Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has released a 3 star ANCAP safety rating for revised Ford Mustang models following a specification upgrade to improve its safety performance.

Following the publication of a 2 star ANCAP safety rating for the Ford Mustang in January 2017, Ford has revised the specification of its Mustang for the right-hand-drive Australian and New Zealand markets, resulting in an upgrade to 3 stars.

“Improvements have been made to the Mustang’s Safety Assist features as well as tuning to restraint systems,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

The following equipment is now fitted as standard:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) – City, Interurban and Vulnerable Road User
  • Forward collision warning (FCW)
  • Lane support system (LSS) – lane departure warning & lane keeping assist

These changes see an increased Safety Assist score of 61 per cent - improved from an original 16 per cent, and an increased Pedestrian Protection score – rising from 64 per cent to 78 per cent.

“Structurally however, the revised Ford Mustang is identical to the Mustang we originally rated, meaning it still falls short of our expectations in the areas of Adult Occupant and Child Occupant Protection.”

“The inclusion of driver assistance aids such as AEB and lane keep assist is a definite step in the right direction, yet these upgrades have neglected to address the injury risk posed to rear seat occupants as well as whiplash protection,” Goodwin said.

The revised Ford Mustang enters Australian and New Zealand markets 12 months after revised left-hand-drive models were made available for the European market.

The 3 star ANCAP safety rating applies to Fastback (V8 and EcoBoost coupe) variants built from December 2017. Fastback variants sold from December 2015 through to those built in December 2017 hold a 2 star ANCAP safety rating. Other variants are unrated.

The 2018.5MY Ford Transit Custom one-tonne commercial vehicle is now in showrooms with a bold new exterior design, a redesigned car-like interior and enhanced connectivity for Australian innovators and entrepreneurs.  

The updated Transit Custom now features standard SYNC 3, reversing camera and front/rear parking sensors, with the availability of new  Driver Assist Technologyii including AEB, Adaptive Cruise Control and BLIS adding to the Transit Custom’s car-like comfort and features that have seen it awarded Medium Van of the Year at the inaugural Drive.com.au Commercial of the Year.  

“Transit Custom now offers van customers key driver assistance features such as AEB and BLIS,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “We’ve worked on bringing car-like drivability and features, such as SYNC 3, to Transit Custom, while maintaining high levels of safety, carrying and towing capabilities. We’re also extremely grateful that the team at Drive.com.au has independently rated it as the best van in its class at Commercial of the Year.” 

Transit Custom has recorded 41-per cent growth year-on-year in Australia, following significant upgrades in 2017. In addition to  the new optional Technology Pack including AEB, changes for 2018 include a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty across all buyer types, with Transit 
Custom’s car-like comfort, safety and features enhanced to bring Australians more choice, greater equipment levels and new technology. 

Ford Transit Custom: Smart, smarter, smartest Transit Custom offers a high level of standard Safety and Driver Assist Technology including six airbags (driver, front passenger, front side-curtain and front-side seat airbags) and a comprehensive Dynamic Stability Control system. This features Side-wind Stabilization and Load Adaptive Control which helps improve drivability and reduce driver stress levels when the Transit Custom is heavily laden, while Rollover Mitigation, Trailer Sway Control, and Hill Launch Assist also make life on the road with a fully-loaded Transit Custom easier and more manageable. 

Transit Custom introduces a new optional Technology Pack that features additional Safety and Driver Assist Technology: 

  • Pre-Collision Assist (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection. Equipped with the latest radar and camera technologies, the system is even designed to help with the detection of pedestrians at night when they are illuminated by the vehicle’s headlamps.
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning with Driver Alert
  • Auto High Beam
  • Auto Headlamps
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • High-series 4.2-inch colour cluster screen
  • MyKey
  • Heated Windshield

 “The offering of Autonomous Emergency Braking is an important step for the Van segment which is currently lagging well behind passenger cars when it comes to active safety features,” said ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin. “Ford is to be commended for making this step. Although it is an option, I urge customers to select this important safety technology that will help them and other road users.” 

The Transit Custom’s optional Technology Pack provide several useful functions which are particularly beneficial for commercial vehicle users. 

The Blind Spot Information System, using rear-facing radar sensors, is designed to aid in the detection of passing vehicles that may have entered or are approaching the blind spot zone, and alerts the driver with a warning light in the corresponding door mirror. The Transit Custom introduces a new Variable Rear Range feature, which provides drivers with an earlier warning if it detects that the passing vehicle is approaching with a higher closing speed. The updated model also has the latest generation sensors, with increased range and improved capabilities that include the ability to detect motorcycles.  

Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses the same sensors and is designed to warn drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles or bicycles that may soon be crossing behind them, alerting them with an audible warning, a message in the instrument cluster, and a warning light in the door mirror. Activated when drivers select reverse gear, the system is ideal for vans that often have restricted visibility to the rear and sides when exiting a parking space. This feature works in conjunction with Transit Custom’s standard 8.0-inch full-colour reversing camera and rear-parking sensors.  

Dynamic styling and cabin for the perfect mobile office 
The 2018.5MY Transit Custom has a dynamic and professional new front-end appearance that shares the same design DNA as Ford’s latest passenger cars, with a high-mounted trapezoidal grille and dynamic, slim headlamps. Daytime running lamps and front fog lamps are now standard, and the new covered sliding door track enhances the Transit Custom’s road presence. 

The refreshed model maintains the Transit reputation for delivering generous load-carrying ability, with innovative loadspace features such as the load-through hatch in the bulkhead for extra-long items, and the standard integrated roof rack that can be folded away when not in use. 

New for 2018.5MY, Transit Custom is offered in Australia with a high roof option for the first time on both SWB and LWB variants, providing customers with the ability to further increase the vehicle’s impressive load-carrying ability. Additionally, factory-fitted windows are now available on both single and dual side load door executions. Customers can continue to customise their Transit Custom to suit their needs, with more than 100 exterior colours available to choose from, and new optional 16” alloy wheels. 

The cabin interior is completely new, with an instrument panel based on Ford’s new interior design philosophy which offers an attractive, user-centric layout that is influenced by consumer interactions with smart devices and tablets. 

Based around strong horizontal design elements that emphasize the width of the cabin, the new instrument panel features attractive and hard-wearing materials, and is packed with practical touches designed for drivers who treat the cabin like a mobile office during long working hours in their vehicle. 

The new design further improves the interior stowage, with up to 25 litres of space offered in the instrument panel alone, including three convenient open bins on its upper surface with space for clipboards or mobile devices, and generous glove box stowage capable of storing hanging A4 files in the lower closed compartment.  

Further new practical features include a fold-out cup holder beneath the gear lever, adding to the cup holders and two-litre bottle holders at each end of the instrument panel. The door panels have also been completely redesigned for improved stowage and usability, with three large stowage spaces and a practical new grab handle integrated with the decorative door trim. 

For the driver, all-new displays and control panels have been designed for enhanced ergonomics and ease of use, featuring a floating, tablet-inspired 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with Ford’s  SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system that can be operated with pinch and swipe gestures.  

SYNC 3 enables Transit Custom drivers to control audio, navigation and connected compatible smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands. Simply by pushing a button and saying “I need fuel”, “I need a coffee”, or “find an address”, drivers can locate nearby fuel stations, cafés, or the location of their next job. SYNC 3 has even been developed to recognise the Australian accent for voice commands, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™iii. USB and 12-volt power sockets are located in the upper stowage bin in front of the driver, and alongside the gear lever, for easy device charging.  

Satellite-navigation is available as an option with a Manufacturer’s List Price of $600*, however the 2018.5MY Transit Custom launches with a special recommended offer where this feature is included at no extra cost across all buyer types. 

All-day comfort is further enhanced by new seat designs featuring revised foam padding and geometry for optimised support, while trim materials have been completely renewed throughout the cabin, with a focus on outstanding quality, durability and appearance. This includes seat fabrics that have been subjected to Ford’s toughest ever abrasion tests.  

On the move, standard features making the day easier for Transit Custom include Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiting Device, leather-wrap steering wheel, power windows with one-touch up/down operation for the driver and remote central locking.  

Transit: The Automatic Choice Chosen as the first-ever Drive.com.au Medium Van of the Year, Transit Custom has built in significant upgrades introduced in 2017. A new highly-advanced, new-generation turbodiesel was introduced to Australian customers, teamed with a 6-speed automatic, delivering new levels of refinement, comfort and broadening Transit’s customer appeal that has seen a 41-per cent increase in Australian sales in the past 12 months.  

Transit Custom: for the long-haul Australian Transit Custom buyers benefit from Ford’s best in class (light commercial vehicles) standard warranty of five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. Importantly, Transit Custom’s five-year warranty is available to all buyer-types, and adds to a comprehensive after sales package available to eligible customers at participating dealers, including Ford’s Service Price Promise, Loan Car Program and MapCare data updates on sat-nav equipped models.  

The Transit Custom also features long 30,000km / 12 month service intervals, allowing drivers to stay on the road longer in between services.

Ford Transit Custom Manufacturers List Pricing Recommended Manufacturer List Prices (MLP)* for 2018.5MY Transit Custom and available options:

Transit Custom

MLP*

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT (new)

$40,990

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT - High Roof (new)

$42,490

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT

$43,790

300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT - High Roof (new)

$45,290

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT

$42,990

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT - High Roof (new)

$44,490

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT

$45,790

340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT - High Roof (new)

$47,290

This is the manufacturer's list price for the vehicle only. A number of other components, including a dealer delivery fee, stamp duty, registration, compulsory third party insurance and other statutory charges may be payable by a customer in relation to the purchase of this vehicle. The final transaction price for the vehicle will be as negotiated by the customer with their chosen Ford Dealer.

Ford Transit Custom Options

MLP*

Prestige Paint

$600

SVO Paint

$1,250

High Roof (new)

$1,500 (included in MLPs above)

Technology Pack (new)

  • Pre-Collision Assist (AEB with Pedestrian Detection)
  • BLIS with rear Cross Traffic Alert (CTA)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning with Driver Alert
  • Auto High Beam
  • Auto Headlamps / Auto Wipers
  • High-series 4.2-inch colour instrument cluster
  • Heated windshield
  • MyKey
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

$1,600

Satellite Navigation

$600 
(note: Free on all 2018.5MY models)

Rear Cargo Door Liftgate

$550

Rear Side Window (on side load door) (new)

$350

Dual Side Load Doors

$1,000

Dual Side Load Doors with Rear Side Windows (new)

$1,700

16-inch alloy wheels (new)

$1,000

Recommended MLP only. As always, the offer price of any vehicle or option is entirely at the discretion of the Dealer. Prices shown exclude Dealer delivery and statutory charges. 

i Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync. Local laws may prohibit the use of some functions. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc.
ii Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment and need to control the vehicle. May not operate in some driving and road conditions (including at certain speeds) or adverse weather.
iii Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync. Local laws may prohibit the use of some functions. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc.

The updated MY19 Ford Ranger will go on sale in September 2018 with a raft of focused improvements that build on Ranger’s renowned off-road capability and on-road versatility. With upgrades across the line-up, Ranger also brings new technology including Inter- Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detectionas standard on Ranger Wildtrak and optional as part of a Technology Pack on Ranger XLT, as well as Ford’s new five-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

The MY19 Ranger offers new or standardised equipment over its predecessor, for improved convenience, safety and refinement. “We know that Australians in this segment are looking for value for money with genuine, real-world capability,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO Ford Australia. “The MY19 Ranger delivers greater capability and improvements across the lineup from suspension upgrades to Autonomous Emergency Breaking.”

While high on technology and capability, the MY19 will also benefit from an industry leading five-year, unlimited kilometre factory warranty offered at all Ford Dealerships across Australia. Importantly, Ranger’s five-year warranty is available to all buyer types, with no exclusions or qualifications. Ranger also brings a complete cost- of-ownership transparency with Ford’s Service Price Promise and Loan Car Program and Ranger models with SYNC 3iii may receive complementary map updates for up to seven years when they complete a scheduled service at a participating dealer. Additonal benefits include Ford’s Low Price Tyre guarantee, which can also be taken advantage of at participating Ford Dealerships, means that Ranger customers can shop for new tyres with confidence at their local dealer.

MY19 Ford Ranger XL Series

The Ranger XL is the affordable, dependent workhorse made even more capable thanks to its targeted upgrades that focus on usability, livability and capability. XL benefits from the introduction of an easy-lift tailgate on all pick-up models. With a new internal mechanism, the XL’s tailgate is now lighter to lift, with a 70-per cent reduction in initial force required to raise it for closing. Not only does this mechanism require less effort to lift, it also means that it’s easier to lower.

Ranger’s suspension has also been upgraded across the range to reduce and better control roll, with an emphasis on improving the driving experience when fully-laden and towing.

Offered in single-, super- and double-cab body styles, Ranger XL brings the flexibility and toughness of Ranger’s ladder-frame chassis and Australian-led engineering and design in both 4x2 and 4x4 powertrains.

Standard equipment on MY19 Ford Ranger XL:

Ranger XL Powertrain options:

  • 2.2L TDCi 6AT/6MT 118kW/385Nm
  • 3.2L TDCi 6AT/6MT 147kW/470Nm

Ranger XL Exterior features:

  • Easy-lift tailgate (pick-up only) (new to XL)
  • Upgraded suspension (new to XL)
  • Full-colour Rear-view camera (pick-up only)
  • Rear parking sensors (pick-up only) (new to XL)
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Inner tie-downs (pick-up only)
  • Load-rest (pick-up only)

The MY19 Ford Everest brings significant upgrades and advanced technology including AEB, with an available state of the art powertrain for greater touring range and capability. Building on the award-winning Everest range, the MY19 Everest can now tow more (3,100kg), head further off-road and save fuel around town with the most fuel efficient, refined yet capable Everest to date.

The Australian-led design and engineering of Ford’s most capable off-road SUV included extensive testing at Ford’s You Yangs Proving Ground in Victoria. Everest has seen its off-road capability widely praised by 4x4 media and enthusiasts, with its Terrain Management System, tuned suspension, tyre and wheel package for each individual trim level. This thorough approach has also seen Everest’s on-road manners and civility highly lauded, with its wide span of capability bringing Everest to a broader audience in an SUV-focused Australian market.

“Everest is still a relatively new nameplate in Australia, but we’ve seen a positive response from customers as we’ve honed the line-up based on their passionate feedback,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO, Ford Australia. “The response has been fantastic, and we’re grateful that our Australian-led designed and engineered Everest has become a choice for off-road enthusiasts as well as those looking to tow their weekend project. We’ve found Everest owners are a dedicated, passionate group, and we’re pleased it evokes such a response.”

The MY19 model builds on the success of the Everest line, which has won Drive’s Best 4x4 award for 2015, 2016 and 2017, Drive ‘Car of the Year’ award for 2015 and 4x4 Australia’s 4x4 of the Year 2016.

Efficiency, safety and savvy 
The MY19 Everest continues to fulfil its role as a highly advanced technology-led SUV, with upgraded driver assistance features, equipment levels, and dynamics that allow it to feel nimble around town, yet remain a force to be reckoned with off road.

Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist uses Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection and Vehicle Detection1 to detect pedestrians and objects, as well as vehicles, to bring the Everest to a complete stop, to help mitigate rear-end collisions and road-traffic collisions with pedestrians. The system, which functions at speeds above 3.6km/h, is new to Everest and standard on Trend and Titanium.

Keyless entry and push-button start comes standard across the MY19 Everest range, offering customers quicker engine starts, improved convenience and easier entry and exit, whilst Trend and Titanium also gain Ford’s hands-free power tailgate, a feature already available on Ford Escape Trend and Titanium.

Everest continues to offer reversing camera and rear parking sensors as standard, and available Active Park Assist (APA), reducing stress by enabling semi-automatic parking. The driver needs only to apply the throttle and brakes, as the system steers the Everest into the parking space.

SYNC 32 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto3 compatibility is now standard across the Everest range, including Bluetooth, an 8.0-inch full colour touchscreen and reversing camera.SYNC 3 enables use of Google Maps4 and Apple Maps, as well as standard in-built sat-nav for use when the Everest is beyond mobile coverage areas. The mapping system also features a ‘breadcrumbs’ feature, allowing an unmarked off-road route, for instance, to be mapped as it’s traversed.

In addition, MY19 Everest may receive complimentary map updates for up to seven years when a scheduled service is completed at a participating dealer. Approximately 130,000 kilometres of new roads are constructed across Australia every year, quickly rendering mapping systems out of date. The map updates are included with Ford’s comprehensive after-care offerings for Everest owners, including Ford’s Free Loan Car Program and Service Price Promise. Any Everest delivered after May 1, 2018, receives a 5 year, unlimited kilometre warranty, as standard.

Function by design
The Everest’s rugged design has been refined with a new grille treatment incorporating a secondary grille texture against Everest’s chrome brightwork. HID headlights are now standard on Trend. Everest Titanium features a new 20-inch split-spoke alloy wheel design, while darker wheel accents further accentuate the machine cut surface of the alloy, adding more drama and a premium appearance.

Inside Everest’s spacious cabin, a new ebony interior delivers a premium experience. Soft-touch surfaces in contact points around the cabin improve comfort and quality, whilst the new ebony interior theme brings greater depth and allows brightwork, contrast stitching and shadow chrome highlights to stand out more strongly than before. 

State-of-the art powertrain
Optional on Trend, and standard on Titanium, Ford’s new-generation Bi-Turbo diesel is coupled to an advanced 10-speed torque-convertor automatic to bring greater torque, improved flexibility and a quieter, more comfortable drive. With 500Nm from a low 1,750rpm, the Bi-Turbo delivers a greater torque spread, while the 10-speed’s close ratios reduce gaps in power and acceleration to make steep, slippery hill-climbs, for instance, much easier. The Bi-Turbo offers a combined fuel economy of up to 6.9L/100km on Trend RWD.

The 3.2-litre TDCi Duratorq with six-speed automatic powertrain will continue as standard on Everest Ambiente and Everest Trend, offering solid, reliable capability at an attainable price.

“Everest fitted with the new Bi-Turbo and 10-speed automatic raises the bar when it comes to vehicle refinement and outright capability both on and off road,” said Chief Program Engineer, Ford Everest, John Willems.

“Increased power and torque means we have more potential but it’s the mating of the bi-turbo to our new 10-speed automatic that really provides access to, and the greatest use of, the Bi-Turbo’s impressive output.” he added.

A model of refinement
The MY19 Everest’s enhanced off-road capabilities are matched by its manners on-road, delivering a significantly smoother, quieter passenger experience. All models take advantage of revised suspension geometry, which improves Everest’s ride and handling for greater composure on- and off-road.

Cabin quietness is also assured thanks to Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). On the Bi-Turbo Trend and Titanium, engine and transmission noise is markedly quieter than the 3.2L Duratorq thanks to an engineering focus on quiet operation, as well as advanced sound insulation to ensure the Everest is as smooth as silk.

Australian enthusiasts will be able to buy the new-generation Ford Fiesta ST in 2019. The fun-to-drive, dynamic and innovative hot-hatch will arrive in local showrooms in the second quarter of 2019 to join the Australian Ford Performance line-up, which includes the new 2018 Ford Mustang and first-ever Ranger Raptor.

The existing Fiesta ST is the winner of numerous motoring awards both around the world and right here in Australia, where it claimed the MOTOR Bang For Your Bucks trophy two years in a rowi. In fact, with 22 awards globally in its debut year, the existing Fiesta ST had earned more honours than any small performance vehicle from Ford ever upon its arrival, since beaten by the latest Ford Focus RS.

“There is a strong appetite and passion for the Fiesta ST in our line-up, and can see the affinity and esteem that Australians have with driving enjoyment of the existing model,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “Fiesta ST shows the depth of enthusiast models that we’re bringing to Australia, with everything from this hot hatch through to the Ranger Raptor,” said Whickman.

The next generation Fiesta ST is the most compact model in the Ford Performance line-up and has been created to bring driving thrills and involvement like no other. Built in Germany and based on the highly-praised seventh-generation Fiesta – the current World Rally Champion with Ford Performance partner, UK-based M-Sport – the 2019 Fiesta ST is powered by a 147kWii three-cylinder turbocharged engine from Ford’s award- and race-winning EcoBoost engine line-up, matched exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.

The Fiesta ST is also renowned for its chassis dynamics, with its dynamic ability, driver involvement and point-to-point real-world performance developed even further for the new generation.

Ford Performance

The Ford Performance global organisation serves as an innovation laboratory and test-bed to create unique performance vehicles, parts, accessories and experiences for customers. This includes developing innovations and technologies in aerodynamics, light-weighting, electronics, powertrain performance and fuel efficiency that can be applied more broadly to Ford’s product portfolio.

“Next generation Fiesta ST customers will benefit from innovations developed by Ford Performance for the Ford GT supercar and Focus RS hot hatchback, including high power EcoBoost and Drive Mode technologies,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “Working as one unified Ford Performance team helps us better deliver our core fun-to-drive experience and democratise sophisticated performance-enhancing features for every customer.”

Further details of the Ford Fiesta ST will be announced closer to the its on-sale in 2019.

Ford has confirmed its return to motorsport by announcing its support for DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing as they prepare to race Ford Mustangs in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

“Ford Performance’s diverse line-up of vehicles reflects customer feedback that Australians are looking for advanced, efficient, performance models across all types of vehicles,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “Ford Performance is about technology, innovation and product performance and to showcase our confidence in our performance range, we are bringing Mustang and the Ranger Raptor to the Supercars series in 2019.”

“We are giving Mustang a proper birthday today, with the Australian unveiling of the new 2018 model and confirming its Australian track-debut with Supercars in 2019,” said Whickman.

The new Ford Mustang will make its Australian track debut at the first round of the Supercars Series in March 2019 at the Adelaide 500. Ford Australia and Ford Performance are working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing in homologation of Mustang for competition next year, as the Supercars Series enables two-door coupes entry into the nation’s most popular series for the first time since its inception in 1997.

Ford Australia will bring the most advanced, highly equipped and freshly styled Ford Focus to Australian customers in late 2018. The new German-made Ford Focus will bring the latest safety, technology and European sophistication to more Australians looking for a dynamic, practical passenger car.

“We already enjoy highly-sophisticated and praised Fords from Europe, which include the current Focus ST and Focus RS models – now, our state of the art plant in Germany will be the single-source for the entire Focus range,” said Ford Australia CEO and President, Graeme Whickman.

ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS: SMART, SOPHISTICATED, SETTING THE STANDARD
The first vehicle to be built on Ford’s clean-sheet C2 global platform, the new Ford Focus sports a sophisticated new chassis with advanced driving technologies with the goal of providing an energetic, engaging and rewarding fun-to-drive experience with increased powertrain and cabin refinement.

The all-new Ford Focus continues the tradition of being a groundbreaking, standard setting vehicle in terms of safety, technology and value for money by offering a host of advanced features in an stylish package.

Focus will have Autonomous Emergency Braking with Night-time Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection as standard across the range. This technology is designed to detect people in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path. The system automatically applies the brakes if it detects a potential collision and the driver does not respond to warnings; is now also designed to detect cyclists and functions in the dark using light from the headlamps.

Focus will also come standard with a Rear wide-view camera, offering a near-180 degree view to the vehicle’s rear for improved visibility when reversing from parking spaces or driveways.

Focus also introduces optional features previously only seen on high-end offerings, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now enhanced with Stop & Go for effortlessly negotiating stop-start traffic.

ACC with Stop & Go helps the Focus maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead and adjusts the vehicle speed using information from the on-board navigation system or as it senses changes in traffic conditions. ACC works at speeds up to 200km/h.

The new optional Stop & Go feature is designed to bring the vehicle to a complete halt when it detects stopped traffic using up to 50 per cent of total braking force, and automatically pull away if the stopping duration is less than three seconds. For stopping durations greater than this, the driver can push a steering wheel button or gently apply the accelerator to pull away.

Additional optional DAT designed to help Focus drivers avoid accidents and distraction include:

  • Evasive Steering Assist, designed to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead using radar and camera and provides steering support to enable drivers to manoeuvre around a vehicle if it detects that a collision is imminent. Operates at city and motorway speeds.
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, designed to warn drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles detected that may soon be crossing behind them and can for the first time now apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions if drivers do not respond to warnings

BODY AND SOUL: UNDER THE SKIN OF THE NEW FOCUS 
The Ford Focus will offer a choice of fuel efficient and advanced engines, as well as a new quick-shifting eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

Two engines will be the core of the Focus range; an entry-level 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost. The EcoBoost 1.5-litre is a turbocharged three-cylinder that develops high torque at low rpm for greater drivability, with advanced construction for improved efficiency. A combination of port fuel injection and direct fuel injection helps deliver high power and responsiveness alongside enhanced fuel-efficiency, with a particular increase in fuel-efficiency under light engine loads. This is further enhanced by Ford’s industry-first cylinder deactivation application for a three-cylinder powerplant.

Mated to this engine is an intelligent eight-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission. This quick shifting and intuitive transmission features Adaptive Shift Scheduling (ASS). ASS identifies hard cornering, uphill and downhill gradients and adjusts the gearshifts accordingly, resulting in a more stable, engaging and refined driving experience.

NEW-GEN FOCUS: Manufactured in Europe
The all-new Ford Focus is manufactured using industry-first processes at Ford’s Saarlouis assembly facility, Germany – delivering best-ever Focus quality and craftsmanship.

A new 6,000 metre2 hot-forming facility enables ultra-high-strength, lightweight boron steel components to be manufactured on-site, and is the first hot-forming production line in the industry to feature fully automated unloading for optimised efficiency.

Forty-metre furnaces use gas and magnetic induction to heat boron steel plates to 930 degrees C, making them pliable enough to be moulded by 1,250 tonne presses. The water-cooled plates are then precisely cut into their final shape inside special cells each containing a laser that slices through the boron steel with a 3,000 degrees C beam.

An advanced new form and pierce process improves fit and finish of the entire Focus front end by using cameras to measure the optimal location for the position of mounting holes, within tolerances of 0.1 millimetres. To ensure ultimate precision, a second camera system monitors the position of the apparatus and can adjust to tolerances of 0.1 millimetres to account for expansion and contraction in changing temperatures. The process enables mounting holes to be positioned with 0.5 millimetre accuracy.

The first Ford-application of a new laser-welding technology operates with greater speed, flexibility and efficiency, and is capable of delivering wobble-welded seams for more strength. Also introduced is advanced tri-focal laser-brazing – the fastest at Ford with an operating speed of 60 millimetres per second – for cleaner, stronger and more precise joints between roof and body side.

“Innovation in every area has helped us create an all-new Focus with unprecedented craftsmanship and delivering an unparalleled driving and occupant experience,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The all-new Focus is the fulfilment of the Focus promise and as of today, sets the benchmark for others to follow. I am immensely proud of the team that has helped deliver what I believe is the best car we have ever made.”

More detailed specification will be announced closer to the Ford Focus’s Australian launch.

  • The new clean-sheet, German-made Ford Focus range will launch in Australia in late 2018 with advanced technology and a fresh new look for one of the world’s best-selling nameplates
  • Standard Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid will be joined by an advanced suite of available Driver Assist Technology, including optional Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go capability
  • Focus will offer two new-generation three-cylinder powerplants including a brand-new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, and a new eight-speed torque-convertor automatic to deliver improvements in efficiency, drivability and lower running costs
  • Focus benefits from state-of-the-art technology, with sophisticated cutting-edge manufacturing techniques and construction enabling improvements in fit, finish and overall quality

The highly-anticipated 2018 Ford Mustang will be available to Australian customers from mid-year, bringing a sleek new design, even greater on-road performance and more features to deliver the most sophisticated, rewarding-to-drive Mustang offered in this country.

Building on Mustang’s core attributes that have resonated with Australians – the emotive styling, highly involving driving experience, classic burbling engine and grin inducing performance – the 2018 Mustang will offer Australians an even more capable, immersive experience that has seen this iconic nameplate become the nation’s best-selling sports car.

“Most people have a Mustang memory, whether it be a favourite film moment, a childhood memory or, more recently, parking one in their own garage,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President and CEO. “The updated model offers customers a raft of new features for greater capability of Australia’s best-selling sports car, which has shown how much Mustang resonates with the Australian lifestyle.”

ICONIC STYLE, UNMISTAKABLY MUSTANG

The Mustang’s famous lines, from the silver screen to the streets of Australia, is recognisable the world over. For 2018, a more athletic stance and aggressive detailing gives Mustang a menacing, confident aesthetic without diluting the classic visual drama Mustang is famous for.

Overall, the car’s exterior design is now more dynamic, with a lower, remodeled bonnet and grille that deliver a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for the bonnet air-intakes. For the first time, the entire Mustang line up will feature all-LED front lights including signature tri-bar lighting – a first for Mustang in Australia.

The rear of the car gets revised LED taillamps for a more technical look, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler. The V8-powered Mustang GT boasts a quad-tip exhaust as standard, along with a black rear diffuser.

Mustang EcoBoost now features a fresh alloy wheel design, while for a different look, the 19-inch Lustre Nickel alloy is available as a factory option. The GT carries over the mesh design from the current model, while also offering an optional five-spoked 19-inch forged alloy.

Bold exterior colour choices – including all-new signature Orange Fury as well as Kona Blue and Royal Crimson – combined with Over the Top (OTT) stripe packages mean that enthusiasts can order a Mustang with the look they’re after. In fact, the 2018 Mustang offers more factory-fit options than ever before, including a new single-wing rear spoiler (also part of the US-market Mustang Performance Pack).

Increased personalisation extends to the 2018 Mustang’s new cockpit, characterised by improved touch points and visual cues for a more premium look and feel. The centre console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminum.

Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns, while there’s also six-way leather-upholstered Recaro sports seating as a factory-fitted option. All Mustangs feature an instrument panel with an updated Mustang badge, while there’s a new key fob design.

TECHNOLOGY: THE MOST ADVANCED MUSTANG SOLD IN AUSTRALIA

New technologies for Mustang include a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster, inspired by the Le Mans-winning Ford GT racecar, that you can customise your way. A first for Mustang, this all-new instrument cluster offers three separate views. Mustang owners can customise the displays for Normal, Sport and Track modes and choose settings including colour and gauge layout.

In conjunction with the new display, all-new Mustang MyMode with memory function allows customers to save their favorite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences, for next time they get behind the wheel.

The new Mustang is so customisable that even its engine note can be adjusted. Delivering an audible experience like never before, an all-new active valve exhaust system is standard on all GT models, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range. Four modes are available: Normal, Quiet, Track and Sport, tailoring the exhaust note for every occasion.

The all-new electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling to ensure the right gear at the right time. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers maximum manual control, while Track Apps record the action behind the wheel for driving development and satisfaction.

On all models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, while a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabiliser bars bring sharper response and handling.

For the first time, MagneRide™ damper technology is an option for Mustang, designed to optimise ride and handling in all situations. Previously exclusive to the Mustang Shelby GT350, the MagneRide™ damping system allows automatic adjustment of each corner – up to 1,000 times per second – enabling better responsiveness and lateral performance.

The 2018 Mustang also benefits from a vast array of Ford Driver-Assist Technology (DAT). Customers can feel more confident than ever behind the wheel with new features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection as standard, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warning and Lane-Keeping Assist. Mustang also benefits from Auto-levelling headlights, as well as automatic high beam, further reducing the driver’s workload.

Ford SYNC® 3i is standard on 2018 Mustang, which includes Emergency Assist. Emergency Assist automatically calls emergency services for faster response times in the event of a road traffic collision. SYNC® 3 also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Autoii compatibility at no extra cost, as well as an 8.0-inch full-colour reversing camera display.

THE FASTEST MUSTANG. EVER.

Performance is at the core of Mustang DNA, offering drivers a unique thrill of acceleration and cornering for the ultimate fun-to-drive experience. Ford’s legendary 5.0-litre V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked, with more power and the ability to rev higher than any Mustang GT before.

The 2018 Mustang GT has 33kW more power than its predecessor, delivering a peak of 339kW – around 450 horsepower – as standard. This power increase has been achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency. The 5.0-litre Coyote V8 also packs 556Nm of torque, a jump of 26Nm, while the EcoBoost delivers 224kW with 9Nm more torque, now 441Nm.

A new 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered and boasts Ford-patented technology. With a wide-ratio span and optimised gear spacing, this all-new transmission helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance. Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses.

The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation.

2018 Ford Mustang Line-up

  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (manual) $49,990 MLP 
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (automatic) $52,990 MLP
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible (automatic) $59,490 MLP
  • Ford Mustang GT Fastback (manual) $62,990 MLP
  • Ford Mustang GT Fastback (automatic) $66,259 MLP incl LCT
  • Ford Mustang GT Convertible (automatic) $74,709 MLP incl LCT

2018 Ford Mustang – Key Factory Options

  • OTT Stripes – black $650
  • OTT Stripes (Fastback only) – white $650
  • Single-wing rear spoiler (Fastback only) $750
  • Recaro leather seats (Fastback only) $3,000
  • 19-inch Lustre Nickel alloys (EcoBoost only) $500
  • 19-inch Forged alloys (GT Only) $2,500
  • MagneRide™ Suspension $2,750

i Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync.
ii Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc. Both require phones with compatible versions of Apple iOS and Android™ (respectively), active data service and genuine USB cable (available separately). Message and data rates may apply. SYNC® does not control Apple CarPlay or Android Auto while in use; Apple Inc and Android™ (respectively) are responsible for their functionality. Warning: Local laws prohibit some or all of the text messaging functions while driving. Check your local road rules before using these functions.

The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s latest off-road, performance pick-up truck, blasted out from behind its camouflage during a reveal event in Thailand.

The ultimate Ranger is purposefully designed, built and tested to set a benchmark as the only factory-built performance truck across Asia Pacific. Designed by Ford Performance team for the true enthusiast off-roader, Ford Ranger Raptor strengthens Ford’s commitment to deliver high performance pickup trucks to our customers.

“We are so excited and proud to unleash this vehicle to the public, driving it really makes you feel like a hero,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Performance. “The Ford Performance team is excited to extend the Raptor name from our flagship off-road performance F-150 to Ranger. Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance.”

Bold Design

The Ranger Raptor features distinctive design cues inside and out that are functionally driven. At the front, a stunning new grille takes styling cues from the world’s first factory-built high performance off road truck, the F-150 Raptor. The iconic block FORD lettering proudly positioned within the grille design is unmistakable when emerging from a dust cloud.

A frame mounted front-bumper system is designed to offer desert durability performance and a distinctive presence. The front bumper also includes new LED fog lamps with functional air-curtain ducts, which help to reduce air resistance of the body.

Using composite materials, the front fenders not only look tough, but resist dents and dings often associated with off-road usage. The flared shape of the fenders are required for the long travel suspension and oversized tires. The exterior color palate offerings include Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Frozen White, as well as a unique Hero color for the Ranger Raptor, Conquer Grey. Contrasting Dyno Grey accents helps to accentuate the vehicle’s look even further.

Vehicle stance is noticeably bigger from every angle, standing at an impressive 1873mm tall, 2180mm wide and 5398mm long, with wider front and rear tracks at 1710mm. Ground clearance is increased to 283mm, while the approach angle of 32.5°, ramp over angle of 24°, and departure angle of 24° as a package are superior to anything seen before.

Starting from the ground up, the side steps are a cut above the rest. The step boards were designed specifically to prevent rock spray from hitting the rear of the truck and the holes have been designed to drain sand, mud and snow. The tough high-strength aluminium alloy die-cast main step board is designed for durability, undergoing testing which includes a load of 100kg being applied 84,000 times to simulate over 10 years in the field. A two-stage coating process involves the main step board firstly being powder-coated, before then having a robust grit-paint applied which results in a tough appearance that is also highly durable – scuff, scratch, stain-resistant with superior resistance to environmental weathering.

At the rear, a modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks rated at 3.8 tonnes. Updated styling to the rear includes flush sensor bezels and specially packaged and styled tow connectors. Providing an abundance of space, the 1560mm x 1743mm tray has been designed with the weekend explorer in mind, while the 2500kg towing capacity also accounts for dirt bikes or jet-skis, as well as traditional work needs during the week.

Inside, Ranger Raptor offers a tailored Ford Performance DNA interior design with a high level of craftsmanship, harmonious colours and durable materials suitable for both off-road driving and everyday use. The seats are specially designed for off-road high speed performance support, allowing the driver to engage in enthusiastic handling, while also providing superior on-road comfort. The use of technical suede on the seats for additional occupant grip shows the practicality behind the material choice.

Multiple long-distance drive events were staged to gauge just how the seats perform over an extended period of time, both on highways and off-road tracks to simulate customer usage. The dual hardness cushion ticked all the boxes, providing superior lateral support and reduced feel of any chassis vibration. This is achieved by a modified structure, using bolsters on the seat back for greater support.

When getting behind the wheel, Ranger Raptor drivers will notice the detailed cockpit differences everywhere they look, including the blue stitching and leather accents. The cluster has aggressive styling, encompassing a host of Driver Assist features. The steering wheel is distinctively different; new Raptor DNA lightweight magnesium paddle shifters for crisp gear changing are easily accessible near the perforated leather hand grip sections on the rim for precision off-road shifting when you really need it.

Ford Performance DNA has played a significant role in the purposeful styling, including the ‘On-centre’ marker – a red stripe at the top-middle of the wheel to let you know where the centre is when operating the vehicle at high speed. The steering wheel is finished off with the Raptor logo debossed into the spoke bezel.

Chassis, Brakes and Suspension

The Ranger Raptor’s chassis frame is a unique frame that is designed for the vehicle to travel at high speeds off road and endure the punishment that off road racing provides. Ranger Raptor’s innovative new coilover rear suspension uses a Watt’s link setup with solid rear axle to provide superior lateral control off-road while also helping improve ride and handling.

The frame design incorporates new geometry for the large suspension, providing the Raptor DNA increased track and wheel travel. Built to withstand high-impact off-road events, Ranger Raptor’s frame consists of various grades of high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steel. The stiffened side-rails are made from increased HSLA grade steel to absorb off-road high speed impacts.

The front accommodates strengthened protruding shock absorber towers, while a new bespoke coilover rear suspension with an integrated Watt’s linkage allows the axle to move up and down with very little lateral movement. Two recovery hooks rated at 4.5 tonnes can be found at the front, plus reinforced spare tyre mounting cross-members for the larger 17-inch Raptor rims.

The braking system on the Ranger Raptor offers extreme stopping power through new and bespoke components. At the front, twin-piston calipers have been increased by 9.5mm in diameter, while the ventilated rotors are an impressive 332 x 32mm in size. At the rear, Ranger Raptor comes with disc brakes with a brake actuation master cylinder and booster to increase braking performance. The 332 x 24mm rear rotor is ventilated and coupled with a new 54mm caliper.

“The standout experience of the Ranger Raptor, hands down, is how far you can push it off-road versus any other available production road vehicle in our markets, and still ride like a millionaire on-road,” said Damien Ross, Chief Program Engineer, Ranger Raptor, Ford Motor Company.

“Everything about the Ranger Raptor builds on the already outstanding sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger, and then goes further. From a driving dynamic fun standpoint, it is really an exceptionally special vehicle.”

Raptor’s race-bred suspension has been specifically crafted to tackle undulating terrain at high-speed while remaining in complete control and comfort. The Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers (dampers) provide higher damping forces at full jounce and rebound to enable better off-road capabilities, and lower damping forces in the mid-travel zone for a class leading plush ride during on-road trips. These settings are truly calibrated for the best of both worlds.

The dampers are exclusively manufactured by Fox Racing Shox with 46.6mm piston for front and rear. Designed for off-road endurance terrain, the dampers, coupled with the long travel suspension, allow for an unsurpassed damping performance off-road and a plushest of rides on-road thanks to Internal Bypass technology.

Holding them in place are the forged aluminium upper arms and cast aluminium lower arms to facilitate greater suspension travel and optimized for performance and extreme off-road durability.

Hit the Beaten Track

Given the unforgiving terrain Ranger Raptor has been developed for, it needed an aggressive set of tyres to keep it stable on and off-road. All-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tyres have been specially developed for the Ranger Raptor. Holding a strong presence, each tyre measures 838mm in diameter and 285mm in width. The design offers a tough sidewall to take on all environments with confidence, a super grippy tread to extend owners’ adventure time on and off-road and an aggressive off-road tread pattern which provides grip in wet, mud, sand and snow conditions.

Ranger Raptor also comes with unique underbody protection to deflect off-road obstacles. The new bash plate is made from 2.3mm thick high-strength steel and meets enhanced capabilities for strength inline with Ford Performance requirements. The silver finished guard allows clearance to the dual front recovery hooks. Working together with the existing engine and transfer case undershields, the three elements provide protection to components such as the radiator, Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD), front cross-member, engine sump and front differential.

Tuned for all Terrains

Ranger Raptor comes with a Terrain Management System (TMS) offering six modes for various driving experiences, which can be selected via a dedicated five-button switch located on the steering wheel. Each mode has been calibrated to offer the best possible combination of technologies working in unison to tackle the chosen terrain or driving style with aplomb. These include:

On-road modes

  • Normal mode – Emphasising comfort, fuel economy and driveability
  • Sport mode – Responsive for spirited on-road driving. This means fast, crisp gear shifts at higher engine speeds to aid throttle response. The mapping reacts to increased demand inputs from the driver by holding gears longer and downshifting more aggressively.

Off-road modes

  • Grass/Gravel/Snow mode – Designed to inspire safe and confident driving on off-road slippery and uneven surfaces. This is done through smoother gear shifts and second-gear starts, minimizing the probability of wheel slip.
  • Mud/Sand mode – Vehicle responsiveness is tuned for optimum traction and momentum in deep, deformable surfaces like loose sand and mud. This is achieved by maintaining lower gears with high torque.
  • Rock mode – Used specifically for low-speed rocky terrain where smooth controllability is key.
  • Baja mode – Vehicle responsiveness is tuned for high-speed off-road performance, just like drivers need in the famous Baja Desert Rally. In this mode, vehicle systems like Traction Control are pared back in terms of intervention to allow spirited off-road driving without fighting the vehicle’s on-board systems. Gear selection is optimized for maximum performance, and the mapping will hold gears longer and downshift more aggressively.

Power to Move You

The Ranger Raptor powertrain features cutting edge technology to offer more power and torque, better fuel economy, less weight and with off-road specific calibrations for engine, transmission, driveline, steering, brakes and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. In a revolutionary move to deliver incredible performance and responsiveness, a 10-Speed transmission is combined with a new 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine in the Ranger Raptor to deliver a maximum of 213PS (157kW) of power and 500Nm of torque.

Ford engineers have tested the new powertrain extensively in order to prove out durability.

This testing includes running a ‘thermo cycle’ on the engine, heating both turbos to the point of glowing red for 200 hours non-stop. It can withstand this torture thanks to the turbo bearings and low-pressure (LP) turbo being water cooled to reduce temperature, avoid over-heating and protect the air induction components.

Working as a team, the smaller, high-pressure (HP) turbo is connected in a sequence to the larger, LP turbo and is controlled with by-pass valves that determine the operating mode depending on engine speed. At lower engine speeds, the two turbos work in series, enhancing torque and responsiveness, while at higher engine speeds, the small HP turbo is bypassed, and the higher LP turbo provides boost to deliver more power.

The Ford-designed and Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission is shared with the F-150 Raptor and has been created with high-strength steel, aluminium alloys and composites to optimize durability and weight. Having 10 gears means a wider ratio-span resulting in better acceleration and responsiveness. With more room to optimize gear spacing, engineers could customize gear progression far more efficiently than before, providing more accurate – and quicker – upshift and downshift capability.

The all-new electronic system features real-time adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms engineered to help ensure the right gear is selected at the right time. A unique transmission calibration also includes a ‘Live in Drive’ function, meaning that the paddle shifters are always available for manual gear selection override.

Practical Technology at Hand

Ranger Raptor comes with a host of advanced Driver Assist Technologies (DATs) at the push of a button which are not just cutting edge, but genuinely practical for everyday use.

Leading the way in connectivity, SYNCÒ 3 is a fully integrated, voice activation system that lets the driver use their favourite devices while their hands stay on the wheel and eyes on the road. The Satellite Navigation System comes into its own when off-roading in remote areas, even offering a ‘breadcrumb’ feature to leave a trail when entering unchartered areas – perfect for the serious off-roader.

High levels of active and passive safety have been designed-in from the outset, including the improved Ford Stability Control incorporating Roll Mitigation Function. Ford’s comprehensive Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system is also there to help in difficult cornering and braking situations. The impressive technology suite includes Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Load Adaptive Control (LAC).

The rear view camera displayed on the eight-inch colour LCD screen matched with the rear parking sensors gives drivers the utmost confidence when parking anywhere.

For convenient access, an EZ Lift Tailgate uses a new rod assembly to give the owner a 66 per cent reduction in initial lift force. Intelligent Access, also known as passive entry, allows the owner to unlock, lock and start the vehicle without having to reach for their keys. Using a radio frequency signal, the key fob allows the owner to start the vehicle with a press of a button, and is able to activate central locking for the doors and the tailgate. In the case of a depleted battery, a mechanical key blade is incorporated into the fob design.

An Exhilarating Driving Experience

Inheriting vital capability from the truly successful Ranger and complementing that with DNA from the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor is set to turn heads throughout Australia and around the world.

“It is amazing to enable this level of performance and create a vehicle that can provide off-road enthusiasts such an adrenaline rush,” said Hameedi. “It really is like a motocross bike, snowmobile and an ATV rolled up into a pickup truck – it’s an incredible, awesome experience!”

The Ford Ranger Raptor will be produced in Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) using Ford’s latest state of the art manufacturing techniques and facilities.

Australian customers can now order a Ford Everest Titanium with a choice of wheels and tyres to take full advantage of the top-spec Everest’s awarded off-road capability.

Everest Titanium buyers can now choose between an optional 18 by 8.0-inch alloy wheel, with an increased tyre sidewall, for improved off-road performance, or the current stylish 20-inch alloys. The No Cost Option increases the diversity within the locally designed and engineered Everest range, offering the highest level of equipment with the added benefit of an 18-inch diameter alloy wheel more suited to tackling harsh terrain. It includes a matching full-size alloy spare wheel.

“The Everest has been awarded for its off-road capability, and many of our customers have and do take full advantage of this,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “We’ve responded to this call, and we’re pleased to offer greater choice for Everest customers.”

The 18-inch package includes wheel, tyre and suspension changes, as well as Driver Assistance Technology re-calibrations for a cohesive package to perform at its optimum level.

The addition of the 18-inch wheel option further increases the choice for Everest buyers, as diverse tastes are catered for based on customer feedback. In 2017, Australian Everest buyers have increased by 22.5 per cent as the line-up has expanded for greater appeal, with its August 2017 result a staggering 56.8 per cent rise over August 2016.

While benefitting from Everest’s immensely capable chassis, including an 800mm water-wading ability, 3000kg towing capacity and its clever Terrain Management System, the Titanium also brings a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Panoramic Power Sunroof and leather accented seats, plus third-row seating.

SYNC 3i, standard across the range, includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen with in-built maps on Trend and Titanium models, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Autoii compatibility. A full-colour reversing camera, as well as Emergency Assistance that automatically calls ‘000’ in the event of an airbag deployment or roll-over is part of the technology package.

In addition, the Everest Ambiente RWD has joined the line-up in 2017, with a five-seat model offering Australians desiring generous interior space, five-star safety-rating and a 3000kg towing capacity at a more attainable $47,990*MLP starting price. This joins the Trend RWD, launched in late 2016, in addition to the latest SYNC 3 and NCO wheel and tyre package.

The Ford Everest won ‘Drive Car of the Year’ in 2015, as well as 4x4 Australia’s ‘2016 Car of the Year’, repeating category wins at Drive with ‘4WD of the Year’ in both 2015 and 2016.

2017 Ford Everest MLP*
Everest Ambiente RWD, 3.2L automatic, 5-seat $47,990
Everest Ambiente RWD, 3.2L automatic, 7-seat $48,990
Everest Ambiente 4WD, 3.2L automatic, 5-seat $52,990
Everest Ambiente 4WD, 3.2L automatic, 7-seat $53,990
Everest Trend RWD, 3.2L automatic, 7-seat $53,990
Everest Trend 4WD, 3.2L automatic, 7-seat $58,990
Everest Titanium 4WD, 3.2L automatic, 7-seat $74,701

*Recommended Manufacturer’s List Price only. Price shown includes GST but excludes Dealer delivery fee and statutory charges. The selling price of any vehicle is at the discretion of the selling Dealer.#