The 2006 Ford Futura
Jul 2, 2003
By: Ford Motor Company
NEW YORK, April 16, 2003—Ford Motor Company announced plans today at the New York International Auto Show to continue the momentum of its 2004 "Year of the Car" well into 2005 with the launch of an all-new sedan. The 2006 Ford Futura is aimed squarely at the heart of the midsize car segment and will be marketed in both size and price between the Ford Focus and the upcoming Ford Five Hundred.
Featuring breakthrough interior spaciousness and cutting-edge design, the Futura will boast world-class I-4 and V-6 engines, as well as a range of fuel-efficient, modern transmissions, including manual, automatic, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It's also slated to become Ford Motor Company's second "full" hybrid vehicle.
The Futura is unmistakably Ford. Its clean, smooth, and clutter-free design borrows cues from the acclaimed Ford 427 concept car, which is currently touring the North American auto show circuit, and various other landmark Ford Division sedans from the 1960s. On the production vehicle, those cues will include a vertical and linear front fascia and a powerful and thick bent bar grille.
Inside, the Futura benefits from an unrelenting commitment to vehicle interior leadership and reflects a tripling of Ford Motor Company's investment in interior design.
"Futura will be that rare midsize sedan that oozes style but doesn't sacrifice roominess, comfort, trunk space—or affordability."
J Mays, Ford Motor Company vice president of Design
The Futura will offer as standard a 2.3-liter I-4 engine, based on the company's new global I-4 engine architecture. Fitted with a counter-rotating balance shaft for smoothness, the Futura will feature four valves per cylinder and variable intake valve timing (VVT) for good low-end torque, strong high-end power, improved fuel economy, and low emissions. An optional 3.0-liter Duratec V-6 engine also will be available across the model lineup.
Among 65 new products to be introduced in North America by Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury during the next five years, the Futura is a key element of Ford Motor Company's aggressive product-led revitalization. It's built on a new vehicle architecture that will form the basis for up to 10 new products and 800,000 units of volume across all three brands within the next three years.
The 2006 Ford Futura will go on sale in late 2005. Additional launches in the 2004 "Year of the Car" include the all-new Ford Freestyle seven-passenger crossover vehicle, the Ford Five Hundred large sedan, and the all-new, next-generation Ford Mustang.