• Ford Tourneo Connect five-seat and Grand Tourneo Connect seven-seat people movers will be offered with efficient new engines and segment-first technologies
  • New 1.5-litre TDCi diesel offers 4.3 l/100 km (65.7 mpg)* - a 7 per cent improvement compared with outgoing 1.6-litre engine; diesel with PowerShift auto also available
  • First-in-class features include Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Keeping Aid; SYNC 2 connectivity system and MyKey technology available for the first time
  • Improved Tourneo Connect and Grand Tourneo Connect available from summer 2015; customer demand increasing with more than 10,000 units sold across Europe during 2014
  • Ford also introduces more efficient diesel and petrol engines for Tourneo Courier - Ford's smallest people mover to deliver best-in-class fuel economy
Ford today announced the Tourneo Connect five-seat and Grand Tourneo Connect seven-seat people movers will offer customers new, more fuel-efficient engines and segment-first driver-assistance and connectivity technologies from the summer.

Ford is introducing for the versatile people movers a new high-efficiency 1.5 litre TDCi diesel engine equipped with Auto-Stop-Start, delivering CO2 emissions starting from 111 g/km and fuel economy from 4.3 l/100km (65.7 mpg)* - a 7 per cent improvement over the outgoing 1.6-litre TDCi engine. A diesel with Ford's PowerShift automatic transmission also is available for the first time.

In addition, the two models introduce advanced new features to the segment including Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Keeping Aid, and offer Ford's voice-activated SYNC 2 connectivity system and innovative MyKey technology.

Designed for families and users with active lifestyles, the spacious, stylish and affordable Tourneo Connect and Grand Tourneo Connect have quickly grown in popularity since being introduced in late 2013. Ford sold more than 10,000 models across Europe last year, and in the first four months of 2015 sold 5,100, an increase of 3,200 year-over-year with the same period in 2014.

The two Tourneo Connect models, which offer outstanding flexibility from versatile seating, stowage and dual sliding side doors, form part of Ford's new generation of Tourneo people movers - ranging from the compact five-seat Tourneo Courier to the eight/nine-seat Tourneo Custom.

"These spacious and versatile people movers are ideal for today's busy lifestyles," said Jim Baumbick, Ford's global C-car vehicle line director. "Now customers can look forward to even lower fuel bills, plus amazing new technologies such as SYNC 2 connectivity that helps ensure drivers can keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel."

New diesel engines boost fuel efficiency and performance
The updated Tourneo Connect and Grand Tourneo Connect feature an all-new diesel line up with Ford's new 1.5-litre TDCi engine in a choice of three power versions: 75 PS, 100 PS and 120 PS. Meeting the stringent Euro Stage VI emissions standards, the new 1.5-litre diesel has been optimised for improved fuel efficiency and performance.

Customers also can choose the 120 PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel with the six-speed PowerShift transmission. This new combination replaces the 1.6-litre petrol automatic.

The five-seat Tourneo Connect also is available with the highly efficient, multi-award-winning 100 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine equipped with Auto-Stop-Start, which now meets Euro Stage VI emissions standards and achieves class-leading petrol fuel consumption of 5.6 l/100 km (50.4 mpg) and 129 g/km CO2 emissions.

State-of-the-art technologies enhance driver confidence and connectivity
Sharing a global platform with Ford's latest passenger cars like the new Focus and Kuga, the Tourneo Connect and Grand Tourneo Connect also are able to benefit from the company's advanced vehicle technologies:
  • Traffic Sign Recognition provides the driver with the latest detected speed limit, cancellation signs and overtaking restrictions via the instrument cluster display
  • Blind Spot Information System alerts drivers to situations when a passing vehicle is hidden in their blind spot zones on both left and right sides of the vehicle
  • Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid work together to help to prevent the driver from unintentionally drifting out of a lane when driving at high speeds. If the forward-facing camera detects the vehicle is straying from its lane, Lane Keeping Alert warns the driver with a vibration in the steering wheel. If no action is taken to correct the drift, Lane Keeping Aid applies steering torque to guide the vehicle back into its lane
  • Auto High Beam switches the headlamps automatically between high beam and dipped beam when it detects oncoming traffic or a vehicle ahead
  • SYNC 2 features a high-resolution, 6-inch colour touch screen and enables advanced voice control of audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones. Drivers are able to issue simple "one-shot" navigation destinations, and to ask the system to "play" a desired artist. Simply pushing the voice control button and saying "I'm hungry" will bring up a list of local restaurants, which you can then get directions to via the navigation system
  • MyKey enables owners to programme a key - usually for younger drivers - that restricts the top speed and reduces the maximum volume of the audio system. MyKey can disable the audio system altogether if driver and passengers are not using safety belts, and can prevent the driver from deactivating safety technologies
Both models also offer automatic braking technology Active City Stop, with the five-seat Tourneo Connect achieving a unique-in-segment five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.

Compact Tourneo Courier with best-in-class diesel and petrol economy
Ford also is introducing more efficient diesel and petrol engines for the Tourneo Courier - Ford's smallest people mover, which already offers best-in-class fuel economy. Both 75 PS and 95 PS diesel models are now powered by the latest 1.5-litre TDCi engine that delivers 3.7 l/100 km (76.3 mpg), and 96 g/km CO2 in 95 PS form equipped with Auto-Stop-Start and the optional 100 km/h (62 mph) speed limiter.

Fuel consumption for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine model equipped with Auto-Start-Stop is cut by 3 per cent to 5.1 l/100 km (55.4 mpg) and 115 g/km CO2 emissions.

* The declared fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulations (EC) 715/2007 and (EC) 692/2008 as last amended. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are specified for a vehicle variant and not for a single car. The applied standard test procedure enables comparison between different vehicle types and different manufacturers. In addition to the fuel efficiency of a car, driving behaviour as well as other non-technical factors play a role in determining a car's fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Results in MPG also correspond to this European drive cycle and are stated in imperial gallons. The results may differ from fuel economy figures in other regions of the world due to the different drive cycles and regulations used in those markets.

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