Labelled a ‘multi-activity vehicle’, the new Tourneo Connect is the first model to come from Ford and Volkswagenjoining forces to develop new commercial vehicles. It’s why it looks similar to VW’s Caddy, though it gets a bespoke front end to separate it. Changes include a wider grille and distinctive LED lighting.

Like the outgoing Tourneo Connect, buyers will be able to choose it in a standard or longer wheelbase, with the option of seven seats available on both. A folding front passenger seat also means items up to three metres in length can be transported. Large sliding doors are also fitted to improve practicality, along with removable rear seats to maximise interior space.

Inside, the Tourneo Connect’s interior mirrors that of the Caddy, with the same digitised interior, though with Ford-specific displays and buttons. An 8.25-inch touchscreen comes as standard, though higher-spec trim levels feature a larger 10-inch system. A digital instrument cluster is also available as an optional extra.

Ford offers up to 19 driver assistance technologies on the latest model, while even standard kit includes front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist and autonomous emergency braking. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and a feature that helps drivers back up to trailers and then manoeuvre them.

The Tourneo Connect also uses Volkswagen engines, including a 112bhp 1.5-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel with either 110bhp or 120bhp. The latter option is also available with four-wheel-drive, which is a first for the Tourneo Connect.

A range of trim levels will be offered, including more affordable Trend and Titanium grades, along with an Active version that brings more rugged styling thanks to chunkier wheel arch trim, a honeycomb grille and metallic-effect skidplate. At the top of the range is the Sport, which gets racier styling, bonnet stripes and larger alloy wheels.

No prices have been announced for the Tourneo Connect yet, though Ford says it will be available to order from the start of 2022, with first deliveries expected in the spring.