Ford Transit Connect to be discontinued in 2023

Ford will reportedly stop producing the Transit Connect in the US after 2023. According to the same report, the all-new third-gen Ford Tourneo Connect based on the VW Caddy won't be offered stateside.

A facelifted version of the second-generation Transit Connect debuted in 2018. It's available in LCV (van) and passenger (wagon) bodystyles; the latter is called Tourneo Connect in Europe. Valencia, Spain produces both EU- and US-spec Transit/Tourneo Connect.

Automotive News reports that Ford canceled plans to build a new Transit Connect in Hermosillo, Mexico starting in 2023.

The van would be based on an evolved version of the current model's Global C2 architecture, shared with the Maverick and Bronco Sport.

Ford refuses to comment on future product rumors, so Transit Connect imports will end in 2023. We think VW will discontinue the second-generation model to make room for the third-generation EU-only model.

Ford Tourneo Connect, based on the VW Caddy, will soon have a Transit Connect LCV variant.

Ford is expected to leave the US small LCV segment due to shrinking sales, following Nissan and GM. The Transit Connect is the best-selling small van in the US, despite 15 percent fewer sales this year.

Ford Pro's US operations will focus on the Transit/e-Transit van and the Maverick, Ranger, F-150/F-150 Lightning, and Superduty pickups.

Ford offers one pickup (Ranger) but more vans in Europe, including the Transit/Tourneo Courier and Custom.