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Ford making FlexFuel system standard on Transit Connect van

Among the changes Ford is implementing for its 2016 Ford Transit range, the flexible-fuel vehicle system will be standard equipment on 2016 Transit Connect vans with 2.5-liter I-4 engines destined for non-California emissions states. Flex-fuel Transit Connect vans are engineered to run on E85 (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline), unleaded gasoline or any blend of the two.

Customers also can choose the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine on Transit Connect vans and Transit Connect Wagon XLT.

Some of the other enhancements include:

  • Available SYNC 3, rearview camera technology and new customization options.

  • All 2016 Ford Transit vans and wagons will include a rearview camera and trailer hitch assist technology as standard equipment. Trailer hitch assist automatically engages when the vehicle is shifted into reverse and displays a graphical overlay on the screen that helps guide drivers to line up a hitch with a trailer.

  • 2016 Transit cutaway and chassis cab customers will have the option to display the area behind the vehicle on the rearview mirror.

  • Transit fleet customers can add an available speed limitation feature that caps top speed at 70 mph (113 km/h)—providing another option to help encourage safe driving habits and help reduce fuel costs. Speeds already can be limited to 65 mph and 75 mph on 2015 Ford Transit models.

  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert is now an option on 2016 Transit Connect Wagon XLT and Titanium models. The technology helps detect vehicles in blind spots when changing lanes and backing up. On Transit Connect Wagon, the BLIS feature includes power-adjustable PowerFold heated exterior mirrors.


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