New 2022 Ford Tourneo Connect MPV unveiled

New Tourneo Connect people carrier is heavily based on the Volkswagen Caddy

  • Wider range of trim levels
  • New all-wheel-drive model
  • On sale early next year

The new Ford Tourneo Connect MPV has been revealed. It builds on the versatility of the outgoing model and adds extra trim level and equipment choices. You’ll be able to order the new Tourneo Connect in the first few months of 2022, with first deliveries scheduled for spring.

A hexagonal grille and angled headlights make up the front end and give the car a look a little like the facelifted Fiesta. The rest of the design is nearly identical to the Volkswagen Caddy, with which the Tourneo Connect shares many parts. Ford offers a wider choice of trim levels than Volkswagen, including Sport, which features big wheels and bonnet stripes, and Active, which has a rugged look with body cladding and a higher ride height.

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Alongside those two models, there are Trend and Titanium versions. Full specifications have yet to be released but all versions are set to get an electric handbrake with auto-hold, plus a range of driver assistance features including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, cruise control, a driver fatigue warning and parking sensors at each end.

Even the cheapest model will now get an 8.25-inch touchscreen, rather than the basic radio display you get in the current Tourneo Connect. Titanium, Active and Sport versions get a bigger 10-inch screen, and the latter also gets a digital instrument cluster as standard. All but the Trend also come with FordPass Connect, enabling you to lock your vehicle and see where it’s parked through the FordPass app.

There’s a petrol engine and two versions of a diesel engine to pick from, although it’s not known if all engines will be available on all trim levels. The 1.5-litre petrol engine gets 112bhp and manages 44.8mpg with a six-speed manual gearbox (42.8mpg with the seven-speed PowerShift automatic). A 2.0-litre diesel engine is offered with either 101 or 120bhp, and both return up to 58.8mpg.

The 101bhp engine is manual-only, while the 120bhp version also allows you to choose an automatic gearbox or all-wheel drive. It’s the first time the Tourneo Connect has been sold with all-wheel drive, and Ford also sells an underbody protection kit for buyers that are intending to take the car off-road.

As before, there’ll be standard and long versions and both come with seven seats. The front passenger seat folds flat to allow you to carry items up to three metres long. Boot space figures are yet to be revealed but the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi offers 446 litres even with the third row of seats in place. Take out the second and third seat rows and there’s more than 3,000 litres to fill.

What does it mean for car buyers?

While we’re pleased the equipment list is more generous than the current model, prices are likely to reflect the improvement. The outgoing Ford Tourneo Connect starts at around £22,700 - roughly £500 more than the Ford Focus and Ford Puma - but we’d expect prices to be closer to the Caddy, which costs £25,000 in base trim. If that’s the case, the Tourneo Connect may be more expensive than the conventionally fuelled versions of the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter.

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