• Home
  • van
  • Ford Tourneo Connect: The VW Caddy brother

Ford Tourneo Connect: The VW Caddy brother

Ford is bringing the third generation of its high-roof station wagon to dealers. From now on, the Tourneo Connect uses Volkswagen's MQB platform and is extremely flexible - just not with the drives. We were already inside.

High-roof suits are appreciated because of their combination of a flexibly usable interior and low prices. Ford recognized this trend early on and developed a passenger car version of its small Transit Connect panel van back in the early 2000s. Now the third, completely modernized generation of the model, which bears the name Tourneo Connect as a family friend, is in the starting blocks. The dealer premiere of the series, which from now on will be based on Volkswagen's MQB platform - so to speak, is a model brother of the VW Caddy , is planned for May 2022.

The new Ford Tourneo Connect is optionally available as a seven-seater - regardless of whether it has the short (L1) or long (L2) wheelbase. The seats in the second and third rows can be folded down or removed if they are not being used. The front passenger seat can also be folded up, allowing objects up to three meters long to be transported in the L2 version. Ford specifies the maximum loading volume as 2,600 (short wheelbase) or 3,100 liters (long wheelbase).

Four design lines for the Tourneo Connect

The Tourneo Connect presents a typical high-roof station wagon design, which the Ford designers have noticeably modernized. The octagonal radiator grille is now a bit more jagged and borders directly on the slightly more compact dimensioned LED headlights. Small triangular windows on the A-pillar improve all-round visibility, while a side bead, which widens in the area of ​​the doors, breaks the light. As is usual in this class, the tailgate, which is pulled low, is almost vertical; the taillights, which work with LED technology from the sports equipment upwards, are also aligned vertically.

Tourneo Connect buyers can choose from four equipment lines: Trend as a basic model, Sport, Titanium and Active. The latter receives plastic planks on the wheel arches, in which special 17-inch rims rotate, dark body accents, silver-colored underride protection elements at the front and rear, a honeycomb grille and blue interior accents. The sports variant also rolls on 17-inch wheels; it also has decorative stripes. The wheels on the Tourneo Connect Titanium are a size smaller. But this model has some chrome accents.

Highly digital

No matter which model variant the customer chooses: the new Tourneo Connect always has rear sliding doors on both sides. There are also a variety of cup holders, storage compartments and connection options for electronic devices.If the latter are smartphones, they can be connected to a central touchscreen, which normally measures 8.25 inches and 10.0 inches for an additional charge – the right app is of course also available. Those who opt for the larger screen automatically receive the FordPass Connect modem, with which the Tourneo Connect is always online, even when on the move.

The digital instrument panel offers four different views - including a status overview of all active driver assistance systems. At most, the corresponding package includes 19 individual items. Among them, the trailer maneuvering assistant and the adaptive cruise control system available for automatic models with traffic sign recognition including traffic jam assistant with stop & go function and lane pilot are particularly worth mentioning. Automated driving at level 2 will also be possible with the Ford Tourneo Connect in the future.

For the time being only as petrol and diesel from 26,570 euros

Ford will initially offer its new high-roof station wagon with two engines. The 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine delivers 114 hp and develops a maximum torque of 220 Newton meters. The Ecoboost four-cylinder can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic with steering wheel paddles and sport mode. The same applies to the two-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel, which cleans its exhaust gases of nitrogen oxides by "twin dosing" - but only in its version with 122 hp, a maximum of 320 Newton meters and front-wheel drive. In conjunction with all-wheel drive, which is available for the first time for the Tourneo Connect - and only in the 122 hp version - or 102 hp or 280 Newton meters, there is only the manual gearbox.

The new Ford Tourneo Connect will be built alongside the Caddy at Volkswagen's plant in the Polish city of Poznan. The first vehicles will roll to the dealers from May. At market launch, they are available in the Titanium (from 26,570 euros) and Active (from 27,640 euros) equipment lines – these prices each refer to the Tourneo Connect. The surcharge for the Grand Tourneo Connect with a correspondingly larger interior is 2,800 euros. So far, Ford has not mentioned the topic of electrification.

First check: How does the Ford differ from the VW?

A first acquaintance should show whether and how the Ford Tourneo Connect differs from the gene donor VW Caddy. But the Ford has dressed up, wears the dress in "Boundless Blue Metallic" and has outdoor things with him. In other words, it appears in the Active equipment variant, which shows some off-road spirit with black wheel arches and side skirts. But also highly polished 17-inch rims that prefer asphalt to stony dirt roads.

At the front, with a large radiator grille and narrow LED headlights, the Tourneo Connect is immediately recognizable as a member of the Ford family. Here it follows the style of current car series such as Fiesta and Focus.The profile of the high-roof station wagon reveals no differences. At the rear, connoisseurs of the matter can score points with specialist knowledge. The tailgate of the Ford Tourneo Connect is shaped a little differently, it has a different recess for the license plate than that of the VW Caddy. Bumper and glazing are the same. Of course, the two sister models bear the respective brand logos (in the glass) and lettering (on the metal).

Slider now also at Ford

The seat covers of the Tourneo Custom Active have a unique design, and the steering wheel also features an impact absorber with a central Ford logo. But the multifunction buttons are identical to those of the VW. This also applies to the view behind the valance. Between the analog instruments, a monochrome display is sufficient to display on-board computer information and driving assistants. Fonts and menu navigation have been known from VW products for many years. Fully digital instruments that are available for the Caddy are not in the price list at Ford.

The ten-inch infotainment display and the sliders for climate temperature and audio volume, which are not illuminated at night, are now also moving into the Ford range with the family van. With a white background and narrow fonts, the menu interface of the touchscreen corresponds to the interior design of the Cologne company. The graphics in the menu for controlling the driving assistants are also model-specific. However, the map graphics of the navigation system correspond to those of the VW Caddy, apart from the lighter background.

The close relationship without major changes in the interior is not surprising. This is the only way to efficiently and flexibly produce both models on the same line. It remains to be seen whether the low independence of the Ford Tourneo Connect will bother buyers.

Conclusion

Also in its third generation, the Ford Tourneo Connect puts the aspect of practical use above everything else. There should be plenty of space for people and/or luggage, and the high-roof station wagon is also progressive when it comes to the assistance systems. When it comes to the drives, on the other hand, he is exercising restraint, and not just in terms of power: As far as potential electrification of the series is concerned, Ford has so far at least kept a low profile. However, the MQB basis is basically able to do this.

0 Comments

Leave a reply

Name *