Ford revealed five exciting new cars at a Paris Motor Show preview event in Holland. Leading the charge is a facelifted Fiesta, followed by the next Mondeo and Kuga. A small SUV, the Ecosport, also joins the range, along with the practical Tourneo Connect MPV.
Ford expects to lose $1bn from its European operation in 2012, so expanding its range of cars may seem a surprising move.But senior Blue Oval executives were brimming with confidence at the ‘Go Further’ event in Amsterdam, where Ford CEO Alan Mulally outlined the company’s plans for 2013 and beyond.
Which? Car and the assembled motoring hacks got visibly excited at Mulally’s news that the next Ford Mustang, a legendary American muscle car, will be coming to Europe. However, this was just a teaser – no further details on that car have been released yet
In the meantime, Ford job losses are on the horizon and the new models shown below can’t come soon enough.
2013 Ford Fiesta
Look familiar? That’s because the Fiesta has been Britain’s bestseller for the past three years, and the 2013 version is a facelift rather than an entirely new car. However, behind that trademark new Ford grille are new engines and some clever in-car tech.
The biggest news is the arrival of Ford’s 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine. Available in three outputs, it promises best-in-class fuel economy and CO2 emissions of less than 100g/km – meaning free car tax.
New technologies include a voice-activated ‘infotainment’ system with optional sat nav called SYNC. Also new is MyKey, which allows nervous parents to set maximum speed and stereo volume limits when their teenage children drive the car.
2013 Ford Mondeo
The Mondeo has lost ground to premium-badged large cars such as the BMW 3 Series, but the fightback starts here. Welcome the decidedly more upmarket 2013 Ford Mondeo.
Longer and longer than before, the Ford has slimline LED headlights and a pronounced shoulder crease to make it look more distinctive. Five-door hatchback, estate and four-door saloons will be available – the latter as a petrol/electric hybrid.
A four-wheel-drive diesel will also join the range, along with Ford’s 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine; CO2 emissions of less than 130g/km are promised.
Read more about the new Ford Mondeo
2013 Ford Kuga
You might remember the second-generation Kuga from the Geneva Motor Show in March. Well, this is the final production version, due to go on sale in January 2013.
The sleeker new Kuga offers more space for passengers and luggage, plus a useful ‘kick pad’ under the rear bumper for opening the boot with your, er… boot when you’ve got your hands full.
Existing 140bhp and 163bhp diesel engines are carried over, while Ford’s 1.6-litre Ecoboost provides a petrol-powered alternative. The Kuga also comes with SYNC to control stereo, phone and sat nav functions. SYNC even alerts the emergency services to your location in the event of a crash severe enough to trigger the airbags.
2014 Ford Ecosport
The runaway success of the Nissan Juke has convinced Ford to bring its Brazilian-built EcoSport SUV to the UK. Based on the Fiesta platform, the EcoSport is likely to arrive in showrooms in early 2014.
The EcoSport will be launched in front-wheel-drive form only, but a 4×4 version may follow. Nonetheless, raised ground clearance, standard Hill Launch Assist and a rugged, tailgate-mounted spare wheel should make it capable of venturing (slightly) beyond the school run.
Inside, the EcoSport should boast a little more space than the equivalent Fiesta, along with Ford’s SYNC in-car connectivity system.
Read more about the new Ford EcoSport
2013 Ford Tourneo Connect
Is it a car? Is it a van? No, it’s the Ford Tourneo Connect – a budget people carrier to rival the likes of the Peugeot Partner Tepee and Renault Kangoo.
The new MPV is based on the Transit Connect van and features sliding doors and a flexible interior with five-seat and seven-seat (Grand Tourneo Connect) configurations.
We don’t have details of engines or prices yet, but expect more closer to the on-sale date in late 2013.