- Faster and sleeker iconic Ford Mustang; more capable and comfortable EcoSport SUV; more versatile and premium Tourneo Custom people mover debut at Frankfurt Motor Show
- New Mustang delivers 450 PS 5.0-litre V8 engine, new 10-speed automatic gearbox and MagneRide adjustable suspension for ultimate performance
- Enhanced quality new EcoSport features Intelligent AWD, new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, greater personalisation. Tourneo Custom delivers best-in-class seat versatility
- Ranger Black Edition also makes debut. Exclusive Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition on show alongside comprehensive all-new Fiesta line-up, ST-Line and Ford Performance ranges Ford today delivered the European public debuts of the more powerful new Ford Mustang sports car; more capable EcoSport sports utility vehicle (SUV); and more premium Tourneo Custom people mover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, in Germany.
The new Mustang, EcoSport and Tourneo Custom are joined by a new Ranger Black Edition pickup – limited to just 2,500 examples – also on display for the first time.
Ford is showcasing the diversity of the company’s European model range in Frankfurt, from the all-new version of the Ford Fiesta – around 18 million of which have been built worldwide across four decades, to the exclusive Ford GT – limited to just 1,000 vehicles across four years of confirmed production and on show in recently introduced ’67 Heritage edition specification.
“The breadth of our product range allows Ford to democratise innovations and sophisticated technologies – delivering them to customers of every type of vehicle. Our research into controls and displays for the Ford GT ultra-high-performance supercar has influenced the 12-inch digital display in our new Ford Mustang, and the ergonomic control layout of the new EcoSport,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Ford Motor Company.
Germany is an important research, design and manufacturing centre for Ford. The foundation stone for the company’s manufacturing facility in Cologne, Germany – where the all-new Fiesta is built today – was laid in 1930. Cologne is also home to Ford Design and Product Development centres.
Ford’s manufacturing facility in Saarlouis, Germany – where the Focus, C-MAX and Grand C‑MAX models are assembled – last year produced its 14 millionth vehicle. The company’s only Research and Advanced Engineering centre outside of the U.S. is based in Aachen, Germany.
Sleeker, faster and more technologically-advanced, the new Ford Mustang for Europe delivers athletic styling, sophisticated engine and suspension upgrades and advanced driver assistance features. Ford has sold almost 30,000 Mustangs in Europe since the iconic sports car first went on sale across the region for the first time in more than 50 years, in early 2015.
The instantly-recognisable, powerful Mustang profile now features a lower bonnet profile and more aggressive face. Dramatic rear-end design is enhanced with a re-modelled bumper and diffuser element.
Mustang’s exhilarating performance and a fun-to-drive experience are enhanced with a further-developed Ford 5.0-litre V8 engine, delivering an anticipated 450 PS. Both the 5.0-litre V8 and 290 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost are available with an advanced new 10-speed automatic transmission that uses real-time adaptive shift-scheduling to offer improved fuel efficiency* and acceleration.
“Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time,” said Matthias Tonn, Mustang chief programme engineer, Ford of Europe. “The Mustang’s new 10-speed transmission enables the engine to deliver peak power and torque while up-shifting, for faster acceleration and seamless performance. We expect the result to be our fastest accelerating Ford Mustang yet.”
A new optional MagneRide Damping System can deliver a lightning-quick response to changing road conditions, and two new selectable Drive Modes – Drag Strip Mode and customisable My Mode – join the Normal, Sport, Track and Snow/Wet Modes. Active Valve Performance Exhaust technology includes an innovative Good Neighbour Mode, which can automatically limit the exhaust’s noise output to avoid disturbing neighbours. With Drag Strip mode enabled, Ford expects the new Mustang 5.0-litre V8 to be the fastest accelerating ever, with anticipated 0‑60 mph (0‑97 km/h) acceleration in less than 4 seconds, a time that was once the preserve of the most exotic supercars.
New Mustang driver assistance technologies include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid. Also available is a customisable, all-digital, 12-inch LCD instrument cluster, while Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system – compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ – can be controlled by natural voice commands and using pinch and swipe gestures on the central 8-inch touch screen.
Source: fordmedia.eu press release : fordmedia.eu