Adaptive steering is a new technology that enables effortless driving at all times, in all conditions - and even when parking.
At lower speeds, such as manoeuvring in a car park, reduced wheel turning is required. At higher speeds, it automatically moves to a more conventional steering ratio to provide comfortable, reassuring feedback.
There’s also a Sport Mode. When activated, it makes driving on sweeping and curving roads more rewarding by requiring reduced steering input to negotiate the bends .
Confidence in changeable conditions
An intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system can determine how much grip, cornering balance and responsiveness is required in wet, dry or icy conditions and on varying terrain. The technology is intelligent, so it’s able to send drive to the front or rear axle depending on requirements. And by providing ‘torque on demand’, the system delivers exceptional handling and improved efficiency for safe, effortless driving.
Use less fuel with Auto Start-Stop
When you stop at traffic lights or your car is idling in a queue, this technology can automatically switch off the engine (while still supplying power to essentials like the headlights, air-conditioning, radio and the Ford SYNC system). When you're ready to move, just depress the clutch and select first gear as usual, or press the accelerator on an automatic, and the system restarts. Auto Start-Stop is particularly effective in town and city streets, where it can cut fuel consumption by up to 10% (urban cycle).
Stress-free parking and pulling out
Using a combination of different technologies, Active Park Assist does more than automatically steer you into parallel parking spots. With Park Out Assist, it helps you pull out of them, too. The Parallel and Perpendicular Parking system locates a suitable space as you drive past. Then it automatically steers you in, while all you do is operate the accelerator, gears and brake (following on-screen instructions and audible signals).