Monday, March 12, 2012
The Ford Transit Connect Serves Oregon's Commercial Fleets
XL Van — Standard model
• XL Van has a number of glass and visibility options. The first option is to have no side-door or rear-door glass (100A/S7A). Another option is to have Rear-door privacy glass
only (200A/S7C) (no side door glass). The third and final option is to choose side-door/rear-door privacy glass (300A/S6A).
• XLT Van - One step up and the most popular model of Transit Connect and again is available with any of the three window options: no side-door or rear-door
glass (110A/S7B), rear-door privacy glass (210A/S7D) (no side-door glass), or Side-door/rear-door privacy glass (310A/S6B).
• XLT Wagon is the model chosen by adult care facilities, medical transport companies, and taxi drivers and is only available with glass windows both in the sides and the rear. (510A/S9B)
• XLT Premium Wagon is again only available with side-door/rear-door and thirdrow
privacy glass (520A/S9C).
The Transit Connect has created a stir among medical transport and cab companies because of its roomy interior and its fantastic fuel efficiency. The 2.0L Duratec 16-valve DOHC I-4 Engine holds the best-in-class(1) 2012 EPA-estimated fuel economy
of 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway while providing 136 horsepower @ 6300 rpm, 128 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4750 rpm. The cast aluminum engine block and cylinder head
The 4-speed Automatic Transmission with electronic shift control helps provide smooth shifts and optimum performance. The overdrive lowers engine rpm at highway speeds,
helping maximize fuel economy with a 3.96:1 final drive ratio.
The combination of the independent MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-leaf rear suspension, rack-and pinion steering and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) allows the Transit Connect to drive and ride more like a car than a working van. The Independent MacPherson Strut Front Suspension also allows each front wheel to react to road irregularities with minimal effect on the opposite wheel for a smooth, controlled ride while also contributing to responsive steering. Ford has also included a stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll while cornering. The Transit Connect rides more like a car while working like a van. The Multi-leaf Rear Suspension is Rugged in design and provides load-carrying capability along with a smooth ride. Because the Ford Transit Connect is so easy to drive it is much easier on the driver and helps fight road fatigue. The solid Transit Connect design includes a stabilizer bar to help reduce body roll
while cornering. The rack-and-pinion Steering maintains linear steering effort as the driver turns the wheel resulting in responsive steering with excellent return-ability and
handling characteristics. The Transit also boasts a tight 39.0-foot (curb-to-curb) turning diameter helping to make the Transit Connect as nimble as a small car. Engineers of the Ford Transit Connect chose power front disc/rear drum system that provides sure,
controlled stops coupled with anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that is standard on all 2012 and newer Transit Connect Vans and Wagons.