Ford made a number of reveals during this year's Geneva Motor Show (held in March 2016).
The Geneva Motor Show has built a reputation for being the motoring industry's most important annual event. It is where manufacturers prefer to announce new cars and release significant news stories. This year, the show ran from March 3rd to the 13th.
One noticeable absence from the show was the face-lifted Ford Kuga, expected in UK dealerships later this year. The headlights, front grille and fog lights all have new designs. Ford SYNC 3 is also making its first appearance in the Kuga. The infotainment system has evolved to incorporate more 'human' voice command recognition and Apple CarPlay.
Interestingly, reports indicate that there are no plans to produce an ST version after the next-generation model. Based on the success of the Fiesta ST, it appeared to be a logical next move from Ford.
There were, however, many impressive and forward-thinking cars to be seen in Ford's display area during the Geneva event.
The Fiesta ST is about to be replaced by the ST-2, and the model's 'swansong' is the high-performance Fiesta ST200. Named for the 200PS (197bhp) the engine produces, the ST200 becomes the fastest Fiesta in the model's production history. It increases power by ten percent compared to the original ST, and shaves 0.2 seconds from the 0-60mph time.
Another car which will debut in 2016 is the highly-anticipated Ford Ka+. The model builds on the popular, compact Ka. It was first shown as a concept in 2013, and some changes have been made to the production car.
Ford is placing a clear emphasis on value with the Ka+, evidenced by the stated £8,000 RRP at launch. It will however be optionally available with a 4.2-inch infotainment screen – climate control and a leather-covered steering wheel are standard. The pricing appears to position the Ka+ as a Dacia rival.
Completing the incoming wave of new Ford models, the Edge will finally launch this year. The SUV arrives in the European market following success in the US. Intelligent all-wheel drive as standard reinforces the confident feeling the model has on the outside.
Luxury is prevalent throughout the Edge, from the cooled and heated front seats to the responsive touchscreen. It is singled out from other Ford models by exclusive single-bar rear lights. Privacy glass and Active Noise Cancellation should keep the interior quiet and relaxed.
The existing Ford Vignale range will expand by at least three models. The S-MAX, Kuga and Edge join the Mondeo in becoming premium Vignale cars. This ensures that drivers have at least two options when choosing from either the Edge or Kuga range.
Ford's stand in Geneva showed the Edge Vignale with 20-inch wheels and subtle chrome body strips. The interior of the display car features ventilated hexagon-patterned upholstery, double stitching, 'Tuxedo line' contrast piping and a leather-covered dashboard.
More details on all upcoming Ford models will be revealed later in the year, closer to launch. Exact launch dates for each car are as yet unconfirmed.
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