Ford is adding its Euro 6-compliant 1.5-litre diesel engine to its Transit Connect as part of a tweak to the range.

The engine is also fitted to the Transit Courier van. It emits 99g/km of CO2 and returns 74.3mpg, which Ford claims is a 6% improvement over the 1.6-litre diesel engine, already used in the Connect.

The minor update to the model range will also include the firm’s traffic sign recognition tool and lane keeping aid. Ford said the Connect is the first vehicle in its segment to offer the technologies.

“The Transit Connect has proved a real hit with European businesses thanks to its smart looks, great fuel economy and capable load space,” said Phil Hollins, commercial vehicle marketing, sales and service director at Ford, “With even lower fuel costs and amazing new technologies, Transit Connect delivers an even stronger proposition to our commercial customers.”