2016 Ford Transit, Transit Connect Bound for Dealerships in September| Edmunds

2016 Ford Transit, Transit Connect Bound for Dealerships in September

DEARBORN, Michigan — The 2016 Ford Transit van, Transit Connect minivan and Transit Connect Wagon will arrive at Ford dealerships in September, the automaker announced on Thursday.

Updates include the addition of the optional Sync 3 connectivity system and new customization options. All 2016 Ford Transit vans and wagons will include a rearview camera and trailer hitch assist technology as standard equipment.

Pricing has not been announced.

Dual sliding side cargo doors will be available for the first time on Ford Transit medium- and high-roof vans. Ford said this means buyers can choose from 58 vehicle configurations, up from 47 in 2015.

Four new exterior paint colors are available on the Transit. They are Shadow Black, Caribou, Magnetic and Race Red.

The 2016 Transit Connect compact commercial van features several updates for the new model year. A perimeter alarm will be included at no additional cost when the optional remote start is ordered.

The flexible-fuel vehicle system will be standard equipment on 2016 Transit Connect vans with 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engines for non-California emissions states.

There are new seating options for the 2016 Transit Connect Wagon. The 2016 Titanium model is equipped with standard second-row fold-flat bucket seats. The bucket seats are a no-charge option on the XLT long-wheelbase model, while a six-way power driver's seat is available in cloth for the first time on XLT.

A blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert is now an option on the 2016 Transit Connect Wagon XLT and Titanium models.

Key competitors to the Ford Transit include the Nissan NV Cargo Van and Ram ProMaster.

The Transit Connect takes aim at the Nissan NV200 and Ram ProMaster City.

Edmunds says: Ford says its Transit family is getting smarter and more flexible, something that should please shoppers in this growing segment.

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