Ford ups Super Duty’s off-road chops with Tremor package

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is looking to cash in on the continued popularity of pricey pickups and stave off the competition with the Super Duty Tremor, an answer to Ram’s off-road Power Wagon.

The off-road package, unveiled Thursday, will reach dealerships in the fourth quarter along with other versions of the freshened 2020 Super Duty.

It’s available on XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum trims of the F-250 and F-350 with either the truck’s new 7.3-litre V-8 gas or 6.7-litre diesel engine.

The addition to Ford’s formidable Super Duty lineup is meant to capture cash that customers would otherwise spend on aftermarket add-ons. Ford says some 70 per cent of Super Duty customers accessorize their vehicles, sometimes spending tens of thousands on upgrades, and that roughly 15 per cent of buyers upgrade the stock wheels and tires within six months of purchase.

The Tremor package also helps shore up Super Duty’s dominant market position, directly confronting a popular niche filled by Ram.

“Tremor balances what customers demand in terms of work with what they need in the great outdoors,” Todd Eckert, Ford’s truck group marketing manager, said in a statement.

The trucks sit five centimetres (two inches) higher in the front with a total of 27.4 cm (10.8 inches) of ground clearance to help slog through mud, water and uneven terrain. Ford says the pickups can navigate up to 83.8 cm (33 inches) of water, a best-in-class mark.

The package comes with unique tires, wheels, suspension, shocks and dampers. It features trail control, also available on the F-150 Raptor and Ranger, and a unique rock crawl mode.

Officials did not discuss pricing or power figures but said the Super Duty Tremor will have greater towing and payload than the Ram Power Wagon, although the figures will be slightly lower than for the standard Super Duty.

The Tremor name will adorn the shocks and appear on the rear side of the pickup box.

Brian Rathsburg, Ford’s Super Duty marketing manager, said the package targets a different buyer than the F-150’s Raptor performance variant. He said it represents “an enhanced version” of the company’s FX4 off-road package that’s available on the Ranger, F-150 and Super Duty.

The FX4 and Tremor packages cannot be combined, and Rathsburg said Ford expects half of Super Duty customers to pick one or the other.

“There’s a recreation element to this,” Rathsburg said. “We see it more of an evolution of the Super Duty customer as their lifestyle changes.”

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Five Things to Know About the 2020 Ford Escape

Source: Guide Auto Web

Best-selling SUV in Canada for many years, the Ford Escape was aging and the number of competitors in its segment has grown substantially. It was time for the American manufacturer to give the Escape a major redesign.

The 2020 model year will bring many changes to the popular compact SUV, and this new generation will go on sale this fall. Here are five things to know about the 2020 Ford Escape.

Transformative Design

Compared to the third-generation Escape, sold from 2013 to 2019, the new one is unrecognizable. Its creased sheetmetal has given way to a much rounder body, which is also more aerodynamic.

The Escape seems smaller, but the 2020 version actually benefits from a wheelbase stretched by 20 millimetres, while its overall length and width without mirrors have grown by 62 and 44 millimetres, respectively.

More Refined and Quieter

Four trim levels will be available in Canada, including S, SE, SEL and Titanium. Ford claims to have reduced noise and vibrations by giving the vehicle an isolated rear sub-frame, improved door sealing and acoustic laminated side glass. In high-end trims, an active noise cancellation system has also been installed inside the cockpit.

In addition, the SUV went on a diet and lost about 100 kilograms. The lighter Escape gained in performance, agility and fuel economy.

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Three-cylinder Engine

As standard, the 2020 Ford Escape now relies on a turbocharged, 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine. This all-new powertrain develops about 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Under light driving conditions, this engine can also shut off one of its three cylinders in order to save fuel.

Optional in the SEL and Titanium variants, the Escape still relies on a turbocharged, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces some 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. In addition, the 1.5L and 2.0L powertrains can be connected to an all-wheel drivetrain.

Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid

A hybrid system is making a comeback in the Escape. It consists of an Atkinson-cycle, 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, a motor-generator and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Producing about 198 horsepower, the hybrid version can be chosen in front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

The plug-in hybrid version, offered with front-wheel drive, boasts about 209 horsepower as well as a 14.4-kWh battery pack that can be fully recharged in 10-11 hours on a domestic power outlet, or in 3.5 hours on level-2 charger. Fully electric range is estimated at 48 kilometres.

More Enjoyable Environment

The 2020 Ford Escape benefits from a greater adjustment of its telescopic steering column and, optionally, head-up display and a fully digital, 12.3-inch driver instrument panel. The SYNC 3 infotainment system is as user-friendly as ever, and a 10-speaker B&O stereo is available too. In addition, every Escape includes the company’s Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced safety features.

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ROAD TEST: 2019 Ford EcoSport SES

By Shari Prymak

With crossovers gaining popularity over traditional cars, Ford’s SUV and truck-only strategy seems to be proof of the brand’s eagerness to cash in on the latest market trends. Serving as the entry-point of the Ford lineup in place of the Focus and Fiesta is the EcoSport. Though largely unfamiliar to North Americans, the India-built subcompact crossover has been available overseas for many years where it was originally designed for emerging markets. Although it fills its intended role well enough, it doesn’t take long to realize that the EcoSport is more of a rushed effort to fill a niche rather than a full-baked contender.

Thanks to its Fiesta-based underpinnings, the EcoSport is the smallest crossover on the market by a good margin. The combination of a super-short wheelbase, narrow body, and a tall SUV profile inevitably result in oddball proportions. As a result of being nearly as tall as it is long, it looks a bit like a jacked-up, rolling jellybean. Taking the looks from odd to just plain comical, my tester came with an optional Black Appearance Package which adds a matte black hood decal as if this were some kind of flashy, tire-shredding, muscle car. I suppose that’s Ford’s way of convincing us that the EcoSport actually has some form of sport going on. From a functional standpoint, the most questionable design detail is arguably the side-swinging rear door which makes loading cargo a pain from one side while simultaneously leaving you wet in the rain.

Things get a bit better on the inside with an instrument panel that includes Ford’s excellent Sync3 infotainment system. The interface for the 8 inch touchscreen is clear, well-designed, and gets Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and even Waze for navigation duties. The rest of the controls are equally straightforward and easy to use, and the driver’s seat is positioned high up for a nice commanding view of the road. The use of materials and finishes are generally acceptable with a few obvious signs of cheapness here and there, but that’s far from the biggest issue. The unfortunate consequence of the EcoSport’s mini-ute proportions is serious lack of passenger and cargo space. The rear seats are especially cramped and the cargo area is smaller than that of many hatchbacks. Those looking for actual utility in the EcoSport’s sport utility vehicle designation will likely come away disappointed.

The EcoSport comes with a choice of two drivetrains. Front-wheel drive models get a turbocharged 1.0L 3-cylinder engine, producing 123 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque, matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Moving up to all-wheel drive upgrades the engine to a 2.0L 4-cylinder producing a healthier 166 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque. The EcoSport can certainly use every pony it can get, because, even with this upper-trim powertrain, the performance is anything but sporty. Acceleration feels sluggish especially at highway speeds where there is barely enough power to manage a simple passing maneuver. Modest power levels would be acceptable in a small vehicle such as this if, on the flip side, it were highly fuel efficient. Unfortunately, the best I could squeeze out of it was 10.5L/100km around town and about 8.5L/100km on the highway, which is worse than many larger, peppier rivals.

Although it is ironically in short supply of both eco and sport, the EcoSport is still quite a pleasant city runabout. Its tiny dimensions make it a total breeze to maneuver and park around tight city streets more so than just about any other crossover on the market. Its short wheelbase also helps give it a tight turning circle and a rather nimble feel through corners. The downside to this is a somewhat bouncy ride over broken pavement, though it is still acceptably smooth otherwise. The bigger issue with its unique dimensions, however, is susceptibility to crosswinds while travelling at freeway speeds, which can give it a tippy feel on a windy day.

The EcoSport’s MSRP ranges from $21,849 in base S trim up to $30,349 for the top-spec Titanium trim before extras. Those who want the all-wheel drive 2.0L engine combo will have to splurge for the SES trim, which goes for $28,849. Features on the SES include blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, a sunroof, navigation, 4G LTE Wifi Hotpot, and a cloth-vinyl combination seat material called “ActiveX.” Even so, it is still pricier than comparably-equipped key rivals such as the Hyundai Kona and Nissan Kicks. Moreover, active safety features such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control are not even available as options, which is just unacceptable for a new vehicle in this day and age.

It may sound like I’m having a serious downer on this car, which may not be entirely fair. To its credit, the EcoSport offers many desirable features and may be an attractive option for those who want an all-wheel drive crossover in the smallest, most city-friendly package available. For just about anyone else, however, it’s easily outmatched by rivals like the Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Kona, Subaru Crosstrek, and Honda HR-V. All offer more practicality, performance, safety features, better fuel economy, more agreeable styling, and some even manage to do so at a much lower price point. If the EcoSport represents Ford’s attempt at going all-in on trucks and SUVs, they better take a second look at that hand, because this is a measly two-pair at best.

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PAINT IT BLACK: FORD INTRODUCES BLACK APPEARANCE PACKAGE ON ALL-NEW RANGER

  • Ranger buyers now have another choice to customize their truck with the new Black Appearance Package; more than two-thirds of all-new 2019 Ford Ranger pickups flying out of showrooms are optioned with an appearance package
  • Ranger Black Appearance Package features an aggressive look with a black grille, running boards, accented wheels and more, making body colors like Hot Pepper Red and Lightning Blue pop
  • Ranger fans can order the Black Appearance Package for their trucks now, with deliveries starting in early summer

DEARBORN, Mich., March 25, 2019 – With the all-new Ford Ranger off to a strong start since the first trucks went on sale in January, Ford is already introducing a new Black Appearance Package, helping buyers further customize their Ranger to match their unique personal style.

More than two-thirds of all-new Ranger pickups are leaving showrooms optioned with either the Sport Appearance Package that adds unique wheels and Magnetic Gray-painted accents, or the Chrome Appearance Package with bright chrome wheels and chrome body accents.

The new Black Appearance Package gives Ranger customers a bold and stylish new option.

“Like the rest of their gear, Ranger customers are choosing the option that best fits their adventures,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Having the right gear matters and so does the right look. The Black Appearance Package adds aggressive style to the adventures our customers embark on.”

Available with any Ranger body color, the Black Appearance Package’s aggressive look will help the truck stand out on the beach or in the backcountry. Its standard features include:

  • Black-painted grille
  • Body-color bumpers
  • High-gloss black-painted 18-inch aluminum wheels with black center caps
  • Black running boards
  • Black spray-in bed liner
  • Black fender vent surround
  • Black mirrors
  • Black sill plate
  • Black bash plate on FX4 Off-Road Package
  • Black lower valance

The Ranger Black Appearance Package is available as an option for $1,995 (excludes taxes) and can be ordered at dealers now, with deliveries targeted to begin in early summer.

Built Ford Tough and ready for adventure

In addition to individual style, the all-new Ford Ranger answers the call from truck customers looking for an affordable, rugged and maneuverable midsize pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Torture-tested alongside Ford F-150 trucks, Ranger quality starts with a high-strength steel frame backbone, proven Ford-built 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, Ranger blends comfort and functionality with room for up to five people, their gear and accessories. The center stack includes an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC® 3 system, while the instrument cluster features productivity screens for real-time vehicle and audio information plus available navigation.

Ranger incorporates advanced passenger convenience and connectivity features, plus smart driver-assist technologies including standard automatic emergency braking. Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies like Lane-Keeping System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional driver-assist technologies including adaptive cruise control and forward and reverse sensing systems are available on both XLT and Lariat.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 199,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

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Ford equips 2020 Explorer with 3 sound-reducing features for quietest ride yet

Published Friday, February 8, 2019 2:38AM EST 

Ford’s new 2020 Explorer will feature the quietest cabin in the brand’s portfolio thanks to a dual-wall dashboard, acoustic glass, and Active Noise Control technology.

The newest version of Ford’s classic Explorer is powered by a 400 hp engine capable of towing 5,000 lbs. An engine that powerful is sure to roar pretty loudly; however, thanks to three layers of sound-reducing features and technology, the brand claims this cabin is the “quietest interior ever.”

Installing a dual-wall dashboard between the engine compartment and passenger cabin is just one of three methods Ford used to keep the “vroom out of the room.” Two walls of sheet-metal with an air gap in between work to keep vibration noises out, mimicking a semi-anechoic chamber. Basically, this is similar to the insulation technique used to keep drinks hot or cold in a thermos.

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To keep the wind and road noise from entering the cabin, the glass used for the windshield and front side was doubled up and buffered with a sheet of clear plastic in between.

Lastly, Ford integrated Active Noise Control technology — only into the Explorer Limited Hybrid, though — to neutralize low and mid-frequency noise. This is a method of placing microphones throughout the cabin to pick up noises and cancel them out by “producing opposing sound waves that come through the audio system speakers.”

While the dual-wall dashboard and acoustic glass windows work together to keep noise from entering the cabin, the Active Noise Control system combats those leftover sounds that manage to get inside.

Though Ford is certainly not the first to use these noise-reducing features — Mercedes and Lexus have several models sporting acoustic glass and Active Noise Control tech, while Bose developed an in-car Active Noise Control system that can be integrated into any vehicle during development — its cabin is likely one of the most quiet out there considering that it features all three at once.

The 2020 Ford Explorer will arrive to dealerships this summer with a starting price just short of $33,000.

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Bell and Ford partner in new Connected Car initiative

Built-in Wi-Fi hotspots in Ford and Lincoln vehicles powered by Canada’s best national mobile network

MONTRÉAL, Oct. 18, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell today announced it is the first Canadian wireless service provider to enable built-in Wi-Fi hotspots in supported Ford and Lincoln vehicles with Bell’s Connected Car – Built In service. Available vehicle diagnostics services will also be supported on Bell’s national LTE network.

“Drivers and their passengers can now connect to Wi-Fi just as conveniently in their Ford and Lincoln vehicles as they do in their homes,” said Nauby Jacob, Vice President of Products and Services at Bell Mobility. “As a Canadian leader in Internet of Things innovation, Bell is proud to partner with Ford to bring car owners across the country an even better in-vehicle experience.”

Ideal for mobile workers, commuters and long family trips, Connected Car enables passengers to browse, stream and share on Bell’s broadband LTE wireless network when they’re on the road or nearby the vehicle when it’s parked. The Wi-Fi hotspot features a dedicated external antenna, supports up to 10 devices at a time, and is powered by the vehicle’s electrical system rather than the device battery.

As advancements in technology continue to connect people and enhance their lives, Ford is committed to taking the lead. In-vehicle Wi-Fi allows customers to stay connected with their friends, family and the world around them. From streaming music and driver assist technologies, to navigation and everything in between, connectivity is the key.

“Having reliable Wi-Fi on the go is no longer just ‘nice to have’ – it’s become a ‘must-have,’ and Ford recognizes that,” said Marc Vejgman, Connected Vehicle Marketing Manager for Ford of Canada. “Connecting our vehicles is part of building smart vehicles for a smart world, and we look forward to working with Bell to offer Ford customers another way to stay connected across Canada.”

Ford customers can take advantage of a complimentary wireless data trial that expires at the end of 3 months, or after 3 GB of data is used, whichever comes first. After their trial is complete, customers can stay connected by signing up for a data plan. Bell customers can share data from their Bell Share plan with Connected Car for $10 a month, with 1 GB in bonus data per month for 24 months. Bell Connected Car – Built In will be available for supported Ford and Lincoln vehicles beginning November 6, 2018.

Connected Car is the next evolution in the smart vehicle experience and part of Bell’s IoT leadership to enable the connected vehicles, homes, businesses and smart cities of the future.

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Sept 1, 2018 – Limestone City Car Classic!

Kingston’s biggest annual car show is getting bigger!   It’s time for the 6th annual Limestone City Car Classic!   We saw HUNDREDs of vehicles of all drives of vehicular life make the show from a very wide area!  These are not just our normal local vehicles you see at the Friday night cars & coffee either!

Join us at Lake Ontario Park on Sept 1 from 8am to 4pm and enjoy a nice day at a water front park with beautiful cars!  It’s $10 to register, free to spectate, and bring a few bucks for the various vendors, draws, and confection!

Check out Limestone City Car Classic website for more information:  www.limestonecitycarclub.com  

 

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Ford Expedition: Commanding the Road

At Petrie Ford, we understand you need the latest and greatest to keep you going. The completely redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition has exactly what you’re looking for. Here are some of the features that have us excited about this year’s model.

 

Under the Hood

 

Zero to 60 in 5.9 seconds sounds more like a sports car than an SUV, but that’s not the case for the Expedition. With a 3.5 liter V6 engine, you’re getting 375 horsepower in the basic trim, and a whopping 400 hp in Ford’s Platinum model. Towing is a breeze when you apply 480 pound-feet of torque, making any Bayliner feel like a Bass Boat. And with a combined fuel economy of 18 mpg thanks to Ecoboost technology, you’ll be spending more time tearing up the road than filling up the tank.

Take a Seat

 

Whether you’re treating your family to a day at the beach or loading up on construction supplies, the Expedition has you covered. The interior has enough leather-wrapped seating for eight adults with plenty of cargo capacity left over. Drop the seats down and you’ve got a cavernous space fit for lugging sheets of plywood and drywall, perfect for that big kitchen remodel. If you need even more room, the MAX trim offers you an extra 12 inches of extended wheelbase.

 

Teeming With Tech

 

The 2018 Ford Expedition comes fully loaded with the fun tech you want and the safety features you need. From wireless charging to wifi-hotspot capability, the interior can double as a mobile office, and four 12-volt power outlets and six USB ports guarantees all of your devices are charged and ready to go. With ABS standard on all models, enhanced parking assistance, lane-keeping alert, and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, this behemoth handles like a vehicle half its size. But don’t worry, the added tow package and backup sensors ensures everyone on the road knows you can haul with the best.

 

You want a vehicle that covers all of the bases and can handle anything you throw at it. Let Petrie Ford help you take command of the road new Ford Expedition this season.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Buy an Ecosport From Us and You Won’t Regret it

Our dealership offers a wide array of quality vehicles both pre-owned and new, and our customer service is unmatched in Canada. When buying a new car, it is customary to peruse the lot, be greeted by a sales associate, and go through all the necessary pleasantries and questions to make your decision. I assure you that at our dealership this process is streamlined and made as comfortable as possible for the prospective car buyer. At Petrie Ford we cater to your every need and our selection is unmatched.

One popular car on our lot is the 2018 Ford Ecosport. This small SUV, made by the Ford automobile company, is perfect for the busy professional that enjoys a weekend getaway to the mountains or a bustling family that needs cargo space and fuel economy to ferry the young ones to hockey practice and dance lessons. Ford has pulled out all the stops with its latest rendition of the Ecosport. It comes with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that allows you to take internet wherever you go and to stay connected to work and friends while on the road. All the other amenities you have come to expect from a new Ford are also included, which are sure to make this SUV a choice you won’t soon regret.

 

Financing is available at our dealership, so worry not about bad credit or lack of credit, our trained financial professionals are here to guide you through the gauntlet of loan approval and make sure that you drive away in that perfect car you’ve had your eye on. We have creative financing options for even the trickiest of clients and the roughest of financial pasts.

 

When shopping for a new car be sure to stop by our lot. We offer the best service in Canada and if we don’t have the car you want in our lot we’ll go out and find it for you.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail