The calendar at Motorama is chock full of new cars arriving on the showroom floor.
Here’s a list of all the new Ford’s arriving.
Formerly the Kuga, the new Escape – which has gone on sale already – refreshes the look of Ford’s mid-size SUV and throws in new tech and safety features, including SYNC3 multimedia software with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Enhanced Active City Stop.
Expect stocks of the Kuga to end in run out as they swiftly dry up and the new Escape takes over.
The small SUV spot in the Ford showroom also gets a makeover towards the end of the year, again with SYNC3 software, as well as a major cosmetic refresh. Word has it the swinging tailgate of the current model will be replaced with a more conventional hatch, so if you’re a fan of the mini SUVs current style – 2017 will be the last chance to get it new.
A new five-seat option will join the range exclusively in Ambiente models halfway through the year, in addition to the rear-wheel drive versions that were added to the range in 2016.
This will no doubt push the price of entry to an Everest even lower, with a rear-drive, five-seater model expected to kick off the range.
Completing the ‘E’ named line-up; the Edge replaces the Australian-built Territory in the mid-size SUV slot with both two- and all-wheel drive options, but this time around without a seven-seater model.
There is a seven-seat version available in certain markets overseas, however Ford Australia has refused that version, leaving the Everest as the only seven-seat 4WD option after the Territory leaves at the end of the year.
Expect a run out on the already thin-on-the-ground Territory, and deals as Ford launches the Edge nameplate.
Rumours are swirling that the super hot hatch RS500 will make its way – in limited numbers, of course – down under. Above and beyond the fiery top-spec Focus RS, the RS500 is whispered to shave off weight and add a limited slip differential to boost the power.
The name comes from only 500 models being produced worldwide, so expect Australia to garner a tiny allocation if it even makes it to our shores at all – order books will no doubt fill up in hours rather than days or months. While no one with an employment contract with Ford will confirm or deny, expect any RS500 announcement to be towards the middle of the year.
A newly refreshed version of the Mustang has recently broken cover, and will reheat the demand for orders of the flagship muscle car.
Set to debut in 2018, orders joining the backlog of customers waiting for their Pony car will not only get a facelifted look, but buyers hunting down an automatic are rumoured to get a newly developed 10-speed gearbox over the six speed current auto (the six-speed manual looks set to continue on.)
To learn more about the new models, come into your nearest Motorama dealership for a first look.
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