Ford’s new Tourneo Connect is the first model of the VW partnership
With the new Tourneo Connect van, Ford has launched the first vehicle from its extensive partnership with the Volkswagen Group.
The Tourneo Connect is a version of the new VW Caddy Van. It is built next to the Caddy at the VW plant in Poznan, Poland.
It is available in two lengths and can accommodate up to seven people. Deliveries will begin in spring 2022, Ford announced in a statement.
In 2019, Ford and VW announced an industrial alliance for the joint development and production of commercial vehicles as well as other projects such as autonomous cars and an electric car for Ford on VW’s MEB platform.
The first Ford-developed vehicle to be unveiled as part of the joint venture will be the next-generation Ranger pickup, which is expected to be shown later this year. A VW version called Amarok will be built by Ford as part of the partnership.
The companies announced in 2020 that they would produce a total of 8 million commercial vehicles together, including pickups and vans.
A commercial Transit Connect version of the Caddy is also planned, but “still some time away” as the existing Transit Connect, which was built at the Ford plant in Valencia, Spain, is still selling well, said a Ford company. close source opposite Automotive News Europe.
The Tourneo Connect comes with VW-based engines, including a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and two 2.0-liter diesels. A “zero-emissions” version will follow later, Ford said.
“Ford’s family of commercial vehicles in Europe will be 100 percent emission-free, fully electric or plug-in hybrid by 2024,” said the company. Customers can look forward to an electrified Tourneo Connect that complements the lineup. “
The electrified Tourneo / Transit Connect should be more of a plug-in hybrid than a fully electric one. VW has not announced a fully electric Caddy; this segment is expected to be covered by a production version of the ID Buzz Van concept.
European competitors include a trio of Stellantis-Vans, Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Rifter and Opel / Vauxhall Combo; and the Renault Kangoo, all of which have fully electric versions. Fiat, now part of Stellantis, sells the Doblo Combi, which is not electrified. The segment is known as car-derived vans because they are generally built on versions of car platforms.