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Ford Upgrades Transit Connect Van for 2016

June 05, 2015

Photo of 2016 Transit Connect Wagon's blind spot monitoring system courtesy of Ford.
Photo of 2016 Transit Connect Wagon's blind spot monitoring system courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added a flexible-fuel option and a perimeter alarm with its 2016 Transit Connect cargo van and several new options on the passenger variant, Ford has announced.

The 2016 Transit Connect cargo van will now have a flexible-fuel system as standard equipment. The van's 2.5-liter inline-4 can run on E-85 (85 percent ethanol), unleaded gasoline or any blend of the two.

Customers also can choose the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine on Transit Connect vans and Transit Connect Wagon XLT.

Fleet customers who order a Transit Connect with remote start will receive a perimeter alarm that detects security threats through impact and shock sensors and activates an alarm to help protect vehicle contents.

Ford Transit Connect Wagon now features standard second-row fold-flat bucket seats for the 2016 Titanium model. The bucket seats are standard on the XLT long-wheelbase model, while a six-way power driver's seat is available in cloth for the first time on XLT.

A Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert is now an option on the wagon's XLT and Titanium models. The technology helps detect vehicles in blind spots when a driver changes lanes or backs up. On Transit Connect Wagon, the BLIS feature includes power-adjustable PowerFold heated exterior mirrors.

Transit Connect Wagon XLT and Titanium models also offer new 17-inch premium alloy wheels.

Both models arrive at Ford dealerships in September.

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