2018 Ford Escape Technology

2018 Ford Escape - tropical ford blogThe 2018 Ford Escape is a stylish and spacious crossover designed for drivers who love technology. Designed to please the modern driver, the Escape boasts a number of innovative features that set it apart from the competition. Here’s a quick look at the technology found in the Ford Escape from us here at Tropical Ford.

SYNC® 3

The 2018 Escape is available with the latest SYNC® 3 infotainment system. This version features advanced, real-world voice-recognition software, a responsive touchscreen, and Wi-Fi® hotspot connectivity. Drivers can easily enter a destination and integrate their compatible smartphone with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

FordPass

FordPass is the latest technology from Ford. The mobile app is designed to allow drivers to move quickly and efficiently during their day-to-day activities. Through the app, drivers can find parking, compare fuel prices, and remotely lock, unlock, and start the vehicle. Ford Escape owners can even schedule service with a few taps on the screen.

Ford Safe and Smart

The Ford Safe and Smart package features a number of innovative safety technologies. The package includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlamps, a Lane-Keeping System, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Drivers will enjoy more advanced technologies in the form of the Blind Spot Information System® with Cross-Traffic Alert and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support.

Ford in Popular Culture

Ford in Popular Culture - Tropical Ford Blog

Ford vehicles have played many iconic roles throughout automotive history. From police chase cars to out-of-this-world adventures, there’s a Ford that makes the list. Here’s a quick look at Ford in popular culture from us here at Tropical Ford.

2017 Ford GT
Ford’s famous supercar returned to the road in a limited production run. Naturally, Jay Leno snapped one up in a heartbeat. The car enthusiast and collector has a large enough collection that he even has a show about it. “Jay Leno’s Garage” has quickly become a fan favorite of collectors and auto fans of all ages. The addition of the 2017 Ford GT only makes his collection all the more impressive.

2018 Ford EcoSport
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 was a blockbuster hit. Led by some pretty inspiring super stars, the movie also featured an upcoming addition to the Ford lineup. The 2018 Ford EcoSport made an, albeit, brief appearance in the hit. Even so, it was enough to get people talking about the upcoming crossover.

1968 Ford Mustang GT 390
This short list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include the 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390. The muscle car is famous for its legendary car chase in the movie Bullitt. Its major role and iconic styling went on to inspire the auto enthusiast in film-goers of all ages.

New Ford Bronco Inspired by Brazil’s Troller

New Ford Bronco - Tropical Ford BlogOff-roading enthusiasts and SUV fans are on the edge of their seats awaiting the arrival of the new Ford Bronco. The long-awaited SUV is slated for launch in 2020, but some details are already slipping to the public. For example, the new Ford Bronco will be more like the Troller out of Brazil than the F-150 Raptor.

Most American drivers aren’t familiar with Brazil’s Troller. All you really need to know is that the SUV is off-road capable and offers an excellent utility-driven design. The Ford Bronco, however, will be offered as a four-door SUV rather than a two-door model like the Troller.

The Bronco will offer a standard 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 engine designed to offer performance and efficiency. Don’t fret, off-roaders. The 2021 Ford Bronco will feature capability beyond measure.

“Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said in January.

While Ford has yet to comment on the leaks, the company did confirm that the SUV will be based on the Ranger pickup truck. Even so, it gives Bronco fans more to look forward to as 2020 creeps closer with each passing day.

We here at Tropical Ford can’t wait to see the new Ford Bronco make its public debut!

Tips for Off-Roading for the First Time in a Ford Raptor

tips for off-roading - Tropical Ford BlogThere’s no other pickup like the Ford Raptor. This truck was built for off-roading through and through. From its powertrain to its suspension to every little detail, the rugged terrain is this truck’s destiny. If you’re taking a Ford Raptor or another Ford truck from Tropical Ford out off-roading for the first time this summer, use these helpful tips for off-roading to stay safe and have the most fun.

Read the Manual
Before you go off-roading, you need to make sure you understand everything about your vehicle. Read your owner’s manual to learn about things like traction control and the four-wheel drive system to get a basic understanding of its capabilities.

Practice First
The Ford Raptor delivers exceptional handling and excellent grip on mountain roads and twisty, rocky surfaces. But before you take the Ford Raptor out for the real deal, get a little practice in on a smaller scale first. Find small creeks, steep inclines, and gravel roads where you can get a feel for how the truck handles so you’ll be more prepared.

Bring the Right Tools
Don’t just head out empty handed. Not only should you bring with you a first aid kit for your safety, but you’ll need tools for your truck’s safety too. Look into purchasing the type of tools that will help you recover should you get stuck, like a quality winch, which can pull you out of a muddy situation.

 

Ford SYNC 3 Update Now Available for 2016 Models

SYNC 3 Update - 2016 Ford Taurus Interior - Tropical Ford BlogNewer Ford models offer drivers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but if you bought a Ford with SYNC 3 before those connectivity systems were available, you’re in luck. Ford’s 2016 fleet had the SYNC 3 infotainment system, but not Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but now thanks to a special SYNC 3 update, drivers of 2016 Ford models will be able to download the software directly to their car.

What’s the catch? There is none, besides the fact that your vehicle has to be connected to a Wi-Fi signal in order to download the update. If your vehicle can’t download the software for some reason, you can head to your local Ford dealer, get the update on a USB drive, and plug it into your infotainment system. This marks a big step forward as Ford explores deeper into the realm of in-vehicle technology.

The SYNC 3 update follows news that Ford recently hired over 300 software engineers from Blackberry. Between the ability to download major upgrades over a Wi-Fi connection and new and innovative services like FordPass, Ford is staying ahead of the competition when it comes to high-tech features in their vehicles. Have a 2016 Ford model in need of an upgrade? Come to Tropical Ford and we can help you upgrade your SYNC 3 system today.

Fun Things to Do in Orlando

Everyone knows about Orlando’s famous theme parks, but the truth is that Orlando has a whole lot more going for it than Disney. Teeming with culture thanks to its proximity to Central America and one of the most populous, tourist-friendly places in the country, Orlando is the perfect place to visit even if you don’t like theme parks.

One of the best attractions of Orlando is International Drive, an 11-mile thoroughfare in Orlando that takes you through the main tourist strip of the city. You can even ride a trolley through the streets to get the authentic Orlando experience!

Then there’s the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful theater where you can catch a musical or a concert. If you’re more of a history and science person, visit SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, where you can see over 500 skeletons.

If you want to do something outdoors to enjoy the beautiful Orlando weather, stop by the Harry P. Leu Gardens, where you can see beautiful rose gardens full of butterflies and other wildlife. Of course, these are just a few of the best tourist attractions in Orlando—visit the Visit Orlando website to find out much more!

The staff at Tropical Ford can’t wait for your visit.

Hybrid, Electric Ford Trucks and Ford Work Trucks Announced

Ford Superduty Lineup

Ford made headlines earlier this month at the 2017 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, where they revealed their plans to add electric work vehicles and electric trucks to their line-up, which can cut costs for business owners while also lowering the negative effects of the vehicles on the environment.

 

Namely, Ford mentioned the F-150, F-250, and F-550 Super Duty pick-up trucks; the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks; the Transit and E-Series vehicles; and also the F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis trucks as models that would get either electric or hydraulic hybrid variants.

 

The changes will take place courtesy of Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program, which is being expanded and sometimes referred to as “eQVM” – hinting towards its electric interests. The Ford eQVM program will be adopting XL Hybrids, Motiv Power Systems, and Lightning Hybrids for the various models it plans to expand.

 

Of course, the Ford F-150 and much of Ford’s truck lineup already represent the most efficient vehicles in their class – but even better efficiency couldn’t hurt!

 

Currently, we don’t know much else about the electric Ford trucks and when they would hit dealerships. But in the meantime, if you’d like to check out our enormous selection of Ford pick-up trucks and Ford work trucks, visit us anytime at Tropical Ford!

New Ford Mustang Can Read Chinese Handwriting

The 2017 Ford MustangThe Ford Mustang has caught fire in the Chinese automotive market to become the bestselling sports car. In an effort to keep up with the success, Ford has introduced a new version of the already-advanced SYNC 3 infotainment system. Designed for the specifically for the Chinese market, the new Ford Mustang can read Chinese handwriting.

Just when you thought Ford couldn’t outdo themselves, they did.

The Ford Mustang now boasts the technology and software to read Chinese handwriting. The latest infotainment system update is a major improvement over the old version of SYNC 3. Before the update, Chinese drivers would have to spell out each word individually then pick from a list of possible meanings. As you can imagine, that made doing routine activities, like entering an address, time consuming.

The new SYNC 3 update uses swipe technology and handwriting recognition to allow drivers to write their commands on a touchscreen. The system can read more than 2,500 characters, making the Mustang even more appealing than ever before.

Now, SYNC 3 understands both what Chinese drivers are saying and what they actually mean, making voice commands, a major selling point of the system, more viable.

We here at Tropical Ford are pumped to see the new Mustang leading the charge in innovation!

New Ford F-150 Raptor is Reaching a Global Audience

Check out the new Ford F-150 Raptor, a special trim that’s headed around the world thanks to its recent popularity. This model has unparalleled off-road capabilities, offering a thrilling ride and athletic styling. The Raptor was also part of the first-ever official export program, sending the F-150 to places such as China.

According to Ford, the F-150 Raptor is made for off-road trails, with a special exterior design and added performance. This model comes with up to 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. There are also added features like Terrain Management, a widebody design, hood vent, and BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires, among other things.

Two 2017 F-150 Raptors parked next to each other in the desert
The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor

“Ford is one of America’s top exporters, and F-150 Raptor’s appeal and unmatched off-road performance has earned the truck a loyal following around the globe,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Export to China enables us to bring a new group of enthusiasts into the Ford family.”

What else is so special about the Ford F-150 Raptor? This special model also comes with Ford’s signature military-grade alloy to help reduce weight and save on gas. Plus, with TORQUE-ON-DEMAND and 3.0-inch FOX Racing Shox, you can tackle virtually any terrain. It’s easy to see why Ford has been able to ship this pickup across the globe.

Things to Do in Orlando When the Tourists Aren’t Around

Things To Do In OrlandoLooking for things to do in Orlando? There are plenty of events and attractions in the area, but many of these locations are swamped with tourists for a large portion of the year. That’s why Tropical Ford has developed a list of fun things to do when the tourists aren’t around. Here are just some of the top attractions.

According to Trips to Discover, kids will love iFly Indoor Skydiving. This location provides you with a vertical wind tunnel to simulate a free-fall scenario. It’s safe for children as young as three, and many adults and seniors find this to be a thrilling experience. This is a great way to experience skydiving without the risks of the real thing.

Stop by the Kennedy Space Center. This is one location that has tons of visitors per year, but it’s also something that many native Orlando residents never actually visit this icon. The Kennedy Center has space-based history dating back over half a decade, including some of the latest innovations developed by NASA and private companies like SpaceX.

Finally, visit Gatorland. If you live in Florida, you must see the alligators. This place has a speedy zip line, training experiences, and unforgettable shows. These are some of the largest alligators in the state, making this a truly unforgettable time.

Go skydiving at iFly Indoor Skydiving, see the history of exploration at the Kennedy Space Center, and see the biggest alligators around at Gatorland. These are the top things to do when you’re in Orlando.