The order books have opened here on Ford’s spacious and versatile new five-seat Tourneo Connect and seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect.
The two Tourneo Connect models provide smart, stylish and affordable people movers for families and users with active lifestyles. Offering best-in-class flexibility, the two offer versatile seating, stowage and dual sliding side doors; outstanding fuel economy with highly efficient powertrains; and class-unique technologies, including active city stop and Ford SYNC.
“Economical and robust, the new Tourneo Connect people movers are great lifestyle vehicles,” says Eddie Murphy, chairman and managing director of Ford Ireland. “They are roomy and flexible cars which are kind to the family budget, and offer all the comfort, features and smart technologies which Ford customers have come to expect from our market leading car models.”
The Grand Tourneo Connect offers flexible seating for seven in three rows, with the third row sliding fore/aft to allow customers the choice of extra leg room or more space for belongings. The car has 2,620 litres of luggage space with the two rear seat rows folded down, and the third-row seats incorporate an integral floor cover which can be expanded to provide a continuous flat load platform for the rear compartment.
The full powertrain line-up includes the 1.0-litre 100PS EcoBoost petrol engine (129g/km ) - five-seat Tourneo Connect only, 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with a choice of 75, 95 and 115PS versions (130g/km ), and the 150 PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine (184g/km ) with six-speed automatic transmission.
Here in Ireland, the model will be available in both the Tourneo Connect (5 seat ) and Grand Tourneo Connect (5/7 seat ) versions. The vehicle will be available in three series: Style, Zetec and Titanium with prices starting from €23,900. The premium Titanium model offers dual-zone climate control, panoramic roof and integrated roof rails as standard features.
For comfort and driving dynamics, the new vehicles incorporate a unique torsion beam rear suspension system, replacing the leaf-spring design on the outgoing model. The chassis also features the latest electric power-assisted steering technology which helps to deliver agile and responsive handling while also reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to a traditional hydraulic system.