The iconic Mustang is the latest well-known
model to get a hybrid variant, but it plans to leave preconceived notions of
what a “hybrid” is in the past by delivering fast, fun thrills. Much about the
new Ford Mustang Hybrid is still shrouded in secret, save for the brief glance
of what might be the new car during the recent “Future is Built” commercial.
Still, there is one place we can look for more information about what might be
coming from Ford — the company’s patents.
Ford recently filed a patent for a hybrid vehicle twin motor system, in which twin electric motors would power the front wheels while a more traditional engine powers the rear wheels. Though not specified in the patent itself, the illustration that goes along with the patent depicts a V8 engine.
That’s where speculation around the
aforementioned commercial comes in – if you pause the video at just the right
moment, viewers get a glimpse of what’s under the hood, which looks
suspiciously like the diagram in the patent.
Experts are wondering if more information on
the new Ford Mustang Hybrid will come out on the muscle car’s 55th anniversary
this April. Until then, only rumors and patents can give us any insight to what
the 2020 hybrid variant will offer.
While the new hybrid Mustang isn’t released yet, check out the rest of the Ford lineup here at Tropical Ford.
When you think about the fastest trucks on the road, you might imagine the truly impressive Raptor. However, even that truck is not as fast as the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.
Car and Driver recently put this luxurious truck to the test
and got some astounding results. With its 450-horsepower engine, it achieves a
0-60 mph time of just 5.1 seconds, which makes it one of the fastest trucks
ever produced. It also takes on the quarter mile run in just 13.7 seconds.
Along with its incredible speed, the F-150 Limited has
impressive stopping power, too. With its 22-inch Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico
all-season tires, it can come to a full stop in just 168 feet.
Inside, the F-150 Limited is just as impressive. It comes
standard with upgraded leather upholstery, wood and aluminum trim details, a
navigation system, heated and ventilated front seats, 8-inch touch screen with
Ford SYNC® 3, FordPass Wi-Fi® capabilities, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, a
sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Besides speed and technology, the Ford F-150 Limited also
comes well-equipped with advanced safety features to boost your confidence on
the road. Just some of these available tools inclue BLIS® (Blind Spot
Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear View Camera with Dynamic
Hitch Assist, and AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ (RSC®).
With the ever-growing size of many American cars, parking
can sometimes be a nightmare, especially if you are in the city. According to
INRIX, a transportation analytics organization, drivers spend an average of 17
hours a year looking for parking. This number maxes out at 107 hours a year for
drivers in New York City.
If you live in a crowded urban area, you might want to consider investing in a compact Ford EcoSport. Per Ford, the EcoSport is the most compact SUV in North America.* So while many parking spots are too small for some SUVs, they’re just the right size for the EcoSport. Ford calls these spots “EcoSpots.” The EcoSport measures only 161.3 inches in length, while still offering lots of interior space for passengers and cargo.
In fact, the EcoSport is 8.5 inches shorter than a Mini
Countryman, but still has more cargo area. It is also more than 7 inches
shorter than the Buick Encore while still having more cargo space. The EcoSport
also boasts versatile cargo space thanks to flip-and-fold second-row seats and
an adjustable cargo floor.
In addition to its compact size, the EcoSport comes
well-equipped for a practical and connected driving experience. Standard
features include Bluetooth® connectivity, two USB ports, a rearview camera, and
a cargo cover.
Stop by Tropical Ford to test-drive the delightful EcoSport for yourself.
One of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the year, the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger is set to reclaim the throne amongst midsize pickups early this year. Boasting best-in-class torque with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine, best-in-class EPA-estimated gas mileage, and best-in-class gas payload and towing capability, midsize truck enthusiasts are already enthused about the return of the Ranger.
To make the 2019 Ranger even more appealing, Ford has
announced that Yakima adventure accessories will be available for the Ranger
directly from dealerships.
Ford has designed the 2019 Ford Ranger to be a true companion for outdoorsy adventures. Yakima accessories are tailor-made to enhance the model’s driving experience. Accessories include the BedRock Heavy Duty truck bed rack and a 78-inch crossbar (that allows drivers to carry bikes, boats, and more above the bed). The LongArm bed extender lengthens the truck bed by up to 4 feet and can carry approximately 300 pounds.
With the availability of high-quality Yakima accessories
right through the dealership, drivers can more conveniently customize their new
2019 Ford Ranger to suit their lifestyle and needs.
Test-drive the 2019 Ranger when it arrives on our lot here
at Tropical Ford. Until then, visit us to test-drive one of our other shiny new
*Class is Midsize
Pickups based on Ford segmentation; EPA-estimated rating of 21 city/26 hwy.
Ford has never faltered in delivering on its commitment to American workers, providing good jobs to hard-working folks from sea to shining sea. To this end, the manufacturer recently kicked off Ford Ranger production at its assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan.
This newest round of Ford Ranger production marks an $850-million investment by Ford in the 3,000-strong Michigan Assembly Plant. These 3,000 workers are feeling very merry indeed this Christmas season thanks to Ford’s production move. Ford transitioned from production of the Focus at the Michigan Assembly Plant to open availability for production of the 2019 Ford Focus.
doesn’t end with the Ford Ranger, however. Starting in 2020, Ford will also
produce the Bronco once more at the Michigan Assembly Plant.
All of us here
at Tropical Ford are looking forward to the return of the Ford Ranger. The 2019
model promises to be a game-changer. It features a turbocharged 2.3-liter
EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission system,
best-in-class payload, integrated Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, plus
amongst other safety technologies.
Contact us at Tropical Ford to find out more information about the new Ford Ranger. We can also set you up with a test drive of your favorite Ford model.
The Ford Focus is a versatile compact car, offering both hatchback and sedan styles and plenty of room inside despite its petite size. But with the new generation of Focus, Ford has made this popular car even more family-friendly by adding extra room to the backseat.
The Ford Focus backseat space will increase significantly with the new model. Backseat passengers can enjoy an additional 1.97 inches of knee room and 2.4 inches of shoulder room.
But Ford didn’t just want more seat space. The company also wanted the Focus to feel more open and comfortable, which is why the new Focus will have wider side windows with that stretch further backward. It will also offer an available panoramic sunroof, to open up the cabin to the outdoors.
The improved rear space in the Focus is only one of the changes introduced in the new generation of Focus. The brand has restyled the 2019 Focus with a sleeker, more fluid exterior, as well as modern LED lighting and a new grille.
The manufacturer has also revamped the interior of the Focus. The cabin boasts a revised infotainment system and cleaner, more streamlined dashboard thanks to a new screen design. Next-generation Ford SYNC with smartphone connectivity completes the package, making the Focus modern, comfortable, and stylish both inside and out.
Stop by Tropical Ford to test-drive the 2019 Focus for yourself.
Gamescom is a huge celebration in Cologne, Germany, and the perfect opportunity for major debuts. Although it’s primarily dedicated to celebrating the latest video games, Gamescom’s 350,000+ visitors make it a great place to give the new Ranger Raptor lots of attention.
There’s a specific reason why Ford chose the Ranger Raptor debut for Gamescom 2018: the new truck will appear in the newest Forza Horizon release, set to roll out October 2. Between two Ranger Raptor models at Ford’s booth, the automaker also invited visitors to experience its 4D racing simulator and eight immersive gaming pods.
“Since the Ford GT graced the cover of Forza Motorsport 6 in 2015, millions of gamers have driven Ford performance cars on Forza’s virtual roads, experiencing these impressive cars at their limits in Forza’s world-class simulation engine,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director of the Forza Racing Franchise “Almost 700,000 unique Forza drivers already added the F-150 Raptor to their virtual garage, and there’s little doubt the Ranger Raptor will be just as coveted.”
We at Tropical Ford are excited to see the Ford Ranger Raptor finally debut publically, and can’t wait for it to arrive at our showroom. Contact us if you’d like to receive notice once the rugged truck becomes available.
Potholes can feel like the unavoidable bane of any driver’s existence — they’re easy to find and hard to miss. But a new pothole detection technology might change that. The new Ford Focus will spotlight this new technology that will minimize the damage that a pothole might cause.
The new Ford Focus will feature a new advanced suspension technology that will adjust to potholes when the system detects them. This technology comes with the Ford Focus’ Continuously Controlled Damping system. The pothole detection technology was tested on the ultimate pothole challenge — a test road at Ford’s Belgium test facility which is built with extreme potholes and other hazards on the road. If the pothole technology succeeded on this challenge, it’s sure to make a big difference when used on the average road.
The 2019 Ford Focus compact car should go on sale sometime in 2019. The brand will likely offer it as both a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. In addition to its advanced pothole detection technology, it boasts an attractive new design, a more spacious interior, and additional driver-assist technologies.
For more information about this creative Ford contribution to driving safety, contact us at Tropical Ford.
Modern hybrids are often more powerful than their gasoline-only counterparts, thanks to the additional torque gained from the electric motors. This benefit is why Ford is planning to release a 2020 Ford Mustang Hybrid.
While we don’t know much about this planned Mustang hybrid, it is fun to imagine the power you could get from the combination of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and a pair of electric motors. With this powertrain blend, we will likely see an output of at least 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.
It is possible that Ford will utilize the same hybrid technology it is planning for the next-generation Ford Focus RS. Industry reports indicate that the Focus RS Hybrid will use a 48-volt starter system that will boost its output to around 400 horsepower and cut about 0.4 seconds off of its current 0-60 mph time.
Along with its improved output, the Mustang Hybrid should see a boost in efficiency, too. While fuel economy isn’t expected to go up significantly, it should at least boast a better rating than the gasoline-only models.
Stop by Tropical Ford to find out more information about the upcoming 2020 Mustang Hybrid. You can also take your favorite Ford model for a test drive.
This March, Ford announced the all-new Ford Co-Pilot360: a suite of standard, advanced safety features and driver-assist technologies. In the advent of intelligent safety technology within the auto industry, Ford has once again proven itself as a top competitor. In fact, Ford Co-Pilot360 is the most advanced safety suite of all full-line North American brands, and it will come standard across Ford vehicles within the next couple of years. The new 2019 Ford Fusion marks the global debut of this state-of-the-art suite which offers drivers a wide range of protection while on the road.
The 2019 Ford Fusion is impressive in more ways than one, but no one can deny that the Ford Co-Pilot360 is one of its most exciting standard features. Every trim level will feature this technology, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keeping system, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, a rear backup camera, and auto high-beam lights. All of these features contribute to a more comfortable, confident driving experience that you can trust. For instance, the blind spot information system will actively monitor your blind spots and alert you if there are vehicles on either side of your car. The automatic emergency braking system monitors the path ahead of you and automatically applies the brake if it detects a vehicle or pedestrian, helping you to avoid front-end collisions.