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon at this year's LA Auto Show, but so far, we don't know exactly how much the van will cost when it shows up next year. We do know that buyers will be able to expect the same 26 mpg highway as the bare bones models on sale right now. Follow the jump to have a look at the full press release.

FORD TRANSIT CONNECT XLT PREMIUM WAGON DEBUTS WITH ADDED COMFORT, CONVENIENCE FEATURES

Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon

* Ford Transit Connect – 2010 North American Truck of the Year – is expanding its lineup with the addition of a Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon offering

* Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon offers seating for five passengers with enhanced interior appointments and visibility from integrated blind-spot mirrors, a rear view camera and flip-open rear quarter windows

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2010 – A new personal-use package for the 2011 Ford Transit Connect debuted today at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The XLT Premium Wagon offers more comfort and visibility for second-row passengers, something customers have been asking for since the small, fuel-efficient van went on sale in the United States in 2009.

"Since Transit Connect arrived here as the 'ultimate tool' for small business proprietors, we've heard requests from potential personal-use customers," said Rob Stevens, chief nameplate engineer for Commercial Vehicles. "Buyers looking for a taller wagon with seating for five passengers and generous cargo space have shown significant interest in Transit Connect."

XLT Premium Wagon offers enhanced second-row passenger comfort, including cargo space surface trim, wheelhouse covers and flip-open rear quarter windows for draft-free ventilation.

This personal-use package gives owners and drivers additional confidence with blind-spot sideview mirrors, rear view camera, rear cargo door windows and privacy glass.

Transit Connect was named North American Truck of the Year in January 2010, selected by journalist jurors for its unique combination of car-like ride, 135 cubic feet of cargo space, 1,600-pound payload capacity and unmatched fuel efficiency – up to an EPA-rated 26 mpg highway.

All Transit Connect models – including XLT Premium Wagon – are assembled at the Ford Otosan joint-venture production facility in Kocaeli, Turkey, and are available at North American Ford dealerships.

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/11/19/ford-makes-version-of-transit-connect-for-the-people/

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They need to get the six-speed auto and 160 hp 2.0 from the 2012 Focus in the Transit. I think an Ecoboost 2.0 with 200 hp would be good also, not that this van is used for speed by any means, but for business that haul 1,000 lbs of cargo or might tow a small trailer, the extra power would be useful.

What would we awesome is if they put 2 reclining leather seats in back, and a couple LCD screens.

great ideas!

i wonder if i could make an aftermarket 'aztek like' front clip for it......

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great ideas!

i wonder if i could make an aftermarket 'aztek like' front clip for it......

The current front end is a bit homely...they need a more expressive current Ford face for it, with styling cues from the Fiesta, NG Focus, etc.

Or if they want to tie in more w/ the trucks, a mini-Super Duty nose.

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The current front end is a bit homely...they need a more expressive current Ford face for it, with styling cues from the Fiesta, NG Focus, etc.

Or if they want to tie in more w/ the trucks, a mini-Super Duty nose.

IMO a face similar to the small cars would look out of place on a vehicle that's generally used for businesses. A "family resemblance" with the trucks is probably more appropriate, but at the same time one of the major upsides to this vehicle is its great fuel economy for the amount of cargo space inside. Don't want the looks to make people think "gas guzzler".

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The current front end is a bit homely...they need a more expressive current Ford face for it, with styling cues from the Fiesta, NG Focus, etc. Or if they want to tie in more w/ the trucks, a mini-Super Duty nose.

it has a fiesta-like grill. the headlights are unique for a ford product but IMO that's a good thing. kinda gives this van its own personality.

in a couple more years when i start having kids this type of vehicle will be on the short list. i love it. and the transit connect is way nicer for businesses than those old clunky express cargo vans and e-250s :nono:

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it has a fiesta-like grill. the headlights are unique for a ford product but IMO that's a good thing. kinda gives this van its own personality.

I'm pretty sure the headlights are identical to the ones on the first gen Fusion.

It's a tall station wagon, not a minivan, as long as people don't expect it to be a minivan it'll do fine.

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I'm pretty sure the headlights are identical to the ones on the first gen Fusion.

It's a tall station wagon, not a minivan, as long as people don't expect it to be a minivan it'll do fine.

It really is a minivan, though, in the traditional sense of the word, and not in the MPV sense. The Transit is the full size European Ford van, the Transit Connect is the small or mini van.

What we call a minivan in NA Europe calls an MPV.

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