The Ford Mustang BULLITT will make its Australian debut at the 2018 Motorclassica in Melbourne. The first-ever Mustang BULLITT to be sold by Ford in Australia, which pays homage to the 1968 Mustang GT Fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the original motion picture, will be unveiled to motoring media and enthusiasts in time for the film Bullitt’s 50th anniversary.
“We’re so pleased that enthusiasts will be able to see Mustang BULLITT in the metal for the very first time at Motorclassica,” said Kay Hart, President and CEO, Ford Australia. “The event is a must-see, and we’re delighted to be part of what’s a cornerstone event on the automotive calendar, and a great way to introduce Mustang BULLITT to Australia.”
Motorclassica 2018 will take place over four days, from October 12-14, at the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Melbourne, with 550 vehicles across 30,000 square-metres of exhibition space.
“The Ford Mustang has become one of the most collectable models in the car enthusiast’s canon and its longevity is testament to its enduring ‘cool factor’,” said Paul Mathers from Motorclassica. “Unsurprisingly, Mustang enthusiasts and Motorclassica have enjoyed a close relationship over the past nine years, which is why we are so incredibly proud to be chosen by Ford to host the Australian launch of the new Mustang BULLITT, a car that is destined to become a much desired collectable classic in the years to come.”
With 700 being offered in Australia, Mustang BULLITT is the most powerful Mustang ever offered in this country, with a 345kW/556Nm 5.0-litre V8 and six-speed manual transmission with Rev-Matching. True to the 1968 original from the film, each BULLITT is finished exclusively in Dark Highland Green, with a Fastback body that is devoid of badges. Torq-Thrust style black 19-inch alloy wheels, Red Brembo™ brake calipers and chrome window trim enhance the modern good looks of Mustang; while inside, each example carries an individually-numbered plaque, cue-ball style gear-knob and BULLITT badging.
Australian customers have made Mustang the nation’s favourite sports car, topping the sales charts in both 2016 and 17i . The Mustang, which was developed for the first time as a global model, has also been the best-selling sports car in the world for the third year in a row, topping sales charts in 2015, 2016 and 2017ii .
In April 2018, the Ford Mustang was announced a competitor in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Ford Performance, DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing Australia are working on the homologation of the Mustang for the 2019 season, which is expected to make its on-track debut at the season-opening Adelaide 500.
“This year the Mustang BULLITT is joined by a swathe of other important Australian unveilings in a display of more than 550 classics and collectables representing the very best in the country,” said Mathers. Tickets to Motorclassica are available for purchase at the event, or online at motorclassica.com.au
Deliveries of the Ford Mustang BULLITT will begin in Australia in October, 2018, with a Manufacturers List Price of $73,688iii including Luxury Car Tax (LCT).
Euro NCAP has released the safety ratings of four new cars . Both the Audi A6 and the VW Touareg achieve a maximum five- star rating, the Ford Tourneo Connect achieves a solid four-star rating and the new Suzuki Jimny scores three stars.
The Audi A6 and the VW Touareg score particularly well for vulnerable road user protection including Euro NCAP’s new requirements for cyclist-detecting AEB. The Ford Tourneo Connect compact panel van is an updated version of the vehicle last tested in 2013. The car achieves a solid four stars against the 2018 requirements. The updated Tourneo Connect is equipped with AEB and lane support as standard, even for commercial variants, making it stand out amid competition in this segment. The Suzuki Jimny scores a three-star rating, let down by its underwhelming driver assistance systems.
Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP said,
“Overall, these latest results demonstrate that, as Euro NCAP’s test protocols evolve and become more demanding, a 5-star rating remains an achievable although challenging objective for the auto industry.
“It is particularly positive and welcome that manufacturers are performing well in the assessment of vulnerable road user protection systems such as AEB for cyclists. Euro NCAP has now tested 6 models which feature this life saving technology. These driver assistance systems are the building blocks for potential automation in the future. Importantly they offer tangible safety benefits today.”
The Ford Performance GT will make its track debut on Australian soil at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, showcasing Ford Performance innovation and engineering in one of the most advanced race cars it has ever built. Driven by none-other than Australian racing driver, and full-time Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver, Ryan Briscoe, the Le Mans-winning Ford GT will turn its first wheel in anger at the world-famous 6.213 kilometre circuit as a prelude to this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to put this amazing race car on such an iconic circuit,” said Ford Australian and New Zealand President and CEO, Kay Hart. “Innovation through design and engineering drives Ford Performance, and where better than Bathurst to introduce the Ford Performance GT to Australians.”
The Ford Performance GT race car is the culmination of years of Ford innovation in aerodynamics, lightweight carbonfibre construction and ultra-efficient EcoBoost engines, and serves as a test bed for new technologies and advanced lightweight materials that will benefit future Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electric vehicles. With its carbonfibre teardrop-shaped body climbing the Mountain, it will be the most capable vehicle wearing a Ford badge to ever lap Mount Panorama.
“To have such an iconic vehicle in the Ford GT here – a car with strong success in some of the world’s greatest races – is something Australian fans will love, and it shows how highly regarded Bathurst is globally, and by Ford and Ford Performance,” said Supercars CEO, Sean Seamer.
The Ford GT’s simultaneous road and race-car development centred around three primary goals. At its core, the program provides a working training ground for Ford’s engineers to develop future engine technology and to expand their understanding of aerodynamics. On top of this, the challenge pushed the boundaries of advanced material usage, which has resulted in its teardrop body shape with carbonfibre buttresses, not possible if made of steel.
The Ford Performance IMSA GT Number 67 will be freighted to Australia for the first time, and will see Briscoe behind the wheel as part of the Ford Performance presence at this year’s Great Race. “To have Ryan, an Aussie who has driven with us many times at Bathurst, Sandown and on the Gold Coast, is the icing on the cake.”
Briscoe is well aware of this momentous occasion, and intends to take full advantage of a once-in-a-generation opportunity. “The Ford GT is an ultra-high-performance car, so I’m really excited and honoured to turn the Ford GT’s first laps at Bathurst” said Ryan Briscoe, who last raced in Australia’s premier motor race in 2013. “For me, Bathurst is one of the best, if not the best racing circuit in the world.”
The challenging layout will be another to add to the Ford GT’s list of iconic tracks, which so far this season has seen Briscoe and co-driver Richard Westbrook three-time winners following victory in Canada, Road America and the 2018 Rolex 24-hour at Daytona to build their championship campaign. "We know Ryan is excited to come back home to be part of such an historic occasion,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director Ford Performance Motorsports. “He's been an integral part of our success with the Ford GT in racing, and will certainly put on a good show for the fans."
Despite the familiarity with both the Ford GT and the circuit, putting the two together for the first time means that the Mountain will provide a fresh challenge for the Australian.
“Nothing quite compares to Bathurst,” said the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing pilot. “Bathurst as a circuit demands the highest respect at all times. It has the intensity of a circuit like Indy, where its very high speed and you just always need to be 100-per cent focused,” he said. “Of all the circuits we race on, Bathurst is probably closest to Watkins Glen (New York), though, as they both have a very smooth, high-grip surface with a lot of high-speed corners.”
Mount Panorama will provide an even greater challenge than ‘The Glen’, as it’s known, with the steepest corner at the Australian track being The Cutting, with its 1-in-6 grade climb. “Watkins Glen doesn’t have near the elevation change that Mount Panorama has,” said Briscoe. “And while the downhill section of Bathurst is comparable to Laguna Seca, Laguna is a very low-grip track, so it’s different in that way.
In 2016, the GT made history with its triumphant debut at the Le Mans 24 hour, by claiming victory 50 years on from the Ford’s crushing 1-2-3 formation finish for the Ford GT40 in the 1966 race. In doing so, it achieved the primary goal of the Ford GT’s program. Fittingly, Ford’s legacy at Mount Panorama goes back to the event’s origins in the 1960s, and since then, Fords have claimed victory at Bathurst 19 times.
In 2019, Ford Performance will support the Ford Mustang’s entry into the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, which kicks off in March at the Adelaide 500.
The Ford Performance GT will be in action during the Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, held over October 3-6, 2018.
The updated MY19 Ford Everest will go on sale in September with increased equipment, new fuel-efficient powertrain choices and optional Driver Assist Technology including Autonomous Emergency Braking. Building on its 2015 launch, the MY19 Everest represents a significant evolution in safety, technology and design.
“Australians can expect to see impressive new content options including a 500Nm Bi-Turbo engine with greater towing capacity, push-button start and Autonomous Emergency Braking, offering state of the art technology while retaining Everest’s value proposition,” said John Willems, Chief Program Engineer, Ford Everest.
The Ford Everest’s Australian-led design, engineering and development has included testing at Ford’s You Yangs Proving Ground in Victoria, part of a grueling regime in which Everest was put through millions of kilometres of testing around the globe.
The MY19 Ford Everest comes with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty for ownership peace of mind. In addition, eligible customers can also benefit from Ford’s Service Price Promise and Auto Club Membership, Loan Car Program as well as Ford’s Low Price Tyre Guarantee (LPTG) which are available at participating dealers. The LPTG is a price match guarantee for customers that purchase select tyres from a participating Ford dealer.iii
Launched as a brand-new model in 2015, Everest has won a number of high-profile awards, including 2015 Drive COTY, 2015 4x4 Australia 4x4OTY, while the Everest Trend 4WD is the reigning Best 4WD with Drive.com.auiv. Everest has since expanded for even broader appeal to include both five- and seven-seat configurations, as well as rear-wheel drive models for customers seeking high ground clearance, easy entry/egress and strong towing capability.
In 2018, Everest sales have increased 43.7-per cent year-on-yearvin the VFACTS Large SUV segment, which has fallen 3.7 per cent. The overall SUV market in 2018 has posted 3.4-per cent growth, further underlining Everest’s broader range finding favour with Australian SUV buyers.
Ford Everest Ambiente (RWD/4WD*)
Ford Everest Ambiente RWD and 4WD now has SYNC® 3 with satellite-navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Autoii smartphone compatibility, making this technology standard across the Everest range. Externally, the new front grille and fascia design, coupled with halogen projector headlamps, deliver a more refined look complemented by a refreshed, darker interior. The Smart Keyless Entry and push button start/stop make hitting the road – and heading off-road – a seamless experience.
Standard equipment on MY19 Ford Everest Ambiente RWD/4WD:
Everest Ambiente Drivetrain:
- 3.2L turbodiesel 5-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic
- Power: 143kW@3000rpm>
- Torque: 470Nm@1750-2500rpm>
- Fuel Consumption (L/100km, combined) 8.4L(RWD), 8.5L (4WD)
- Maximum towing capacity: 3,000kg^
- Six-speed automatic transmission with sequential sports shift
- Trailer Sway Control
- Full time 4WD*
- Terrain Management System*
- Electronic locking rear differential*
- Hill Descent Control*
- Hill Start Assist
*Features exclusive to 4WD models: 4WD drivetrain, Terrain Management System, Electronic Locking Rear Differential, Hill Descent Control
- New front grille, bumper and fascia design (new to Ambiente)
- Halogen projector headlamps with manual headlamp levelling and bulb daytime running lights (new to Ambiente)
- Powerfold exterior mirrors (new to Ambiente)
- Smart Keyless Entry (new to Ambiente)
- Laminated acoustic windscreen (new to Ambiente)
- 17 x 8.0-inch alloy wheels with 265/65 R17 tyres
- Matching spare alloy wheel and tyre
- Manual rear liftgate
- Running boards
- Body coloured bumpers, door handles and exterior mirrors
- Automatic on/off headlamp
- Follow-me-home lighting
- Front fog lamps
- LED tail lamps
- Black roof rails
- Rear spoiler with high mounted LED stop lamp
- Front and rear mudflaps
- Push-button engine start/stop and new gear shifter (new to Ambiente)
- Refreshed, darker (‘Ebony’) cabin environment and decorative finishes (new to Ambiente)
- Five seats in fabric trim (with optional third row seat)
- Second row seat with 60:40 split-fold back; third row seat with 50:50 split-fold back (where fitted)
- Six-way manual adjustment (incl. seatback recline) driver’s seat with manual lumbar
- Four-way manual adjustment (incl. seatback recline) front passenger seat
- Driver instrumentation cluster with dual 4.2-inch TFT screens
- Cruise control with adjustable speed limiter and steering wheel mounted controls
- Dual zone climate control
- Rear auxiliary A/C and heater controls at back of centre console
- Overhead console with map lights and sunglass holder
- 30 stowage areas (totalling 48L)
- Intermittent variable speed front wipers
- Power windows with one touch up/down and global open/close
- Active Noise Cancellation system
- Driver only floor mat
- Pollen air filter
The Ford Mustang BULLITT will be in Australian showrooms this October, in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Steve McQueen film that saw the Hollywood legend drive a 1968 Mustang Fastback in one of the silver screen’s most epic car chases.
The first batch to be sold in Australia will consist of only 700 units, each individually numbered at the factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, before arriving Down Under as the most potent Mustang ever sold through Ford Australia dealerships. Mustang BULLITT will have an MLP of $73,688ii including Luxury Car Tax.
“BULLITT is the car-chase of car chases, and we know that Australians are passionate about
Mustang, so we’re pleased to have secured our own batch of this unique model,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “It further builds on the Mustang story in this country as we respond to enthusiasm for even more choice, additional features and personalisation across the line-up. Australians are looking for Mustangs that really stand out, and Mustang BULLITT really makes a statement.”
The Mustang BULLITT will be the most powerful Mustang ever sold through Ford Australia, and previews the driving experience with a set of distinctive exterior hallmarks that in no uncertain terms makes this a ‘McQueen’ Mustang.
That starts with the exclusive Dark Highland Green paintwork, exclusive to Mustang BULLITT, matching the colour of the 1968 Fastback driven in the film. Building on the look, gloss-black 19-inch Torq Thrust-style alloys contrast the bright-red calipers of the Brembo brakes.
A BULLITT fuel filler cap is one of the considered additions, as the rest of Mustang BULLITT has seen the regular Mustang badging removed for a smooth, focused aesthetic. Mustang BULLITT stands up, and stands out.
Based on the updated Mustang GT, which is louder and more potent than its predecessor, Mustang BULLITT will be offered exclusively as a V8 coupled to a six-speed manual, true to the Mustang Fastback that hurled around the streets of San Francisco in the 1968 classic.
The 5.0-litre has been upgraded for heightened performance, with an Open Air induction system and intake manifold, with 87mm throttle bodies, Ford Racing air-filter and a PCM (Powertrain Control Module) shared with the Shelby Mustang GT350. Lifting the bonnet will reveal unique BULLITT badging from strut-tower to strut-tower, with Mustang BULLITT’s Coyote V8 delivering 345kW and 556Nmiii , making it the most potent Mustang ever offered in Australia.
BULLITT’s innovation extends to the standard six-speed manual, which has been extensively reworked for 2018. It will offer Mustang’s rev-matching system, which delivers smoother downshifts accompanied by a ‘blip’ of the engine, adding to the vocal drama delivered by a standard Active Valve Exhaust. With four modes, the Active Valve Exhaust lets you move from subtle to sledgehammer, on top of Mustang BULLITT’s individual Drive and Steering modes.
Mustang BULLITT: Style with Smarts
Mustang BULLITT hasn’t forsaken smarts for style. Mustang BULLITT comes with Mustang’s MagneRide suspension an option on ‘regular’ Mustang GT in Australia from July 2018 as standard equipment. The MagneRide Damping System is new for Mustang in 2018, and optimises ride and handling in a variety of situations.
This special edition Mustang also comes standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane
Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist as well as Adaptive Cruise Control. Mustang BULLITT’s
Driver Assist Technology also helps the driver with auto-levelling headlamps, automatic high-beam and an 8.0-inch full-colour reversing camera.
SYNC® 3iv with Apple CarPlay and Android Autov is standard, but like regular Mustang GT, BULLITT comes standard with native satellite-navigation to give customers a wide choice of mapping and ways of getting from A to McQueen.
The unique interior offers signature tributes taken straight from the silver-screen BULLITT Mustang, building on the visual drama of the unique exterior. From the moment you grasp the door-handle, BULLITT delivers with BULLITT scuff plates, unique finishes and green-stitched dash, door trims and heated and cooled front seating. For BULLITT owners looking for a heightened experience, optional Recaro seats are available from the factory.
From the driver’s seat, BULLITT features Mustang’s new 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, which includes visual changes between Drive modes, inspired by the Le Mans-winning Ford Performance GT sports car. Capping off the BULLITT theme inside is the stark-white cue-ball
gear-shift knob and unique stitched gearshifter boot to make this special model unmistakably BULLITT.
Mustang BULLITT has your number
Every Mustang BULLITT will have its own individual number, which will be proudly etched into the passenger side’s unique BULLITT plaque. The Australian market will receive 700 Mustang BULLITTs commencing in October 2018, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Steve McQueen’s Bullitt, which first screened in theaters on October 17,1968.
Australian customers have made Mustang the nation’s favourite sports car, topping the sales charts in both 2016 and 17vi. The Mustang, which was developed for the first time as a global model, has also been the best-selling sports car in the world for the third year in a row, topping sales charts in 2015, 2016 and 2017vii.
In April 2018, the Ford Mustang was announced a competitor in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Ford Performance, DJR Team Penske and Tickford Australia are working on the homologation of the Mustang for the 2019 season, which is expected to make its on-track debut at the season-opening Adelaide 500.
The Ford Mustang BULLITT will go on sale in Australia in October, 2018, with a Manufacturers List Price from $73,688i.
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
- 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:
300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT (new)
300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT - High Roof (new)
300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT
300S SWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT - High Roof (new)
340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT
340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6MT - High Roof (new)
340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT
340L LWB 2.0L Ford EcoBlue 6AT - High Roof (new)
* 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||
High Roof (new)
$1,500 (included in MLPs above)
Technology Pack (new)
Rear Cargo Door Liftgate
Rear Side Window (on side load door) (new)
Dual Side Load Doors
Dual Side Load Doors with Rear Side Windows (new)
16-inch alloy wheels (new)
* 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 Detectioni as 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.
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.