Posts Tagged ‘Future Ford Models’
April 17th, 2013
Responsible for some of the modern era’s most iconic car designs, including the VW New Beetle and original Audi TT, Ford’s Director of Strategic Design Freeman Thomas knows a thing or two about making a vehicle stand out in a sea of boxlike transportation devices. The design-focused trade publication Inhabit recently caught up with Freeman as part of the ‘Design with a Conscience’ panel of architects and top automotive design.
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June 21st, 2012
The 2013 Ford C-Max, which goes on sale in Fall 2012, is Detroit’s first hybrid model engineered from the wheels up specifically designed to run on a combination of gas and electric power. Sized somewhere between the Ford Focus and Escape and directly competing with Toyota’s Prius and Prius v, the C-Max is all set to seriously shake up the hybrid segment, priced from $25,995 including destination.
Ford has chosen its new 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine, working in a full parallel hybrid system with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack to produce 188 peak horsepower. The all-important mpg numbers are not yet released, but industry experts widely predict the C-Max will beat the Prius v’s 44 city/40 highway mpg rating. That Toyota only makes 134 peak horses, which sometimes struggle to move the large hatchback/wagon when climbing grades or carrying lots of passengers and cargo.
The C-Max features more rear legroom (36.5 in.) and total passenger volume (100 cu.ft.) than the Prius v. The Ford’s 24.9 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the split-folding rear seat and 54.3 cu.ft. with it flat-folded ring in somewhere between the Prius and Prius v.
A handsome and spacious interior really comes into its own in the upscale $28,995 SEL model, which adds standard leather seating and trim and Ford’s SYNC with MyFord Touch infotainment system, modified for hybrid duty to work in conjunction with a trick SmartGauge digital instrument cluster that graphically shows owners how efficiently they are driving. Cool!
Bottom line: the C-Max should approach Prius-level fuel efficiency while featuring the effortless acceleration, passenger space and solid road feel of hybrid midsize sedans like the Toyota Camry and Kia Optima. A plug-in hybrid version, the C-Max Energi, will debut around the same time.
2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid Quick Facts
Base Price: $25,200 + $795 destination
Release Date: Fall 2012
Powertrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, electric motor, CVT transmission, FWD
Battery Pack: Lithium ion
Output: 188 combined peak horsepower
MPG: Estimated 42-44 combined mpg
Seating: 5 passengers
Cargo Capacity: 24.9 cu.ft. (54.3 cu.ft. w/ rear seat flat-folded)
May 21st, 2012
Over the next 4 years, Ford will introduce more all-new products than any other major automaker, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s comprehensive new “Car Wars” investor report. The rejuvenated company will replace 26% of its Ford and Lincoln product portfolio over the next 4 years. GM and Toyota will be not far behind with 25% and 24% apiece, while the industry average is estimated at 23%.
Ford, which has had recent success with its redesigned Focus and Fiesta compact cars, will turn its attention to larger sedans, crossovers, trucks and SUVs in the years soon to come. The 2015 model year will bring a slew of full redesigns for some of Ford’s biggest-selling models, including the F-150, Mustang, and Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers.
Want to know more about the future of the auto industry than you ever thought possible? Read the full “Car Wars” report here!
With the fuel-efficient 2013 Escape just hitting the streets and the redesigned 2013 Fusion—and its luxury sibling the Lincoln MKZ—set to lend a touch of class to the midsize sedan segment later this year, shoppers need not wait to see something fresh in Ford showrooms.
Ford lost 5.1% of its U.S. market share between 2002 and 2012 with analysts expecting that number to rebound in the months and years to come at the expense of recent gains by Hyundai/Kia.
April 23rd, 2012
The Ford Mustang will receive a complete overhaul for 2015, with reports stating the new car will feature a bit of European flavor as sales expand to markets across the globe. Indications say the Mustang will finally ditch its live rear axle in favor of a true independent suspension, which is sure to bother a few loyalists and delight everyone else.
Not only will the car receive a new design with input from Australia and Europe, but the range is set to expand to include a new turbo 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine hearkening back to the SVO models of the 1980s.
Don’t worry, the V6 and V8 versions will carry on, with the V8 likely receiving direct injection. The new Mustang should debut in late Spring/early Summer 2014, as a 2015 model.
January 26th, 2012
The hotly anticipated 2013 Ford Escape is nearing its Spring 2012 release date, and we have preliminary pricing and options details. Ford’s new compact crossover is expected to reach 34-35 highway mpg with its most-efficient engine option, a 1.6-liter turbo EcoBoost four-cylinder. To help determine final pricing and options, Ford is asking those interested in the Escape to build their dream model in an online survey.
The base S trim will use a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while the SE, SEL and top-of-the-line Titanium trims will be offered with two EcoBoost engine choices displacing 1.6 and 2.0 liters. Ford SYNC looks to be available on all trims, standard with the newly upgraded MyFord Touch on the higher trim levels.
Ford stresses that prices are subject to change, but here they are as listed. The base 2.5-liter S model should start at $22,970, with the lone option Ford’s voice-activated SYNC infotainment system for $295. A loaded Escape Titanium EcoBoost 2.0 AWD, with the optional Power Panorama roof, Parking Technology Package, Full Leather Seating, Navigation System and a Class-II Towing package tops out at $37,490.