This is the first model built by Ford and VW's joint venture announced in 2019.
Back in 2019, Ford and Volkswagen announced a joint partnership that would see the two automakers collaborate to develop commercial vehicles, self-driving technology, and an electric Ford based on VW's MEB platform. Ford and VW will also jointly develop the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok, which will share the same platform as the next-generation Ford Ranger.
As part of the agreement, Ford and VW will work together to produce as many as eight million pickups and commercial vehicles. Two years later, the first new model from Ford and VW's joint venture has arrived: say hello to the Ford Tourneo Connect, a new "multi-activity vehicle that brings "a new level of style, space, and versatility to the Tourneo brand". Under the skin, the Tourneo shares most of its components with the Volkswagen Caddy.
Ford will offer the Tourneo with a short or long wheelbase and up to seven seats. When not in use, the second and third seat rows can be folded to create space for loading equipment. With the rear seats removed, the short wheelbase version has a cargo capacity of 2,600 liters (roughly 92 cubic feet), while the long-wheelbase Tourneo has a 3,100-liter (110-cube) capacity. The front passenger seat also folds flat, providing room to transport items up to 9.8 feet long such as kayaks, flat-pack furniture, or timber.
Three trims are available, each with distinctive design cues. The entry-level Trend trim has a high-gloss black grille surround, while the Sport trim features hood stripes, a sportier lower front bumper, and 17-inch dark alloy wheels. Titanium trims are equipped with privacy glass, satin chrome accents, and 16-inch alloy wheels. As standard, the Tourneo Connect is equipped with an 8.25-inch infotainment screen, which can be upgraded to a larger 10-inch display. The Sport trim also comes with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster as standard.
Three engine options are available, including a 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost with 112 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque and two EcoBlue diesels developing 120 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, or 110 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque.
"The all-new Tourneo Connect is the first of an exciting new generation of Tourneo vehicles from Ford. Its fresh new design, seven-seat versatility, and new all-wheel-drive technology plus its all-important connectivity features offer a winning combination for our customers," said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. "We've taken the qualities that customers value and have raised them to another level, creating a new Tourneo Connect that's ready for any challenge - whether it's work or play."
It won't be sold in the US, but the new Ford Tourneo Connect will go on sale in early 2022 in Europe, with customer deliveries starting next spring.