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.#

The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition has been confirmed for the Australian market in what will be one of the most capable, complete hyper hatches ever offered to performance customers locally. The upgrades for the RS Limited Edition are a direct result of customer feedback since the current Focus RS’s launch.

A batch of 500 Focus RS Limited Editions will begin arriving in November 2017, enabled by the strong appetite for the performance hyper hatch since its July 2016 launch. Confirmation of the upgraded version of the Focus RS comes following a raft of media accolades both globally and locally, the most recent coming this week with the RS crowned MOTOR magazine’s 2017 Bang for Your Bucks Champion.

“Ford’s performance models are an important part of our line-up, and we’re excited to offer Australians an even more capable version of the Focus RS, which has struck a chord with driving enthusiasts across the country,” said Ford President and CEO Graeme Whickman. “The RS Limited Edition is a result of enthusiast customer feedback which helped us create the hottest RS yet with 500 units confirmed for Australia,” added Whickman.

The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition package

The Focus RS Limited Edition adds the following benefits above the Focus RS:

  • Quaife limited-slip front differential
  • Performance Wheel Pack including 19-inch forged alloy wheels with 253/35R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres 
  • Active City Stop (Autonomous Emergency Braking)
  • Recaro shell seats with exclusive Nitrous Blue leather application
  • Nitrous prestige paint
  • Rear hatch-mounted spoiler, mirror caps and roof finished in Absolute Black
  • Privacy glass
  • MLP of $56,990

Quaife Limited-Slip Differential

Every Focus RS Limited Edition is equipped with a Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) as standard to improve the RS’s already highly-praised traction and cornering capabilities. Ford Performance has worked with Quaife, a renowned UK-based engineering outfit, to produce a helical mechanical LSD for the RS’s front axle. Unlike a conventional plate-style limited-slip differential, the Quaife differential relies on gears rather than clutches for its operation. This produces smoother operation and means it will not lock harshly, as it automatically biases the torque away from the spinning wheel, across the axle to a constantly varying degree.

“Our new limited-edition Focus RS represents accessible performance at its finest,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance Chief Engineer. “Improving on the thrilling driving dynamics of the Focus RS is no small task – but our Ford Performance engineers have delivered a drivetrain capable of wringing every drop of performance from the engine,” added Hameedi.

The Quaife differential will be teamed with the Performance Wheel Pack that brings forged alloy wheels, which is a $3,500 option on the regular Focus RS. This includes Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tyres, which are fitted to ultra-high performance models such as the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

In the Driver’s Seat: RS Limited Edition 

Exclusive Recaro shell-seats are standard in the RS Limited Edition, and include a unique Nitrous Blue detail to match the exterior paintwork. In addition, SYNC 3 including voice-activated sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Autoi is standard, with a class-leading 8.0-inch full-colour touchscreen. There is not a single option available to add on the fully-equipped Focus RS Limited Edition, reflecting its hard-core enthusiast raison d'être.

Outside Chance: Limited Edition’s subtle details

The Focus RS Limited Edition is built on the fit-for-purpose no frills mantra of Ford Performance during the vehicle’s development, with minor aesthetic changes designed to maximize the road presence and technical advances of its aerodynamic package. Denoted by a gloss-black roof, mirror caps and rear spoiler, the RS Limited Edition’s visual changes provide sutble cues that the RS Limted Edition is the ultimate example of a contemporary hyper hatch.

Complementing the standard 19-inch forged alloy wheels and stickier rubber, the RS Limited Edition’s black detailing contrasts its Nitrous paintwork to deliver an intelligent package that can more than match its visual promise.

The Focus RS: a hard act to follow

The RS Limited Edition builds on the success of the Focus RS, which arrived in July 2016 after rave reviews from media around the globe. That formula sees the RS Limited Edition continue with the 257kW 2.3-litre EcoBoost powerplant, six-speed manual transmission and Ford Performance AWD.

The sophisticated AWD system enables Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which means that the Focus RS can split its torque not only front-to-rear, but also side-to-side for unprecedented road-holding. The current RS was also the first to offer selectable drive modes that alter steering, engine and exhaust settings, as well as adjustable dampers and Launch Control.

The Ford Focus RS Limited Edition will be offered for a MLP of $56,990 with Australian deliveries commencing in November 2017.

The Ford Transit is set to become the automatic choice for consumers with the arrival of the automatic transmission in 2017, along with new more powerful and economical 2.0L EcoBlue engine and wind stabilisation technology to help drivers stay in lane in high crosswinds.

This expansion positions Transit Custom to compete in 85 per cent of the medium van segment compared to 34 per cent, giving van consumers even greater choice. The additions also build on Ford’s $2 billion investment in R&D in Australia over the past six years.

“The arrival of an automatic variant for Transit and Transit Custom widens our small business opportunities and expands consideration to include large fleet and Government buyers,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO, Ford Australia. “We’re enabling customers to make a real go of things with a broader range and even stronger offering with a vehicle that’s recognised globally as the benchmark. On top of this, longer service intervals mean less time off the road, while a longer warranty brings peace of mind so owners can focus on their business success.”

All-new Next Generation 2.0L EcoBlue Engine: 

In addition to the automatic transmission, the 2017 Transit range will also welcome the next generation of high-performance 2.0L EcoBlue engines, which offer more power and torque whilst also providing better fuel economy and improved emissions to help Transit customers achieve more.

“The all-new 2.0L turbo EcoBlue engine in the Transit and Transit Custom offer better performance and better fuel economy, and coupled with the automatic transmission, combine to provide customers a technology-packed option in the van segment to help them get their work done more efficiently,” added Whickman.

2.0L EcoBlue Engines; More Power, Less Emissions:


TRANSIT
Power 
(kW)
Torque 
(Nm)
Current RWD 2.2L Euro 5 Engine 114 385
New FWD 2.0L EcoBlue Euro 6 Engine 125 405
IMPROVEMENT 10% 5%

 

 TRANSIT CUSTOM Power 
(kW)
Torque 
(Nm)
Fuel Economy (L/100km)1 CO2 Emissions (g/km)2
290S Van 340L Van 290S Van 340L Van
Current 2.2L Euro 5 Engine 92 350 MT: 7.2
AT: N/A
MT: 7.4
AT: N/A
MT: 191
AT: N/A
MT: 197
AT: N/A
New 2.0L Euro 6 
EcoBlue Engine
96 385 MT: 6.4
AT: 7.2
MT: 6.6
AT: 7.2
MT: 165
AT: 186
MT: 174
AT: 186
IMPROVEMENT 4% 10% 11% 11% 14% 12%

1. Fuel consumption and emissions as per ADR 81/02 (combined cycle) and to be used for vehicle comparison purposes only. It is unlikely that this fuel consumption figure will be achieved in real world driving conditions. Actual fuel consumption will depend on many factors including the driver's habits, prevailing conditions and the vehicle's equipment, condition and use.

2. Figures will vary greatly depending on load being carried, driving style and whether the vehicle is towing a trailer.

The new-generation 2.0L EcoBlue engines available in the updated Transit and Transit Custom will comply with the latest European Stage 6 emissions standards, driving significant improvements in emissions.

Extended Service Intervals and Warranty Driving Customers Further:

Customers who travel significant kilometres each year will find the new 2.0L EcoBlue in Transit Custom and Transit 350L front-wheel drive enables less vehicle downtime, courtesy of recommended standard service intervals increasing to 12 months/30,000km, whichever occurs first.

This represents an additional 15,000km over the current Transit and Transit Custom range.

Small Business and private customers will benefit from Transit and Transit Custom’s longer warranty, which will be a factory warranty of three-years/200,000km, whichever occurs first factory warranty, providing an additional 100,000km over the current standard new vehicle warranty.

More Customisation with an extensive colour palette

Transit and Transit Custom offer a massive array of colours: with more than 100 to choose from, Transit will have the shade to turn the competition green, brighten your day like a bright blue sky and make a serious impression to match your business’s attitude, style and verve. “It’s another thing we’re doing to help consumers buy not just a van, but a vehicle that works for their brand and really stands out,” said Graeme Whickman. “It’s not just a van, but a part of your life, and a vehicle to actually want and desire.”

SYNC® 3^ available to Transit 350L FWD Automatic consumers for the first time: 

In more exciting news for customers, the new Transit 350L FWD Automatic can be optioned with a City Nav Pack that includes SYNC® 3 for the first time, Ford’s new in-vehicle communications and entertainment platform that features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, intuitive smartphone-like touchscreen and an improved graphic user interface^.

SYNC® 3 highlights:

  • New ‘Home’ screen with clearer layout and large icons for quicker access to functions including audio system, climate control, smartphone (including compatible apps) and satellite navigation (where fitted).
  • New 6.0-inch touchscreen with capacitive touch technology allows ‘pinch and swipe’ capability on select features (similar to a smartphone or tablet).
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration includes ability to access Apple Siri and Google Now#.
  • Compatible apps include Spotify, Pandora and Google Maps+.
  • More customisable and easier-to-navigate settings and user preferences.

More Tech Across the Range: 

The arrival of the 2017 Transit and Transit Custom come with new tech options that make the Transit range even more versatile. In addition to the City Nav Pack, all Transit Custom and Transit models benefit from a larger reversing camera display that’s now located on the audio system screen rather than in the rear-view mirror.

For the Transit Custom, new options include Dual Side Load doors, which mean the Transit Custom’s cargo is always kerbside accessible no matter which way it’s loaded, while a Rear Liftgate Door offers flexibility of full access to the load area for those who need it.

Other new Additions:

  • The standard Multi-Function Display screen size of the Transit and Transit Custom featuring the new 2.0L EcoBlue engine will be upgraded to a 4.0-inch TFT (Thin-Film Transistor) colour screen. Transit carryover models with the existing 2.2L engine will remain unchanged with the 3.4-inch LCD dot matrix screen
  • Transit Custom vehicles will come standard with full wheel covers, replacing the hub caps of the prior model
  • A new chrome insert has been added to the front grille of Transit Custom and Transit (FWD) to visually signal the new 2.0L EcoBlue engines and differentiate against prior and carryover 2.2L models

New Side Wind Stabilisation and Driver Assist Tech:

The new 2.0L EcoBlue Ford Transit and Transit Custom vehicles are fitted as standard with a new technology that helps drivers stay in lane when their van is hit by a sudden crosswind or the turbulence created by a large truck. Side Wind Stabilisation is an advanced feature that was developed by Ford engineers, and is designed to carefully apply the brakes on one side of the vehicle to reduce the effect of a side wind gust on the vehicle’s path.

“No-one likes that feeling when your vehicle gets caught by a wind gust, or you are passing close to a fast-moving truck,” said Marc Suermann, chassis controls supervisor, Ford of Europe.

At vehicle speeds of more than 80 km/h, the Side Wind Stabilisation system sensors monitor stability 100 times per second. If a sudden gust is detected, the feature is designed to become active within less than 200 milliseconds. Ford engineers tested the new system at a special test track which uses six powerful fans to generate crosswinds of up to 80km/h, as well as on public roads in areas which are notorious for strong winds.

The Side Wind Stabilisation feature is also designed to help combat fatigue by reducing the driver’s workload. “This new technology will help make highway driving less stressful for Transit drivers,” said Suermann.

Going Further for Australia and Australian Customers

The expansion and update of Ford Transit and Transit Custom range is just another way Ford is going further for its Australian customers as it continues to introduce 20 new or updated models by 2020 and comes on top of a $2 billion investment in local R&D since 2009.

Ford is home to 2,000 team members, most making up one of the company’s three global product development hubs, with the company set to become the largest auto employer in the nation after 2017.

Transit and Transit Custom Pricing:

Transit and Transit Custom vehicles featuring the new 2.0L EcoBlue engine will reflect a new recommended Manufacturer’s List Prices (MLP) effective March 2017.

2017.25MY Transit Custom


Model Name

 

MLP*

Transit Custom 290S 
FWD, 2.0L EcoBlue 6-spd manual
$39,690
Transit Custom 290S 
FWD, 2.0L EcoBlue 6-spd auto
$42,440
Transit Custom 340L 
FWD, 2.0L EcoBlue 6-spd manual
$41,690
Transit Custom 340L 
FWD, 2.0L EcoBlue 6-spd auto
$44,440

2017.25MY Transit


Model Name

MLP*
Transit 350L 
RWD, 2.2L diesel 6-spd manual
$47,680
Transit 350L 
FWD, 2.0L EcoBlue 6-spd auto
$51,380
Transit 350E 
RWD, 2.2L diesel 6-spd manual
$51,180
Transit 470E 
RWD, 2.2L diesel 6-spd manual
$54,180
Transit Single Cab Chassis 470E 
RWD, 2.2L diesel 6-spd manual
$49,180
Transit Double Cab Chassis 470E RWD, 2.2L diesel 6-spd manual $52,680
Transit Bus 410L 
RWD, 2.2L diesel 6-spd manual
$57,680

* 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.
^Not all SYNC™ features are supported on all phones and/or require additional data services and equipment.
#Local laws may prohibit the use of this function. Apple CarPlay and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the US and other countries. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc.
+ Local laws may prohibit the use of this function. PANDORA, the PANDORA logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Google Maps is a trademark of Google Inc.

The revised 2017 Ford Everest range offers even greater choice with the exciting addition of the five-seat Everest Ambiente RWD to give Australians a broader suite of models to suit their lifestyles. The expansion of the Everest line-up allows a lower starting MLP of $47,990 as customer demand for SUVs continues to grow.

“The addition of the five-seat Everest gives more Australians access to an award-winning SUV with five-star safety, space for the whole family and genuine off-road ability,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President and CEO. “The fact that the 4WD Everest won Drive Car of the Year in 2015, and continues to be awarded for its combination of practicality, style and safety means that with a sharper starting price it’s accessible to more consumers.”

The Everest is now available with five-seats, seven-seats, RWD and 4WD for a line-up that reflects the growing diverse tastes and needs of Australians.

Consumers are spoiled for choice in 2017, with the Everest Ambiente RWD Ford’s second significant SUV release of 2017. The new Ford Escape was officially launched in February 2017 with a broader model line-up to deliver greater choice to consumers, while later in 2017 the Ford EcoSport will be updated to better accommodate Australian tastes and more sophisticated demands.

Australians are now buying more SUVs than conventional passenger cars, fulfilling industry forecasts and analyst predictions. In February 2017, SUVs out-sold conventional passenger cars for the first time in history, with this achievement repeated in March. At the end of March 2017, Australians purchased 111,108 SUVs, up 2.5 per cent year-on-year, compared to 108,632 traditional sedans, hatches and wagons, which are down 8.3 per cent against 2016.

Everest Ambiente with five-seats: More standard features, more choice

The 2017 Everest Ambiente RWD five-seater starts at an MLP of $47,990 with the option of a third row seat for only $1,000. The exterior of the entry-level RWD model matches the rugged looks of the Ambiente 4WD, with all Everest Ambientes coming standard with stylish running boards for 2017, reflecting an image of capability.

With a five-star ANCAP safety rating, the Everest Ambiente RWD comes equipped with Dynamic Stability Controlas well as Traction Control and Rollover Mitigation. This is in addition to the full complement of airbags, which see driver, front passenger airbags as well as side-front airbags, driver’s knee airbag and full-length curtain airbags.

The Everest Ambiente has the space to carry the whole family, as well as their luggage, whether in standard five-seat or optional seven-seat configuration. As standard is a substantial 1050L of cargo space behind the Everest Ambiente’s second row 60:40 split-fold seat, as well as second-row air-conditioning and heater controls on the rear of the centre console for second-row passengers. When fitted with the optional third row seat, the Everest Ambiente also offers five child-seat anchor points, with two ISOFIX anchor points in the second row.

With Everest Ambiente’s Active Noise Cancellation system and upgraded 10-speaker audio, family sing-alongs are all the more enjoyable, ensuring even second-row passengers are on-song with music via SYNC® 3 using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. With its 8.0-inch full colour touchscreen, SYNC® 3 also provides a full-colour reversing camera to make parking easier by providing crisp vision rearwards. Follow-me Home lighting helps ensure a safe passage at night time when exiting the Everest Ambiente.

The Everest Ambiente benefits from the line-up’s high driving position, allowing an elevated view of the road and terrain ahead compared to conventional passenger vehicles. A six-way adjustable driving seat also helps set the optimal driving position. Sharing the Everest 4WD’s locally-engineered chassis, the Everest Ambiente RWD also benefits from the 225mm ground clearance and generous departure angles of the Everest 4WD, making light work of steep driveways and suburban pot-holes encountered on the school run. It also uses the same all-terrain tyres as Everest 4WD models.

In addition, the Everest Ambiente RWD offers the same 3,000kg braked towing capability as the Everest 4WD to enable consumers the full benefits of Everest’s strong torque. Proving it’s tow-ready, Ambiente comes with Trailer Pre-wiring as standard, eliminating the cost and inconvenience of fitting an aftermarket system post-sale, and is covered by Ford’s New Car Warranty. Trailer Sway Control is also standard, helping reduce hazards and alleviate driver stress for safer towing.

Everest Trend: Award-winning capability

The 2017 Everest Trend comes standard with seven-seats, 18-inch alloy wheels and higher equipment levels. Sat-nav with Traffic Management Channel previously an option, is now standard as part of the Trend’s SYNC® 3 infotainment system, with the same 8.0-inch touchscreen also providing a crisp, full-colour reversing camera as the Ambiente.

This joins Driver Assist Technology that includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Forward Collision Alert (FCA). This system reduces the driver’s workload in traffic and changeable conditions by helping to maintain a safe distance to the vehicle in front, thereby helping to keep a greater safety cushion in the event of an emergency. This may help prevent an accident, reduce the severity in the event of a collision or reduce injury and costs, as well as keep the Everest on the road instead of being repaired.

Trend also features Lane Keeping System as standard to help ensure the vehicle remains in the centre of the lane. If the vehicle starts to drift from the centre, the system can help guide the vehicle back through gentle steering torque. If further drifting is sensed, the system is designed to emit a warning vibration through the steering wheel to alert the driver.

Automatic high-beam control also enables the driver to focus on the road ahead, and reduces the possibility of dazzling oncoming traffic by switching to low-beam using the Everest’s advanced sensor systems. Dual-zone climate control enables greater levels of comfort, with its second-row air vents and adjustability. For Everest Trend, convenience doesn’t end when the drive does. A Power Tailgate is standard, operated via the key fob or a simple dash-mounted switch, enabling hands-free operation when your hands are full.

A premium SUV with sophisticated Driver Assistance Technology

The flagship Titanium is packed with premium features, 4WD and room for seven occupants, with convenient electrically-folding third-row seating and powered panoramic sunroof. There’s also eight-way power driver and front passenger seats with leather accents complemented by leather trimmed steering wheel and gear lever to add to the premium feel.

A high level of Driver Assist Technology is standard on the Titanium. In addition to Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping System, Titanium includes Active Park Assist, which helps take the stress out of parking by using the Everest’s sensors and camera systems to assist with parallel parking.

Blind-Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert is designed to warn the driver of vehicles that may be in the driver’s blind-spot, alerting the driver in order to avoid potential collisions. A Tyre Pressure Monitoring System is also designed to alert the driver of a puncture, which may help avoid tyre failure and premature tyre wear and further vehicle damage.

The Everest Titanium is distinguishable by its HID headlights to give the driver better vision of the road and surroundings during the night, while LED daytime running lights make the Everest more visible to other road users in both night and day. Stylish polished 20-inch alloy wheels and chromed door handles and side mirrors are also standard on the Titanium to deliver a distinguish look for the flagship Everest. 

The 2017 Ford Everest Model Range

  • 2017 Ford Everest Ambiente
  • 3.2L RWD 6-speed automatic five-seat $47,990 (new)
  • 3.2L RWD 6-speed automatic seven-seat $48,990 (new)
  • 3.2L 4WD 6-speed automatic five-seat $52,990 (new)
  • 3.2L 4WD 6-speed automatic seven-seat $53,990 (previously $54,990)

Changes for Everest Ambiente:

  • New five-seat, RWD entry-level model
  • New RWD seven-seat model
  • SYNC® 3 with 8-inch colour touchscreen now standard
  • Dual-zone climate control now standard
  • Driver instrument cluster with dual 4.2” LCD display
  • 10-speaker audio now standard
  • Running boards fitted as standard

2017 Ford Everest Trend

  • 3.2L RWD 6-speed automatic seven-seat $53,990 (previously $55,990)
  • 3.2L 4WD 6-speed automatic seven- seat $58,990 (previously $60,990)

Changes for Everest Trend:

  • Embedded SYNC® 3 Sat-nav is now standard

2017 Ford Everest Titanium

  • 3.2L 4WD 6-speed automatic seven-seat $74,990 (previously $76,705)

The new family-friendly Ford Escape will join Ford’s expanding SUV line-up in 2017 with a fresh face, five-star ANCAP safety rating and improved fuel efficiency, all at a more affordable price than its predecessor. The New Ford Escape will build on the success of Ford’s expanding SUV range, led by the locally-developed Everest and supported by the EcoSport and forthcoming SUV based on the Ford Edge.

“The Escape sees the return to a proven nameplate that Australians can identify with, and sees young families and millenials with a sense of adventure benefit from Ford’s global vehicle portfolio,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “It strengthens our SUV line-up with a more refined and sharper offering as our SUV range continues to grow.”

The Escape will follow the formula set by the kid-ready Ford Kuga as a family friendly, fuel-efficient and five-star ANCAP safety-rated SUV.

Key changes over the Ford Kuga include:

  • Refreshed design inside and out for more rugged appearance without diminishing practicality, such as 1603L cargo space
  • Improved specification including paddle-shifters on auto Escape, enhancing the fun- to-drive dynamic, as well as improved optional Driver Assist Technology including more capable Autonomous Emergency Braking and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Improved fuel economy for 2.0L EcoBoost models thanks to start/stop as standard and a new twin-scroll turbocharger for improved response and enhanced drivability
  • New FWD 1.5L Escape Trend offers consumers more choice, previously limited by AWD only Trend offering
  • More accessible starting price of $28,490 (MLP) for greater affordability despite improved equipment levels as well as focus on improved refinement levels

Enhanced visibility and safety

The 2017 Ford Escape is the first vehicle in 2017 to be given a five-star ANCAP safety rating. The Escape’s five-star result included a score of 36.33 out of a maximum possible 37, achieving a higher score in ANCAP testing than the Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage and Mazda CX-5.

The Escape features the latest Ford technologies and sophisticated body engineering to help drivers be more aware of their surroundings and enhance safety on the road for occupants and other road users.

Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System is standard on Escape Titanium and monitors ambient light conditions and automatically optimises visibility by adjusting the beam angle of the bi-xenon headlights depending on the vehicle’s speed, steering angle and distance to an object in front. It features anti-glare capability, as well as country road, city street and also maneuvering beam shaping abilities.

New Escape also offers advanced Ford technologies, including an enhanced version of Ford's Autonomous Emergency Braking system,mknown as Active City Stop, which now operates at speeds of up to 50km/h,increased from 30km/h2. It’s available as part of the optional Technology Package on Escape Trend and Titanium. Active City Stop uses sensors at the front of the vehicle to look for stationary objects in the road ahead and pre-charges the brakes if the vehicle is approaching an object too quickly. If the driver still does not respond the system is designed to reduce engine torque and automatically apply the brakes to reduce the impact of collisions, or avoid them altogether.

Improved value with New Escape Trend

The New Escape will introduce a new model to the segment from Ford: the new front-wheel drive 1.5-litre Escape Trend. Capitalising on consumer demand for a high level of equipment, safety and technology in a family-friendly package with low fuel consumption, the Escape Trend comes with the 1.5-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder with start/stop technology as standard. This enables the Escape Trend to achieve an official 7.2L/100km combined fuel economy figure while delivering a fun-to-drive 134kW/240Nm power and torque.

“Offering a front-wheel drive Escape Trend is significant news for consumers looking for value,” said Graeme Whickman. “If you look where consumers are purchasing, in this hotly-contested segment, the biggest volume is in mid-level, front-drive models. Now, with a front-drive Trend, we’ve significantly broadened the appeal for Escape, something we’ve learnt from consumers both directly and through engaging with our dealer network.”

In addition to its EcoBoost powertrain and standard six-speed automatic transmission, the Trend delivers heightened driver enjoyment with paddle-shifters as standard, in addition to 18-inch alloys, full-colour reversing camera via the 8.0-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen display as well as embedded satellite-navigation. Satellite navigation is standard across the entire Escape range. The Trend also adds convenient features including privacy glass, to keep its rear-seat occupants cool, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers.

Escape Trend also offers an array of sophisticated options that aren’t offered by some key rivals on mid-spec models. These include a Hands-free Power Tailgate with Smart Keyless Entry, and a great Technology Pack.

The Technology Pack is even better value at $1300 (down from $1600 previously) and contains:

  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) with Driver Alert
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Auto High Beam
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking up to 50km/h (previously up to 30km/h)
  • Adaptive Cruise with Forward Alert and Enhanced Collision Mitigation
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS)with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (rear-cross traffic alert is new)
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

The optional 2.0L EcoBoost engine, available in the Trend and Titanium exclusively with intelligent-AWD, now offers a more sophisticated twin-scroll turbocharger. While this improves throttle response to further enhance the Escape’s drivability, it’s joined by an improvement of 0.2L in fuel efficiency over its predecessor.

The revitalised line-up sees the family-friendly New Escape offered in a broader variety of models, reflecting the fragmentation of the SUV market in Australia, and Ford’s more than doubling of its SUV range since 2012.

The Escape joins the EcoSport, 2018 Edge-based SUV and the locally-engineered, award-winning Ford Everest in Ford dealerships, capitalising on Ford’s SUV heritage and expertise. In 2017, Ford will launch a five-seat Everest to further broaden its SUV range, capitalising on the $2 billion local investment over the past six years and ongoing innovation at Ford’s You Yangs, Victoria, Proving Ground as a hub for Asia-Pacific engineering and global development.

Sophisticated technology for simpler, safer parking

The new Ford Escape will make driving and parking simpler for customers, using sophisticated Ford driver assistance technologies. New perpendicular parking functionality enhances the semi-autonomous Active Park Assist technology that’s standard on Escape Titanium. Using additional ultrasonic sensors, perpendicular parking at the push of a button helps drivers to locate parking spaces alongside other cars as well as parallel to the road, and helps to steer the vehicle into them while the driver controls the accelerator and brake.