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2016 Ford Transit Gets Sync 3, Transit Connect Also Updated

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/4/2015 Jason Udy

Ford is updating its full-size and compact cargo vans and wagons for the 2016 model year with more standard equipment and new features, including Sync 3, the automaker’s latest communications and entertainment system, for the full-size Transit.

2016 Ford Transit Gets Sync 3, Transit Connect Also Updated

2016 Ford Transit
Sync 3 for the 2016 Ford Transit vans and wagons is said to offer faster processing speed and feature more conversational voice recognition. Other features include a smartphone-like touchscreen and revised graphical user interface. A rearview camera with trailer hitch assist technology is now standard equipment on all van and wagon body styles. A rearview mirror-integrated backup camera display is available on Transit cutaway and chassis cab models.

Dual sliding side cargo doors are also new for Ford Transit vans with medium or high roofs. Ford says the new option bumps the available body configurations up from 47 options for the 2015 model to 58 configurations for 2016.

The speed-limiting function on the Transit can now be set at 70 mph, joining the 65-mph and 75-mph top speed limit function available on the current model. Ford says the speed-limiting feature encourages safe driving and reduces fuel consumption. Available features for customers who upfit the Transit include auxiliary fuse panels for accessories, an absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery (on gas models) or equipment, and a heavy-duty alternator to power extra lights.

Other new equipment includes front dome lights with map lights and theater dimming, while the USB jack has been moved to the center console for easier access. Additionally, four new colors have been added to the exterior paint palette including Shadow Black, Caribou, Magnetic, and Race Red.

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The 2016 Ford Transit Connect gains a flex fuel option for the 2.5-liter I-4 engine (in non-California emissions states), giving it the ability to run on E85 as well as regular gasoline or a blend of the two. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is available on Transit Connect vans and Transit Connect Wagon XLT models, remains gas-only. Additionally, a perimeter alarm will now be standard on the 2016 Transit Connect.

Other new features include standard second-row fold-flat bucket seats on the Transit Connect Wagon Titanium model. The Wagon XLT long-wheelbase model gains bucket seats as a no-cost option. A cloth six-way power driver’s seat is now available on the XLT model.

The 2016 Transit Connect Wagon XLT and Titanium models are now available with Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert. The BLIS option includes power adjustable and power folding heated side mirrors. XLT and Titanium models also gain new 17-inch alloy wheels.

Both the full-size 2016 Ford Transit and compact 2016 Ford Transit Connect vans and wagons will hit dealer lots in September.

Source: Ford

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