2017 Ford Transit, Transit Connect Arrive at Ford Dealerships in September | Edmunds

2017 Ford Transit, Transit Connect Arrive at Ford Dealerships in September

DEARBORN, Michigan — The upgraded 2017 Ford Transit and Ford Transit Connect wagons and vans will arrive at Ford dealerships in September, Ford announced on Wednesday.

Ordering for the 2017 Transit Connect cargo van and Transit Connect wagon begins online on March 14.

Customers can begin ordering the 2017 Transit online starting on April 4.

Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.

The 3.7-liter V6 engine will now be standard on the Transit dual-rear-wheel van and wagon models, "lowering the base price and providing the option of CNG or LPG capability," Ford said in a statement.

The upgrades highlight flexibility in response to requests by fleet and small-business customers.

The 2017 Transit is offered in a choice of 64 configurations, up from 58 in 2016. New optional features include low-profile center consoles and power running boards.

The 2017 Transit Connect commercial van also gets upgrades for 2017.

The Sync 3 system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and navigation is standard for the 2017 Transit Connect Wagon Titanium model.

The Transit Connect Wagon will be available in two new premium packages for Titanium and XLT trim levels, while short-wheelbase models can be ordered in Titanium trim for the first time.

Reverse sensing, automatic headlights, roof rails and a six-way power driver's seat are now standard equipment for Titanium and XLT models.

Key competitors to the Transit include the Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana and Ram ProMaster.

The Transit Connect targets the Nissan NV200 and Ram ProMaster City.

Edmunds says: Ford's commercial workhorses get some thoughtful upgrades for the new model year.

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