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.

Study Reveals Ford Bronco As Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020

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Drivers in 19 states, including Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Arkansas cannot wait for the reveal of the 2021 Ford Bronco. A study conducted by PartCatalog shows the Bronco leading the charge as the Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020 based on Google search data.

The Bronco isn’t the only Ford model drivers are eager to learn more about, though, according to the study. The most-searched-for new car for drivers in the Gem State (Idaho) is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. With the Bronco and Mustang, Ford is the only automaker to have two models in the study.

“It’s something both our fans love and our staff [loves],” said Alan Marek, the owner of PartCatalog. “We started doing [trends maps] a few months ago when the Cybertruck was announced and have continued to do them, with a different spin each month.”

The 2021 Ford Bronco’s original debut was set for March 17, 2020, but it was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As of now, Ford has not released a new date for the Bronco’s official debut.

We at Tropical Ford are eager to see the new Bronco, too, along with all the new Ford models. Until then, we are here to talk about the current lineup and answer any vehicle inquiries you have.

Active Park Assist Tech Helps Park the New Ford Transit Van

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Pictured: 2020 Ford Transit Connect

Ford engineers understand that even experienced drivers may tense up when faced with a crowded parking lot or tight space on the street when behind the wheel of the new Ford Transit van. So, they are eliminating some of the stress with an available technology tool. Active Park Assist can help drivers of every skill level park the Ford Transit van like a pro.

“Frequent stops in busy city streets are the norm for many van drivers during the working day, and that can be a challenge in such a large vehicle where visibility can be limited,” said Ford Transit Chief Program Engineer Ian Porter. “Ford technologies like Active Park Assist help drivers and operators put their energy into their best work, and spend less time stressing about parking.”

The innovative technology is available on the Transit and Transit Custom models. Active Park Assist employs 12 ultrasonic sensors to survey objects near the van. Under proper conditions, the information pulled from the sensors helps the system determine the van’s precise positioning. Once that is calculated, the Park-Out assist feature can take over parking duties. Your only roles are hitting the gas and brake pedal when necessary, and voila! The van easily maneuvers into its parking spot.

Contact Tropical Ford to learn more about the game-changing Active Park Assist tech and the new Ford Transit van.

Ford Driving Skills for Life 2020

Teen Boy In Red Car | Ford Driving Skills for Life 2020 | Orlando, FL

Ford Driving Skills for Life is a program developed by Ford designed to educate new and younger drivers on the safest driving techniques for the many decades they will spend behind the wheel. The Manheim Auto Auction in Orlando was the first stop in the tour, which visited 18 cities and made 80 stops from Orlando all the way to Alaska.

Teen drivers attended FDSL classes which focused on a range of driving skills: vehicle handling, speed, hazard recognition, and the dangers of distracted driving.

Ford’s educational program started in 2003 and has since helped over 1 million drivers across the United States and 46 other countries learn the skills that will help keep them and others safe on the road. This year, the course expanded to 30 countries across all continents except Antarctica.

Smartphone usage has created a new demand for programs such as FDSL. A 2019 study conducted by the program found that 62 percent of Generation Z drivers admitted that they have used their phones while driving, even though roughly the same amount believe that using your phone while behind the wheel should warrant severe punishment.

Given that drivers are using their phones more than ever, Ford Driving Skills for Life has never been more necessary.

Want a safe and reliable vehicle? Check out our new and used inventory at Tropical Ford.

Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package Back for 2021

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The bold, aggressive styling of the 2021 Ford Explorer is set to receive an option that complements, embellishes, and emphasizes the iconic mid-size SUV. The XLT Sport Appearance Package is returning for 2021 and promises to make your 2021 Explorer even more stylish and commanding.

The 2021 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package will give you a Carbonized Grey grille, skid plates, an Explorer hood badging, dual chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch wheels, and ActiveX Light Slate two-tone seats complete with premium accent stitching.

History indicates that the XLT Sport Appearance Package will be popular among 2021 Explorer owners; when the package was previously available, 25 percent of all Explorer XLTs were equipped with the stylish add-ons. Young customers, who account for 18 percent of those purchasing a 2020 Explorer, particularly gravitate towards the XLT Package due to its exciting, bold features.

The Ford SUV Marketing Manager Craig Patterson expanded on the excitement surrounding the Sport Appearance Package, saying, “Our Sport Appearance Package offers a new styling dimension for Explorer XLT customers. It has always been a favorite among our younger customers looking for a more energetic design and feel at a great value.”

The 8 millionth Ford Explorer was sold in January, a fitting start to the SUV’s 30th anniversary. It’s easy to see why this iconic SUV is so popular. If you’d like to learn more, contact us at Tropical Ford.