Next generation Mustang to be given global design flavour

March 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Ford Mustang is an American icon without doubt, but Ford believes its pony car is an icon for the entire world. To prove it Ford has announced that the next-generation Mustang will be designed and built with global input.

What that means is that styling themes will be penned from studios in Australia and Europe as well as other places around the world. Ford says that the practice is now standard operating procedure for most of the automaker’s new products, and that the global design approach was taken on board three years ago. Up until now the design of the Mustang was strictly handled in the States.

Ford’s group vice president Derrick Kuzak told reporters at the recent Geneva Auto Show, “It is a common process we now use on every vehicle, when we embark on a new product, particularly one that is all new, it involves all of the studios. Then the Ford design team pick the best of those themes,” he added.

Kuzak went on to use the new 2012 Ford Ranger ute as an example because it was created solely for markets outside North America is a potentially successful examples of Ford’s new global design approach. “The Ranger was done by the Australian studio with input from the European studio,” Kuzak said.

So when do we get to see this new globally inspired Ford Mustang? Sadly, Ford is staying tight-lipped about the Mustang’s time frame but it is speculated that the new pony car should reach the market by 2014.

All-new 2011 Ford Ranger ute revealed!

October 19th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Unveiled last Friday at the opening of the 2010 Australian International Motor Show, Ford’s all-new 2011 T6 Ranger has already been well received by show attendees and ute fans.

Nearly ready to go on sale in 180 markets around the world, the new Ranger has been developed in cooperation with the new Mazda BT-50. This new-generation Ranger is an integral part of Ford’s ‘One Ford’ strategy and was developed in Australia with 450 local engineers working on the project.

“In Australia, Ford reinforces its tough-truck credentials by revitalizing the Ford Courier and re-branding Ford Ranger around the world,” Ford Australia President and Managing Director Marin Burela said. “It’s anchored by work credibility, versatility and bolder styling, which will make it more appealing to a dual-purpose user.”

In terms of styling the 2011 Ranger moves a step closer to passenger cars in aesthetics, interior appointments as well as equipment levels. The Ranger’s interior design is intensely modern with Ford’s designers looking to ergonomically-designed tools and Casio’s G-Shock watches for inspiration.

Ford has revealed details on the available engines in the Ranger’s line-up, although pricing remains a secret for now.

Two new diesel engines will be offered with the Ranger, along with Ford’s new 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission and the MT82 six-speed manual transmission. Ford’s new common rail Duratorq TDCi diesel engines will see duty under the bonnet, starting with the 2.2 litre four-cylinder unit offering 110kW and 375Nm of torque. At the other end of the scale is Ford’s 3.2 litre five-cylinder producing 147kW and a stump-pulling 470Nm of torque.

Unlike some current ute ranges Ford will be offering a petrol model that uses a 122kW 2.5 litre Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine, mated to the MT75 five-speed manual transmission.

The new 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission will have two driving modes, Normal and Sport mode which will provide quicker shifts and a general sportier feel. Another feature of the six-speed auto is Ford’s Grade Control Logic, designed to automatically shift down on a downhill grade when sufficient brake pressure is sensed.

The 4WD models are equipped with an electronically controlled transfer case that allows drivers to shift from 4×2 to 4×4 through an electronic switch located on the console, while low range gearing can also be enabled when required.

In size the new Ranger is larger than its predecessor in almost every way. The new Double Cab model is 190mm longer, 43mm wider and 63mm taller, while its wheelbase has seen an increase by 220mm to 3220mm.

Carrying capacity has also increased with the more powerful engines now reaching 1500kg.

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