2010 Model Transit Connect - Facelift Year

Ford (Transit) Connect 2006 Facelift

Ford (Transit) Connect 2006 Facelift

The Ford Connect and the Tourneo Connect underwent a facelift during the Summer of 2009 for the 2010 model year.  The design cues have been taken from Ford’s ‘kinetic’ approach that it uses across its range of cars, which is supposed to make the van look like it is moving even when it is not.  The 2009 version now comes in two lengths – short and low or long and high, which has 4.4 cubic metres of loadspace.  Either model can have a beefed up payload of 900kg – worth checking the logbook to see if this applies to the one you are buying. Three power outputs of 75, 90 and 110PS – the powerful also being the most economical – that’s the one to go for.

At the Front of the Ford Connect the bumper and grille have been redesigned and new, modern-shaped headlights have been added.  Smaller changes, such as side mouldings and new wheel designs give the Connect the appearance of a full face-lifted model.

Inside the Ford Connect lots of changes have taken place.  Borrowing from the S-Max MPV, the dash has had an update and, in conjunction with new fabrics and colours, the van looks a more hospitable place to be.

SAFETY CHANGES

Ford has rolled out their ESP system which looks after the active safety for the van – this means that it controls all features, getting them to work together – the ABS, the brake assist, the yaw control, roll over prevention system.

The Ford Transit’s little brother has inherited its hill start system which keeps the brakes on for 2.5 seconds when the Connect is starting on a hill to give the driver time to transfer his foot from the brake to the throttle and release the clutch.

In addition to changes in the electronic systems, the physical brakes have been upgraded – the Transit Connect now has ventilated discs at the front and standard discs at the rear.

As far as passive safety is concerned, the airbag on the driver’s side is now standard and buyers can opt for a passenger one too.  You can also spec the van up to side airbags – which come as standard on the SportVan range.

EXTRAS AND LOADSPACES

The Ford Connect now comes with electric windows as standard across the range – all models also get the remote blipper locking system too.

For buyers opting for the Ford Connect Trend model, they will get extras such as electric mirrors, heated screen, front fog lights, trip computer, hands free Bluetooth system, auto wipers and headlights. 

Top money Ford Connect ‘Limited’ gets aircon, colour blending on the bodywork, some chrome at the front and reversing system.

You can have a short and low or long and high Ford Connect van, whilst the people-carrying version only comes in the long and high version.  The smaller van can carry a maximum of 3.4m3 from an overall length of just under than 4.3 metres when folding down the front passenger seat.  The ‘long and high version’s loadspace increases to 4.4m3.  All versions can comfortably accommodate a Euro Pallet.  Payloads can now be increased to 900kg – approaching that of its bigger brother the Ford Transit.

ENGINES

Ford Connect buyers get to choose from three power outputs of Ford’s 1.8 litre TDCi diesel engine – at 75, 90 or 110PS.  Interestingly, the variable vane turbo on the top power version it is the most powerful and the most economical at 47mpg, giving a CO2 rating of 159g/km  The two higher-powered engine options of the Transit Connect have the option of fitting a particle trap to clean up emissions further.

There is no six-speed or automatic option on the Ford Connect – all vans come with the 5-speed manual.

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