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2019 Ford Focus Active Wagon

2019 Ford Focus Active Wagon

A Rugged hatch without all-wheel drive

Ford offers an array of Focus-derived variants of its latest generation compact hatch that include the base model, a sporty looking ST Line, a posh Vignale and a high-riding Active. All are available as practical wagons, and the Active is no exception, arguably making more sense to buy as a wagon than the standard hatch.

The Focus Active tourer (and the regular hatch too) sit 30 millimeters higher on its suspension compared to the standard model and features plastic body cladding for a more rugged overall appearance. Front and rear bumpers are different too, as is the grille which gets its own unique design.

This is Ford’s response to similar models from other automakers, like the Skoda Octavia Scout or VW Golf Alltrack, although unlike these models, Ford doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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2019 Ford Mondeo

2019 Ford Mondeo

The Blue Oval’s world car is still going strong

The Ford Mondeo is spending a lot of time in front of the cameras these days. After being spotted frolicking in the snow in Sweden a few months ago, the Mondeo is back doing test runs, this time in the friendlier climate of Southern Europe. It’s also a different body type — it’s a wagon! — than the Mondeo prototype a few months ago, but the location of the camouflage remains the same, so the front and rear sections are still matters of speculation. Still, we get a good look at the Mondeo wagon’s entire body, giving us an indication of what to expect when it comes out.

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The Ford Focus ST and Focus RS are Coming and One of Them Was Just Caught Testing on the Nurburgring

The Ford Focus ST and Focus RS are Coming and One of Them Was Just Caught Testing on the Nurburgring

Ford is already testing a beefed-up hatchback on the ’Ring

It’s been only a week since the fourth-generation Ford Focus was unveiled, and the company is already testing a new version of the hatchback. Our paparazzi just spotted a camouflaged Focus on the Nurburgring track, and despite the thick wrap, it’s pretty obvious that Ford isn’t testing the standard model. But what is it?

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2019 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

2019 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

Rumored to get a supercharged V-8 with more than 700 horsepower

Unveiled in December 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang introduced not only a new design language but also a brand-new platform that features an independent rear suspension for the first time since the pony was launched half a century ago. It also received an updated engine lineup that included a turbocharged, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and became the first Mustang to be sold worldwide. For 2015, the Blue Oval launched the Shelby GT350, the first performance-oriented version of the sixth-gen muscle car. Come 2018 and the mighty GT500 is finally underway.

Test mules were spotted outside Ford’s Dearborn development facility in Michigan as early as 2016, but 2017 brought an updated version on public roads. Sporting a number of features that are different from those seen on the GT350, the prototype came with many hints that we are indeed looking at a more powerful Mustang. The launch date is a mystery as of this writing, but the new GT500 could make its public debut by the end of 2018 for the 2020 model year. If this proves to be true, the nameplate will return after a five-year hiatus, and Ford will finally have a competitor for the Chevy Camaro ZL1 and even the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Updated 05/30/2017: Based on the recent spy shots and rumors, we created a rendering for the upcoming Shelby GT500. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it!

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2018 Ford F-150 Caught Testing With Diesel Powertrain

2018 Ford F-150 Caught Testing With Diesel Powertrain

The F-150 goes under the knife again, gets new looks and diesel power

Only three years after the 2015 F-150’s debut, Ford is already preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the full-size pickup, reportedly scheduled for the 2018 model year. Spy photographers working for TruckTrend captured a camouflaged regular cab, short bed F-150 roaming the track at Ford’s Dearborn testing facility. It’s clear both the front and rear of the truck are receiving updates. Speculation also swirls regarding a new diesel engine for the F-150, enforced by photos of a Venturi-style tailpipe protruding from under the truck.

Regarding the redesign, Ford has to keep the F-150 current, so minor changes to the grille, headlights, bumpers, taillights, and tailgate are all on the horizon. This comes after General Motors updated its Silverado and Sierra for 2016 and ahead of Ram’s eventual update on the 1500 pickup.

There’s no word on what changes will be made to the exterior, but count on a new crop of grille designs for the various trim levels. The new design won’t likely be groundbreaking, but it will be drastic enough to distinguish the 2018 F-150 from earlier iterations.

On the diesel front, TruckTrend’s photographer captured photos of two telltale signs of a compression-ignition engine lurking under the hood. First, a Venturi-style tailpipe is seen protruding from under the cargo bed. This style exhaust is part of modern and complex diesel after-treatment systems designed to reduce emissions. The other clue is less obvious yet perhaps more telling. A sticker on the rear window contains a alphanumeric code, that when broken down, specifies a 3.0-liter displacement for the engine – or at least so speculates our friends at TruckTrend.

The 3.0-liter displacement makes sense, though, as Ford could outsource the diesel from Jaguar Land Rover. The British automaker currently produces a 3.0-liter turbodiesel called. The engine is already on American soil in the Range Rover Td6. In that application, the V-6 makes 254 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. That outclasses the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, though Ford is likely to bump output even more for truck duty. What’s more, Ford has mentioned the possibility of a hybrid powertrain being used, though no confirmation or other information has been released. The hybrid could potentially be paired with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6.

We expect the 2018 F-150 to makes its debut in early 2017 before it arrives in dealerships towards the end of the year. For more information, check out TruckTrend’s full report in the link below.

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2018 Ford Focus RS500

2018 Ford Focus RS500

It’s all but confirmed — Ford has been working on a better Focus RS

We all got extremely excited when Ford dropped details on the Focus RS, confirming that it was indeed reviving the rally sport badge and bringing it to the U.S. With 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque on tap, the new Focus RS is a true driver’s car and has made a huge splash in the hot hatch market – much more so than Focus RS models of the past. In early June, rumors began to surface that the Focus RS was about to be kicked out of the top-range spot by an even better version called the RS500. If that name sounds familiar, it should. It was used back in 2010 for a limited-production variant of a beefed-up Focus RS. At the time, the news was all speculation, but we’ve now received two sets of spy shots that prove Ford is in fact on a mission to one-up its Focus RS.

The model seen in our spy shots is, without a doubt, a beefier version of the current RS. Of course, details are rather scant, and these shots are coming in ahead of any official confirmation from Ford, but there’s no denying that the Blue Oval has something up its sleeve. The best part is that the model is near production ready, with the second round of spy shots showing minor alterations from the first as Ford fine tunes the body’s aerodynamic features.

With that said, let’s take a good look at these spy shots and talk about what we can expect when Ford officially unveils the model to dethrone the current Focus RS.

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Ford Fan Site Renders Sixth-Gen Bronco!

Ford Fan Site Renders Sixth-Gen Bronco!

Will the 2020 Bronco be this awesome?

Rumors have been swirling with growing intensity that the Bronco will be among four new SUV Ford will release before 2020. With that in mind, Bronco fans at Bronco6G.com created a rather realistic rendering of what Ford might have coming.

Bronco6G says they fused together styling cues from previous generation Broncos, as well as the 2004 Bronco concept truck. The front grille, headlights, and fenders are unmistakably from the first-generation SUV – a model that saw showrooms between 1966 and 1977.

Rearward, the two-door SUV carries an all-original look, though the long side glass and squared-off fender openings recall Broncos of the past. Modern touches like large wheels, somewhat low-profile tires, LED lighting elements, and an electric recovery winch all bring the honest SUV into the 21st century.

While the rendering is merely an idea of what direction Ford might be taking, Bronco6G does claim insider knowledge that Ford has purchased a Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited for benchmarking purposes. If that’s true – which is easily believable – the sixth-generation Bronco will surely be a competent off-roader with chops liken to the Wrangler Rubicon.

That means the Bronco will ride on a fully boxed, ladder frame with an traditional 4WD system that includes a two-speed transfer case, a solid rear axle and an electronic locking rear differential. What’s more, Ford is likely to borrow these parts from its F-150 parts bin, helping save development time and production costs. If that’s the case, the Bronco will certainly be a tough truck. Oh, and of course, it will wear an aluminum body.

Powertrain options are open to Ford’s vast array of engines. If the Bronco is indeed a two-door SUV, the F-150’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 should provide more than enough power. Ford may offer the 3.5-liter EcoBoost as an optional powerplant, perhaps in an SVT version further into the Bronco’s production cycle.

Then again, all this is just rumor, guesstimation, and hearsay. The sixth-generation Bronco might never get off the ground, it might be a unibody crossover, or in fact, it could be similar to this rather awesome rendering. Nicely done, Bronco6G.

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2016 Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustang Race Car

2016 Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustang Race Car

The arrival of the 2015 Ford Mustang not only brought many changes to America’s iconic muscle car, but also gave rise to several questions as to what high-performance models would be built around it. There’s been a lot of talk about several Shelby nameplates being dropped with the new generation, but although the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has yet to receive a successor, Ford did roll out a 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 model and a more track-focused 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R that promises to become the most potent Mustang on the race track. Now, Ford has also unveiled the GT350R-C, which replaces the previous-generation 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

The new muscle racer is set to make its first official track debut at Watkins Glen on June 27th and will continue to race in the remaining six events of the 2015 season through September. The race team will be managed by longtime Ford partner Multimatic Motorsports, while the cars will be driven by Billy Johnson, Scott Maxwell, Austin Cindric, and Jade Buford.

“Ford is committed to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and we’re very happy to be campaigning its product here,” said Larry Holt, team principal, Multimatic Motorsports. “We like the endurance format, and the racing is always intense. The cars must be fast and reliable, and there are always at least 10 contenders running door-to-door for two and a half hours. It is the perfect home for the GT350R-C.”

Updated 06/29/2015: The new Shelby GT350R-C made its racing debut this weekend during the qualifying session for the 2015 IMSA. With a lap-time of 2 minutes, 1.358 seconds - the new GT350R-C grabbed itself a pole position for its first race!

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2017 Ford GT Caught On The Road: Spy Shots

2017 Ford GT Caught On The Road: Spy Shots

The 2017 Ford GT debuted with a bang at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but the modern iteration of the iconic racer that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans looked as it were a concept car rather than a supercar ready to hit the assembly line. This impression was just confirmed by the first test mule Ford took out on a spin near Detroit, where our trusty paparazzi are always ready to take snapshots of each prototype that leaves FoMoCo’s development facility.

Set to break cover in production form sometime in 2016 for the 2017 model year, the Ford GT looks far from ready. This means we can forget about what Ford showcased in Detroit, as the development process will likely bring significant changes to the concept. Sure, the design won’t change much overall, but certain body panels and parts will be revised in the wind tunnel for improved aerodynamics.

Same goes for the engine. Although Ford already told us the GT will employ a new 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6, it seems the manufacturer it won’t have much to share over the next few months, with the mule barely out of the factory. But until Ford decides to tell us more, let’s have a closer look at this GT mule below.

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Ford Fiesta RS Caught Testing For The First Time: Spy Shots

Ford Fiesta RS Caught Testing For The First Time: Spy Shots

With Ford having promised to introduced 12 new performance cars by 2020, I’ve been hoping for the Blue Oval to confirm plans for a hotter version of the Fiesta ST ever since the Focus RS broke cover. And when Ford Performance manager Tyrone Johnson told AutoCar the Fiesta would receive an RS badge and all the goodies that come with it if "there’s a business case" for it, I got really excited. A full month has passed since then with no official word, but I’m happy to announce Ford is indeed working on the Fiesta RS.

The big news comes from our trusty paparazzi, who spotted a Fiesta prototype sporting several body elements that have yet to be seen on road-going hatchbacks. So unless Ford is testing is testing a new Fiesta-based racer camouflaged as a road car, which is very (and I mean VERY) unlikely, what you’re looking at is the souped-up RS model we’ve all been hoping to get.

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New Ford Focus RS Details Surface

New Ford Focus RS Details Surface

The next-generation Ford Focus RS is still about a couple of years away and, although the company has yet to confirm its development, reports about the high performance hatchback keep pouring in with all sorts of details.

The latest piece comes from Britain’s Auto Express, who almost managed to pull a confirmation from a couple of Ford representatives during a recent company event in Italy.

"Let’s say there’s a strong desire. Something like that makes a great halo car," Ford of Europe CEO Barb Samardzich said when asked about a successor to the RS. While this statement doesn’t shed too much light on the car’s development, a Ford spokesman hinted that the company is hands deep into a new superhatch.

"We have a rich heritage of RS cars, and we’re not about to let any competitors overtake us in that respect. You can rest assured that Martin (Smith, director of design at Ford of Europe) and his team are fully focused on the future of our performance strategy," he stressed.

Although no details were squeezed out of the two officials, Auto Express claims the new RS could arrive with as much as 350 horsepower under the hood. The figure matches the output available on the limited edition Focus RS500 and represents a 20-horsepower bump over previous reports. As we’ve already mentioned, the hatch will be motivated by a 2.3-liter, four-pot EcoBoost engine similar to the one fitted in the 2015 Mustang.

The new RS is also expected to arrive sometime in 2016 and wear a sticker of around £27,000, which is nearly $46,000 at current exchange rates. There’s no word as to when the vehicle will reach U.S. shores, but stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details.

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Spy Shots: Revised Ford Focus Hits the Ice in Sweden

With three years on its ticker, the Focus is ripe for a mid-cycle refresh, and our spy shooters caught a few of these revised Foci out for a testing session. This time around, the Focus sedan and hatchback were caught on ice in Sweden, and the sedan version gave us a nice glimpse of the grille and taillights.

From these little sneak peeks, we can see that the taillights and grille will be revised, and this leads us to assume that the headlights will undergo a pretty significant overhaul too. In fact, this revision is one of the biggest I’ve seen in a while that was not a full overhaul. Leaked images and rumors point toward the typical Aston Martin-like grill, more rounded headlights, a smoother hood and revised bumpers.

Under its hood, the revised Focus will carry over its entire engine lineup and inherit the new 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine that should put down around 100 horsepower. Keep it locked in on TopSpeed.com for more details.

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