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Ford introduces 2014 Transit Connect Taxi with CNG/LPG capability

Ford unveiled the redesigned 2014 Transit Connect Taxi at the 2013 International Association of Transportation Regulators Conference in St. Louis. The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi comes with a new powertrain—the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a new, fuel-efficient six-speed automatic transmission—providing drivers with quick response as well as durability, low-rpm cruising and an expected best-in-class highway fuel economy rating.

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2014 Transit Connect Taxi. Click to enlarge.

Ford Transit Connect will also be the only taxi offered with a compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas engine prep package. Conversion to CNG/LPG is supported by a Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifier.

The redesign of Ford Transit Connect Taxi features a decreased vehicle height, providing improved clearance for taxicab companies to place advertising on the cabin roof. An interior hood release was added, giving drivers easy access to check fluid levels prior to starting a shift.

The second-generation Transit Connect Taxi is also longer, offering seating for five and increased cargo capacity. The roomy, flexible interior is suited for livery service and conversion to CNG and LPG. The vehicle’s cargo space accommodates a compressed gas tank, while leaving ample room for luggage and passenger headroom and legroom. It features an anticipated best-in-class 60.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row.

The 2014 Ford Transit Connect Taxi will go into production and arrive in dealerships by early next year.

Comments

EGeek

I think this has sea-legs beyond the Taxi Market, imagine this as a Mom ( or Dad ) Mini-Van replacement for around town especially with a CNG filling station at home.

Tangent to this, with all the DNA in the Ford Powertrain Portfolio, supplanting the "Energi" Drivetrain in this Vehicle AND THEN converting to CNG, might be the state of the art Taxi with operating cost that would stun the owners. Perhaps they should build some Prototypes and lend said combo to some fleets to see if it would save as much as I think.

Nick Lyons

The CNG/LPG option is a good deal, especially for reducing particulate pollution in cities. The best-in-class highway fuel economy is kinda irrelevant for taxi service. Taxi duty cycle matches hybrids.

JMartin

Think School Bus

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