2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon aims at active Baby Boomers

Ford has unveiled the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon and it is aiming the vehicle directly at Baby Boomers who need space, versatility, and tech without the big price tag that normally comes with a minivan. The vehicle can haul up to seven people and is designed to be able to change easily between small business needs, hobbies, and grandkids. The new vehicle is being unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show.

The wagon can be easily converted to a cargo van for work and then have seats put in for time with friends and family. Ford is fitting the wagon with a range of all-new gas and diesel engines and a suite of driver-assist technologies. That tech includes Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which Ford says is a segment exclusive.

Other assistive technologies in the Wagon include Automatic Emergency Braking as standard. Adaptive Cruise Control is an option and slows the vehicles when traffic is detected. Ford also has available Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert to detect vehicles around the Wagon.

A Lane Keeping System is available that vibrates the steering wheel and can apply extra steering torque to keep the vehicle centered on the road. Transit Connect Wagon will be offered in two wheelbases and in five or seven-passenger configurations. Ford will offer XL, XLT, and Titanium trims. Entry and exit are easy thanks to dual sliding doors.

Ford offers an available 6.5-inch floating touchscreen inside along with digital driver information in the center cluster and available wireless phone charging. A 4G LTE hotspot is standard along with SYNC 3. The new diesel is a 1.5L EcoBlue aiming for at least 30mpg highway fuel rating. A new 2.0L four with direct injection and Auto Start-Stop tech is standard with both engines using an 8-speed automatic. The vehicle goes on sale this fall with pricing announced closer to launch. Ford has been busy this week, it unveiled the Ranger Raptor and the want is strong with truck fans.