Ford committed to its presence among 4X4 cars in general and particularly SUVs four-wheel drive offering in six of his great series models. Ford emphasizes that up to eight of its cars soon offer all-wheel drive versions. And that includes this mode of transmission in the Transit commercial vehicle as well as the new Focus RS 350 hp (40000 euros) a model of very high performance and very minor and very close to the market where the refined traction adjustable integral is an essential part of its dynamism and character. But more accessible and reasonable variants six more or less popular models have or will soon various types of AWD. And hence the forward growth of the Ford 4X4 120 percent between 2014 and 2016. Next year Ford plans to market on our continent a total of 200000 SUVs between EcoSport (no 4X4 version) and Kuga New Edge produced in the US and adapted to Europe; which is triple the figure for 2013. And for 2020 when the 4X4 and SUVs will represent 27 percent of the European market for private cars opportunities to further expand this type of vehicle.
Ford called Intelligent AWD type that applies AWD to the Ford Mondeo S-Max and Galaxy three models share mechanical and cross-platform front. Combined with AWD for these engines are 2.0 TDCi Ford 150 hp with 6-speed manual transmission or 180 hp with automatic Powershift (double clutch) equal number of relationships; the latter combination is also available in the Ford Mondeo Vignale. As usual in non-sports cars with 4X4 transmission is basically front-wheel drive. A hydraulic coupler developed by Ford transmits torque to the rear differential when debonding is detected on the front axle; and does so to the extent necessary. In theory and under extreme conditions up to 100 percent of torque to the rear axle can be derived. This system involving overweight 100 kg an increase of 0.4 l / 100 km in the approved over-consumption and cost 3000 / 3500 euros is essentially intended to increase safety / grip on slippery pavement including snow / ice which gives the Ford Mondeo S-Max and Galaxy a new versatility. As we have seen in a trial set of the Ford AWD in testing facilities that the brand has in Lommel (Belgium) the Mondeo AWD shows an appreciable dynamism but the Ford S-Max and the Galaxy have especially an approach more accented comfort and its height and weight does more limited agility. The set of its AWD system consequently are more oriented to pure security bond.
The same principle of Intelligent AWD with hydraulic coupler to spend driving the rear wheels is presiding over the full transmission of the successful Ford Kuga and its new big brother Edge commercially offered in 2016. This SUV made in America 478 cm long 285 and 174 wheelbase high for Europe equips two versions of the 2.0 TDCi 180 hp and 210; the first leads 6-speed manual transmission and the second equipped with two turbos includes an automatic Powershift also six relations. Provisionally an average consumption of 5.8 l / 100 km (149 h / km of CO2) is ahead in both versions. The equipment is plentiful and may include wheels up to 20 inch screen 8 "in your system and device connectivity SYNC2 Active Noise Control accentuating its comfort. Although decently operates off-road the terrain is not their preferred habitat. The cabin is spacious with generous width in the rear bench which backs recline in three sectors (plus folding). But the boot does not shine by its amplitude although under its floor can accommodate a full spare wheel.
The Ford off road most likely is the big pick-up Ranger developed in Australia and in South Africa both for its transmission and its ground clearance of 230 mm distance and angles TT. Offered in single cab or double cabin (5.36 m in length) 2.2 Diesel engine of 160 hp is advertised with an average consumption of 6.5 l / 100 km equivalent to emissions of 171 g / km of CO2. Also available with 3.2 five-cylinder engine and 200 hp the 2016 Ranger has a revamped wheel drive plug. The modes are rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive gearbox but also can have descent control and manual locking rear differential which explains its maneuverability in the mud.
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