2014 Ford Model Changes
Ford never stops in its quest to bring the most efficient, powerful cars that offer customers the best value in the marketplace. Every year Ford Motor Company brings its best game and improves upon their existing model foundations with new standard equipment, options and exterior updates. The 2014 models are beginning to arrive, and once again Ford is packing more value into every model in the lineup. Nearly every vehicle we have available has some changes to it, including one complete redesign and one mid-cycle refresh. Even vehicles that were redesigned in 2013 are getting updates for the new model years.
For 2014, the Fiesta has received a mid-cycle refresh, meaning: the cars underpinnings (chassis) remain the same but the exterior and interior have been redesigned. We have updated the car with the corporate grill from the Fusion making a change from a “cute” subcompact to a full-grown car with an edge to it. In addition to the exterior changes, several standard features have been added to all of the model ranges. Ford Sync is now a new standard on all Fiestas. On the SE and Titanium, Ford includes automatic headlamps with wiper activation as standard equipment, and the Titanium includes a rearview camera and reverse sensor. The Fiesta also offers an alternative Powertrain choice to the 1.6L inline-4; the 1.0L 3 cylinder Ecoboost engine, which offers similar horsepower and improved efficiency.
The most significant update to the Fiesta range is the addition of a new model, the Fiesta ST. Building upon the success of our Focus ST, the Fiesta ST includes a unique sport-tuned suspension and brake setup. Its heartbeat comes courtesy of a 1.6L Ecoboost engine with 197 horsepower, a staggering amount in a car as light as ours. The only available transmission is a proper six-speed manual, allowing you to row your own gears while outrunning Fiat 500’s on a mountain pass. The Fiesta ST aims to be the fastest, best handling subcompact on the market while still offering the practicality and fuel efficiency that the Fiesta is known for.
The Focus sees limited changes for 2014 with the addition of the Focus Graphics Package, which includes “over-the-top” racing stripes, and optional grey rims and red calipers. The only other two changes are the availability of the SE sport package and a standard decklid liner on the Titanium model. The Fusion sees significant updates for 2014 despite being completely redesigned last year. The most profound changes come in the SE model, which sees the addition of a new 1.5L Ecoboost engine which offers similar performance to the outgoing 1.6L while being exempt from a tariff on engines over 1.5L on vehicles being sold in China. The 1.6 is still available with the manual transmission option in the SE. The SE also becomes eligible for a heated steering wheel, Intelligent Access and Power Code remote start. The Fusion Hybrid is now available in a less expensive S model that lowers the base price significantly.
The Escape sees several changes for 2014, including the removal of the SEL from the model range. The three available choices are now S, SE and Titanium. The S now includes Sync and a rearview camera, making it the best value available in a compact crossover. The SE sees the addition of the SE convenience and SE Leather comfort packages, along with a standard power driver’s seat. The Titanium adds the Titanium Technology package, and its standard engine is now the 1.6 Ecoboost I-4.
Although the F-150 is due for a complete redesign in 2015, Ford is not resting on its laurels for the 2014 model year. The most exciting addition to the lineup is the F-150 tremor, a regular cab, short bed truck with the Ecoboost V6 and a 4.10 electronic locking rear differential. It’s aimed at the Sport Truck enthusiast and should be one of the fastest full size pickups around, while still offering 4WD for off road and inclement weather applications. In addition to the Tremor, there are several other changes to the range. For the first time ever, leather seats are available in the XLT with a center console seat configuration. We have also added LPG/CNG to the 3.7L trucks which is an excellent option for fleets and customers who have access to CNG and a need for increased fuel economy. The availability of a rearview camera and reverse sensing system has been added to the XL and STX trims as well. The STX is now available in Super Crew which brings the entry price of a 4 door F-150 even lower.
The Taurus undergoes very minor changes for 2014, with heated and cooled front seats, intelligent access and a power telescoping steering column becoming standard features on the Limited and SHO trim levels. The Explorer also sees minor changes in 2014, with Automatic headlamps becoming standard equipment throughout the range and 2nd row heated seats becoming standard on the Explorer Limited. The Mustang sees virtually no change for the 2014 model year, but the next generation of the car is expected in 2015.
Ford has completely redesigned the Transit Connect for 2014, with an increased focus on fuel economy and drivability. All short wheelbase versions are available with the 1.6 Ecoboost. There is a new “wagon” trim designed to accommodate 7 passengers comfortably and is available in XLT and Titanium trim with varying degrees of luxury appointments. The Transit full size van is coming in 2014 as well, offering more cargo space than the E-series with significant improvements in fuel economy.
Ford continues to strengthen its lineups with improvements to our vehicles every year. With additions like the Fiesta ST and the Tremor, Ford proves that it can have some fun while remaining the most practical brand on the market with vehicles like the Transit Connect Wagon. The evolving needs of consumers will continue to push Ford to make additions to its vehicles and give more value to its customers.
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