NEWS: Future Fords: Refreshed Focus in 2015, New Edge, MKX Based on Fusion

August 21, 2012
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It has been a busy couple years for Ford, with the recent debut of the new Escape crossover, and the Fusion and C-Max cars soon to arrive in showrooms. Ford and Lincoln have lots more updates, Automotive News reports, many of which not surprisingly include EcoBoost engines – possibly even for the upcoming Mustang. Take a look at what may be coming for the future Ford and Lincoln lineups here.
Ford Cars
The Ford Fiesta subcompact is set to be refreshed for the 2014 model year, offering a three-cylinder EcoBoost 1.0-liter engine. On the other side of the Fiesta spectrum, a four-door hatchback version of the sporty ST model could show up next year. Not much changes on the Ford Focus sedan and hatchback until 2015, which could bring revised styling and slightly improved fuel economy for the car’s refresh.
The Ford Fusion is one of the automaker's stars this year. The midsize sedan rolls into dealerships in the fall with three four-cylinder engines plus a hybrid and plug-in hybrid. Once that car arrives, it might be tougher to sell the Ford Taurus sedan, which was refreshed for the 2013 model year. No refresh, however, can fix that car’s more-cramped-than-expected interior, likely a result of compromises that had to be made in the chassis. For the 2015 model year, the Taurus may be redesigned on an extended version of the Fusion platform, just like the Avalon is based on an extended version of the Camry platform.
Then there's the Mustang. We've reported numerous times on the new Mustang, which may get an EcoBoost four-cylinder option on top of expected V-6 and V-8 options. An independent rear suspension should make future Mustang vs. Camaro comparisons interesting.
Ford Crossovers, Trucks, and Vans
Thanks to the new Ford C-Max hybrid and plug-in hybrid wagons, the Ford Escape goes without a hybrid model in its latest generation. Though the 2013 model year was the Escape's time to shine, the new 2014 Ford Edge will move to the Fusion's platform, likely including some of the same Fusion engine options plus an available V-6. The hot Ford Explorer could get a refresh in the 2014 model year but, considering its sales, the crossover may not need much to maintain momentum. Where things get a little hazier is with the Ford Flex. Whether Ford plans to redesign the Flex in a few years or run it on an Expedition-like production run is unclear. Speaking of the Ford Expedition, the full-size SUV is likely to get the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine in 2014.
Another high-profit truck due for some changes is the Ford F-150. In 2014, a revised F-150 with a greater use of aluminum will debut. Before the end of the decade, we wouldn't be surprised to see either the 5.0- or 6.2-liter V-8 removed from the truck's lineup if V-6 engine take rates continue to rise. Ford's commercial van lineup is seeing some changes as well. The full-size Transit van arrives as a 2014 model with an EcoBoost V-6 engine and a diesel. The Transit Connect is due for a refresh in the next couple years - expect upgraded transmissions and an EcoBoost I-4 as an option. Meanwhile, E-Series customers not excited about the Transit van can continue to buy the van until it's discontinued sometime after 2015.
 
Lincoln Crossovers
We’ve reported before on the upcoming Lincoln compact crossover, which is likely to use the Ford Escape platform as a base. The Escape can be optioned to about $37,000 with such premium features as HID headlights, a hands-free liftgate, so the Lincoln crossover should fit in well with competitors from Audi and Acura. The Lincoln-badged crossover should arrive in calendar year 2014 and may have different seat locations, glass, and powertrains from the Ford Escape, Automotive News speculates.
Also set for the 2014 calendar year is a new Lincoln MKX crossover. Though the current model is a rebadged Edge, the next-generation MKX may be based on the 2013 Ford Fusion and use the same engine options offered on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, including an EcoBoost 2.0-liter I-4, hybrid four-cylinder, and V-6. As for the Lincoln MKT, that large crossover may see a minor boost in sales over the next year or two if the livery market accepts the MKT Town Car as a decent Town Car replacement. Sales of the MKT total 4386 units through July, just five vehicles more than the Navigator SUV, which may at last get refreshed in 2014 or 2015 with an EcoBoost V-6 engine option.
Lincoln Cars
Lincoln’s best-selling vehicle is the MKZ sedan. The redesigned Lincoln MKZ sedan will probably carry the brand until the new crossovers are ready. For the 2015 model year, the larger Lincoln MKS sedan will arrive, using an extended version of the Fusion/MKZ platform, possibly to increase interior space. Now that the 2013 Lincoln MKZ has a base price of $36,800, there may be room at the bottom for an entry-level sedan, though we don’t have new information on that potential model.
What future Ford are you most looking forward to driving?
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2013 Lincoln MKX

Base FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6
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Engine
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Fuel Economy
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2013 Lincoln MKX