Ford Transit Connect Wagon aims at active Baby Boomers

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Ford Transit Connect Wagon aims at active Baby Boomers

So all the kids have left home, and maybe they're having kids of their own now, too. In a way, that's pretty much the demographic of the modern minivan buyer. What does that leave you?

The 2019 Transit Connect Wagon features new driver-assist technology that includes standard automatic emergency braking with precollision assist and pedestrian detection. Insane as it sounds, it's not really a far-fetched idea - the boomers are still the largest buying segment in the vehicle market, and they're a frugal, practical bunch.

When the all-new 2014 Ford Transit Connect arrived on our shores, the redesign (we got our first TC model in the '10 model year) lent itself to broader use as a small family van, complete with windows. When converted to US metrics, it is about 94 horsepower. There are duel sliding doors and available roof rails to secure and carry equipment for extracurricular activities like surfing or biking.

Inside, the new Transit Connect gets a mildly restyled dashboard with an optional 6.5-inch tablet-style touchscreen, featuring standard FordPass multimedia connectivity and optional Sync 3 interface.

Like the current Transit Connect Wagon, Ford is offering the 2019 model in both short- and long-wheelbase variants.

Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices is standard. The third-row seats are better than the ones in most compact crossovers, but can't hold a candle to purpose-built three-row SUVs.

The biggest change for the Transit Connect comes in the powertrain department. Among the most significant improvements to the little hauler is that it will now have two new powertrains: a direct-injection 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder gas engine and a turbo-diesel 1.5-liter EcoBlue engine, both mated to a new eight-speed transmission.

Detroit's second-largest automaker continues to work on boosting the fuel-economy ratings of its vehicle lineup, however.

Nearly the entire suite of Ford's driver assist technologies have been included in the van, starting with the Automatic Emergency Braking and ending with the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. Adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and cross-traffic assist also are available.

Ahead of its debut at the Chicago auto show, Ford unveiled its all-new Transit Connect Wagon with a news release, fact sheet, images and video Thursday, Feb. 8. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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