Ford has revealed that it plans to introduce five all-new or updated models in the SUV and crossover segment in the coming three years in Europe. The company is aiming to increase its sales in the segment by 200% by the end of 2016 when compared to the sales in 2013. Additionally, the company stated that it expects sales of all-wheel drive vehicles to increase by 50% by 2016 and plans to offer all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive on eight models.
Ford will introduce the all-new Edge to the fast growing SUV segment with the Euro-spec model stated to make its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA). Ford will also update the popular Kuga featuring Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity technology coupled with an 8-inch colour touchscreen and new exterior paint schemes later this year.
Ford will also launch a significantly revamped EcoSport compact SUV, including a variant without the spare wheel mounted on the rear tailgate. It will also feature enhanced interior refinement along with uprated performance and enhanced driving characteristics. The new Kuga and the EcoSport will also be showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new Ford Edge large SUV will sport Ford’s Intelligent AWD technology as standard fitment. The AWD technology measures the traction of the wheels every 16 milliseconds, while delivering effortless transition between front-wheel drive and AWD to provide enhanced grip of the road especially in slippery conditions. The Intelligent AWD will also be offered in the Kuga, the all-new Galaxy, Mondeo and the S MAX passenger cars; while it will also be available in the Transit commercial vehicle.
With the launch of Edge and the all-new Focus RS performance hatchback early next year, about 50% of the company’s line-up will feature AWD or 4WD when compared with three models that was offered in 2012. The all-new Ford Focus RS will feature Ford Performance AWD system coupled with Dynamic Torque Vectoring aimed to deliver enhanced handling characteristics and driving dynamics.
The Ford Ranger pickup features driver-selectable 4WD system with a two-speed transfer box, and enables the driver to switch between rear-wheel drive and 4WD high-range, with a knob mounted on the centre console at speeds of up to 120 km/h (75 mph).
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