The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon is poised do more with less for many

In the United States, Ford has been out of the minivan game for a long time. They never truly competed and their last gasp known as the Windstar  just didn’t have the ability to do a damn thing other than remain unwanted. It was not a compelling minivan to say the least. Rather than repackage a C-Max or fatten-up a FLEX, Ford is bringing us a radical rethink in this segment.

Ford’s  seven-passenger, 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon is supposed to surpass 30 MPG. No kidding.

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon will be available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or an optional 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-banger. You can bet that the EcoBoost will be the hot-rod of the bunch and both engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. I’m also assuming that the EcoBoost will get the top marks for MPG, but I have nothing to confirm that.

I don’t have any information on the price either. Still, the Mazda5 starts at just under 20K – so it’s reasonable to assume that the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon may start around $19,000. Give or take a few grand.

Ford is bringing back the notion of a two wheelbase minivan. The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon will be available in long and short wheelbase units. It’s my guess that the short wheelbase 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon will compete with the Mazda5 while the long wheelbase 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon will go toe to toe with the likes of the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.
The back rows of the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon are supposed to fold flat into the floor for a flat cargo area. Despite the small engines, the overall load capacity is supposed to be best in class. Rear doors can either be a lifting gate or cargo-style split opening doors.

The Fast Lane Car will get a real good look at this new player when we cover the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

Editor’s note: I am looking forward to testing this van in XL form. No, not because of the sheer joy I gain placing my rug-rats inside… nope. I think this van will have just enough space to hold a motorcycle, and that’s cool.

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