Edge: Ford redid its mid-size SUV for 2015, moving it from the old to the current Fusion platform. It offers a choice of three engines. A twin-scroll 2.0-liter turbo four is closely related to Ford’s new 2.3-liter four and should make between 240 and 250 horsepower. Moving up to the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 brings 305 horses, and Sport versions will get a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 with about 320 horsepower and 370 pound-feet. A full complement of safety and convenience equipment will be available, including collision warning, active cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic parking, and Ford’s new Adaptive Steering system [see New Tech for 2015]. What doesn’t change is the Edge’s basic size. While a one-inch-wheelbase increase promises more rear-seat legroom, the Edge remains a two-row SUV. See official photos and info ››
Expedition: Ford has pretty much ignored its largest SUV since 2007. But for 2015, a new interior design promises greater comfort; fresh headlights and grille give the Expedition a new face; electronically adjustable shocks promise a better ride; and a 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 is expected to deliver 370 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, up from 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet. See first drive ››
F-series: Ford’s company within a company gets a big alloy overhaul this year, with a cab and bed made out of aluminum; the frame remains steel. Ford claims a 700-pound weight loss, though we’re skeptical until we put one on our scales. In addition to the new body, there’s an entirely new interior that looks more expensive and vaguely Ram-like. A 3.5-liter V-6 with about 300 horsepower will be the base engine. The next rung brings a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that is expected to produce 320 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. The optional 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 should climb to 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, up from 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet, and the naturally aspirated 360-hp 5.0-liter V-8 remains unchanged. See F-150 official photos and info ››
F-series Super Duty: Diesel customers of Ford’s biggest rigs will be enthusiastically pulling tree stumps when they find that the optional turbo-diesel 6.7-liter V-8’s torque rises to 860 pound-feet from 800. Horsepower is up 40, to 440. See F-350 Super Duty Diesel first drive ››
Focus/ST: Ford reshapes the Focus to conform to the rest of the lineup, giving it an Aston Martin–style grille, new headlights, and a new hood. In back, the taillights have a new design. Interior changes are minor; there’s a new steering wheel and some new seat fabrics and trim. Bigger news is the smaller engine: Ford’s 1.0-liter turbo three-cylinder engine is now available here. Shared with the Fiesta, the little three makes 123 horsepower, and although EPA estimates are not yet available, the engine manages 31 mpg city and 43 highway in the Fiesta. Expect the Focus to approach those marks. The Focus ST also will carry the new front and rear fascias and have interior updates similar to the standard models’. It will proffer black or red stripes. See Focus ST official photos and info ››
Mustang (shown above) Perhaps you’ve missed the countless covers we’ve devoted to Ford’s reimagined pony car over the past year. Or maybe the new Mustang, perched atop the Empire State Building for its 50th anniversary, escaped your Facebook feed. If so, here’s some news: An all-new Mustang is coming, and it promises to be a bit more refined and sophisticated than before. Three engines are available, though horsepower figures haven’t been finalized. At the top of the range is a slightly tweaked 5.0-liter V-8 that promises more than 420 horsepower. Rental-car desks are likely to have the keys to the 3.7-liter V-6 with at least 300 horsepower, and finally a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will produce a minimum of 305 horsepower. Power continues to be channeled to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Equally significant to the new four-banger is the new multilink, independent rear suspension. According to Ford, the goal was for the new Mustang to surpass the spectacular handling and track-ready nature of the now-defunct Boss 302. In addition to the fastback coupe, a convertible will be offered. See 2.3L EcoBoost first ride ››
Transit: Ford’s new van eventually will replace the prehistoric E-series. Looking a bit like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or a UPS delivery truck, the Ford will be available with two wheelbases, three body lengths, three roof heights, and three engines. Equipped with the turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 or the naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6, the largest Transit can swallow 487 cubic feet of cargo, a claimed 75 percent more than the E-series could handle. Ford also will offer a 3.2-liter five-cylinder turbo-diesel engine rated at 185 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, mainly so the internet will shut up about it already.
Minor trim changes: Explorer, Fiesta/ST, Focus Electric, Fusion/Energi/hybrid, Taurus/SHO