One of the latest additions to the Fury Ford Sandton family is in the form of an MPV. Families who enjoy a busy, active lifestyle will love the exceptional load-carrying ability, safety, durability and fuel economy of Ford's new Tourneo Connect.
"Ford has been expanding its commercial vehicle range significantly over the past two years, starting off with the Transit Custom and Tourneo Custom followed by the two-ton Transit van, chassis cab and Tourneo bus launched last year," says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager.
"The new Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect add a third and extremely important range to our available models, offering the latest technologies, outstanding flexibility, unrivalled safety and exceptional efficiency in a compact yet extremely versatile package."
Our spacious new Tourneo Connect provides smart, attractive and affordable people movers for families and motorists with active lifestyles. Stylish and eye-catching on the outside, it's just as appealing inside too by offering impressive flexibility from its versatile seating to a wide range of stowage options and dual sliding side doors.
These attributes are combined with outstanding fuel economy and low emissions from highly efficient powertrains, along with advanced safety technologies typically associated with more upmarket vehicles.
The Tourneo Connect is available in a choice of three specification levels and two wheelbase configurations. The Ambiente and Trend use the short-wheelbase (SWB) five-seater platform, while the Titanium derivatives are based on the long-wheelbase (LWB) Grand Tourneo Connect layout in either standard five-seat configuration or optional seven-seat form.
Further enhancing the practical nature of this vehicle, the second and third rows can be folded flat to reveal a massive 2 761 litres of packing space in in the case of the Grand Tourneo Connect, or 2 620 litres for the SWB version
"Whether tackling the school run or participating in sporting activities such as mountain biking or surfing, the Tourneo Connect people movers are great for today's busy, active lifestyles," says Delate. "These are roomy and economical cars which are kind to the family budget, and offer all the comfort, features and smart technologies which Ford customers have come to expect."
A total of four competitively priced and well-equipped models are offered, starting off with the 1.0 EcoBoost Ambiente in short-wheelbase form. Despite its entry-level status, it is equipped with a high specification level in terms of luxury and safety equipment. The 1.0 EcoBoost Trend takes the equipment list up a notch further, and is followed by the range-topping 1.6 TDCi and 1.6 EcoBoost Titanium models, both in LWB Grand Tourneo Connect guise.
The 1.0 EcoBoost engine, which has been awarded the International Engine of the Year title for the last three years running, continues to set the benchmarks for performance and efficiency. In this application it produces 74kW of power and an impressive 170Nm of torque. It is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and consumes a mere 5.6l/100km* in the combined cycle, matched to 129g of CO2 per km*.
The 1.6 TDCi turbodiesel engine combines outstanding pulling power with superb economy, linked to a six-speed manual. With 85kW and a substantial 285Nm on tap, it boasts a fuel consumption figure of 4.9l/100km* and 130 g/km* CO2 emissions rating.
Headlining the range is the powerful 1.6 EcoBoost, which is matched exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. It delivers a maximum output of 110kW and a 240Nm torque peak. Average consumption is rated at 8.0l/100km* and CO2 emissions at 184 g/km*.
The Tourneo Connect comes standard with 60 000km service plans (four-year for the diesel and three-year for the petrols), a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty and three-year/unlimited km roadside assistance. Service intervals are 20 000 km on the EcoBoost petrol models and 15 000 km on the TDCi diesel derivatives.
Interested in getting active with the Tourneo Connect? Come down to Fury Ford Sandton and take one for a spin!