Ford Transit And Tourneo Connect Vans Get Active
Ford has created a new Active version of the Tourneo Connect MPV and Transit Connect Van on which it is based. On the heels of the new Transit Custom Active, which was unveiled just a few weeks ago, the new models arrive with a robust body coating on the European market.
Like all other Active models in the Ford lineup, beginners are based on conventional vehicles, so despite the “SUV-inspired” styling, all-wheel drive is not on the cards. However, Ford will sell you an optional limited slip differential to maximize the traction of the two wheels that send power to the road.
This system comes with a redesigned traction control setup, designed to make the most of the differential characteristics. Combined with the increased ride height, offering increased ground clearance, Ford says the system allows drivers to “tackle wet, slippery and difficult surfaces more comfortably.”
Most of the changes, however, are only superficial. In addition to thicker bumpers, Active models come standard with front and rear skid plates and roof rails. Eagle-eyed readers will also notice the mesh grille and the exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels, not to mention the additional coating around the side sills and wheel arches.
Customers will also receive an “active sticker” and badges on the front fenders, as well as a choice of two new colors. Sedona Orange and Solar Silver will both be available to complement the other Active additions.
Inside, exclusive seat patterns and stitching, as well as contrasting blue details and an Active branding. The metal skid plates on the front door sills are also engraved with the Active logo, just in case the point is worth highlighting. Other than these visual tweaks, the Transit and Tourneo Connect Active models are pretty much identical to their conventional comrades.
Likewise, the Tourneo Connect Active has the same five-seat configuration as standard, although customers can upgrade to the longer Grand Tourneo Connect Active if they want two folding seats behind the second row.
Whichever version you choose, the vehicle will be equipped with one of Ford’s 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engines hidden under the hood. Available in 100 hp and 120 hp versions, the engines come with a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions. If you want the limited slip differential, however, you’ll have to go for the more powerful motor.