Ford Transit Connect SportVan Debuts in Europe
By Kevin Miller
Ford has introduced the production version of its Transit Connect SportVan at the Birmingham (England) Commercial Vehicle Show this week. Shown as a concept at the same show in 2007, the Transit Connect SportVan is based on the short wheelbase (220) Transit Connect, with a 1.8 liter Duratorq TDCi, delivering 110 HP. The Transit Connect SportVan will be limited in production, with just 300 units planned. It is offered only in Performance Blue, with white “Ford GT-style” stripes and 18 inch, 7-spoke wheels.
The Transit Connect SportVan offers many exterior and interior styling features not found on the basic Transit Connect, including: full body colored bumpers, a bright chrome grille and side skirts, front and rear sports skid plates, body colored roof spoiler, and silver door mirror housings and exhaust finisher. Interior upgrades include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, a silver surround to the center stack, and fancier air vents. Also included are leather seats with eight-way seat adjustment, ABS with stability control, traction control and park distance control, air conditioning, power windows and mirrors and a side loading door. Audio equipment includes a six-CD changer and Bluetooth capability.
When the Transit Connect reaches North America some time next year, attention-seeking US buyers who buy the vehicle as a “statement” rather than a work van are certain to want some of the SportVan’s unique appearance items, like the body-colored roof spoiler, leather seating, and alloy wheels. Exactly how the Transit Connect will be equipped and what options will be available is not yet known, but the SportVan certainly is an interesting look at what can be done with a Transit Connect.
Note: Unfortunately, Ford didn’t provide any photos of the production Transit Connect Sport, and we weren’t at the Birmingham CV show to take pictures of our own. Instead, photos of last year’s concept vehicle accompany this article.
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