This is the Ford Transit Connect Wagon for America, which is the same car as Europe’s Tourneo Connect that was announced in September. It’s the smaller Tourneo, slotting in below the XL-sized Tourneo Custom, which is a Hyundai Grand Starex type of van.

The Transit Connect Wagon is offered in two wheelbase lengths, in five- and seven-seat configurations, and in XL, XLT and Titanium trim levels. Ford says that no other wagon in the market offers the convenience of fold-flat seating, at least a 1,200-pound (544 kg) payload and more than 100 cubic feet (2,832 litres) of cargo space.

Two four-cylinder engines are available with six-speed autos – a 2.5 litre four-cylinder and a 1.6 litre EcoBoost. The latter makes the Transit Connect Wagon the fuel economy champ among seven-seaters in America, with a 30 mpg-plus figure (over 12.75 km/l) on the highway.

The dashboard is from the new Focus and available equipment includes a full-glass panoramic roof, rear view camera, 6.5-inch touch screen display with navi, and SYNC with MyFord Touch. All variants feature first-row frontal, pelvis and side airbags, with first-, second- and third-row side curtain airbags in LWB models.

The Transit Connect Wagon is scheduled to appear in North American dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2013.