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Reinventing the Ford F‑150


 

When it came time to update the F‑150, Ford might have played it safe with incremental improvements. After all, Ford’s F-Series line of full-size trucks has been America’s best-selling truck for 38 years, and the best-selling vehicle of any kind for 33 years. Instead, we redesigned the 2015 F‑150 from the wheels up, with major changes in design and materials that make it the toughest, smartest, most capable and fuel-efficient F‑150 ever.

“Closed loop” aluminum and seat fabric recycling processes significantly reduce life-cycle waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing the amount of high-strength steel in the new F‑150’s frame from 22 percent to 77 percent and dramatically expanding the use of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in its body helped Ford engineers cut overall vehicle weight by up to 700 pounds. Yet the new F‑150 tows up to an additional 1,100 pounds, accelerates faster and brakes more quickly.

These and other smart engineering choices required Ford to redesign much of its production process – but the result was worth the investment. The all-new 2015 F‑150 is not only the best performing but the most sustainable truck ever to roll off a Ford assembly line.

“We set out to create the future of tough with the new F‑150. We achieved this goal while simultaneously delivering the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gas-powered pickup in America.”

Raj Nair
Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development

Closed-Loop Recycling

Ford made a big investment in closed-loop recycling for the 2015 F‑150, partnering with aluminum suppliers Novelis and Alcoa to recycle aluminum scraps from Ford’s manufacturing process directly into aluminum for more F‑150s. These scraps, most of which come from stamping windows into body panels, make up as much as 40 percent of the original metal used.

Aluminum is infinitely recyclable. Recycled aluminum requires 95 percent less energy than refining raw aluminum from bauxite, uses significantly less energy and water, and avoids the environmental impacts of mining virgin metal. But the aluminum scraps must be in pristine condition to be recycled into high-strength auto bodies. To achieve this level of purity, Ford invested $60 million in special recycling equipment that keeps the aluminum scrap separate from other metals, divides it into six different alloys, cleans and shreds it, and sucks it into pneumatic tubes that lead to trucks dedicated solely to this process. Every day, about 50 semi-tractor trailers used to deliver fresh supplies of aluminum later drive away from Ford’s F‑150 plant in Dearborn, Michigan, filled with sorted aluminum alloys.

Once back at Ford’s aluminum suppliers (which also invested in new technology for this process), the scraps are melted, impurities are removed, and the molten metal is remanufactured and shipped in large coils back to Ford stamping plants, where they go straight back into the manufacturing process from which they emerged. This approach is elaborate but extraordinarily efficient, preserving 90 percent of the original aluminum and reducing environmental impacts and costs. And it enabled the 2015 F‑150 to become the first mass-assembly pickup ever produced with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy cargo box, closures, body structure.

The closed loop aluminum recycling process used in the F‑150 received an inaugural Michigan Governor’s Recycling Award, and earned the F‑150 the top spot among pickups in the AAA’s 2015 Green Car Guide. The Wall Street Journal described the 2015 F‑150 as “perhaps the most important vehicle to hit Ford dealerships in decades.”

Ford works with a different supplier to develop another closed-loop recycling process in the 2015 F‑150 and several other vehicles: waste material from seat fabric production is turned into new yarns that are woven back into the seat fabrics, keeping the scraps from the landfill. Since 2012, Ford has worked with Unifi and Sage Automotive to bring environmentally responsible, high-performance REPREVE® fiber to many Ford vehicles, like the 2015 F‑150, Fusion and Edge. The recycled seat fabric fibers are made from 100 percent recycled material, like plastic bottles and post-industrial plastic waste. About 30 20-ounce plastic water bottles go into the seat fabric of each F‑150 XLT. Overall, Ford’s use of REPREVE® in the F‑150 will divert more than 5 million plastic bottles from landfill in 2015 alone.

Light-Weighting the New F‑150

It seems intuitive that reducing a truck’s weight would also reduce its toughness and performance. The all-new 2015 Ford F‑150, which represents Ford’s most extensive use of advanced lightweight materials ever, turns that expectation on its head.

Consider this: Increasing the use of high-strength steel in the F‑150’s frame makes it structurally more rigid while reducing weight by up to 60 pounds. Expanded use of high-strength aluminum alloys in the F‑150’s body improves dent and ding resistance while helping to reduce weight. These and other innovations make the 2015 F‑150 up to 700 pounds lighter than its predecessor – while improving fuel efficiency, toughness and performance. Combined with EcoBoost® engine technology, the 2015 F‑150 can tow up to 1,100 pounds and haul up to 530 pounds more than its 2014 counterpart, with a 5 percent to 16 percent better power-to-weight ratio. Overall, the 2015 models get from 5 percent to 29 percent better EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings than comparable 2014 models.1

Changes of this magnitude in a single year require bold thinking and design coupled with major investments in the right kinds of technology.

  1. EPA-estimated city fuel economy ratings for the 2015 F‑150 lineup range from 15 mpg for the 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 to 19 mpg for the 2.7L EcoBoost V6. The highest estimated improvement of 29 percent is based on a comparison of the EPA-estimated combined fuel economy ratings for the all-new 2015 2.7L EcoBoost V6 4×2 (22 mpg) and the 2014 5.0L V8 4×2 (17 mpg).

 

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Try Out Hot Technology for Free in Your Ford!


Rock. Hip-hop. Dance and electronic. Live play-by-play sports. News. Traffic. Talk. Comedy. Kid’s entertainment. That’s just a small sampling of what’s available for your listening pleasure when you subscribe to SiriusXM .

Did you know that you can also tune in for weather and traffic reports specific to your region?* Or the latest news and sports coverage from around the world? If you’ve never experienced SiriusXM, then you might not know that there are more than 150 channels with everything from the recent pop hits to swinging big-band music of the ’40s. It also has one of the largest collections of commercial-free channels available anywhere.

And here is some great news, if you’re driving a Ford vehicle that is SiriusXM-equipped but you’ve let the subscription lapse for whatever reason, SiriusXM is offering a free listening promotion of select channels from November 19 through December 2, 2014, that lets you explore some of this great programming for free!** Think of it as a test-drive for your ears. Click here to see a list of SiriusXM channels offered during the promotion.
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Plus, all new Ford vehicles receive a 6-month trial subscription* to the SiriusXM All Access package, which gives you every premium channel inside your vehicle – plus access on your computer, smartphone and tablet when you’re out of your vehicle. In addition to the 6-month All Access service, earlier this year, Ford announced that any customers buying a new model year 2015 or later Ford vehicle equipped with optional navigation system would get a five-year subscription to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link® services.*

So, be sure to take advantage of the free two weeks of SiriusXM to see what it’s all about! Trust us, if you didn’t already dislike getting out of your Ford vehicle before, it’s about to become even more difficult!

 

 

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Using a Ford to Recruit Athletes


Having someone believe in you is such a powerful tool at any age, but it can be particularly important with younger generations, who are just finding their way in life. Often, athletics can often be a satisfying outlet for that support system. And Martin Gubbels is a man who sees the role competition in sports has in influencing youth in a positive fashion.

Martin is the owner of Big Sky Ford in Torrington, Wyoming. He brings his business into the world of athletics by donating Ford vehicles to coaches and recruiters for athletic purposes or anything related to coaching. “Athletics is not just a healthy activity for kids; it helps them build friendships and teaches them social skills and the value of teamwork,” Martin said.

In fact, Martin’s dealership provides Ford vehicles at no cost to the coaching staff at Eastern Wyoming College and the University of Wyoming, who have to sometimes drive long distances across the state to recruit athletes, and so that they don’t have the mileage on their personal vehicles. “Supporting something I love is a no-brainer,” Martin explained. “It creates a lot of goodwill in the community, so it’s a win-win situation for the dealership and the young people out there who are competitors.”

Martin may be in a small-town environment, but he’s allowing for the building of big dreams. “In all of my work, I love to see the youth of our area grow, learn, compete and succeed in their lives,” Martin explained. Or as they say in football, a touchdown!

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First Look at the New Ford Explorer


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What’s New for 2016

Numerous changes greet the 2016 Ford Explorer, including new exterior styling, a new interior, improved control interface with hard buttons replacing the touch-sensitive targets from last year, and a new 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder with 270 horsepower. Last but not least, there’s a new luxurious model, the new Explorer.

The 2016 Explorer brings new looks, new technology, and new thinking to Ford’s ubiquitous midsize SUV. The refreshed exterior borrows from Land Rover’s styling, and the new interior brings more refinements and ease of use, especially for shorter buyers, or those put off by Ford’s touch-sensitive control interfaces and earlier versions of MyFord Touch. A new Explorer Platinum model offers luxury features like a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, leather-wrapped instrument panel, and “Nirvana” leather on the seats (no, it’s not embroidered with heart-shaped boxes). Not all the changes are at the top though. A new 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine offers more power and good fuel economy, and is now available with all-wheel drive. The Terrain Management System even gives this car-basedcrossover some off-road chops.

 

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You’ll Like This Car If…The changes Ford made to the new Explorer SUV target those who were turned off by the control interface, who wanted more technology, and even shorter drivers, thanks to redesigned armrests. If you rejected the Ford Explorer for any of those reasons, maybe it’s time for another look.

Driving the Explorer

2016 Ford Explorer Front angle view photo

                                                      Driving Impressions 

Two engines are carryover for the 2016 Ford Explorer: the standard 3.5-liter V6 continues, offering 290 horsepower with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or 4-wheel drive (AWD), and routing it through…

… the 6-speed automatic transmission that’s the only choice for all Explorer buyers. If you want real oomph, then the Explorer Sport and new Explorer Platinum offer a twin-turbocharged version of the V6 with 365 horsepower. However, the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that’s available in base, XLT and Limited models caught our attention. Ford says it will offer the same fuel economy as last year’s 2.0-liter version, but with 270 horsepower, it’s nearly as powerful as the standard V6 and should have no problem hauling this big SUV around.

BUTTONS
It may sound odd to get excited over buttons, but we couldn’t be happier that Ford has abandoned its touch-sensitive control panel with one that uses regular ol’ buttons for climate controls and basic audio functions. We’re not luddites, but the old system smacked of being different just for difference’s sake.

TERRAIN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Once upon a time, SUVs were based off rugged 4-wheel-drive trucks. These days, they’re mostly based on unibody car platforms, which are less robust. The Ford Explorer’s Terrain Management System tries to bridge that gap by optimizing the Explorer’s 4-wheel-drive system for snow, mud, or ruts with the twist of a dial.

2016 Ford Explorer Details

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The Ford Explorer seats up to seven in its three rows, and thanks to its overall size even the third row offers room for adults. The second row comes as either a 3-person bench, or it can be had with two bucket seats. Fold both seating rows and you have generous cargo space. We’re happy that Ford has replaced the old Explorer’s touch-sensitive controls with actual buttons, and also like the looks of the new 10-inch digital screen integrated into the gauges. Other improvements are aimed at making the new Explorer friendlier to smaller drivers, such as repositioned armrests.

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2016 Ford Explorer photo

The changes to the new Ford Explorer don’t alter the basic silhouette of the SUV, but the details are quite nice. The new standard LED low-beam headlights, grille, and bumper in front give this mainstream SUV a first-glance resemblance to aLand Rover Range Rover, pretty good company we’d say, although the lower part of the bumper looks too heavy. We like the addition of a front-view camera on the Explorer, as well as front parking sensors, both handy when maneuvering through a parking lot. Changes to the rear are more subtle, and mostly consist of new taillights.

Notable Equipment

Standard EquipmentThe 2016 Explorer comes in five models: base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and a new Platinum model. Base models come standard with the 3.5-liter V6 engine, a 6-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, LED low-beam headlights and LED taillights, 18-inch wheels, and a rearview camera that incorporates a washer to keep the lens clean. Other standard features include cruise control, air conditioning, a 6-speaker audio system, and Ford’s Sync. Ford’s MyKey, allows drivers to program top speed and other parameters to help prevent young drivers from behaving recklessly. Other safety features include trailer Sway Control for easier towing.

Optional EquipmentAs is often the case these days, moving up through the model lineup is the best way to get more on your new Explorer. The mid-level XLT is a good value, offering leather seats, navigation, blind-spot detection, inflatable rear seatbelts, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a dual-panel moonroof. Base, XLT and Limited models can substitute the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder for the standard V6, and all-wheel drive is available across the board, regardless of engine. The new Platinum model comes with the twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, plus high-end leather, a premium audio system, leather-covered dash, and other luxury items.

Under the Hood

2016 Ford Explorer Engine photoThe standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 on the Ford Explorer is fine for most people, offering decent power and acceptable fuel economy. The new 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine makes a good argument for itself though. Despite being a little down on power compared to the V6, the EcoBoost four offers notably more torque, and can now be had with all-wheel drive. We expect this engine to be the choice for many buyers. Available on the Sport and Platinum models is the twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, bumping power up to a more-than-adequate 365 horsepower. All new Ford Explorer models can be equipped with 4-wheel drive, a change from last year. Additionally, all models use a 6-speed automatic transmission, now available with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4
270 horsepower
300 lb-ft of torque
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

3.5-liter V6
290 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
255 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (FWD), 13/18 mpg (FWD E85), 17/23 (4WD), 12/17 mpg (4WD E85)

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
365 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg

Prices for the 2016 Ford Explorer starts at about $31,500 for a front-wheel-drive base model with the standard V6 engine. The new 4-cylinder engine adds $995 to that total, while the 4-wheel-drive system tacks on $2,000. Considering the wider variety of options available, we think the XLT is a better entry point, at its base price of about $34,300. If you’re looking for more power, the Sport and Platinum models start at $44,200 and $53,500, respectively. That’s competitive with SUVs like the Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot, although the Hyundai Santa Fe starts below $30,000. The KBB.com Fair Purchase Price helps you get a good deal by telling you what other Explorer buyers in your area paid. Note that the Explorer’s resale value holds up better than theDodge Durango, and is right in line with the Chevrolet Traverse and Pilot, even if it’s less than the Highlander.

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new Lincoln MKZ design


2017 Lincoln MKZ

Discover your new favorite space. The new Lincoln MKZ combines intuitive technology, effortless performance and distinctive design to deliver an enhanced driving experience Lincoln calls quiet luxury.

Lincoln reveals a newly designed MKZ today, focusing on areas most desired by today’s luxury midsize sedan customer – quality, performance and style.

“Our customers are looking for three attributes in a luxury midsize sedan – technologies that ease their everyday experience, a beautiful design that is crafted with attention to detail, and a vehicle with impressive power that makes it a pleasure to drive,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. “The new Lincoln MKZ elevates all of these attributes – and many more – to create a compelling entry in this large and highly competitive portion of the luxury market.”

The new Lincoln MKZ is designed to appeal to those who are looking for something different in the luxury market. From the placement of technology features such as the push-button gear shift to reimagined interior spaces including the floating center console, drivers can relish in discovering an unexpected experience based on intelligent function and beautiful form that offers, above all, an enjoyable drive.

The Lincoln Experience is brought to life through the available Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine, as well as intangible elements like the quiet cabin provided by the Active Noise Control system.

Features that make the new Lincoln MKZ a haven of refined comfort include curated spaces for storage, the availability of three Lincoln Black Label interior packages with exclusive, personal in-home design consultation, available fully retractable panoramic glass roof, and concert-quality Revel® audio with specially designed doors for optimal positioning of the speakers.

 

INTUITIVE TECHNOLOGY

The new Lincoln MKZ is designed to make the drive easier and more enjoyable. Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality automatically can slow the car, resuming higher speeds when traffic clears. The system activates the brakes automatically to bring the car to a complete stop if the driver fails to apply brakes in time [1].

An auto hold feature keeps the car at a complete stop without the driver having to press and hold the brake pedal – making stop-and-go driving more relaxing for MKZ owners.

Available enhanced park assist uses ultrasonic sensors to help Lincoln MKZ seamlessly steer itself into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot. The car can assist with park-out as needed [1].

Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection is an available technology that can help avoid some frontal crashes [1], or lessen the severity of such events.

 

LINCOLN-EXCLUSIVE ENGINE PROVIDES EFFORTLESS PERFORMANCE

An all-new, Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter GTDI V6 leads available engine choices for the new Lincoln MKZ. When paired with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, the twin-turbocharged engine produces 400 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque [2,3] for effortless performance and refinement.

Dynamic Torque Vectoring [4], part of an available Driver’s Package for MKZ with the 3.0-liter engine, enhances cornering agility without compromising ride comfort, helping drivers enjoy a smooth, seamless experience.

The new Lincoln MKZ provides a hybrid alternative as well; and a 2.0-liter GTDI, 245-horsepower [2] four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive.

Available Lincoln Drive Control allows drivers to adjust among three drive modes – comfort, normal and sport. The system includes continuously controlled damping, and electric power-assisted steering to provide comfortable, confident handling.

The Driver’s Package for Lincoln MKZ with 3.0-liter V6 also includes 19-inch wheels, Ebony-painted calipers, light Magnetic-painted grille, Ebony interior with carbon fiber appliqués, customizable multi-contour seats and aluminum pedal covers. In addition, the package features retuned continuously controlled damping and suspension for enhanced driving dynamics.

 

DISTINCTIVE DESIGN

The new face of Lincoln is highlighted by available adaptive LED headlamps that help deliver cleaner, clearer lighting for drivers, complemented by the all-new one-piece Lincoln signature grille.

Inside, engineers paid particular attention to the sound and feel of new switches and dials that replace slider adjustments for easier control of ventilation and audio functions for new Lincoln MKZ customers. Commonly used buttons and USB ports are now even easier to access.

Two all-new Lincoln Black Label themes, Chalet and Vineyard, as well as Thoroughbred, deliver desired uniqueness and options paired with luxurious materials. Lincoln MKZ’s available fully retractable panoramic glass roof offers the largest open-air roof among sedans. [5]

The new Lincoln MKZ goes on sale in summer 2016.

1. Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s judgment. 2. Tested with 93-octane fuel. 3. 3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine in front-wheel drive models is limited to 350 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. 4. Requires 3.0-liter GTDI V6 engine and AWD. 5. Based on effective roof opening as measured by Webasto.

 

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New Ford Escape


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FORD LAUNCHING TECHNOLOGY-PACKED NEW ESCAPE; MORE CONNECTIVITY, INNOVATIVE FEATURES MAKE DRIVING SAFER, EASIER

  • New Ford Escape gives SUV customers even more of what they want – additional innovative features to make their daily drive safer and easier, greater connectivity, two new EcoBoost® engines and technology that saves fuel in heavy traffic
  • Escape is first Ford vehicle in the world with SYNC® Connect – customers can unlock and lock their doors, start engine, even locate vehicle through smartphone app
  • Driver-assist technologies including enhanced active park assist, lane-keeping system, and adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support make driving easier and safer
  • Environmentally friendly Auto Start-Stop standard with Escape’s two new EcoBoost engines – a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter twin-scroll; technology shuts off engine in common stops so the vehicle uses no gas, improving fuel economy by 4 percent to 6 percent in stop-and-go traffic

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2015 – The popular Ford Escape SUV is newly engineered to make customers feel unstoppable – with even more driver-assist technologies to help enable safer and easier driving, new mobile connectivity that allows owners to interact with their vehicle from anywhere through a smartphone app, and two new efficient EcoBoost® engines.

The new Escape is the first Ford vehicle in the world with available SYNC® Connect, allowing users to unlock doors, check fuel level and even locate where a vehicle is parked.

To help drivers feel more confident behind the wheel, driver-assist technologies available for the new Escape include adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support, a lane-keeping system and enhanced active park assist. That’s all packed in a vehicle that has been redesigned from the inside out, including a driver and front passenger area upgraded with more storage space and mobile device charge ports.

“The compact SUV segment is the largest and most competitive in the United States, and the new Escape delivers even more of what our customers want – more technology they can really use to make their daily drive safer and easier,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas.

SYNC Connect keeps drivers in touch with remote vehicle access
Need to lock your new Escape from across town? There is an app for that.

With SYNC Connect, owners can remotely start their vehicle and schedule future starts, as well as lock and unlock their Escape using their smartphones. The technology provides vehicle location, as well as key vehicle information such as tire pressures, battery and fuel levels.

SYNC Connect, available with SYNC® 3 for the new Escape, comes with complimentary activation for five years. A user enables the system through a two-step authentication process designed to protect personal information. SYNC 3 features faster performance, conversational voice recognition, intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface.

Driver-assist technologies SUV drivers want
Other driver-assist features available help make the daily commute safer and easier for drivers of the new Ford Escape:

  • ·Adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with brake support: Sensors detect when Escape is approaching a slow-moving vehicle, and adjust cruise control accordingly
  • Enhanced active park assist: Provides steering assistance to park the vehicle in a parallel or reverse perpendicular parking spot, and pull out from tight parallel parking spots; driver controls brake, accelerator and shifter. Technology includes side park distance control
  • Lane-keeping system: The system includes lane-keeping alert, which alerts drivers when they drift unintentionally from their lane, and lane-keeping aid, which provides steering assistance to guide an unintentionally drifting vehicle back into its lane
  • Driver Alert System: Using data from the lane-keeping system, the Driver Alert System can detect signs of fatigued driving and provide a warning on the instrument cluster

Already available driver-assist features for the new Escape include:

  • Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert: BLIS® can alert drivers when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot in a neighboring lane. An indicator light provides a warning in the side mirror corresponding to the side on which the vehicle is approaching
  • Hill-start assist: The feature holds the vehicle stationary on a hill long enough for the driver to transition from brake to gas pedal
  • Auto high-beam control: System automatically switches from high to low beams, and vice versa, depending on ambient lighting
  • Hands-free, foot-activated liftgate: Opens liftgate with the simple kick of a key fob-carrying customer’s foot beneath rear bumper – perfect for those whose hands are loaded with gear

Two new EcoBoost engines with Auto Start-Stop
Escape is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start-Stop standard with either of two EcoBoost engines new to the model – a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter twin-scroll. The technology senses when the vehicle is sitting idle and shuts off the engine to conserve fuel, resulting in a 4 percent to 6 percent improvement in fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic. The engine restarts automatically – in less than half a second – when the driver releases the brake pedal.

“Auto Start-Stop is the equivalent of turning off the lights when you leave a room, or turning off a water faucet when you’re done washing dishes,” said Milton Wong, Escape chief engineer. “It’s a high-tech approach to more efficient driving.”

Escape SE and Titanium trim levels come standard with the new 1.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost, while the powerful new twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost is optional. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard across the line, with new paddle-shift technology available for Escape SE and Titanium.

The twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost delivers 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, along with greater efficiency and improved noise, vibration and harshness performance. New pistons provide a higher, more efficient compression ratio, and a newly designed, integrated exhaust manifold is optimized for the twin-scroll turbo system.

The aluminum-block, twin-cam 1.5-liter EcoBoost with integrated exhaust manifold is projected to deliver horsepower and torque output comparable to the 1.6-liter – an expected 180 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque.

Along with the new EcoBoost offerings, the 2.5-liter i-VCT four-cylinder engine carries over as standard equipment for the Escape S series.

Three trim levels, with new Sport Appearance Package
Escape customers can continue to select from S, SE and Titanium trim levels, as well as a new Sport Appearance Package available for SE and Titanium.

Charcoal Black with subtle Deep Space black trim is available for Escape Titanium. Salerno leather seats feature a unique horizontal pattern. Titanium customers can also opt for Medium Stone seats to contrast with the black interior.

Escape will be offered in three new colors – Canyon Ridge, White Gold and Lightning Blue. Six new wheel designs are also available.

Built to lead in a growing segment
Overall SUV sales continue to trend higher – both in North America and around the world. SUVs now account for about one third of the U.S. auto industry, a number Ford projects will grow to 40 percent by 2020. In the United States, SUV sales are expected to exceed 5 million units in 2015 for the first time ever.

Small SUVs play an increasingly larger role, and Escape remains one of the most popular. Since its launch in 2000, more than 3 million units have been sold in the United States, including a record 306,212 Escape vehicles in North America in 2014. Ford expects Escape sales this year will exceed that figure.

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Mustang Celebrates Back-to-Back Honors with New Ringtone


 

If you snuck a peek at the latest list of 10Best Cars list from Car and Driver magazine, you may have noticed a familiar vehicle. For the second year in a row, the Ford Mustang is being recognized as one of the best cars on the road by the editors of this esteemed magazine. To celebrate, we’re making an exclusive GT350 ringtone available!

The sound of this fine-tuned performance vehicle is music to the ears of many car enthusiasts, and now it can be your ringtone. Click here to download the high-definition recording of the iconic GT350 engine for use on your mobile device. This is guaranteed to get that adrenaline flowing! Use it for your ringtone, alarm or device notifications; just don’t blame us if it’s so cool you forget to pick up the phone.

Want to learn more about the high-performance, Shelby GT350R? You’ll find all the juicy details on ford.com.