Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon is the new people mover

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No longer is the Ford Transit Connect is made just for small businesses. Ford has announced that it will produce a civilian version as well, which is called the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon.

The Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon will have plenty room to seat five adults and a large cargo space. There are large openings from the panes of glass that actually pop out to provide plenty of fresh air as you cruise through the country side.

The Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon is huge, so a rear-view camera is needed to help cover blind spots during back up or lane change.

To make the Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon looks more civilize, Ford added other visual changes like larger alloy wheels, a painted grille and front foglamps give this Transit Connect a bit more personality.

The Ford Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon is currently display at the LA Auto Show this week, and no word on the pricing yet. We assume that it will be released within a few months from now when it’s available at Ford dealerships in early 2011.

As for right now, we do know that it will come with the fuel efficient four-cylinder engine that is expected to receive 26 mpg highway fuel economy rating.

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FORD TRANSIT CONNECT XLT PREMIUM WAGON DEBUTS WITH ADDED COMFORT, CONVENIENCE FEATURES

Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon

* Ford Transit Connect – 2010 North American Truck of the Year – is expanding its lineup with the addition of a Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon offering
* Transit Connect XLT Premium Wagon offers seating for five passengers with enhanced interior appointments and visibility from integrated blind-spot mirrors, a rear view camera and flip-open rear quarter windows

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2010 – A new personal-use package for the 2011 Ford Transit Connect debuted today at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The XLT Premium Wagon offers more comfort and visibility for second-row passengers, something customers have been asking for since the small, fuel-efficient van went on sale in the United States in 2009.

“Since Transit Connect arrived here as the ‘ultimate tool’ for small business proprietors, we’ve heard requests from potential personal-use customers,” said Rob Stevens, chief nameplate engineer for Commercial Vehicles. “Buyers looking for a taller wagon with seating for five passengers and generous cargo space have shown significant interest in Transit Connect.”

XLT Premium Wagon offers enhanced second-row passenger comfort, including cargo space surface trim, wheelhouse covers and flip-open rear quarter windows for draft-free ventilation.

This personal-use package gives owners and drivers additional confidence with blind-spot sideview mirrors, rear view camera, rear cargo door windows and privacy glass.

Transit Connect was named North American Truck of the Year in January 2010, selected by journalist jurors for its unique combination of car-like ride, 135 cubic feet of cargo space, 1,600-pound payload capacity and unmatched fuel efficiency – up to an EPA-rated 26 mpg highway.

All Transit Connect models – including XLT Premium Wagon – are assembled at the Ford Otosan joint-venture production facility in Kocaeli, Turkey, and are available at North American Ford dealerships.

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