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 |  Nov 28 2012, 8:59 PM

While Ford hasn’t released pricing on its new Transit Connect Wagon, expect it to be very competitive.

A minivan by another name, the Transit Connect Wagon is based on the same platform as the Ford Focus and Escape and uses similar 4-cylinder engines. Without a competitor in the minivan segment, Ford has the C-Max in hybrid-only form and so this retrofitted commercial vehicle is serving as double-duty as a people-mover and is roughly 1.5 feet shorter than a conventional minivan.

Looking to achieve best in class fuel economy, there’s a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder making 168 hp and 167 lb-ft of torque as well as an optional EcoBoost 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder making 173 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will come exclusively with a 6-speed automatic. Despite being a distinctly European-styled vehicle, no manual transmission is available.

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With seating for seven, both the second and third rows fold completely flat, while the two third row seats can move independently forwards and back by 5-inches.

A utilitarian vehicle in basic trim, Ford will offer XL, XLT and even a Titanium model, with top options including a panoramic glass roof, MyFord Touch, a rear-view camera and a 6.5-inch touch screen.

Unveiled today at the LA Auto Show, Ford says the Transit Connect Wagon will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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