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by David Zalstein

The all-new seven-seat Ford Transit Connect Wagon will enter the US people-mover market next year, providing a vehicle that Ford says combines the benefits of a car, SUV and pick-up truck in one.

Offered in two wheelbase lengths, in both five- and seven-seat configurations, and with fold-flat seating, Ford says the new Transit Connect Wagon will drive like a car, have the flexibility of an SUV, and handle the payloads of a full-size ute.

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Powered by either a 2.5-litre four-cylinder or 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, and tied to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Ford Transit Connect Wagon brings with it the ability to carry more than 2832 litres of cargo, up to 544kg worth of payload, and tow up to 907kg.

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A range of different seating upholstery is available including leather, cloth and heavy-duty vinyl, and join other options such as a full-glass panoramic roof, rear-view camera, 6.5-inch touch screen display with navigation, and Ford’s SYNC with MyFord Touch system.

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A raft of airbags also covers first-, second- and third-row passenger safety.

The Ford Transit Connect Wagon will make its way into North America in the fourth quarter of 2013 but is not expected to appear in local dealerships.




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