As many people know Ford calls its passenger versions of their commercial vehicle model range ‘Tourneo’ and the latest model to be launched is the all new Tourneo Connect multi-activity vehicle and it has a flexible interior, full seven-seat capability and a choice of two lengths.
There is a mixture of diesel and petrol engines as well as manual and automatic gearboxes. The four cylinder turbocharged engines includes a 1.5‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine producing 114PS and 220Nm of torque, and two EcoBlue diesels developing 122PS and 320Nm of torque, or 112PS and 280Nm of torque. Auto Start-Stop is standard across the range and both diesels feature an innovative “twin-dosing” system that injects AdBlue upstream of two selective catalytic converters to help reduce nitrogen oxides, and are also compatible with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) and Gas to Liquids (GTL) alternative fuels.
All models feature a six-speed manual transmission as standard and there’s a seven‑speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic gearbox option with steering wheel-mounted paddles. Interestingly there is also an all-wheel drive version for the first time on Tourneo Connect to increase traction on loose and slippery surfaces for more confident driving. The system automatically distributes torque between the wheels depending on driving conditions and surfaces, helping drivers maintain progress in more challenging conditions. All-wheel drive is available on models fitted with the 2.0-litre 122PS EcoBlue diesel engine and six‑speed manual gearbox.
With both rows of seating removed the Tourneo Connect offers up to 3.1m3 of load volume in L2 models and 2.6m3 in L1 models. and there’s maximum load lengths of 2,265mm behind the first row of seats, 1,452mm behind the second, and 629mm behind the third for L2 variants (1,913mm, 1100mm and 317mm for L1 variants).
Ford Tourneo Connect Cab
The all-new Tourneo Connect has seven-seat capability on both short‑wheelbase L1 and long‑wheelbase L2 models and when not in use, the second and third seat rows can be folded, tumbled or removed to create a spacious load area and the front passenger seat folds flat to allow items up to 3 metres long.
There are large sliding side doors on each side of the vehicle and a panoramic glass roof and dual‑zone climate control. Trend, Titanium and Active customers can also specify ergonomic seats with extended leg supports and four-way electric lumbar adjustment certified by Germany’s independent Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (AGR), the Campaign for Healthier Backs.
Ford Tourneo Connect Exterior
The all-new Tourneo Connect Active series features unique 17-inch alloy wheels feature a two-tone finish of dark and machined metal, part of the signature Active look that includes a honeycomb grille, a metallic-effect skid plate and additional body mouldings around the wheel arches, sills and bumpers. There are ten different paint finishes including a new Boundless Blue, the unique launch colour for Tourneo Connect Active. The rest of the series line-up includes:
- Sport – distinctive bonnet stripes, more dynamic lower front bumper, 17-inch dark alloy wheels
- Titanium – satin chrome detailing, privacy glass, 16-inch alloy wheels
- Trend – high-gloss black grille surround, stylish wheel trims
All the Tourneo Connect models feature a large 8.25 inch user-friendly touchscreen on the dashboard as standard with a 10-inch screen on all series and is standard on Titanium, Sport and Active series in right-hand drive vehicles. The touchscreen provides controls for navigation, audio and cabin climate, while other features such as telephone connection, vehicle information and audio configuration are grouped in sub-menus to be unobtrusive while driving.
There’s also the option of an advanced digital cluster display in place of the traditional dials although its standard on Sport models and available on Titanium and Active models and it can use the digital cluster has a 10.25-inch screen in the instrument binnacle to work alongside the central infotainment system. The display puts vehicle alerts, signed speed limits and current gear at the top of the screen for easier reading, above a multi-way configurable display showing:
- Summary – for information about the current journey
- Classic – for a simulated traditional speedometer and tachometer
- Navigation – for a route map and information for additional guidance
- Driver Assist – for the status of the vehicle’s active driver assistance systems
FordPass and Ford Pass Pro Connect
Vehicles with the 10-inch touchscreen feature a FordPass Connect modem to help customers stay connected while on the road. and the online sat nav system uses cloud data to offer additional live updates including traffic reports and alternative routes; nearby fuel stations including prices and opening hours; online map updates; and parking details including availability, distance and price.
Using your own mobile customers can see and control:
- Status of lights, windows and doors
- Vehicle locking and unlocking
- Vehicle location and parking position, including address and time spent parked
- Average fuel consumption
- Vehicle health report to help proactive maintenance and avoid unplanned downtime
Ford Transit Tourneo Connect Driver Assistance
Tourneo Connect offers 19 driver assistance technologies including :
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning
- Lane-Keeping System
- Driver Alert
- Cruise Control
- Adjustable Speed Limiting System
- Hill Start Assist
- Front and rear parking sensors
Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Information System and Cross Traffic Alert are also available.
The all-new Tourneo Connect also introduces new driver assistance technology bundles. Parking Pack adds Active Park Assist with Park Out Assist, which can identify and automatically steer into and out of perpendicular and parallel parking spaces while the driver controls the accelerator, braking and gear selection.
Towing Assist Pack includes new Pro Trailer Backup Assist to help prevent or mitigate the risk of “jack-knifing” when reversing with a trailer. The system enables even inexperienced drivers to manoeuvre with confidence by using the door mirror adjustment knob instead of the steering wheel to control the vehicle and trailer direction. Together, Tourneo Connect’s rear‑view camera and sensors detect the trailer’s perimeter and superimpose guidelines on the camera screen to further help drivers.
Tourneo Connect models equipped with the PowerShift automatic transmission can also be specified with Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centring which provides assisted driving for accelerator, braking and steering functions to reduce stress on highways or in stop and start traffic.
Electric parking brake is fitted as standard to all Tourneo Connect vehicles as well as Auto Hold for easier hill starts. and the Sport series vehicles introduce Adaptive Front Lighting System. Quickclear heated windscreen, rain‑sensing wipers and heated door mirrors are standard across the range.
“The all-new Tourneo Connect is the first of an exciting new generation of Tourneo vehicles from Ford. Its fresh new design, seven-seat versatility and new all-wheel drive technology plus its all-important connectivity features offer a winning combination for our customers,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. “We’ve taken the qualities that customers value and have raised them to another level, creating a new Tourneo Connect that’s ready for any challenge – whether it’s work or play.”