2011 Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Van Pricing Starts at $23,895
Ford's Transit Connect is equipped primarily to be a small, fuel efficient, and capable work van. That's perfect for small businesses, but the Spartan nature of its interior has yielded some criticism from those looking to use the van as a personal people mover. Hopefully, the new 2011 Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon model will appease those shoppers.
"Since Transit Connect arrived [in North America] as the ultimate tool for small business proprietors, we've heard requests from potential personal-use customers," said Rob
Stevens, Ford's chief nameplate engineer for commercial vehicles, in a prepared release. "Buyers looking for a taller wagon with seating for five passengers and generous cargo space have shown interest in Transit Connect."
Admittedly, the transformation wasn't all that difficult to execute -- after all, Ford does offer a passenger version, the Transit Connect, in Europe. Unlike that model, however, the XLT Premium Wagon remains a two-row, five-seat vehicle, despite gaining pop-out windows in the cargo area. Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagons also receive some plastic trim for the cargo area, where it now covers the load floor, wheel wells, and surfaces just beneath the quarter windows. Sadly, the sweet wheels shown on this particular model are simply conceptual.
Although it isn't available with Sync (or the cargo van's Ford Work Solutions system), the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon is offered with a few electronic niceties. A rear-view camera and blind-spot alert system are optional, as is Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.
Look for Ford's new family hauler to make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, and arriving at dealers shortly afterwards. Pricing for the passenger-friendly Transit Connect starts at $23,895, including destination.