It is about giving and taking. The deal between Ford and Volkswagen ensures that the next VW Amarok focuses on the new Ford Ranger bases. And that the VW Caddy forms the basis for the new Ford Tourneo Connect. Now the designers have done their best to give the order break its own snout, yet you can hardly ignore the relationship. The taillights have a different shape and the tailgate is not completely identical, but you immediately see that the VW Caddy functioned as the basis.
Although we can hardly imagine that this is really a problem. The Renault Kangoo Also available as Mercedes Citan and Nissan Townstar, while the Citroën Berlingo is also available as Opel Combo, Peugeot Rifter and Toyota ProAce City.
Two body lengths
The interior of the new Ford Tourneo Connect also looks familiar to those who have already sat in the new VW Caddy, although Ford does install its own steering wheel. The digital driving environment and driver assistance systems, which are by no means inferior to those of a normal passenger car, also come from Volkswagen, although the FordPass Connect app is of course present here.
Like the VW Caddy, the Frod Tourneo Connect will be available in two body lengths and in both cases with seven seats. Ford does not specify exact dimensions yet, but the Caddy and Caddy Maxi are 4.5 and 4.85 meters long respectively, so the difference will be a few millimeters at most due to the different bumpers. Ford does mention the available loading length with only the front seats in use, namely 1,913 millimeters for the short version and 2,265 for the long version, respectively. As an option, the front passenger seat can also be folded down for even longer items.
The Ford Tourneo Connect will be available with a petrol engine or a diesel, four-cylinder with a displacement of 1.5 and 2 liters respectively. Although there will be EcoBoost or EcoBlue on the tailgate of the Ford, the characteristics betray that it concerns TSI and TDI engines from Volkswagen. There are currently no hybrid and no electric Ford Tourneo Connect on the program.
The petrol 1.5 always delivers 114 hp and 220 Nm and is available with a manual six-speed gearbox or with a robotized seven-speed gearbox. Diesel drivers can opt for the two-liter with 102 hp and 280 Nm or with 122 hp and 320 Nm (Ford leaves the 75 hp version available in the Caddy, so wisely left). The version with 102 hp is only available with a manual gearbox, the 122 hp version can be optionally linked to a manual or a robotized six-speed gearbox, just like the 1.5 on petrol. Finally, the most powerful diesel version can also be ordered with four-wheel drive (manual only). The WLTP emissions figures range from 126 to 159 g/km for the diesels and from 144 to 170 g/km for the petrols.
Price and deliveries
The new generation of the Ford Tourneo Connect will hit dealers in early 2022. Prices are not yet known, but probably won’t be too far from those of the Caddy. There are three versions: Active, Titanium and… Sport, the latter being characterized by racing stripes over the hood, a sportier front bumper and specific 17-inch wheels.