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Ranger Return Set for 2019, Bronco in 2020
Ford is preparing to seize its share of the midsize pickup truck market by reintroducing the Ranger in 2019. The original Ranger was unveiled in 1990 and had a good 21-year run before Ford decided to shelve the truck in 2011 and concentrate on F-150 sales. The Bronco went through several iterations from the mid 1960s into the 1990s, starting as a small off-road vehicle and ending its run as a large SUV. Look for the new version to be somewhere in the middle, providing a flexible off-roader that’s also capable of maneuvering through an urban environment when it hits the Chapman Ford showroom in a couple of years.
“We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable yet fun to drive,” Ford President of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, said. “Ranger is for truck buyers who want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.” Both the Bronco and Ranger will be built in Michigan, boosting the local economy and providing much-needed jobs.
Ford Branching Out to Solve Mobility Needs
The recent Detroit Auto Show was the perfect venue for Ford to showcase its plans for transportation in the near future. Along with producing smarter cars that communicate with each other, Ford is expanding its Chariot ride-sharing service to a number of large urban areas to help solve the problem of urban congestion. “This is an issue that goes far beyond congestion,” according to Ford chairman Bill Ford. “It is one that represents a massive challenge to mankind, one that affects our well-being and access to health care, clean drinking water, food, a safe place to live and even the ability to find work,” he continued. “By solving the mobility challenge, we have a chance to create a better world for future generations. It’s both an exciting opportunity and a big responsibility.”
City of Tomorrow Shifts to Accommodate Traffic
Ford’s “City of Tomorrow” exhibit at the Detroit Auto Show presented a vision on how the urban landscape of the near future could be configured to help solve congestion. Autonomous and electric vehicles would interact with roads that have the ability to shift to accommodate traffic needs. Ford sees ride-sharing and connected vehicles as another solution to an ever-increasing traffic problem. You can see some of the technology needed to solve future transportation needs already in effect at Chapman Ford. Driver assistance safety features, such as smart cruise control and automatic emergency braking are the cornerstones around which Ford is building the vehicles of tomorrow.
Helps Eliminate Injury From Rollovers
When you purchase a 2017 Ford Fusion from Chapman Ford, you’re getting much more than a fuel-efficient sedan that’s a pleasure to drive. The new Fusion incorporates a “Return to Park” feature that uses sensors to determine when you are exiting the vehicle. If you have not placed the vehicle in park, the Fusion will do that for you. “When we decided to go with the new rotary shifter for the 2017 Ford Fusion, the team sat together in a room to see what additional customer benefit we could bring to the table,” according to Ford’s e-shift technical expert, Mark Zyskowski. “We thought about what we could add without getting in the way of normal day-to-day scenarios and all agreed a feature to help confirm park is selected when exiting the vehicle seemed really worthwhile.”
Smart Operation Reads Your Intentions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that 360 people were killed in a recent two-year period by cars that had no one in the driver seat. The Fusion engineering team developed this system, which can detect when a driver has turned off a moving vehicle. The Fusion will first shift itself into neutral until it gets below 5 mph, then will transfer into park. It is smart enough not to kick in if you open the door with your seat belt on in case your coat is caught in the door or you are looking for parking lines.
New Fusion a Testament to Contemporary Design
The 2017 Ford Fusion is a beautiful car, sculpted to slice through the wind with maximum efficiency while still catching the eye of innocent onlookers. Features such as LED head, tail and fog lamps, smart assist technology and voice-activated controls are not only fun, but make for a more pleasant, and safer, driving experience. Seemingly simple features like the rotary shift dial make more room for cupholders, charging stations and electronic storage. There are many trim levels to choose from, but as long as you’re looking, check out the Platinum level package with cooled leather seats, a premium sport grille and 19-inch polished aluminum wheels.
There’s a Model and Price for Everyone
Make sure and take enough time during your trip to Chapman Ford to look at the wide variety of trim levels. The S model starts at just $22,120, yet still features push button start, the rotary shift dial, SYNC voice communication and a killer stereo. The Hybrid models get 43 mpg in the city and start at a very affordable $25,295. Even the most expensive Fusion, the Energi Platinum model, has a ton of luxury and safety appointments and still comes in at under $40,000.
New Engine/Transmission Pairing Provide Efficiency
With a new EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic transmission, there are some changes afoot for the 2017 Ford F-150. What hasn’t changed is that esteemed consumer advice publication and website, Kelley Blue Book (KBB), has named the might Ford the “Best Buy” of the year in the truck category. That’s the third year in a row for the honor, cementing the F-150’s role as “America’s Truck.” KBB lists its best buys in the truck, car and SUV category each year as a service to consumers who want a vehicle that will perform with power and efficiency while long outlasting any factory warranty. You can feel the power and efficiency of the new F-150 by taking a test drive at Chapman Ford today.
New EcoBoost Improves Power and Performance
Customers who were amazed at the performance of the original EcoBoost engine will really be stunned by the latest version. This peppy 3.5L V6 takes all the best aspects of the original and turns the volume up to 11. With new direct twin port injection, lighter components and a totally reworked turbocharger, the latest edition not only produces 10 more horsepower than the original, but now has 470 pound feet of torque. A new 10-speed automatic transmission delivers maximum efficiency and power when you need it. The transmission provides torque through the complete operating range and has a special trailer/tow mode, making the 2017 Ford F-150 a great choice for hauling and towing.
‘The Country’s Best-Selling Vehicle Just Keeps Getting Better’
That’s the headline straight from the KBB.com article extolling the virtues of the new F-150. KBB says the Ford F-150 “sets the benchmark for pickups with its blend of capability, competence and innovation, all available in a wide range of models for every budget.” KBB says its no surprise that many families use the F-150 as their everyday driver. The truck “enables effortless power for acceleration and passing,” and with features like massaging front seats, power running boards and remote tailgate drop, the F-150 delivers the luxury, comfort and convenience that many American families seek.
Plenty of Trim Levels for Different Tastes
Whether you just need a basic work truck or like one with all the bells and whistles, the F-150 has a trim level for you. The STX Appearance Package delivers a more aggressive look, with 20-inch machined wheels, a billet grill and privacy glass. For the baddest truck on the planet, take a look at the leaner and meaner Ford Raptor, the off-road conqueror for serious trail busters. Head to Chapman Ford today and examine the entire F-150 inventory to find the truck that best suits your needs.
Compact SUV Fits Minimalist Lifestyle
If being on the go is more important to you than owning material possessions, plan on visiting Chapman Ford in early 2018 to check out the new Ford EcoSport compact SUV. The EcoSport was recently revealed via Snapchat to the world and through an interactive Hollywood pop-up experience to a large crowd. It is the perfect vehicle for the modern commuter, with an emphasis on fun and technology instead of size. “More people are choosing to spend their time and money sharing experiences with friends and family instead of buying more stuff,” according to Ford marketing director Chantel Lenard. “EcoSport fits perfectly into this growing lifestyle. It’s our smallest SUV, packed with features and personality.”
Small SUV, Big Sound
The size of the vehicle may be small, but the premium B&O PLAY audio system delivers a big concert sound. Harman Kardon engineers developed the system through hundreds of hours of hard work, incorporating 10 speakers and a subwoofer to pump 675 watts of audio power through the cabin. SYNC 3, Ford’s communications system that also controls your entertainment through powerful voice recognition software, will also be available in the EcoSport. Coupled with an 8-inch color touchscreen, SYNC 3 gives easy control of your smart phone apps through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Ready for All Your Personal Electronics
With two USB charging ports that deliver ultra fast power to bring your electronics back to full life, the Ford EcoSport is designed with the modern commuter in mind. Two 12-volt outlets and a 110-volt outlet give additional power wherever you and your passengers may need it. The SYNC Connect app is another feature of the new Ford EcoSport, letting you locate your vehicle as well as start, lock and unlock it from any location using your smart phone. You can also view important vehicle information, including how much gas is in the tank, from your phone.
Plenty of Power From Two Engine Choices
When you go to Chapman Ford in early 2018 to pick up your new EcoSport, you’ll have the choice of a 1.0L turbocharged EcoBoost engine or a 2.0L four-cylinder motor. If you pick the 2.0L, you’ll get Ford’s Intelligent 4-wheel drive as a standard feature. Both engines will utilize a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. Although the EPA has not yet released mileage ratings, you can expect the EcoSport will get near-hybrid figures without the added cost of a hybrid powertrain.
Tough, Smart and Capable Super Duty Delivers
Although its little sibling, the F-150, has been Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year on four different occasions, this is the first time ever the workhorse Ford Super Duty has won the honor. The 2017 Motor Trend Truck of the Year is one of the most prestigious awards in the auto industry. “We are honored to win this year’s Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award as it underscores how the all-new 2017 Ford Super Dutys are the toughest, smartest and most capable trucks we’ve ever built,” said Ford’s president of The Americas, Joe Hinrichs. “For 39 consecutive years, Ford F-series has been America’s favorite truck, and now Motor Trend has given one of our F-Series top honors for the fifth time.” The Super Duty features best-in-class payload and towing ability, making it a perfect choice for work or play. This workhorse is full of creature comforts, as you’ll see when you take a test drive at Chapman Ford.
Steel and Aluminum Create Tough, Efficient Truck
A high-strength military steel box frame creates the bones for this tough truck, around which a strong aluminum alloy provides a ding and dent resistant body. The aluminum body Super Duty is also a great choice for cold country, as it is rust resistant. The metal combination reduces the weight of the truck by 350 pounds, providing a more efficient solution to your towing and hauling needs.
Cameras and Technology Make Job Easier
The new Ford Super Duty has up to seven cameras to give the driver eyes where none ever existed before. This results in simplifying the tough tasks of towing and backing up, making an inexperienced driver look like a pro. The new Super Duty also has available safety features such as Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control to help you avoid accidents. SYNC 3 uses improved voice recognition software to let you play your favorite tunes, plan a navigation route or make a phone call without ever taking your eyes off the road.
Super Duty Exceeds Expectations
Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh said the choice was clear when it came to picking the Truck of the Year. “We judge the contenders based on six categories – from design to efficiency to performance – characterizing the things consumers want most in their next vehicle,” he said. “The all new 2017 Ford Super Duty met and exceeded our criteria, truly proving it is the undisputed leader in towing, capability and power – exactly what truck customers want.” See how the new Super Duty can fill all your needs and wants by visiting Chapman Ford in Scottsdale today.