Ford Transit Connect Wagon is a quasi-minivan for Baby Boomers

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Jim Belushi helped Ford unveil the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show with some brutal dad jokes, an awkward yoga pose, and a rousing rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago" with native son Belushi on the harp and vocals.

"The small van segment was down past year due to cheap gas and big incentives on larger vans", said Tim Stoehr, Ford's commercial fleet marketing manager.

As is the case in almost every new vehicle nowadays, Ford is fitting a healthy suite of active-safety systems to the wagon version of the 2019 Transit Connect.

The Detroit automaker will add a 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine as an option to its Transit Connect lineup with a targeted EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of at least 30 mpg highway.

The new vehicle is being unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show. The hyper utility and flexibility of the new Transit Connect could make it useful for anyone that needs something, well, flexible.

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Ford portrays the 2019 Transit Connect as the third generation of the vehicle since its introduction in the USA, but that could be perceived as a little enthusiastic. Brown grew up driving vans in the 1970s and now, this Gulf Coast surfer and grandfather of nine drives a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon for his work as an illustrator and custom T-shirt printer.

Ford is offering a new 1.5-liter diesel engine in the new 2019 Transit Connect. Available as options are adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keep. Both engines are mated to a wide-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission, which allows the engine to operate in a more efficient speed range. New in-car technologies include a standard modem for the FordPass smartphone app, Amazon Alexa integration, and a 4G LTE wifi hotspot for up to 10 devices. The pricing for the 2019 Transit Connect Wagon hasn't been announced.

The Transit Connect Wagon is expected to be one of the most affordable seven-passenger vehicles in the United States.

As ever, there will be plenty of ways to customize your Transit Connect, with XL, XLT, and Titanium trim levels, plus the choice between the short- and long-wheelbase models with five or seven seats, respectively.

As you'd expect of a third generation, Ford has refined the cosmetics, giving the wagon a new front end with available LED headlights and the company's signature hexagonal grille.

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