Ford may be stopping Australian production of the Falcon and Territory SUV by 2016, but the Blue Oval has signaled that things aren’t quite grinding to a halt Down Under – there’s lots being planned for the market, albeit in a different tack.
The brand highlighted this with a reveal of its transformation plan for the market between now and 2017, with a family of 11 models set to provide a full lineup by then – the EcoSport SUV is set to arrive in December in both 1.0 litre EcoBoost and 1.5 litre Ti-VCT forms, and models like the new Mondeo and right-hand drive Mustang are inbound.
The facelifted Fiesta is also debuting soon, with the 1.5 litre normally-aspirated version arriving in September, ahead of the 1.0 litre EcoBoost variant that’s due at the end of the year.
A new third-gen Everest is also on the list, previewed by the global unveiling of the Everest Concept. The new Oz-penned seven-seater finally moves away from looking like the Ranger with a tail slapped on – there’s common parts sharing, but at least the sculptured profile has its own distinct look. The SUV isn’t meant as a Territory replacement, but word is that it’ll arrive sometime in 2015 to fill a slot ahead of the former’s departure the following year.
The brand also teased the 2014 Ford Falcon, which will feature enhanced aerodynamics as a result of extensive engineering and design work on the car, and benefit from a range of tweaks designed to reduce its CO2 footprint and improve fuel efficiency.
The Falcon will also be available with advance low-resistance tyres and a new high-tech six-speed automatic transmission, which will provide better acceleration and feature adaptive shifting.