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.
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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