Unlike the SWB 1.0-litre EcoBoost that remains as is, the LWB TDCI swaps the old 1.6-litre oil burner for a smaller 1.5 with power jumping from 85 kW to 88 kW. Torque is kept at 270 Nm with a six-speed manual gearbox again the sole option.
Sporting a payload rating of exactly one-ton and a cargo volume of 3.6m3, the Transit Connect can now also be specified with a load-through hatch and window instead of the standard steel bulkhead, as well as a dual passenger seat as opposed to the previous bench setup.
Standard equipment includes a two-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and USB, air-conditioning, electric windows and steering wheel mounted audio controls, while safety has been sharpened up to now feature Roll Over Mitigation and Emergency Brake Warning.
In addition to items such as Load Adaptive Control, driver's airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP, the optional Ambiente Pack (R8 060) adds a LED load compartment lights, front and rear parking sensors with reverse camera and tyre pressure monitoring system. A passenger airbag meanwhile is a R1 830 standalone option.
A four year / 120 000 km warranty, four year / 60 000 km service plan and three year / unlimited km Roadside Assistance plan is included in the R323 900 asking price.