(Posted on May 19, 2019 at 05:36PM by Danielle Smyth)
At its May 9, 2019, shareholder meeting, Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed a hybrid Bronco is in the works and will be available in 2020, two years after it was first announced. Whether the first hybrid Bronco is the small, Escape-based off-roader known affectionately as the “baby Bronco” or the full-size version is still up in the air.
Recently filed Ford trademark applications have requested both the Scout and Bronco Scout names—one could be for the off-roader, which is being designed to take on the Jeep Renegade.
The new full-size Bronco will have to compete with the Jeep Wrangler’s removable hardtop and doors, and it will do that with doors that can be stored in the trunk and mirrors mounted to the A-pillars—you’ll still have mirrors when the doors are off. The new Bronco’s EcoBoost engine should have at least 325 horsepower.
So we’re afraid you’re just going to have to wait a while longer for the Bronco family. But if you’d like to stop by Sound Ford just outside Seattle, Washington, to talk about what we’ve got to offer when it comes to off-roading options, we’d love to take you for a test ride in one of our new or pre-owned vehicles like the 2019 Ford Escape SE. You’re sure to be impressed!
(Posted on May 18, 2019 at 01:34PM by Danielle Smyth)
An autonomous self-driving robot called Survival shares Ford’s LiDAR technology and saves Ford Spain workers up to 40 hours a day by delivering spare parts and welding materials to them, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks. With an automated shelf and 17 slots, workers can access the parts assigned to them while the slots open and close automatically.
Developed by Ford engineers and the first of its kind to be used in Ford European facilities, it has learned the entire plant floor. Its sensors mean Survival can now navigate the entire facility with external guidance. “While at first workers stopped and stared at Survival as it went by, the bot is now part of the team and people get on with their day letting the bot work.”
Survival has been on trial for nearly a year at the facility that manufactures Kugas, Mondeos, and the S-MAX. It’s performed flawlessly so far and has not replaced a single employee.
Ford’s autonomous cars aren’t going to be here for a while. But if you’d like to test drive a new or new-to-you vehicle in the meantime, stop by Sound Ford in Renton, Washington, so we can show you some of the other innovative technology Ford’s known for. How about the 2019 Ford Escape S, for instance? It’s got lots of modern tech, like variable speed intermittent wipers, an mp3 player, and an outside temperature gauge. You’re going to love it!
(Posted on Apr 20, 2019 at 05:44AM by Danielle Smyth)
Ford’s best-selling vehicle after the F-series pickup is the Ford Escape. At the beginning of April, the redesigned compact SUV made its first appearance at a Greenfield Village media preview in Michigan. The 2020 Ford Escape is a response to consumer demand for more passenger space. This is its first major redesign since 2013.
"The Escape is arguably the most important vehicle for Ford behind the F-Series," said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds, an online car shopping network. "Small SUVs are not only the best-selling segment, they have displaced the midsize sedan as America's favorite family vehicle."
The standard 2020 model has 40.7 inches of backseat legroom (up from 37.3 inches in the 2019 model). The hybrid has slightly less, only 38.9 inches. But the back seat also slides back in the gas-powered models. There’s also more rear cargo space. The new Escape can hold a full-size dog crate or all your golf clubs.
Both the gas-powered Escape and a hybrid will be in showrooms by fall 2019, and a plug-in hybrid with a range of more than 30 miles should be available by spring of 2020.
If you’re curious about the 2018 Ford Escape SEL, stop by Sound Ford near Seattle to take one for a test drive or to have a look at all our new and pre-owned vehicles.
(Posted on Dec 31, 2018 at 12:16PM by Kelsey McDonald)
It seemed impossible that the legendaryFord Escapecould be any better, but then 2019 came along and we saw stellar updates! Let’s take a look at some of the big changes to the compact SUV.
First of all, roof crossbars are now available on all trim levels as a factory invoiced accessory. This gives immeasurable practicality to the vehicle by allowing you to transport large, bulky items such as adventure gear, luggage, or even furniture! What's more, the company has also made engine block heaters up for grabs in all states (previously, it was limited to only 7). These are useful in cold regions because it warms up the motor so it’ll start easier and increases the temperature of the cabin quicker! As for aesthetics, the following new vibrant colors were added to the palette: Agate Black, Baltic Sea Green, and Sedona Orange.
Regarding technology, the SE model gets SYNC 3 and 4G Wi-Fi as standard. The former is an intuitive infotainment system that boasts a cutting-edge navigation program with maps in plan and perspective views. Additionally, you can control the audio, climate, and make hands-free phone calls from the touchscreen monitor.
Does the new Escape deserve a spot in your garage? Give us a call at Sound Ford in Renton, Washington today, and we’ll schedule you an appointment.
Embrace every adventure with full confidence - trusting the 2019 Escape Titanium to deliver robust performance on even the roughest backroads. This Ford crossover allows Federal Way drivers to push themselves to the limits.
According to CNET, the new Escape boasts a potent powerpoint. Beneath its hood roars a 2.0L twin-scroll engine - which generates 245 HP (at 5,550 RPMs) and 275 lb.-ft of torque (at 3,000 RPMs). A 10.1:1 compression ratio promises enhanced intake performance, while direct-acting mechanical bucket valves respond seamlessly to every turn of the ignition. The induction system offers turbocharged capabilities; injection technology anchors the fuel port; and a six-speed automatic transmission enhances the drivetrain, yielding SelectShift gear changes and seamless all-terrain adaptability.
The Escape Titanium further thrills with its available Intelligent 4WD. This system continuously scans the roadways, noting both lane trajectories and vehicle pitch. Should a loss of traction be detected, its intuitive sensors will immediately alert the torque transfer case - sending power throughout the platform at a rapid pace. Stability is achieved and off-road performance is enhanced.
The 2019 Titanium proves a perfect addition to every adventure. To learn more about this Ford crossover contact us today!
Enhance the off-road experience. While the 2018 Escape S delivers dynamic performance - blending a 2.5L engine with a spirited FWD - drivers may want to expand their spec sheets beyond the standard. This is why Ford delivers the SE to Kirkland, fusing its beloved crossover with a series of next-gen upgrades.
As CNET explains, the 2018 Escape SE is ready to impress. It trades the base-level 2.5L engine for a 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder, pushing its performance ratios from 168 HP to 179 HP. The FWD is replaced with a rugged all-wheel option, ensuring smooth handling on the toughest terrains; while the standard LED tail-lights are joined by high-definition fog lamps to promote precise illumination. To further improve every driver experience, this model also boasts a suite of advanced safety features - including pre-collision braking (which automatically engages the ABS system when an obstacle is detected), blind-spot monitoring (which utilizes wide-lens mirrors and intuitive sensors to scan all surrounding angles), and lane-keeping assistance (which stabilizes trajectory and speed, maintaining optimal vehicle positioning on the highway).
The 2018 Escape SE elevates every mile, ensuring superior backroad adventures. Take advantage of its ample features - such as dual-zone climate controls and leather seating - this summer.
Want to learn more about the new Escape? Contact our dealership today for further spec details!
Is this the future of comfort? Recent spy-photos have revealed the interior of the 2020 Escape - and critics are already declaring this SUV a perfect option for families.
Prepare for a new kind of crossover.
According to AutoBlog, the 2020 Escape has just been spotted - and its styling cues prove both new and familiar. The long span of the dash is lined in soft-touch materials, creating a refined appearance. An eight-inch LCD infotainment screen anchors the center console, while enlarged air vents are framed along the lower panel. Chrome accents highlight the instrument gauges; and the media buttons (which include a Bluetooth phone system, an AM/FM stereo, and wireless hot-spot links) all feature wider dimensions to ensure easy interfacing.
When these elements combine, they create a new look for the Escape - streamlining the interior and delivering a more sedan-like atmosphere. AutoBlog notes that some of the materials (including the leather seats and alloy accents) most resemble the 2018 Focus, proving that Ford is seeking to enhance the SUV experience.
What do you think about these spy-photos? Do they make you excited for the 2020 Escape’s impending arrival? Share your opinions with us today!
The crossover market proves crowded - with dozens of new platforms introduced each year. Every brand shoves these big-wheeled options onto the highway, hoping to secure strong sales. Rarely, however, is a thought spared for speed. Cumbersome accelerations define the miles.
The 2018 Escape is the exception to the slow rule.
According to Car and Driver, the 2018 Escape Titanium offers peppy performance - with its 2.0L inline-four engine allowing Seattle families to indulge in full-throttle experiences. After extensively testing this platform (pitting its six-speed automatic transmission and Intelligent AWD against a brutal track), critics gleaned three very crucial stats:
0 to 60: 7.1 seconds.
50 to 70: 5.1 seconds.
Quarter-Mile Speed: 86 MPH
The new Escape blazed down the pavement, leaving all competitors (save for the Kia Sportage SX, which was a mere fraction quicker) behind. This SUV delivered a seamless ride, utilizing its turbocharged technology to maximum effect. It yielded 245 HP and 275 lb.-ft of torque; and its massive body (178-inches long, 72-inches wide) proved no challenge for the four-cylinder design.
Are you ready for pure crossover fun?
To learn more about the 2018 Escape Titanium contact our team today.
You squint at a monitor - brow furrowed, lips puckered. It’s a look of utter concentration… and complete frustration. On your screen sits an image that can’t be deciphered. Its pixels are too grainy and its scale is too small; and you feel a groan bubbling in your throat.
The Sound Ford team knows your pain. We’ve been experiencing it all morning.
According to Motor One, a new Ford crossover has been spotted in Nevada - with its lean body camouflaged and its badges hidden. There is no clue to its identity, and this has caused a series of debates across the online world. Some believe this to be the 2019 Escape (citing its notched rear windows and five-door profile); others instead think it’s the upcoming Edge (noting the slim fenders and low roofline); and more still call it an entirely new platform (perhaps sourced from Europe).
We’ll confess: we’re not sure.
As Motor One explains, however, there is little chance that this is the 2019 Edge. That vehicle has already been seen on the auto festival circuit - so there would be no reason for Ford to camouflage it now. A new Escape seems the most likely possibility, with this platform's profile sharing similarities with the Australian Kuga (a five-passenger crossover that boasts a twin-scroll 2.0L EcoBoost engine).
What do you think? Share your opinions with us today!
A new year approaches - and with that comes a resolution. You will no longer fear the open road. Instead you will embrace every unexpected incline and every sudden curve. Anxiety will not define you, and uncertainty will become a thing of the past.
How will you achieve such a lofty goal? Ford believes its 2017 Escape SE will provide the assurance you crave.
As TFL Car explains, the 2017 Escape offers peerless safety - making it ideal for drivers who demand more than speed on the highway. This SUV boasts comprehensive technologies, allowing it to adapt to every environment with ease. An AdvanceTrac system anchors the chassis, minimizing wheel slippage through precise torque management; power-assisted anti-lock brakes cling to every road to deliver immediate stoppage; and Curve Control functionality enhances every response, automatically aligning the vehicle with every changing incline. This helps to negate sudden skids or roll-overs.
To further ensure safety, the 2017 SE also boasts available Park Assistance. This system enables drivers to effortlessly maneuver through tight spaces, utilizing radar sensors and a high-definition camera suite to monitor the surrounding environment. It then automatically engages the power-steering, weaving the platform into a designated slot. This greatly reduces the chance of collision and provides nimbler handling downtown.
The road will no longer frighten you. Instead the 2017 Escape SE will offer superior protection.