Ford returns to the minivan market with a ‘family versatility vehicle’

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The automaker says the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon offers up to seven-passenger capacity with three rows of seats, options, and safety features – “making it a family-friendly alternative to bloated minivans and the psychological baggage they connote for drivers.”

It’s the consumer version of Ford’s Transit Connect panel van. The automaker calls it a “commercial-strength DNA in a family versatility vehicle.”

The automaker boasts that the Transit Connect Wagon takes “adaptability to a new level” with the convenience of sliding side doors, fold-flat second- and third-row seating, a 1,200-pound-plus payload, and choice of a rear liftgate or symmetrical, side-hinged cargo doors.

The automaker says the wagon offers “far better fuel efficiency than traditional minivans, compact car-like maneuverability and handling, combined with unprecedented payload and cargo capabilities.”

There’s a choice of two fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, a standard 2.5 litre engine and an available 1.6 litre EcoBoost engine and three series models – XL, XLT and range-topping Titanium.

Options include a full-glass panoramic roof, rear view camera, 6.5-inch touch-screen display with navigation, and SYNC with MyFord Touch, Ford’s voice-activated communications and entertainment system and full body-colour exterior accents with “jewel-like” chrome trim and high-gloss interior trim pieces and towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds.

Also available is an electric windshield defroster.

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon began appearing in Canadian Ford dealerships in February.