2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van Adds Diesel Engine to Lineup

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van will offer a segment-exclusive 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine.

Following the debut of the 2019 Ford Transit Connect at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the American automaker has introduced the new Transit Connect Cargo Van, featuring new and exclusive driver-assist technologies and two new drivetrains, including the only available diesel in the segment.

Some of those advanced driver-assist technologies include automatic emergency braking, standard pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, standard side wind stabilization, and standard rearview camera. Blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, lane keeping system, and adaptive cruise control are all available as options.

Also a segment exclusive is the standard embedded 4G LTE modem, which provides Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices. Available wireless phone charging is also a segment-first feature.

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The 2019 Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van will be offered with three powertrains capable of running on five different fuels. The standard engine is a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with auto start-stop and paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The diesel engine is a 1.5-liter EcoBlue mill, which is targeting to return an EPA-estimated fuel economy of at least 30 mpg on the highway. The turbocharged diesel unit is also paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic and CNG/propane gaseous fuel prep package is also available, exclusively for fleets.

“The original Transit Connect’s compact size resonated with customers searching for a more maneuverable and efficient commercial van,” said Tim Stoehr, Ford general fleet marketing manager. “We’ve enhanced Transit Connect’s available technology and powertrains to keep up with what our customers need. It is a critical tool with smart features to help improve productivity out in the field.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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