(Posted on Mar 14, 2019 at 01:05PM by Danielle Smyth)
In case you missed it (ICYMI), Ford’s making a lot of changes in 2020. Around this time last year, Ford announced a whole host of changes to its lineup at an automotive press event in Dearborn, MI. Topics discussed included the future of mobility, challenges facing automakers, and new products.
Here are some of the highlights:
Hybrid powertrains for both the Explorer and the Escape
The return of the Ford Bronco with a square silhouette, pronounced wheel arches, and a rear-hatch mounted spare. Take that, Jeep Wrangler!
A new, still nameless off-roading utility model that looks like a 4x4 and might use the Escape’s platform.
A growing SUV lineup, with at least one new Lincoln luxury model
Simplification with fewer platforms—five in total: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, commercial vans, a scaled chassis platform for trucks, and a specific electric vehicle platform. What this means: more models, less mechanical redesign.
Beat Toyota at its hybrid and all-electric game by 2021 with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric versions of the Ford Mustang and the Ford F-150.
Standardization of the Ford Co-Pilot360. Introduced in fall 2018 for the Ford Edge and at the beginning of 2019 for the Ford Ranger, the Ford Co-Pilot360’s five safety features, including automatic braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection, lane keep assist, backup camera and automatic headlights, will be standard on all Ford vehicles by 2020.
If this all sounds too good to be true, it isn’t! Hurry in to test drive one of these great vehicle, like the 2019 Ranger XL. Sound Ford is located near Kent, Washington!
(Posted on Mar 14, 2019 at 12:18PM by Danielle Smyth)
Ford has just published a patent filed in 2017 to create a “portable entertainment support system” for a pickup truck box. When you’re not using all that flatbed space for hauling tools or furniture, you’ll be able to set up your own private movie theater and take tailgating—or Netflix and chilling—to a whole new level.
Here’s how Ford describes it: “An entertainment support system is attached to a pickup truck having a plurality of receptacles in sidewalls of a truck box spaced above a truck bed. The entertainment support system includes a first mount having a first horizontal arm extending between opposing sidewalls of the truck box, and a vertical arm extending orthogonal to the first horizontal arm. The entertainment support system further includes a second mount including a second horizontal arm extending between the opposing side walls parallel to and spaced from the first horizontal arm.”
As Rob Stumpf translates, that means removable mounts fixed on the truck bed sides and cross members that horizontally span the bed to support a T-shaped structure. The frame will be higher than the cab to hold a large screen edge to edge. And there’s a horizontal bar to hold your projector and two audio speakers.
Intrigued? Get your pickup today so you’re ready for the drive-in experience. Check out the 2013 Ford F-150. It’s preowned but has so much to love, and fewer than 100,000 miles to its name. Hurry in to Sound Ford today! We are located near Renton, Washington.
(Posted on Mar 6, 2019 at 06:00PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Have you heard the news? Ford has been working with Argo AI to test how autonomous vehicles can benefit small businesses. Last summer, the innovative companies approached local enterprises - such as florists, dry cleaning services, and a boutique pet care shop - to find out if a program to transport goods utilizing self-driving automobiles would be useful to them and the answer was yes! They then simulated a trial using an application where the participants could request or schedule deliveries. It wasn't AV but had graphics and sensor attachments throughout it to gain insight on how people would use the technology.
Are you in the market for a new car? Unfortunately, you can’t buy an AV yet, but you can get a 2018 Ford EcoSport SE which makes running errands easy and convenient. The compact crossover (161.3” L and 69.5” W) is perfect for squeezing into tiny parking spots, yet it still has a mighty motor to help you jet around town in a hurry. Under the hood is a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that generates 123 hp and 125 lb.-ft. of torque and can haul up to 2,000 lbs. Additionally, it gets an impressive EPA estimated fuel economy of 27 in the city and 29 on the highway (28 combined).
Want to take an Ecosport for a spin? Give us a call at our dealership in Renton Washington today, and we’ll make you an appointment!
(Posted on Mar 5, 2019 at 05:59PM by Danielle Smyth)
The Ford F1-150 diesel-powered turbo’s just won 2019 Best Pickup Truck in Canada. Chosen by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) the F-150 beat the Ram, Silverado, and Sierra 1500s. The winning score was 771 earned in 20 categories. The F1-150 won hands down in eight:
Driver Position and Ergonomics
Seventy AJAC members filled out 1500 surveys after driving the nominated trucks within a six month period.
“Our journalist members are among the most discerning and objective automotive reviewers anywhere,” said AJAC President Mark Richardson. As the best-selling pickup truck in the U.S. since 1977 and the best-selling vehicle since 1986, we shouldn’t be surprised. It’s the Ford F-Series’ 53rd year as Canada’s best-selling truck and its ninth as best-selling vehicle. Our neighbors to the north know a good thing when they see it.
(Posted on Mar 4, 2019 at 01:07PM by Danielle Smyth)
Have you heard the news? The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is a beautiful truck with big improvements. This powerhouse was already great on trails, but the new model shines even more, including an off-road cruise control and dramatically improved shocks. It’s made headlines for its impressive refresh.
The pickup’s new “Trail Control” system is a low-speed cruise control for 1-20 mph, designed to deliver regardless of the terrain, adjusting throttle and braking when needed. Driver seats are also improved; they’re made to keep drivers secure whether at low speeds for challenging ground or out on regular roads.
The engine hasn’t changed, with a 3.5-liter twin turbocharged EcoBoost V6 delivering a powerful 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The auto 10-speed handles shifting easily, but the Fox shocks are much more responsive with the new “Live Valve” system. This continuously evaluates input from a variety of sensors to adjust moment-by-moment with compression damping on all four corners. It responds to both driver input and road conditions, combining both for superior handling and response. When you let up on the gas, the vehicle understands it may need to brace for a bigger impact without bottoming out. This offers considerable improvement on very rocky and uneven terrain.
Hurry in to Sound Ford near Seattle, Washington, today and take a test drive!
(Posted on Mar 4, 2019 at 12:56PM by Danielle Smyth)
Your powerful hot hatch is here. The 2019 Ford Focus ST has arrived, and it packs an impressive punch that combines agile handling, sporty design, and the space you want in a performance hatchback.
Redesigned this year with a more powerful engine, the Ford swaps out the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for a bigger, 2.3-liter, EcoBoost engine, delivering 12 percent more power and 17 percent additional torque than the previous model. This is a peppy engine familiar to Mustang and Focus RS drivers, reworked for the front-wheel drive Focus ST. It’s also the most powerful Focus engine Ford has produced, with a zero-62 mph journey of less than 6 seconds. Consumers have a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or an impressive, responsive 7-speed automatic.
Cornering and traction are also improved, which includes an electronic limited-slip differential for the first time. Thoughtful details and extra touches are designed to enhance comfort, style and flair, including a heated steering wheel, heated leather-trimmed front seats, standard door-sill scuff plates and aluminum pedals. Combined with the ST’s incredibly responsive steering, this makes for thrillingly satisfying performance combined with a heart-pumping ride.
Can’t wait for the 2019 models to hit the lot? We have a beautiful 2018 Focus SE that’s ready to be loved. It boasts many of the same features as its newer counterpart. Hurry in to Sound Ford near Auburn, Washington, today and take a test drive!
(Posted on Feb 28, 2019 at 03:00PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Want to take your new Mustang GT to the next level? Ford wants to help you! That’s why the brand has teamed up with the company Rousch to develop a supercharger kit from Ford Performance Parts. It’ll increase the output of your muscle car to a fiery 700 hp and 610 lb.-ft. of torque with Boost set at 12 psi. Additionally, if you get it installed at their dealership or an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technician, the blower will be backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
First things first, you need to own or upgrade to a 2019 Mustang GT, and there’s plenty of reason why you’d want to. Under the hood rests a 5.0L V8 that cranks out 460 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s equipped with a six-speed manual transmission which adds a rev-matching feature that automatically coordinates engine and road velocity for smoother shifting up and down. Lastly, the EPA estimates that this beauty has quite an exceptional fuel economy for its class with 15 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway (18 combined)
Itching to go for a test spin? Give us a shout at our location in Renton, Washington, and we’ll schedule you an appointment!
(Posted on Feb 27, 2019 at 08:00PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Are you an adventure-seeker? If so, you need a vehicle that suits your lifestyle which is why you’ll adore the all-new Explorer. It's now extra customizable with almost two-dozen Yakima accessories in Ford's showrooms. Owners can now get convenient in-dealership access to top-notch racks for bikes, kayaks, canoes, skis, paddleboards and much more. The catalog includes things like a single-key system that allows you to unlock various pieces of equipment and easy-to-use heavy-duty hook straps.
Is it time to upgrade your automobile? The 2019 Explorer XLT is the perfect SUV for people who love to have fun in the great outdoors as its luxurious cabin and handling makes the long journeys out of the city comfortable. The wide and flat front seats are cushy and coupled with the padded armrests offer good support. It rides smoothly because the unique suspension settings are firm and flattens out any bumps on the road. Lastly, you’ll be able to fit all your gear and luggage in the cargo with a total of 21 cubic-feet when all rows are in place, or 43.8 ft³ if you tumble down the third bench.
Want to go for a test spin? Give us a shout at our location in Renton, Washington, and we’ll schedule you an appointment!
(Posted on Feb 25, 2019 at 06:51PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Have you heard about the latest and coolest toy on the market? The LEGO Creator Expert Ford Mustang is a new playset that will be released at the beginning of March. It’s said to be the best and most authentic replica you can get if you want to build and customize your very own 1960s Mustang GT Fastback. It’ll feature dark blue bodywork with sharp white racing stripes, a hood scoop, grille badging and emblems, five-spoke wheels with ‘road gripping’ tires, a detailed interior, and much more! Watch the following video to see the real thing in action:
You can get your own 2019 Ford Mustang GT, and it’s a must-have for any car lover. This beauty is powered by a ferocious 5.0-liter V8 engine which cranks out a thrilling 460 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush then this is the machine for you as it can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. It’s also worth noting that in a panic stop from 60 mph it came to a halt within 118 feet.
Does this sound like the right automobile for your garage? Give us a call at our dealership in Renton, Washington today, and we’ll schedule you an appointment!
(Posted on Feb 24, 2019 at 05:00PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Ford has announced that ‘Performance Calibration’ is now available to customers in the United States with 2013-18 Focus ST hatchbacks. It’s a simple modification to the onboard computer which provides a noticeable increase in low-end torque when running 93 octane fuel up to 4,200 revs per minute - peaking at 90 lb-ft at 2,800 rpm for a whopping total of 360 lb-ft. It also revises the stock sound symposer software so you get an excellent engine noise enhancement.
Are you in the market for a new vehicle? If so, we recommend the 2017 Ford Focus ST because it’s an extraordinary pre-owned opportunity. The stylish interior is upholstered in a gorgeous cloth, and the tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel is draped in premium leather. Additionally, the cabin comes fully loaded with high-tech equipment; for example, the 4.2-inch screen on the center console grants you access to the intuitive voice-activated Sync infotainment system. It operates using Bluetooth capabilities and lets you make hands-free phone calls and stream your music through the stellar six-speaker stereo.
Give us a shout at our dealership in Renton, Washington today and we’ll gladly any further questions you might have about this automobile or another in our inventory!