Ford has updated its family-friendly van-based people carrier and added a new 1.5-litre diesel engine to the range – in 99bhp and 118bhp states of tune. The company has also added its new voice-activated SYNC2 media system with a six-inch touchscreen along with extra safety kit, bringing the Tourneo Connect and seven-seater Grand Tourneo Connect into line with more car-like MPVs.
The new 1.5-litre motor brings improvements to claimed fuel economy, with a figure of 65.7mpg putting it seven per cent ahead of the outgoing 1.6-litre diesel motor. Meanwhile, an official emissions figure of 111g/km means that buyers will have to pay just £30 every year in car tax.
An automatic gearbox will also be available for the first time on the more powerful diesel engine when kitted out in high-spec Titanium trim. Ford has updated the 99bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine, too, with it now returning claimed economy of 50.4mpg and emissions of 129g/km, which place it into the £110 tax band.
Other changes to the Tourneo range include the addition of new safety kit including automatic city braking, traffic sign recognition, which provides the driver with the speed limit and overtaking restrictions alongside the speedometer, and a lane keeping aid. Ford has also added a blind spot system, which warns drivers when vehicles are in their blind spot and auto high beam functionality, which prevents drivers from inadvertently dazzling oncoming motorists.
The updated Tourneo Connect models will be available to buy from the summer.