When Ford originally brought the boxy, Turkish-built Transit Connect to the U.S., exterior styling took a backseat to more important buying factors like fuel efficiency and interior space. The small, front-drive box-on-wheels has been replaced by the redesigned 2014 Ford Transit Connect, a van with two wheelbases and body styles. This time, Ford’s compact commercial van will face direct competition from Nissan and Ram – will the 2014 Transit Connect’s new design have any effect on U.S. sales?
The 2014 Transit Connect gets an all-new front end that exchanges the original van’s first-gen Fusion-like headlights and front grille with horizontal chrome bars for sleeker headlights and a rounded, six-sided grille similar to those on the latest Fusion, Focus, and Fiesta.
While there’s still no mistaking the 2014 Transit Connect for anything but a commercial van, the rising belt line rises gives it a sleeker, wedge-like look. Body-colored wheel flares integrated into the front fenders and rear quarter panels replace the black flares of the outgoing model. Around back, slimmer and taller taillights are mounted higher on the corners of the van and the rectangular rear window is replaced by a six-sided window.
Inside, the 2014 Transit Connect’s gauge cluster and center stack resemble those on the Focus and Fiesta. The gauge cluster information screen features cool blue lighting, and new equipment available for 2014 includes leather seats, MyFord Touch, flat-folding rear seats, overhead storage shelves and concealed in-floor storage ahead of the second-row seats. A large fixed-glass sunroof will also be available.
While the current Transit Connect Wagon offers five-passenger seating in two rows, the new model will feature a full interior for passenger models with seating for five in a two-row, short-wheelbase model or seven-passenger seating in three rows on long-wheelbase models.
What are your thoughts on the 2014 Ford Transit Connect’s revised styling? Check out images of the 2014 Transit Connect and outgoing model below and then share your thoughts.
Last week we featured the 2014 GMC Sierra. Commenter narut1133 was positive about the new styling: “The new GMC Sierra looks great! This is a huge improvement over the last generation!” Darksky, however, didn’t feel the changes were enough: “Is this the best they can come up with? I have a 2011 [GMC Sierra] 3500 and it looks better than this, inside and out!”
By Jason Udy