Ford is gearing up to make 2014 the biggest year in its century-long history. With 5 redesigned products either on the horizon or already on the ground, this is shaping up to be a year of big changes for the company. From the aluminum-bodied F-150 to the controversial styling of the Mustang, no expense was spared in planning Ford’s new direction. The Transit Connect also saw big changes for this year and now offers two wheelbases, new trim levels and a Wagon with its crosshairs pointed directly at the family market. Ford is looking to grow from the biggest North American manufacturer to the biggest manufacturer in the world, and it has armed itself with five new models loaded with cutting edge equipment and state-of-the-art technology to accomplish its goal. Here are quick summaries of the announced models.
2015 Ford Mustang
You can read our full write up of the newest Mustang here, but lets do a quick summary of the highly anticipated muscle car. The celebratory 50th Anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang: a new design with new aspirations. The Mustang has a killer new design that allows this beast to go global. Not only do the new headlights tackle foreign restrictions, Ford has cooked up some new engine options that will increase fuel efficiency without sacrificing the historic performance. Ford didn’t forget about the loyal Mustang enthusiasts that made this car such an icon either. We could possibly see the cheapest 500hp vehicle available on the market with a newer “Coyote” 5.0 Liter V8 engine. Shave 400 pounds, add the first Independent Rear Suspension since 2004, and throw in Ford’s barrier-breaking EcoBoost engines, and we have the biggest, possibly the best, change to the Mustang in history. Don’t worry, Ford didn’t get rid of the sequential taillights either.
2015 Ford F-150
The 2015 Ford Atlas…I mean F-150…is going full aluminum. We agree, Wolverine still one-ups the Atlas concept child with his adamantium skeleton, but it definitely has dressed to impress; just keep it out of the microwave! Like the Mustang, the F-150 has been hitting the gym, cutting off an impressive 700 pounds while adding more power. Ford has not released the official output ratings or towing capacities yet, but we expect the F-150 to be able to tow what it lost in body weight and more. The unchanged brakes and 55% increase in high and ultra-high-strength steel alloys in the chassis is a testament to this as well. We can’t say enough about the new features both inside and out, but here’s a quote that might resonate with you. “If it sounds like the cabin is on par with that of a luxury car, you’re right” – Frank Markus, trucktrend.com. You can read our full write up of the 2015 F-150 here.
2014 Ford Transit Connect
The Transit Connect is already hitting dealer lots and could have easily flown under your radar this year with all the other releases announced. Ford has made a vehicle that is truly in a category of its own, or as Ford is calling it, a “white space”. The Transit Connect is now a multifaceted vehicle coming in either the Van or Wagon model, both offered with a Short & Long Wheelbase. Ford is adamant about not calling the Transit Connect a m***van, and rightly so. While the Transit Connect Wagon is definitely a people hauler, it combines all the comfort and technology you will find in other family vehicles, with the usefulness and space of a full size SUV. Options include Leather-trimmed seats, Panoramic Vista Roof, MyFord Touch, Forward and Reverse Sensing System, Rear view Camera, and a Rear Liftgate. The easy-to-use fold flat seats quickly transform your family vehicle into a large cargo hauler able to fit an entire bedroom set from Ikea. Ford has truly made a vehicle that businesses and family can both rejoice over, even offering a Taxi Package to cover a broad stroke of potential customers. To check out the immense selection of configuration options available for the Transit Connect, check out Ford’s official site here.
2015 Ford Focus
Despite being the best selling car worldwide in 2012 and the first half of 2013, the Focus is getting another, more modern redesign. The exterior refresh will feature the grille found on the current Fusion and Fiesta and a newer more aggressive hood. Combined with the reshaped front spoiler and indented headlights, the Focus resembles the “shark” look of the Fusion and 2015 Mustang. More conventional interior redesigns have been done as well. The cellphone inspired dashboard has been replaced with a more sensible, user-friendly array of buttons and updated climate controls. Under the hood we might see the 1.0 Liter 3 Cylinder engine ported over from the Fiesta, but the 2.0 liter 160hp I4 and 2.0 Liter EcoBoost will remain unchanged for 2015. You can count on a reveal article once Ford has officially released more details.
2015 Ford Edge
We could all safely agree that the Ford Edge is long overdue for a redesign, but man are we glad that Ford took their time. The Edge has always been a statement, especially the Sport trim level, but concept versions of the 2015 model blow current versions out of the water. Ford might have to come up with a new word to describe the combination of aggressive and luxury styling on this vehicle that gives it such a unique look. I am hesitant to describe this new design direction in words for fear of butchering this almost perfect look, so well let the pictures do the talking. As for the interior, think private luxury spaceship. Features include a leather-wrapped and hand-stitched dashboard, 10-inch MyFord Touch system, updated shifter, a new steering wheel, and a bunch of LEDs. To add onto the drivers experience, Ford is developing an advanced obstacle avoidance system, and a new adaptive steering system. With the updated tech and tighter steering, Ford says parking their vehicle will be much easier. Check out Motortrend’s first look here for more details.
In today’s world of instant information, constant innovation and an increasingly competitive marketplace in every field, there is no time for any companies to rest on their laurels. Ford’s lineup has been a tremendous success over its last few product lifecycles, but rather than waiting for the competition to catch up they’ve decided to extend their lead even further. With competitively priced new models packed with technology, an increasing focus on fuel efficiency and the number one truck in the world being made of aluminum, Ford is clearly looking to state their claim on every segment they compete in. From all accounts, it’s time for the competition to take notice.