The Taxi version’s the one with more upside potential for Ford. With the ubiquitous Crown Victoria nearing the end of its long and illustrious taxi career, something will have to replace it — especially given the NYC TLC has put out a new bid for a replacement product.
Enter the Transit Connect Taxi. It’s the standard Transit Connect passenger version outfitted for taxi duty with 3 inches of additional leg room in the back, an integrated fare tracking system, a specialized version of the Ford Works Solutions system up front, and a combined information and entertainment and fare collecting system in the back. The Taxi is also being shown with the Compressed Natural Gas system fitted to the vehicle. It includes modified engine controls and fuel delivery system as well as a tank behind the passenger seat. There’s also the option of LPG and both systems can be had on a non-Taxi Transit Connect, if you place a big enough commercial order.
Ford spokespeople are clear “the New York City taxi business is very important to us” but they’re also telling us that they’re still examining the bid by New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) for the next-generation taxi cabs. But, that said, for the moment we’re being told that the Transit Connect taxi you see above stands a damn good shot at being their candidate to replace the ol’ and busted Crown Vic. So although it’s not yet Ford’s final choice, they frankly don’t have any other choices to throw down with.