Ford Transit Connect Gets XLT Premium Wagon Version

Perhaps one of the most successful vans in Ford's lineup, the Connect is getting a new member of the family, as Ford announced the introduction of the XLT Premium Wagon, a five seater which currently sits on the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The changes and enhancements brought to the new addition to the range are not at all that extensive and mostly target the comfort of the passengers. First and foremost, the XLT Premium Wagon provides cargo space surface trim, wheelhouse covers and flip-open rear quarter windows for draft-free ventilation.

The model comes equipped with blind-spot sideview mirrors, rear view camera, rear cargo door windows 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.”

Named North American Truck of the Year back in January, the Connect has pretty much lived its live in internal combustion form. The electric version of the Connect is slowly moving in to replace it.

Based on the long wheelbase version of the Transit Connect, the electric commercial vehicle is equipped with a battery electric drive train supplied by Azure Dynamics.

The system has already been tested on some 40 vehicle integrations and is said to be able to give the vehicle a range of 130 km or 80 miles on a full charge.
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