of Europe will show its “strongest ever range” at the Paris auto show this month, including the all-new ’07 Ford Mondeo wagon and Focus Coupe-Cabriolet and updated S-Max cross/utility vehicle, Galaxy minivan and Ranger midsize pickup.
’s Paris lineup shares a new design language called “kinetic,” the auto maker says, which is based on the Iosis concept vehicle unveiled at the Frankfurt show last September.
Show-goers will be treated to the wagon version of the new Mondeo in near-production specification. Ford says a “comprehensive range” of core Mondeo body styles will be launched concurrently, but the wagon was chosen to showcase the car’s attributes in Paris.
“The wagon body style is very important in the C/D segment, so it is appropriate that we show this derivative in Paris first,” says Martin Smith, Ford of Europe design director.
The Mondeo wagon, scheduled to launch in early 2007, incorporates key features of the kinetic design language, Ford says. These include dynamic lines and a 3-plane front-end view, full surfaces and strong shoulders, bold wheel lips, a rising beltline and a distinctive kick-up of the window graphic at the C-pillar.
The vehicle delivers more comfort, space and quality features while remaining affordable, Ford says.
It will be built at Ford’s plant in Genk, Belgium, which recently underwent a €715 million ($908 million) investment to make it flexible. The wagon will share a majority of its architecture and technology with the Ford S-Max and Galaxy, also built there.
The Mondeo wagon will be offered with a variety of powertrains. For the performance oriented, Ford will offer the Duratorq 2.0L TDCi diesel and a high-performance 2.5L turbocharged Duratec gasoline engine. More fuel-efficient engine offerings include the 1.6L Duratec gasoline engine and a 1.8L Duratec TDCi diesel.
Also sharing the Paris stage is the new Focus Coupe-Cabriolet, Ford of Europe’s first power hardtop production model.
The left-hand-drive Coupe-Cabriolet also will be the first Ford of Europe production vehicle to carry the Pininfarina badge, indicating it was designed and developed in conjunction with Italian design house Pininfarina SpA.
The Coupe-Cabriolet’s styling, although recognizable as a Focus, exudes “elegance, harmony and dynamism from every angle,” the auto maker says.
The convertible’s 2-piece hardtop can be folded in 29 seconds, the auto maker says. With the roof closed, the vehicle offers best-in-class luggage capacity of 18.6 cu.-ft. (534 L). With the roof folded, luggage capacity is reduced to 8.8 cu.-ft. (248 L).
The Focus Coupe-Cabriolet will be offered with a choice of three engines – a 1.6L Duratec gasoline engine, a 2.0L Duratec HE mill and a 2.0L Duratorq TDCi diesel. It is slated to go on sale across Europe this fall.
Ford also will use Paris to showcase its new S-Max, which has been in production since April.
The S-Max features a variety of new technologies previously not offered on Ford of Europe products.
These include a human-machine interface, which provides drivers with vehicle information through a series of configurable menus; adaptive cruise control, interactive vehicle dynamics; and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
Engine options for the S-Max include the Duratec 2.5L turbocharged 5-cyl. engine, also used in the acclaimed Focus ST; a 2.0L Duratec; 1.8L Duratorq TDCi; and 2.0L Duratorq TDCi.
The new Ford Galaxy will share the stage with its sister vehicle, the S-Max. For ’07, the Galaxy receives a number of upgrades, including 30% more luggage space than its predecessor.
While both the Galaxy and S-Max adhere to kinetic design language, the only common parts in their external body panels are the headlights and hood, the auto maker says. Additionally, the S-Max offers seating for five passengers that can be extended to seven.
The ’07 Galaxy was fully developed and built in-house by Ford, unlike the previous model, which shared its platform with theSharon.
The new Galaxy gets a suspension tweak from Ford’s optional new active suspension system with Continuously Controlled Damping, which is designed to “guarantee the best interaction between comfort and road contact,” Ford says.
Galaxy engine options include the 2.0L Duratec HE gasoline engine, Duratorq TDCi 1.8L diesel and the Duratorq TDCi 2.0L diesel mill.
The new Ford Ranger compact pickup will round out Ford’s Paris lineup.
The ’07 Ranger features a new interior and exterior; increased loading and towing capacity; improved drive quality; more durability and comfort; and a more powerful 2.5L common-rail diesel engine” that is mated to the Durashift 5-speed manual transmission, Ford says.
Also new, the Ranger’s box side-wall height is increased 2.4 ins. (6 cm).