F-150 Raptor Set to Topple the RAM TRX

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The Ford F-150 Raptor is known by many for its legendary power and off-road prowess. Many have tried to beat this adventure-ready pickup in its versatile capability, but none have succeeded. One of the latest competitors seeking to challenge the F-150 Raptor is the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. It’s set to feature a new 702-horsepower HEMI engine. However, with a new supercharged V8 on the horizon for the Ford F-150 Raptor, this little update from Ram is of no concern to the most popular pickup in America.

According to Ford Authority, the next generation Raptor is going to house the Shelby GT500’s supercharged 5.2-liter V8 under its hood. This engine is expected to provide between 725-750 horsepower, which makes it the fastest street-legal Ford engine to date. That’s plenty more horses than the TRX.

There’s still no word as to when, exactly, this monster of a pickup will be available, although Ford Authority suggested it might come as soon as the end of the 2021 model year, or in the 2022 model year.

The current Ford F-150 Raptor isn’t shy about its power, either. It has a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under its hood, boasting a significant 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. That’s the best in its class for now, and with the next-generation Raptor, Ford plans to beat the competition yet again.

Check out the latest F-150 models at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Ford Supports Bee Conservation

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If you’ve ever looked into Ford hybrid models, you may have some idea of this brand’s commitment to protecting the environment. But the Ford green initiatives extend beyond its vehicles. Back in 2018, Ford brought six different beehives to its Dearborn campus in Detroit, and found homes for the bees in the North Pond area of the World Headquarters.

This August, Ford announced that its six colonies of bees produced a harvest of honey. This was the second year that the bees have generated enough honey to be harvested and used. Ford plans to distribute the honey between local nonprofits and their food service provider, Aramark, for use in the campus cafeteria.

Ford initially got involved in bee preservation in 2016, when it brought a habitat of roughly 80,000 bees to its Rouge Complex. The move was a success, so Ford decided to do the same at its WHQ. As of now, there are an estimated 360,000 bees thriving in the six WHQ colonies, and Ford has plans to use some of those to start new colonies at other campuses in the future.

Protecting the bees is a huge eco-friendly move for Ford. Honeybees alone pollinate over 90 commercial crops, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Their presence is essential to the global economy.

Want a eco-friendly Ford model? Check out the efficient Escape, which offers a hybrid model. You can find it at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Meet the 2021 Mustang Mach-E’s Premium Sound System

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We all know that the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is the herald of a new era for both America’s signature automaker and the iconic pony car. While the majority of its press coverage has been focused on either its all-electric powertrain or SUV-based construction, there’s one aspect that deserves a moment in the spotlight: its premium sound system.

Designed by Bang & Olufsen®, the system features 10 high-quality speakers designed to deliver crystal-clear audio quality. But the innovations don’t stop there. Ford’s engineers also seamlessly integrated several of the speakers into the dashboard, occupying roughly one-third of the available space.

This placement isn’t just aesthetically pleasing; it’s also meant to spread sound evenly throughout the cabin, giving everyone an unforgettable experience. Additionally, it will benefit from the Mach-E’s whisper-silent electric powertrain, which removes the unpleasant element of engine rattle from your mobile concert hall.

According to a press release from Ford, the B&O® Premium Sound System has benefits that go beyond enjoyment. Brandon Wheeler, Harman’s Senior Manager of Acoustics for Ford, said, “Listening to music can positively impact mood. A premium sound system can not only increase the enjoyment of the vehicle, but studies show it can even help drivers to focus, particularly on long monotonous roads.”

You can pre-order your 2021 Mustang Mach-E today and pick it up at Tropical Ford when its various trims hit our lot in late 2020 and early 2021.

3 Cool Features on the 2021 Ford Bronco

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If you’ve been yearning for a capable vehicle custom-built for outdoor adventures, it doesn’t get any better than the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco. For its long-awaited return, the legendary off-road model is packed to the gills with features worth getting excited about.

Trail mapping

Whether you’re exploring the less-charted areas of Florida or trying to tackle the nation’s most demanding terrain, the Bronco has your back. The 2021 model features a class-exclusive system that gives you information on more than 1,000 miles of topographic trail maps so you can know what you’re up against before you hit the road.

Modular bodies

To complement the 2021 Ford Bronco’s rugged good looks, the automaker gave the legendary 4×4 SUV a set of easily removable components. You can take off the roof on both cloth- and hard-top models, detach the doors, and lift away the rear windows. Ultimately, you can open up a largest-in-class open-top view to take in the sights while you cruise around Orlando.

G.O.A.T. Modes

One of the defining features of the original Bronco was its ability to dominate even the roughest patches of wilderness, and that capability is still present in the 2021 model. With the exclusive Terrain Management System™ with G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any type of Terrain) Modes™, you can choose from up to seven settings to optimize performance in nearly all conditions.

To experience the next generation of an all-American legend, reserve your 2021 Ford Bronco at Tropical Ford today.

Meet the Redesigned 2021 Ford F-150

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Pictured: 2020 Ford F-150

For over 40 years, Ford has been the leader in the pickup segment. Its most popular truck is the Ford F-150. Ford is continually working to make this truck stronger, smarter, and better in every way. This is evident in the all-new, completely redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 which delivers even more capability and performance. Here are a few updates from this upcoming model.

The 2021 Ford F-150 will debut with a new engine option – a 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid V6. Ford says this engine is expected to deliver more horsepower and torque than any other truck engine on the market today. It will also be the only full hybrid option available in the segment. Ford says it will offer an estimated driving range of 700 miles and will be able to tow at least 12,000 pounds.

Ford wants to make sure drivers like you have the power they need. The redesigned F-150 will be available with a Pro Power Onboard generator, which will have up to 7.2 kilowatts of energy. This should be more than enough for your power tools and any other equipment you might need.

Another way the updated F-150 can help you get your work done is with the available Tailgate Work Surface. It comes with cupholders, an integrated ruler, and a pencil holder. This is great for jotting down notes and creating your next worksite plan.

Although the 2021 Ford F-150 isn’t available yet, you can still shop for the 2020 Ford F-150 at Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL.

Ford Reveals New Ranger Performance Packages

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2020 Ford Ranger

If you are looking for a truck that delivers excitement and performance every time you get behind the wheel, then you need the Ford Ranger. Making this truck even better, Ford has announced three new Ford Performance upgrade packages.

These packages can help make the customization process easier with dealer-installed parts from aftermarket brands. They can be added on to any 2019 or 2020 Ford Ranger with four-wheel drive.

Level 1

The Level 1 kit adds more off-road capability with FOX 2.0 Performance Series monotube shocks, 17-inch Dyno Gray wheels, Ford Performance graphics, and an off-road leveling kit.

Level 2

With this upgrade package, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine has been recalibrated to deliver 16 percent more horsepower and 20 percent more torque. It also adds off-road fog lights, a stainless steel license plate frame, blue tow hooks, and impressive BF Goodrich tires.

Level 3

The Level 3 package will be available next summer, and sounds like it’ll be worth waiting for. It includes everything from the Level 1 and 2 packages, except it sports red tow hooks instead of blue and has a better 30-inch LED lightbar. Additional features include a winch-capable front bumper, a Ford Performance sport exhaust, and a Ford Performance chase rack.

If you want the toughest off-road mid-size truck on the market, choose a Ford Ranger from Tropical Ford.

Rumored Next-Gen Ford Ranger Plug-In Hybrid

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Many US automakers are gearing up to drastically increase the number of fuel-efficient vehicles on the road in the coming years, and Ford is no exception. According to recent rumors swirling throughout the Australian blogosphere, Ford is expected to revolutionize its pickup lineup by introducing a plug-in hybrid model.

CarExpert, an Australian automotive publication, reported in May 2020 that the upcoming next-generation Ford Ranger will likely launch for the 2022 model year with a four-cylinder 2.3-liter plug-in hybrid engine. The powertrain is expected to achieve an impressive fuel efficiency rating while delivering up to 362 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque.

Unfortunately, it might be too soon to buy a tacky “My Truck Gets Better MPG Than Your Sedan” bumper sticker. Recent rumors from the stateside publication Car and Driverregarding a plug-in hybrid model of the beloved Ford F-150 were retracted quickly, suggesting that Ford might not be pursuing a more eco-conscious pickup lineup after all. Notably, CarExpert was launched just two months before its May 2020 prediction of a 2022 Ranger PHEV, making it impossible to truly nail down the publication’s track record.

Even if the PHEV version of the next-gen Ranger does make it to Australia, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be available at US dealerships. However, we boast a wide variety of fuel-efficient models like the Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid alongside the rugged and capable gas-powered Ranger. Browse our inventory at Tropical Ford to find the perfect model for your lifestyle.

Ford Partners with FIRST to Support STEAM Education

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Without science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education in schools here in Orlando, FL and all across America, our great nation would lose out on the ingenuity that has fueled innovative technological advances in the automotive industry. Ford Motor Company, a consistent patron of STEAM educational causes, has announced a new strategic partnership intended to promote STEAM programs.

Though Ford has an established twenty-year relationship with FIRST, a non-profit committed to advancing STEAM resources through robotics programs for school-aged children, the automaker has deepened its commitment to these programs by becoming a FIRST Strategic Partner. Since 2019, Ford directly sponsored over 200 robotics teams and provided approximately 500 employee volunteers in partnership with FIRST in addition to developing the FIRST Robotics Competitions Autonomous Awards and sponsoring FIRST’s annual championship.

Per FIRST’s President, Larry Cohen, “Ford’s dedication and involvement has spanned more than 20 years, and tens of thousands of students have been mentored by passionate Ford employees.”

Ford’s dedication to STEAM education reflects the importance of the disciplines’ impacts to the auto industry. Programs like FIRST help the upcoming generation of youth develop the kind of scientific-minded curiosity that will inspire and develop automotive technological advancements for decades to come.

At Tropical Ford, we’re also proud to contribute to our local community. To learn more, connect with us on social media today.

Get to Know the Electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400

The Ford Mustang has been an iconic staple of American roads since 1964. It has been thrilling us all with its sharp styling and incredible performance for over 50 years. Now, the Mustang is meeting the future in the form of the electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype.

When electric cars were first introduced into the mainstream market, they were somewhat boring and slow. Now, however, as electric technology has gotten more sophisticated, electric cars have the potential to be the fastest vehicles on the road. In fact, this Mustang Cobra Jet concept may be the most powerful Mustang ever.

Just look at the electric Mustang Cobra specs. Its electric powertrain is rated at 1,400 horsepower and 1,100 lb-ft of torque, which gives it a quarter-mile top speed of 170 mph.

Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons, said, “Electric powertrains give us a completely new kind of performance and the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 is one example of pushing new technology to the absolute limit. We’re excited to showcase what’s possible in an exciting year when we also have the all-electric Mustang Mach-E joining the Mustang family.”

This electric Mustang is the latest addition to the lineup of Ford electric vehicles that includes the 2021 Mach-E, 2020 Fusion Hybrid, 2020 Escape Plug-in Hybrid, and others. If you’d like to learn more about the Mustang or any other Ford, contact us at Tropical Ford in Orlando.

Ford Ranger Raptor Named the Best Vehicle for the Apocalypse

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2020 Ford Ranger

Though the world isn’t ending anytime soon, life nowadays can feel a bit apocalyptic. To help cope with some of that stress and let our imaginations run wild, Rob Gill, an automotive writer for The Sun, recently called the Ford Ranger Raptor, “the perfect bug-out vehicle for the end of days.”

In a true apocalypse, we can imagine the world being a rough and rocky place with destruction everywhere. You would want a vehicle that could conquer any terrain that comes in its path and the Ranger Raptor is that truck.

According to Gill, the truck’s off-road capabilities are “truly epic” thanks to its ability to tear up gravel roads at more than 100 mph and take on big jumps with ease. You also won’t have to worry about running out of fuel in the future apocalyptic world and siphoning fuel as often because it offers about 26 mpg.

When you are ready to return to civilization after living out your apocalyptic daydream, the Ranger Raptor makes it easy with breadcrumbs navigation. It drops a navigational pin every second so you can follow them on your way back home.

The only downside to the Ranger Raptor is that it is not yet available in the United States; however, according to some sources, it could arrive sometime in 2022.

Looking for the ultimate getaway vehicle? Check out the Ford Ranger at Tropical Ford.