Ford Holds Ranger Raptor Debut at Gamescom

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Ford is full of surprises — and the automaker is proving it with the reveal of the new Ford Ranger Raptor at a surprising venue: Gamescom, Europe’s largest video game convention.

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.

Pothole Detection Technology Coming to New Ford Focus

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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.

What’s Happening with the Ford Mustang Hybrid?

Ford Mustang Hybrid | Tropical Ford BlogModern 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.

2019 Ford Fusion Debuts All-New Ford Co-Pilot360

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.

2019 Ford Fusion - InteriorThe 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.

Stop by Tropical Ford later this year, to test drive the 2019 Ford Fusion when it arrives on our lot.

Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid Van Provides Businesses with Clean and Efficient Option

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Ford is making good on its promise to deliver affordable and highly capable electric vehicles (EVs) to drivers and businesses with the debut of the all-new Ford Transit Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). The impressive and efficient commercial van debuted recently at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2017 event, and businesses looking for an affordable, efficient, and clean fleet vehicle are rightfully excited.

Slated to roll out in volume in 2019, the Ford Transit PHEV features an advanced hybrid system capable of emission-free driving for up to 31+ miles. The new Transit will also be equipped with the award-winning Ford EcoBoost 1.0-liter engine to extend its driving range.

With the release of the Transit PHEV, Ford will be the only automaker to offer such technology in a commercial van. The van will offer, for the first time, unbeatable fuel-efficiency for urban-operating businesses that rely on fleet vehicles for a variety of transit needs.

The new Transit PHEV signals that Ford is ready to remain a top automaker as electric vehicles become increasingly in-demand, which is great news for drivers, as they can continue to count on unstoppable Ford performance without sacrificing cutting-edge efficiency.

Come into Tropical Ford to learn more about the upcoming Ford Transit PHEV van and discover a better way for your business to get around.

Ford to Bring Connected Commercial Vehicle Services to the Road

Connected Commercial Vehicle Sales - Tropical Ford BlogBusiness owners who want to stay connected with their employees on the road won’t have to wait long. Ford is partnering with Telogis to provide employers with a convenient way to track and optimize their fleet vehicles. The connected commercial vehicle services will be available on models equipped with the Ford SYNC® Connect infotainment system.

The Telogis-provided service will be available first in 2018 Ford F-150 models equipped with SYNC® Connect. From there, companies simply need to link their vehicles to an existing Ford Telematics or Telogis account.

Ford’s connected commercial vehicle services will allow companies to monitor and optimize its fleets and, by extension, workers. Through the Ford SYNC® Connect system, companies can keep track of vehicle location, navigation, route planning, and driver behavior.

“The addition of connectivity in Ford commercial vehicles provides value for customers that goes way beyond owning a great truck,” said Susan Heystee, VP of worldwide OEM sales, Telogis.

The Telogis Mobile Resource Management software will begin its roll out with the 2018 F-150. Other commercial vehicles, like the Ford Transit Connect, will follow soon after.

We at Tropical Ford are happy to see Ford offering new ways for business owners to optimize their fleets.

 

2018 F-150 Awards Now Include Top Honors at TAWA Truck Rodeo

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The 2018 F-150 awards are coming in left and right, including the recent Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) award. Scoring top marks at the Texas Truck Rodeo hosted by the TAWA, the new F-150 impressed judges with its competitive design and precision-tuned EcoBoost® engine options. The F-150 Raptor also took first place in the Off-Road Pickup Truck category.

According to Ford, the TAWA panel at the Truck Rodeo consists of more than 70 journalists who are experts in the auto industry, all of whom test pickups for more than 300 hours. Believe it or not, the Ford F-Series has won 14 other times throughout the history of the TAWA awards.

“With the new 2018 F-150, we’re honored to earn back-to-back Truck of Texas awards for F-Series, a recognition that speaks to the truck team’s dedication to our hardworking customers,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and president, North America. “That’s especially true in Texas—truck capital of the world.”

The new F-150 has new features like an Auto Start-Stop feature for all engines, which helps to preserve gas, and an all-new 3.3-liter V6 option. The Raptor is built for off-road trails, offering a high-output engine, a Terrain Management System™, BF Goodrich KO2 tires, and upgraded FOX shocks. You can test the new F-150 and the F-150 Raptor at Tropical Ford today.

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

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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!