New EcoSport SUV, Mondeo and Transit coming to help reverse Ford sales slide.
It hasn’t been a great year for Ford locally, but some major announcements made today should help breathe some life into the famous Blue Oval brand.
The major announcement was the confirmation that the EcoSport compact SUV would be coming to Ford dealerships in December.
Based on the same platform as the Fiesta, the EcoSport will be offered with a choice of two engines – the award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost that delivers 92kW and 170Nm or a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit with twin independent variable camshaft timing.
Ford Australia President and CEO, Bob Graziano says the EcoSport enters the Australian market at a time when SUV’s are proving extremely popular with buyers.
“Ford EcoSport will deliver smart technologies as well as great value, quality and fuel economy to our customers and will also present them with a fantastic choice that will be a perfect complement to our SUV portfolio.”
Pricing and specifications for the EcoSport haven’t yet been confirmed by Ford Australia.
Meantime the covers were also taken off the new Mondeo hatch and wagon, both of which will arrive in Australia in around 12 months.
Aside from giving us a look at the new styling Ford also confirmed the Mondeo would arrive with the choice of three engines;
- All-new 1.5-litre EcoBoost delivering around 133kW and 240Nm.
- 2.0-litre EcoBoost with 149kW and 300Nm.
- 2.0-litre Duratorq turbo-diesel with 120kW and 340Nm.
The new Mondeo will also deliver rear inflatable seatbelts which are designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers.
Ford says the technology disperses crash forces across a body area five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt.
As with the EcoSport pricing and specifications for the new Mondeo are yet to be confirmed.
And thirdly Ford also took the wraps of the new Ford Transit Custom van and Transit Cargo, both of which will be here early next year.
Again though pricing and specifications weren’t confirmed today.
Delivering what Ford says is a more car-like interior and driving experience, Ford is promising the new vans will also have the latest safety technologies.
“These two cargo carriers are designed to meet the most demanding needs of van users small and large.” Ford Motor Company Chief Operating Officer, Mark Fields, said.