Ford unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show a refreshed version of its Transit Connect Wagon, the passenger version of its popular Transit Connect vans that are often used for commercial purposes.

The automaker says it is targeting baby-boomer buyers. With the Transit Connect Wagon’s roomy interior and new safety features, it just might win over grandparents looking for a less-expensive minivan alternative. The Transit Connect Wagon can hold up to seven passengers.

Ford says automatic emergency braking, a feature that we at CR feel strongly that all vehicles should have, will be standard on all trims of the Wagon (XL, XLT, and Platinum).

Ford has also updated the exterior some, with a new grille that conveys the van is part of the family—reminiscent the grille on a Fusion and several other models.

2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon dash

Inside, there’s a new center console topped with a 6.5-inch “floating touch screen” that houses the available Sync3 infotainment system. It also comes with a standard, embedded 4G LTE modem that can provide a WiFi connection for up to 10 devices, Ford says. That’s a big improvement over the current version, which we knocked in our road test because even basic electronic connectivity cost extra.

2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon back seats

The Transit Connect Wagon gets two new engines. The first is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that comes with automatic start/stop as standard equipment. It comes mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic.

The other is a brand-new diesel engine for the Transit Connect Wagon. It’s a 1.5-liter engine that Ford says is targeted to get an EPA rating of 30 mpg in highway driving. Given diesel’s rather rocky recent record, as well as an abundance of relatively inexpensive gas, it will be interesting to see whether buyers turn to it.

We hope the new engine and transmission combination improve the Wagon’s acceleration, which we found to be only adequate in around-town driving but challenged when trying to climb hills or find passing power on the highway, especially when loaded with passengers.

The new Transit Connect Wagon goes on sale in the fall of 2018.

Read our current Ford Transit Connect road test

2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon rear