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2016 Ford Transit, Transit Connect Add More Features

Sync 3, backup camera, trailer hitch assistance now standard.

For the 2016 model year, Ford has updated its popular Transit and Transit Connect cargo and passenger van lineup. The 2016 Ford Transit and Transit Connect models offer more technology, starting with the inclusion of Ford's newest Sync 3 infotainment system is now available. The new Sync system has been overhauled for the third generation to provide a more intuitive user experience, with easier navigation and more standard tech features.

All 2016 Ford Transit and Transit Connect vans and wagons come with a new standard rear-view camera, along with an integrated trailer hitch assist, which automatically engages when the Transit is shifted into reverse, displaying an overlay onto the camera screen that helps guide the driver while backing the vehicle up to a trailer.

For medium- and high-roof 2016 Ford Transit vans, dual sliding side cargo doors are now available, bringing the total number of different Transit configurations up to 58, up from 47 for the 2015 model year. Fleet customers now have the option of adding additional speed limitations to their vans, which caps the top speed of the vans at 70 mph. Before, speed caps were only 65 mph or 75 mph. For customers who upfit and modify their vans to suit their needs, Ford has made it easier. Auxiliary fuse panels are now optional from the factory, with a single absorbed glass mat battery is available on gas-powered engines, ideal for customers who need to add more electrical capacity.

New interor dome lights with theater dimming are now standard on all Transit models. In addition, four additional colors are added to the Transit's palette, now including Shadow Black, Caribou Brown, Magnetic Gray, and Race Red. For Transit Connect models, a perimeter alarm is now available at no additional cost. The Transit Connect Wagon and XLT now have optional 17-inch alloy wheels.

For 2016, Ford added a few revisions to the powertrain features and options for the Transit. A flex-fuel system is now standard on vans equipped with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder for customers outside of California, with the option of running on E85 ethanol fuel. The Transit Connect and Transit Connect Wagon XLT can also now be optioned with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder.

The 2016 Ford Transit Connect Wagon now includes standard second-row folding bucket seats on Titanium models, with a new six-way power driver's seat available on the XLT trim. Finally, the 2016 Transit Connect Wagon is offered with blind spot monitoring, on XLT and Titanium models.

These updated 2016 Ford Transit and Transit Connect models will be available from dealers beginning in September of this year.