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PostHeaderIcon Ford Transit Connect Gets Diesel Engine in Chicago

Ford’s smallest van, the Transit Connect, has just received a facelift at the 2018 Chicago Motor Show. Exterior updates are mild and interior upgrades are mostly about new tech and options, but there’s big news under the skin, in the form of a brand-new diesel engine.

The outer shell of the van remained largely unchanged on the sides and around back, but the front fascia now sports the company’s latest corporate face. The large grille seen in the newer models found its way on the Transit Connect, as did slightly bigger headlamps, and a revised, sportier bumper. Inside the cabin, there’s a reshaped dashboard with a cleaner center stack, with a 6.5-inch touchscreen floating on top. The display is optional though. The instrument cluster now has a digital information center. Ford now offers wireless charging, with Waze compatibility to be introduced soon.

Moving over to tech, the Automatic Emergency Braking system comes standard with the segment-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist. The optional Adaptive Cruise Control system makes highway driving easier by automatically slowing the vehicle when radar detects traffic ahead. The available Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert rounds off the driver assist package. Continue reading to find out about the engine lineup.

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“The 1.5-liter EcoBlue engine is estimated to return at least 30 mpg on the highway”

The updated Transit Connect is actually available with two new engines, but the diesel is by far the more interesting choice. A class-exclusive feature, the oil burner displaces 1.5 liters and goes by the name EcoBlue. It pairs to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and it’s estimated to return at least 30 mpg on the highway. The engine is already available in the European version of the EcoSport crossover, so we already know from there that it has aluminum block and heads, water-to-air cooling, and a variable-geometry turbo. The unit is rated at 120 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque.

The other mill is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit with direct injection and Auto Start-Stop as standard equipment. It too comes mated to the all-new eight-speed automatic, but other data is not available as of this writing. Ford says that the van will have a towing capability of 2,000 pounds when paired with the available trailer tow package.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Transit Connect Gets Diesel Engine in Chicago

Ford’s smallest van, the Transit Connect, has just received a facelift at the 2018 Chicago Motor Show. Exterior updates are mild and interior upgrades are mostly about new tech and options, but there’s big news under the skin, in the form of a brand-new diesel engine.

The outer shell of the van remained largely unchanged on the sides and around back, but the front fascia now sports the company’s latest corporate face. The large grille seen in the newer models found its way on the Transit Connect, as did slightly bigger headlamps, and a revised, sportier bumper. Inside the cabin, there’s a reshaped dashboard with a cleaner center stack, with a 6.5-inch touchscreen floating on top. The display is optional though. The instrument cluster now has a digital information center. Ford now offers wireless charging, with Waze compatibility to be introduced soon.

Moving over to tech, the Automatic Emergency Braking system comes standard with the segment-exclusive Pre-Collision Assist. The optional Adaptive Cruise Control system makes highway driving easier by automatically slowing the vehicle when radar detects traffic ahead. The available Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert rounds off the driver assist package. Continue reading to find out about the engine lineup.

Keep reading for the full story.

Class-Exclusive Diesel Option


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“The 1.5-liter EcoBlue engine is estimated to return at least 30 mpg on the highway”

The updated Transit Connect is actually available with two new engines, but the diesel is by far the more interesting choice. A class-exclusive feature, the oil burner displaces 1.5 liters and goes by the name EcoBlue. It pairs to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and it’s estimated to return at least 30 mpg on the highway. The engine is already available in the European version of the EcoSport crossover, so we already know from there that it has aluminum block and heads, water-to-air cooling, and a variable-geometry turbo. The unit is rated at 120 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque.

The other mill is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit with direct injection and Auto Start-Stop as standard equipment. It too comes mated to the all-new eight-speed automatic, but other data is not available as of this writing. Ford says that the van will have a towing capability of 2,000 pounds when paired with the available trailer tow package.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Ford Transit Custom

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The king of all vans, Ford Transit, brings a new one-tonne commercial vehicle to the market early next year in form of the 2018 Ford Transit Custom. Ask anyone – builders, movers, even robbers who needs something fast, reliable and specious to carry the loot – and they will tell you the Transit is the best of them all. The new Custom follows the same proud tradition, only it’s better. 

You still get the legendary practicality and everything, but 2018 Ford Transit Custom is also cool to look at, what with the bold new front-end design with three-bar Transit grille and colors that seem to be lifted straight out of the Focus RS catalog. The van also benefits from the latest technologies, namely SYNC 3 or MyFord Dock options as well as include Intelligent Speed Limiter.

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The cabin, too, is a very pleasant place to spend long hours in, featuring a completely new design that offers best-in-class stowage, improved comfort and ergonomics. You can even convert it to a mobile office and work on the go. Another highlight of 2018 Ford Transit Custom is its new  Ford EcoBlue 2.0-litre diesel engine with optimized performance and efficiency. There is even an ECOnetic variant that delivers further improved fuel efficiency and 148 g/km CO2 emissions.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Recalls used to be something that didn’t really happen all that often, but these days, it seems like every manufacturer is taking a bite of shame pie. Ford is the most recent company to pop out recalls this month. Two of the recalls are safety related, and one is compliance related, leading to more than 100,000 vehicles affected. The first and most important involves Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and the Lincoln MKS and MKT models built for the 2013 to 2015 model years. These models, if equipped with the twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 could have a faulty fuel pump control module that could cause the engine to stall while driving, increasing the risk of an accident. A total of 88,151 of these vehicles are affected.

The next recall is also fuel related and involves the 2015 to 2016 Ford Transit with a 3.2-liter diesel engine. This model could have been equipped with a faulty fuel injection pump that could prevent the engine from starting. No injuries or accidents have been associated with this recall, but I’m sure a few owners have been pretty unhappy when their almost-new Transit failed to start in the morning. A total of 2,472 Transit vans are included in this recall.

The final recall involves the power window system of the 2017 Ford Escape. According to Ford, “the power window system configuration may exceed the regulatory requirement for remote actuation closing force, increasing the risk of injury.” So in other words, you, your child, or your dog could get one of your extremities pinched inside the window when it is being rolled up. A total of 23,150 examples of the 2017 Escape are affected and can be repaired with a simple update to the vehicle’s onboard computer software.

Before you call the dealer to schedule your appointment, you can head over to the NHTSA’s website and plug in your vehicle’s VIN to see if it is affected by these or any other recall campaigns on file.

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PostHeaderIcon This Man Owns More than 6,000 Ford Transit Vans

There’s nothing wrong with falling in love with the car you drive on a daily basis, but what happens when things go a bit too far? Well, you end up like Peter Lee, a man who loves the Ford Transit so much that he has more than 6,000 of them.

No need to panic though, not all of them are the real deal. Most of his Transits are scale model cars and he’s been collecting them for over 40 years. He’s gathered enough to set up a small Transit museum in his home, where the “6,000 to 7,000” model cars (yes, he has lost count!) are displayed next to all sorts of memorabilia items about the iconic vehicle. This includes posters, boxes, mugs, stress balls, and even a cookie jar shaped like a van.

Granted, we’ve seen petrolheads go nuts about a certain marque or model before, but finding someone that’s so pasionate about a van is definitely new. So why is Peter so crazy about the Ford Transit and not a more iconic car such as the Ferrari 250 GTO or Jaguar E-Type? Well, as he explains in the video above, it all began when he purchased his first real Transit and drove it from the United Kingdom to Spain. After spending 13 months in it, he began accumulating the brochures, memorabilia, and die-cast cars of all sizes that decorate the second floor of his house.

Lee also owns a few full-size vans as well, starting with a model from the Transit’s first year on the market, 1965. It looks as if it was purchased from the factory only yesterday and resides next to a 1969 model year van converted into an ambulance. Peter’s third Transit is really special. A 1970s Custom, it features a custom paint job and interior, which houses a bar that includes a Jack Daniels whiskey dispenser. He also owns a 1980s model, as well as a current-generation van he drives on a regular basis.

Although he’s been collecting for over 40 years and barely has any room left in his house, Peter Lee doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. “Yeah, I am buying a lot more, but I’ve always bought a lot anyway. I’ve never ever curbed myself in any way, shape or form,” he says.

Well, as long as he’s also planning to buy a bigger house, purchasing more Transit vans shouldn’t be an issue.

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PostHeaderIcon Custom Ford Transit by Carlex Design

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You know Calrex Design as an interior specialist and a very good one at that. But the scope of their capabilities goes beyond interior makeovers. Carlex also makes body kits, and judging by the work they’ve done on this custom Ford Transit, they’re rather good at it.

Carlex Design custom Ford Transit Connect features the M-Sport treatment with a full body kit that gives the commercial vehicle the look of a very serious hot hatchback. If Batman ever became a family man and spawned a few Batchildren, this would be the car he’d use for the school run.

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The minivan gains in this tuning program a revised front bumper with an all-new chin spoiler and LED lights at the front, custom fenders with a unique design pattern, chunky side skirts, rear apron with a diffuser insert and new tailpipes, and a sporty roof spoiler.

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Other highlights of this custom Ford Transit, going on sale initially only in the UK, include blacked-out windows, custom graphics, exhaust system, leather upholstery and customized steering wheel.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Transit M-Sport by Carlex Design

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Just like their Bulgarian counterpart, Calrex Design started out as an interior specialist and graduated into a full-fledged tuner. And here’s the evidence that they have mastered the art of tuning, a Ford Transit M-Sport van which they have fully pimped out inside and out.

Mock all you want, but upgrading the looks of a van in a way that makes it actually desirable is a lot harder than working with a sports car that is already good-looking. If Carlex can do this to a van, what are they capable of accomplishing with a normal car? Well, we have already got a taste of that with their custom BMW Z4s.

In the case of this Ford Transit M-Sport, Carlex has come up with a custom body kit consisting of front bumper conversion with extended spoiler, new grille and LED lights, side arch extension pack front and rear, rear tailgate spoiler, rear diffuser, and quad exhaust system. The kit is complemented with a set of limited edition 18-inch OZ wheels and Eibach lowered suspension.

As for the interior, Carlex can hook your Transit up with leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, M-Sport white dials, Nappa leather seats with blue stitching, blue seat belts, limited edition plaque, and special floor mats. A fully-loaded double cab version of this will set you back around 28,000 GBP in the UK.

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PostHeaderIcon 2015 Ford Transit Gets Ready For School

Ford is ready to take you to school – or maybe just your kids next fall. Meet the Blue Bird Micro Bird T-Series bus, Blue Bird’s latest iteration of the short bus built atop the Ford Transit chassis cab with the bus prep package.

2015 Ford Transit Gets Ready For School originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 12:30 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Quigley Motors' 4×4 Ford Transit Takes on the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari: Video

Quigley has been up-fitting full-size vans with four-wheel-drive for decades, including those from GM, Nissan, and Ford, and now has begun transforming Ford’s newest van – the Transit.

Quigley Motors’ 4×4 Ford Transit Takes on the 2015 Easter Jeep Safari: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 15 May 2015 16:30 EST.

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