TORONTO—If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, as the old saying goes, it’s probably a duck.
Unless, of course, you’re talking about the all-new Ford Transit Connect Wagon, a vehicle that looks an awful lot like a minivan—just don’t tell the folks at Ford.
Based on the compact commercial vehicle bearing the same name—which, interestingly enough, Ford classifies as a “small cargo van”—the Transit Connect Wagon is the automaker’s first foray into the North American “passenger wagon” market in seven years, and is built on the same platform as its Focus compact car.
Marketed as the “unminivan,” the wagon starts at about $28,000 in Canada, and comes in five- and seven-passenger variations and is available with either 2.5-litre Duratec or 1.6-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engines.
Both engines come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and have comparable fuel economy estimates— 10.5L/100 km city and 7.1L/100 km highway for the larger Duratec engine, and 9.5L/100 km city and 6.7L/100 km highway for the EcoBoost.
Not bad numbers for a
minivan passenger wagon.