Mysterious Ford prototype seen during testsFebruary 4, 2020
Appearance can be deceiving, and this test mule, hiding under its disguise, most likely the Ford Transit Connect 2022 model year, is proof of this.
The latest Ford prototype looks like it just stepped off the Salvador Dali painting, but is much more interesting than it seems at first glance. Although some may assume that this is a mule for the cross version of the station wagon, but this is not necessarily the case, since this model looks longer and has a raised hood. The mysterious car also has a high radiator and high headlights. This suggests that under the camouflage is hidden not a station wagon, but rather the next generation Transit Connect.
Little is known about the van at the moment, but in March last year, the automaker confirmed that the next-generation model will be put into production at Hermosillo in Mexico in 2021. Currently, the plant temporarily produces Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.
Regarding the move, Ford said the decision to build a van in Mexico would increase the number of cars in the US and Canada in accordance with the proposed USMCA trade agreement. The company also noted that manufacturing in Mexico would benefit North American suppliers and help increase model profitability.
Although the US manufacturer has not revealed the details, hybrid and plug-in hybrid options are expected. The latter can use a power plant similar to that installed on the Transit and Tourneo – a 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost gasoline with an electric motor of 125 hp. and a 13.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. This “filling” provides them with 56 km of full electric mileage.
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