Ford has announced new “rough-road-capable” Trail and Active variants for the Transit and Tourneo ranges, available to order now for delivery in late summer. The new Transit Trail and Transit Custom Trail models have been designed specifically to operate in tougher working environments, with the enhanced traction of a new mechanical limited-slip differential (mLSD) on front-wheel drive Transit and Transit Custom variants, and Intelligent All-Wheel Drive on the Transit.
The Focus range has been updated for the summer, with all versions except the ST gaining an ‘Edition’ moniker at the end of its model name. For instance, the Zetec becomes Zetec Edition, the ST-Line is now named ST-Line Edition and the Active X Vignale becomes Active X Vignale Edition.
The Ford Fiesta is now available to order with an electrified powertrain for the first time. Ford EcoBoost Hybrid powertrains, available from £19,860 with Fiesta Titanium, will deliver enhanced fuel efficiency for Fiesta drivers while, Ford says, complementing the company’s “fun to drive” experience. The 48-volt mild hybrid technology is introduced alongside new driver assistance technologies including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Speed Sign Recognition, designed to deliver less stressful driving experiences on highways and around town.
Ford has started production of a new 10-speed automatic gearbox option for rear-wheel drive (RWD) Transit models. The new transmission is aimed at applications where automatics are preferred for their ease-of-use and convenience, such as higher weight conversions including grocery delivery vans, emergency response vehicles and motorhomes, as well as Ford’s factory-built 15-seat and 18-seat Transit minibuses.
The new Ford Ranger Thunder brings style and enhanced specification to Europe’s best-selling pick-up, and is now available to order from £32,965 for late summer delivery. Limited to 1,400 examples for the UK and 30 for Ireland, the Ranger Thunder adds exclusive interior and exterior design, with plenty of popular practical options as standard.
Ford has confirmed that it intends to restart initial production at its Dagenham Engine Plant in Essex and Bridgend Engine Plant in South Wales from May 18. Together with Valencia Engine Plant in Spain, which also restarts production next week, the resumption of production at Dagenham and Bridgend means that all of Ford’s European manufacturing facilities will be back at work.
Ford has revealed the new Ford Kuga, including high-specification First Edition models arriving early next year. The Ford Kuga Zetec features FordPass Connect embedded mode, wireless charging and advanced driver assistance and safety features as standard.
The Fiesta line-up has been revised, with a new entry-level diesel Trend model, as well as Edition versions of the ST-Line, ST-Line X, Active, Active X and Vignale. At the same time, diesel power has been re-introduced to the flagship model, now called Vignale Edition.
For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang family, bringing the famous pony into the electric age with Mustang Mach-E, an all-new, all-electric SUV “born of the same free-spirited ideals that inspired the best-selling sports coupe”.