Middling performance defines the light-duty market - with engineers fusing pick-ups with weak engines and rattling suspensions. Drivers, they assume, need nothing more; and no power is spared for any compact platform.
According to The Drive, Ford isn’t content to embrace current industry standards - instead wishing to bolster its new Ranger with powerhouse performance. A 2.3L EcoBoost engine is, therefore, anticipated, promising up to 310 HP and 320 lb.-ft of torque! This four-cylinder option will pair natural aspiration with a potential turbocharger, generating the same capabilities as the Big Blue Oval’s other beloved platform: the Mustang.
This will allow the Ranger to easily best the competition - including the Chevrolet Colorado (181 HP) and the Toyota Tacoma (159 HP) - and should secure the interest of every Seattle driver. No longer will the compact market deliver pitiable responses. Instead Ford is shattering the segment, and critics expect a towing capacity of more than 7,000 pounds.
The Washington highways will never be the same.
To learn more about the 2019 Ranger - as well as other light-duty pick-ups - contact our dealership today.
Could all-terrain performance pair with hybrid efficiency? This is the question posed by critics as they examine the recent surge of Ford Bronco specs - with all eyes flitting across the tentative inclusion of an EcoBoost engine. Will the EV market be forever redefined?
The ROAD/SHOW team isn’t certain. As they stare at the collection of Bronco details - which range from a 2.7L turbocharged V6 to a sport-tuned suspension - they find themselves wondering how Ford could combine its classic SUV with enhanced economy. The necessary upgrades would be extensive, requiring a full chassis tweak and the implementation of:
Automatic Start-Stop Technology.
Smart Gauge Monitoring.
.... and more.
Each of these features would have to be fused to the Bronco’s uni-body frame - and this could force Ford to replace its anticipated high-grade (heavy) steel with more economical aluminum. The entire drivetrain would have to be lightened and improved.
ROAD/SHOW admits that this is possible - but they remain unconvinced that the Big Blue Oval will trade its coveted AWD power for lithium-ion savings. This rumor, they say, is unlikely to become a reality.
Do you agree with them? Share your thoughts about the potential hybrid Bronco with us!
Don't forget to contact our team for further information about the new Bronco - including specs, pricing, and more.
The forecast proved hazy - with market analysts and media specialists dismissing the Ford brand. This year, they reported, would offer no value for the Big Blue Oval. Its shares would fall; its performance would stumble; and its line-up would deliver none of the much-needed sales. Prepare, they warned, for failure.
With the end of the year’s second-quarter, it seems those preparation were premature.
CNBC declares Ford the winner of 2017. According to its financial team, the company has secured a revenue of $39.9 billion - compared to the original estimate of $37.1 billion. Overall net earnings have soared (with post-tax profits reaching $619 million) and the market share has jumped from $1.65 to $1.85. This showcases a remarkable rise in an otherwise unsteady vertical.
What has caused Ford to defy expectations? CNBC notes that the 2017 F-Series - anchored by the popular F-150, F-250, and F-350 - has achieved a 7% year-to-year increase. This truck has kept the Big Blue Oval at the forefront of the American consciousness, delivering class-shattering performance (up to 12,000 pounds of towing) and economy (up to 20 MPGs on the highway). Drivers have made it the preferred platform for work and play.
This has led to a record-breaking year for Ford... with six months still to go!
To learn more about the F-Series contact us today.
There’s something chic in the distance - a blitz of chrome and sophistication, a purr of V6 power. Seattle drivers squint toward the horizon, trying to catch a glimpse of this lean little performer; and, when it finally rushes by, they go slack-jawed with surprise.
The 2019 Ford Focus has arrived... and it’s nothing like its predecessors.
According to Car and Driver, Ford has transformed its beloved Focus, delivering a sleek new style to the sedan market. Since 2012 this model has remained virtually unchanged, relying on EcoBoost power and best-in-class economy (30 MPGs in the city, 40 MPGs on the highway) to earn consumer goodwill. The need for a fresh fascia, though, proves undeniable - with the boxy lines and all-too-familiar colors no longer impressing.
This is why Ford has reinvigorated its design, fusing the 2019 Focus with:
Revised Lighting - slimmer LED and HID lamps will adorn the front and rear.
Raised Roofline - a higher arch will mimic the luxury market.
Sculpted Architecture - the four-door design will feature more defined moldings and side panels.
These elements will pair with an anticipated six-speed clutch automatic transmission to rev the 2019 Focus to the top of the charts.
Are you as excited as we are?
To learn more about the new Focus contact us today!
It’s a constant evolution - with every year revealing a new engine, a redefined chassis. Each automotive brand tries to inspire interest through a series of upgrades, options, and aftermarket add-ons. Change is deemed essential.
The 2019 Ford F-450, however, seems to follow a different path.
According to Four Wheeler, the new F-450 will remain almost entirely unchanged - maintaining both its 2017 fascia and powertrain. While consumers may find this surprising, critics are quick to note that the current version of this pick-up delivers segment-leading performance, easily besting its competitors (the Dodge Ram and the Toyota Tundra). Why, therefore, would Ford try to improve perfection?
We agree. The 2019 F-450 will continue a tradition of PowerStroke capability, boasting a 6.7L diesel V8 (performance ratios should exceed 440 HP and 925 lb.-ft of torque). A six-speed automatic transmission will also pair with available all-wheel-drive, providing class-shattering towing:
Something wickedly sweet this way comes. To celebrate the impending release of its 2018 Mustang, Ford is launching a marketing campaign like no other - delivering ice cream fun to the United States!
According to CNET, the Big Blue Oval is shifting gears, transitioning from the assembly line to the ice cream parlor. In honor of its new Mustang, it’s introducing drivers in California and New York to a delicious dessert - Orange Fury. Named after the latest pony-car color option, this sherbet concoction will prove ideal for the summer. A massive single scoop is nestled between two vanilla cookies, while an edible potato wrapper keeps everything perfectly pressed. A drizzle of icing adds a final layer of goodness.
Want to sample that goodness for yourself? The Sound Ford Renton team is sad to report that no plans have been announced to send Orange Fury on a nationwide tour - but we have our fingers crossed that this Mustang-inspired flavor will find its way to Seattle.
Until then we’ll content ourselves with images of ice cream... and spec sheets of the upcoming pony-car. This 5.0L V8 powerhouse will soon roar downtown, promising more than 435 HP and 400 lb.-ft of torque!
What do you think about the Orange Fury dessert? Share your thoughts with us today.
Fingers fly across a keyboard, sending hasty searches throughout the web. A screen flickers, trying to pluck the wanted information from its endless sources - and you groan as your efforts ultimately prove futile, with no resolution to your query available. There’s nothing to be found on the 2019 Ford Ranger’s interior.
The nation’s leading automotive critics share your frustration. They too have spent weeks seeking out any scrap of content, any half-formed photo. No data has been released, however, and it’s caused quite the commotion.
Perhaps the writers at Top Speed can provide some relief? These Ranger fans have come together to speculate about the truck’s interior design - and we can only hope they are correct. They anticipate:
Leather-Trimmed Seats With Raptor-Inspired Bolsters.
Quilted Door Inserts.
Contrast Stitching Along the Cushions and Steering Wheel.
Column-Mounted Paddle Shifters.
A Red Digital Display Center (Which Includes the Clock, Temperature Gauge, and Tachometer).
While none of these details have been confirmed, the Top Speed team predictions do have merit. They’re based upon the 2017 Raptor, which the new Ranger is meant to emulate. Each of these cabin choices are currently available in the F-Series and may soon shift across the Ford line-up.
Do these Ranger speculations impress you? Share your thoughts with our team today!
Great power is no longer defined by equally great responsibility. It instead embraces ease, with the 2017 F-150 King Ranch delivering best-in-class performance with every push of the pedal.
According to CNET, Ford has re-entered the full-size market with a roar - introducing Seattle drivers to its new King Ranch. This F-Series platform shakes the highway, with its 5.0L V8 engine yielding 385 HP and 387 lb.-ft of torque. An electronic six-speed automatic transmission ensures dynamic handling, while rack-and-pinion steering maximizes turning radiuses and reversals alike. An available 4x4 powertrain pairs with two-stage springs and a locking rear differential; while integrated Trailer Sway Control promises seamless hauls.
The 2017 King Ranch is a performance masterpiece - with its Ti-VCT engine providing class-shattering results. Take advantage of sequential multi-port power and discover 10,000 pounds of conventional trailering and 3,720 pounds of payload capabilities. No other platform offers more.
With the release of the 2017 F-150 King Ranch, Ford (once again) earns a place atop the sales charts. To learn more about this pick-up contact us today!
Within each driver is a pioneer spirit - the remnants of days long since past, the never-quite-quenchable thirst for adventure. They crave the unfamiliar; they want to seek the unknown; and they often find their restless feet guiding them toward the garage, where their sedans and SUVs await. The summer has begun and the desire for a Route 66 expedition has never been greater.
Let the 2017 Ford Flex serve as your traveling companion.
According to the Highlander News, this crossover proves perfect for summer fun - allowing Seattle drivers to trek down the byways with ease. Its expansive seven-passenger cabin accommodates families and cargo alike (boasting 155. cu.-ft of total storage space); while its integrated tech features, such as the SYNC infotainment system and available DVD player, provide relief during those empty miles. Premium cloth seating delivers comfort; dual-zone climate controls counter the heat; and laminated glass helps to reduce both ultraviolet rays and exterior noise, creating a more refined experience.
What truly impresses the Highlander News team, however, is the Flex’s powerful engine. Ford pairs this platform with a 3.5L Ti-VCT V6, generating 287 HP and 254 lb.-ft of torque. This allows drivers to conquer every road, with natural aspiration and sequential multi-port technology promising robust responses.
Rev on, Seattle explorers.
Planning your summer escape? Visit our dealership today to learn more about the 2017 Flex!
A tradition of driving defines Washington - with families seeking out Pacific fun, trekking always down the unfamiliar byways. Go far and explore, they say with a rev of their engines. The summer was made for adventure.
It’s now also made for economy.
With the release of the 2017 Escape Titanium, Ford is providing Seattle drivers with the rarest of values: power, performance, and efficiency. This SUV impresses both on the highway and at the pump, demanding no sacrifice from families. It’s an all-terrain contender that can’t disappoint.
According to the Mount Desert Islander, the 2017 Escape Titanium promises spectacular savings - with its 2.0L twin-scroll four-cylinder engine generating 20 MPGs in the city and 27 MPGs on the highway. Bolstered by both EcoBoost technology and Auto Start-Stop functionality, this powertrain optimizes every mile. It utilizes a two-chamber exhaust to increase air intake and reduce overall energy needs, shattering all SUV expectations. Smooth FWD further enhances results, meticulously balancing every burst of torque.
Never fear, Seattle drivers. Economy doesn’t compromise performance. The 2017 Titanium yields a robust 245 HP, with its six-speed automatic transmission offering fluid handling on every road. This proves an ideal option for every summer adventure.
Want to take it for a spin? Visit Sound Ford Renton today to learn more about the new Escape!