The 2014 Ford Transit Connect has completely reinvented itself since its introduction in 2010. The second generation Connect has a sleeker profile, but the increased versatility is where the rubber meets the road. Here are some of the improvements you can expect to see when perusing cars for sale in Indiana:
– Two Different Wheel Bases
– Two New Engines
– Wagon Body Seven-Passenger Seating
– Choice of Rear Liftgate or Twin Rear Barn-Style Doors
– Optional Compressed Natural Gas Engine
– Optional MyFord Touch Infotainment System
– Panoramic Sunroof
The longer, more passenger friendly wheelbases add to the Connect’s versatility, but has it straddling two very different car markets. On one side is the commercial van segment, while on the other is the minivan segment. In order to solve this peculiar equation, Ford offers two body styles, as well as two wheelbases.
Buyers have two choices when it comes to selecting an engine. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard and generates 169 horsepower. The other is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 178 horsepower. Either selection delivers power to a front-wheel drive 6-speed automatic transmission.
The XL cargo body style is a no-frills cargo van. It is study in simplicity and contains nothing more than a floor covering with mounting brackets. This is ideal for the small business owner who needs to configure the Connect to meet their needs. When used as a minivan, the best option is the wagon body style with the longer wheelbase that can accommodate seating for seven passengers.
While the Connect may seem like a van without a place to call home, it is a very smart choice over some of its competitors. It has a lower price tag, better fuel economy, and sharper handling. The Connect is a perfect alternative for younger families, as well as small business owners.
MKC Crossover Set to Make Some Noise
The brand-new luxury crossover from Lincoln has arrived at your Bloomington Lincoln dealership. The MKC streaks onto the scene with the sonic boom of atmospheric re-entry. Designed to go straight from the assembly line to the front line, the MKC is already taking on perennial favorites such as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.
Running with the Ponies
Set to power the 2015 Mustang later in the year, Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost direct-injection I-4 turbo engine makes its debut as an available option for the MKC. The engine’s 285 horsepower and 305 lbs. of torque rocket this crossover off the line, while also crisply handling the open road. A 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters comes with both the standard and optional engines.
The MKC comes with Lincoln Drive Control, which will adjust suspension dampening, throttle response, steering feedback, and shift points for the transmission. The three modes are Sport, Comfort, and Normal. Whether you are traversing winding roads, taking a long road trip, or simply running out for a school pickup, the MKC will conform to your unique driving needs. Adaptive dampening is another option that fine-tunes handling to the agility you desire.
As if the power and handling weren’t impressive enough, the MKC also has a well-appointed interior. Optional wood trim and Bridge of Weir Scottish leather add to its luxurious feel. Spacious front seats offer the driver ten different electronically controlled positions. Last, there is a hypnotic feeling of seamless integration among the instrumentation, upholstery, and trim. Only when you sit in the MKC will you be able to fully understand its appeal.
Come visit our Bloomington showroom to see for yourself how the MKC is reshaping the landscape of small luxury crossovers.