The first tangible result of the extensive Ford-VW alliance has now been revealed: the new Ford Tourneo Connect, a completely redesigned nose Volkswagen Caddy.
It’s basically an OEM collaboration, for example, Ford, rather than developing its own variant, takes Caddy in its name, but to make it unobtrusive, Connect got a nice big grille with a Ford badge in the middle and a couple new ones headlights with a striking LED frame to consider. At the same time, the current Caddy characteristic, the trench on the belt line that becomes shallower over the wheels, is also here, as the other discs are exactly the same.
The engine range consists of 1.5-liter turbo gasoline with 115 horsepower and two 2-liter diesels with 102 and 122 horsepower. These, although there are similar engines in Ford, and Ford will also call them Ecoboos and Ecoblue, they are Volkswagen engines, since there was no need to change the manufacturing process. The engines will also come with a six-speed manual transmission and will be available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for an additional cost. For the first time in Connectek history, there will also be an all-wheel drive version.
At the moment, a passenger version has been introduced, which will also be available with seven seats. Production will begin in early 2022, and the first copies will be available to customers next spring. A shipping version of the type, called Transit Connect, will likely be introduced later.
However, this is only the first phase of the Ford-VW collaboration: later comes the next-generation VW Amarok and VW Transporter based on the Ford Ranger and Transit, and at least one Ford model built on the foundations of the Volkswagen MEB electric car. However, the latter will not be manufactured at Volkswagen: Ford will build its own production line at its own plant.
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