(autoinsidenews) - Ford unveiled the restyled 2008 Ford Five Hundred at the Detroit Auto Show. Featuring more than a new look inside and out, the Five Hundred has Ford's new 3.5L V6 which delivers nearly 30 percent more power.
Customers love the Five Hundred's ride and package, and its safety reputation is excellent, says Cisco Codina, Ford's group vice president of North America Marketing, Sales and Service. For this year, we've dialed up the appeal with a new, more expressive look, a more powerful engine and more than 500 changes to make this great car even better.
The 2008 Ford Five Hundred is completely new from the A-pillar forward, resembling the Fusion, including Ford's signature three-bar chrome grille, a sculpted hood, and a new front fascia. Limited models get chrome side vents, door handles and mirror caps for a more expensive appearance. Out back, the Five Hundred gets a new rear fascia, and new taillamps carry the horizontal theme of the three-bar grille to the rear, reports Trend.
The Five Hundred features a redesigned instrument cluster trimmed with chrome bezels, and other additional chrome trim for a more luxurious appearance. New leather seating features contrast stitching.
Ford replaces the 200-hp 3.0L Duratec V6 with a 3.5L Duratec V6 delivering 260-hp and 245 lb-ft of torque mated to six-speed automatic transmission. The new Five Hundred is offered with the same available all-wheel-drive system as the new Ford Edge. Fuel economy for the front-wheel-drive model is expected to be similar to the current model вЂ" thanks to advancements in powertrain technology.
For 2008, Ford addressed many of the major issues that has saddled the Five Hundred from the beginning.