Ford Changes the Taxi Game With 30 MPG and 60-Cubic-Foot Capacity
Ford is upping its taxi game as we approach the 2019 model year with a new take on people hauling. Meet the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Taxi. This van not only hauls people and cargo in comfort, but it does so while getting good fuel economy.
The 2019 model year marks the first time Ford will put the Transit Connect into use as a taxi, and it’s aiming to make the competition an afterthought. The Transit Connect Taxi will boast 60 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row, making it ideal for grabbing passengers with lots of luggage or other gear. Sliding side doors will make accessing the rear seats easier while its low floor will make stepping into this taxi simple.
Inside the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Taxi, there will be recessed rear seating, a taxi upfit wiring harness, and even an optional roof-access hole to allow a company to run wiring to a taxi sign. Keeping things safe will be the standard first-row side-curtain airbags and the optional reverse-sensing system.
For taxis that wish to haul handicapped individuals, the Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier program can add an easy-to-deploy ramp that can double as a cargo deck.
Powering all this will be a 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine. While there are no output specs for this new 1.5-liter diesel engine, Ford announced it will get at least 30 mpg highway. Given diesel engines’ generous torque, this van shouldn’t have any issue getting up and going.
We will have the 2019 Ford Transit Connect Taxi in our fleet lineup here are Garber Automall in Grove Springs, FL by the end of 2018. If you can’t wait for this model to arrive, you can check out our array of 2018 Transit Connect models available today.