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Christopher Bruce2013-09-23 18:56:34

Ford Upgrades the Transit Connect Taxi with a Bi-Fuel Option and New Options

It can be fueled by either compressed natural gas or liquified petroleum gas

The Transit Connect Taxi has a lower ride height than before

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was the standard for taxis in the US, and despite being out of production, they are still extremely popular to see in taxi service. As a replacement, Ford is introducing the Transit ConnectTransit Connect Kombi 1.8TDCi Trend LongaFord Transit Connect Komb...United Kingdom, 2012 > present1 photo
Taxi with an option for a bi-fuel version with gasoline, compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas tanks. The Transit Connect was first introduced as a taxi in 2011, but Ford is updating it for 2014 with new engine options and a redesigned interior.

“The new Transit Connect Taxi has been designed with the for-hire transportation driver and their passengers in mind, creating a product that combines stylish looks and improved comfort,” said Gerald Koss, fleet marketing manager at Ford.

The taxi is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, and Ford will offer the option to convert it to being fuel by CNG or LPG from the factory.

It features the redesigned floor that lowers the Transit Connect for better headroom and easier access to the interior. It can also be modified to be wheelchair-accessible, if the owner chooses to order it that way. There is an interior hood release to make it easier for drivers to check fluid levels before they start a shift.

Other new options include a rearview camera, 6.5in touchscreen navigation display, Sync voice recognition and MyFord Touch infotainment.

The taxi seats five and has 60.5 cubic feet of cargo space. If ordered as a CNG or LPG model, the tank is stored in the rear cargo area and decreases the cargo area.

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because the Transit has a twist beam rear suspension as opposed to a solid axle and leaf springs in the NV200.

Deliveries of the updated Transit Connect will start in 2014. 

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