Cologne, Germany – It’s a well-known undeniable fact that the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok might be based round the new Ford Ranger, with each because of be inbuilt South Africa. However, the partnership works each methods and its first fruit is available in the type of the new Ford Tourneo Connect, which is in actual fact carefully based on the Volkswagen Caddy.
Revealed for the European market on Tuesday, the Ford Tourneo Connect might be obtainable in a variety of variants, providing two wheelbase selections and three specification grades. These take the type of Active, Titanium and Sport, with every providing a singular styling package deal that even contains bonnet stripes and darkened alloy wheels in the case of the latter.
So far Ford has solely proven the new mannequin in people-mover guise, by which it affords seating for as much as seven occupants, however a panel van model can also be prone to be revealed quickly.
However even in the ‘bus’ guise that we see right here, the Ford Tourneo will be slightly helpful as a load-lugger, with the second and third seating rows able to being folded, tumbled or eliminated utterly, to supply as much as 3.1m3 of load house. What’s extra the entrance passenger seat can fold flat to allow a three-metre-long load house that accommodates gadgets reminiscent of kayaks and flat-pack furnishings.
The cockpit could be very a lot a Volkswagen Caddy affair, and consumers can go the full digital route with a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.
An on-line navigation system can also be obtainable, utilizing cloud information, as are driver help options reminiscent of Active Cruise Control, Active Park Assist and Blind Spot Information system.
European clients can select from three turbocharged engines. The solely petrol possibility is a 1.5-litre unit that produces 84kW and 220Nm, and the 2.0-litre diesel is out there in 82kW/280Nm and 90kW/320Nm guises.
All Ford Tourneo Connect fashions are fitted with a six-speed guide gearbox as customary, whereas a seven-speed dual-clutch autobox is obtainable as an possibility. All-wheel drive can also be obtainable, for the first time on this mannequin.
Ford has but to announce whether or not the new Tourneo Connect is destined for South Africa, though the Volkswagen Caddy model might be obtainable regionally from November.