2017 Automobile Journal Buyers Guide: Ford

16 Feb 2017 | 1,146 views | No Comment
  Editor's Note: For the next few weeks, we will publish a 2017 Buyers Guide for as many brands as we can find information to publish.  We are starting with Ford, and tomorrow's buyers guide will feature Nissan. By Don Hammonds For Ford, 2017 looks like a year of red hot performance cars and doing whatever it takes to keep their Number 1 in sales record intact. Here's a look at what is ahead for some of Ford's most popular products: Mustang: Enthusiast customers will continue to enjoy the original pony car’s range of powerful engines. The standard 3.7-liter V6 offers up 300 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, while the available 2.3-liter EcoBoost® puts out 310 horsepower* and 320 lb.-ft. of torque*. Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8 engine kicks out 435 horsepower* and 400 lb.-ft. of torque*. All Mustang models come with a dual exhaust system. [caption id="attachment_8736" align="alignnone" width="612"] 2017 Ford Mustang[/caption] The 2017 Mustang chassis features an integral link independent rear suspension that helps minimize body roll and isolate road imperfections for a responsive ride and precise handling. The popular Pony Package includes 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, unique upper grille with classic tri-bar pony logo and side stripes. The available Performance Package includes a 3.55 limited-slip differential, increased-diameter antiroll bars, larger brake rotors, heavy-duty springs and unique chassis tuning. Mustang features available SYNC® 3 enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system. An available 8-inch LCD capacitive touch screen in the center stack has swipe and pinch-to-zoom capabilities, AppLink, 911 Assist®, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Buyers can now opt for three new colors including Lightning Blue, Grabber Blue and White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat. Technical specifications for the 2017 Ford Mustang can be found here.   2017 Fusion Sport Ford is hitting the high performance end of the intermediate sedan class hard---and early considering that there are only two other family sedans that even have performance models--Dodge Charger and Toyota Camry. So that is the raison d'etre for the all-new  2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport is a performance sedan.  And Ford is right--it is a rare product in this segment.  It comes with  a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 delivering 325 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque when using 93-octane fuel. The engine is mated to a heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Power like this vanquishes on-ramp anxiety, and the confidence of all-wheel drive means sure-footed performance in challenging conditions. Antiroll bars, spring rates and wider tires are tuned for a sporty ride, and are complemented by continuously controlled damping for real-time suspension tuning – from stiff to soft depending on setup and road input. The system also allows for pothole detection, where sensors detect the edge of a pothole and, within milliseconds, change damping rates to reduce the severity of an impact. Fusion has always been a styling standout, and Fusion V6 Sport takes the look in a new direction, with an aggressive front end with deeper air intakes, gloss black mesh grille, 19-inch tarnished dark wheels, a rear spoiler and quad exhaust outlets. Accommodations inside take the same bold approach, including leather-trimmed seating and grippy, Miko sueded seat inserts, black headliner, carbon fiber appearance trim, and a modification to the rotary shifter – the letter L for low range changes to S for sport mode. Pushing the sport mode button sets the car up for maximum performance – steering wheel paddle shifters are fully enabled to control the transmission, shift points are aggressively programmed, throttle response is faster, steering stiffens, continuously controlled damping enters a more aggressive profile, and active noise control is tuned for a much more entertaining in-cabin engine note. The rest of the 2017 Fusion lineup The 2017 Ford Fusion brings significant updates including new front styling with signature lighting and available LED headlights with new grille options, as well as a freshly redesigned rear end. A new high-end Platinum model provides a premium experience for Fusion buyers. [caption id="attachment_8737" align="alignnone" width="567"] 2017 Ford Fusion profile[/caption] Technology has always played a key role with this car, and the 2017 model is no different. A new rotary gear shift dial is standard across the Fusion range, offering a high-tech and functional experience combined with a low-profile design for a spacious-feeling cabin. The new rotary dial allows for easier access to new storage bins, illuminated USB charge port and ergonomically designed cupholders. Available SYNC® 3 includes Siri EyesFree® capability to help Fusion drivers connect and control their iPhone on the road. SYNC Connect is available to enable owners to remotely start their car, schedule future starts, or lock and unlock the car using a smartphone. The technology provides vehicle location information, as well as tire pressure, battery and fuel levels. SYNC Connect comes with complimentary activation for five years. Available new driver-assist technologies* include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, as well as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection featuring forward collision warning with brake support and active braking, and lane-keeping assist. Also included is optional enhanced active park assist that builds on Ford’s parallel parking technology. This system helps drivers find a perpendicular parking spot, calculate the path, and steer the car to properly position it within the space, with the driver controlling throttle, brake and gear shifter. Optional Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert includes sensors in the car’s rear quarter-panels that can detect traffic in a driver’s blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic – unseen by the driver – is detected. BLIS® enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when slowly backing out of a parking space with obstructed views. In combination with a standard rearview camera, BLIS helps make for confident maneuvering in parking lots. A variety of engines are available including the 2.5-liter i-VCT I-4. Also available are a 2.0-liter EcoBoost® I-4 and a 1.5-liter EcoBoost I-4; these include Auto Start-Stop as standard equipment (technology available only with EcoBoost). At a stop, the engine shuts off to minimize idling to help reduce emissions. When brake pressure is released, the engine instantly turns back on. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment across all engine choices. Fusion Platinum introduces a truly premium interior, including quilted seating surfaces and door panels; a high-end, leather-wrapped instrument panel and window sills; and hand-wrapped steering wheel finished in premium Venetian leather. This edition features a unique grille finished in Magnetic paint and 19-inch polished wheels, along with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 with standard all-wheel drive. 2017 Ford Focus The 2017 Ford Focus remains one of the world’s most popular nameplates, with an excellent balance of handsome styling, a fun driving character and high-tech features.   Newly available is an SEL package, which includes 17-inch machined-aluminum wheels with black-painted pockets, fog lamps, black headlight bezels and power moonroof. Focus is available in either sedan or hatchback, with engine choice offerings that include a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT I-4 or 1.0-liter EcoBoost®, which can be optioned with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with available SelectShift® functionality. The 2017 Ford Focus has available SYNC® 3 enhanced voice recognition and entertainment system with AppLink and 911 Assist®, an 8-inch center LCD touch screen with available navigation, and swiping and pinch-to-zoom capabilities. Two standard smart-charging USB ports are great for families on the go with energy-hungry devices. Focus also offers available technology like Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, a lane-keeping system, heated steering wheel and LED signature lighting. Available active park assist uses the car’s 12 ultrasonic sensors to scan for suitable parking spaces and assist in backing into a spot while driver controls the gear shifter, brake and accelerator pedals. A new color available for 2017 is White Gold. 2017 Ford Fiesta For 2017, Ford Fiesta remains an outstanding balance of high-tech features, a fun-to-drive personality and excellent efficiency. Offered in sedan or hatchback, with either a standard 1.6-liter I-4 or available 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine*, Fiesta provides outstanding efficiency** to complement its personalization features that let drivers create a car that suits their individual style. “Customers want cars that are expressive and fun,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Fiesta delivers all the excitement drivers are looking for in a car we believe raises the bar even higher for small cars in North America.” Fiesta features available SYNC® 3 enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system. This includes an available 6.5-inch center LCD touch screen with swipe, AppLink and 911 Assist® capability. Available navigation features pinch-to-zoom capability. Fiesta offers two new wheels for 2017 – a 15-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheel standard on Fiesta SE and a 16-inch premium Sparkle Silver-painted wheel standard on Titanium. Two new color options for 2017 include Chrome Copper and Bohai Bay Mint. Technical specifications for the 2017 Ford Fiesta can be found here. **EPA-estimated rating of 31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined for SE EcoBoost Fuel Economy Package. Actual mileage will vary. 2017 Ford Escape Ford Escape, the vehicle that helped popularize one of the largest automotive segments when it was introduced for 2001, is significantly updated for the 2017 model year. Escape now features more of what customers said they really wanted – the latest driver-assist technologies, connectivity, and two new fun-to-drive, efficient EcoBoost® engines. Escape is one of the best-selling vehicles in its class. In 2015, a record 306,492 Escapes were sold in the United States – making it Ford’s No. 2 nameplate behind F-Series, the country’s best-selling vehicle line for 34 straight years. [caption id="attachment_8738" align="alignnone" width="576"] New Ford Escape packs more of what Escape customers said they wanted, including the latest driver-assist technologies, remote connectivity and two new fun-to-drive EcoBoost® engines.[/caption] The new Escape features available SYNC® Connect mobile access, which allows owners to use the FordPass® smartphone platform to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle. It features driver-assist technologies such as adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, a lane-keeping system and enhanced active park assist – all packed in a vehicle that’s been redesigned from the inside out. Escape is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start-Stop technology standard with either of the two EcoBoost offerings – a 1.5-liter engine and a 2.0-liter twin-scroll. Auto Start-Stop shuts off the engine during common stops, so the vehicle burns no gas and emits zero tailpipe emissions, restarting automatically when the brake pedal is released. Changes to the interior begin with a new push-button electronic parking brake that replaces the large hand-actuated parking brake, dramatically enhancing the front-row experience for customers. The gear shifter has been repositioned rearward for improved access to climate controls on the center stack. A media bin added at the bottom of the stack offers access to a USB port and covered power outlet. The redesign also brings improved cupholders, two new storage bins and a larger center armrest. An all-new steering wheel includes easy-to-work buttons for audio and climate controls, and a new swing-bin glove box provides easier access to stored items. Exterior design changes give the new Escape a more confident, rugged persona. The redesigned hood and raised trapezoidal grille evoke a more prominent feel. Ford Escape has long been a leader in offering advanced driver-assist technologies, and the 2017 model continues that. In addition to such favorite features as hands-free liftgate and SYNC 3, the new Escape offers these available technologies:
  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support uses sensors to detect a slow-moving vehicle in front and adjust cruise control accordingly
  • SYNC Connect lets owners use the FordPass smartphone platform to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle
  • Enhanced active park assist provides automatic steering assistance to park the vehicle in a parallel or perpendicular parking spot, and pull out from tight parallel parking spots
  • Lane-keeping system includes lane-keeping assist, which alerts drivers when they drift unintentionally from their lane, as well as lane-keeping aid, which provides steering assistance to guide an unintentionally drifting vehicle back into its lane
  • Driver Alert System uses data from the lane-keeping system to detect signs of fatigued driving – providing a warning on the instrument cluster
  • 2017 Ford Explorer
  • Continuing its 25-year run as the best-selling SUV in the United States, the 2017 Ford Explorer packs even more smart technology and comfort features. An available XLT Sport Appearance Package adds to a lineup that already includes a remarkably refined Platinum edition.The new XLT Sport Appearance Package features updates inside and out, and provides a rugged new look, including 20-inch Magnetic Gray wheels, grille, mirror caps and rear appliqué; Ebony Black body-side cladding and black roof rack; and Explorer hood badge. Interior updates include Dark Earth Gray leather front seats and Miko suede seatback uppers and inserts, with Umber scrim, contrast stitching and door trim inserts. Front seat outer bolsters by premium leather maker Salerno and Explorer logo floor mats are also included.Explorer is available with SYNC® 3 and other popular features such as a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, heated steering wheel, inflatable first- and second-row safety belts and LED fog lamps.Drivers can opt for a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine that delivers 280 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 310 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm. Explorer Sport and Platinum edition models pack a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that generates 365 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 350 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. Base model Explorer, XLT and Limited trim levels come standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 255 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. All engines are mated to a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission.Available features that carry over for the 2017 Ford Explorer include:
    • Front and rear cameras: Both have wide-angle lenses and come equipped with a washer – a class-exclusive, segment-first feature
    • Enhanced active park assist: System uses ultrasonic sensors and electric power-assisted steering to help drivers with parallel and perpendicular parking. It includes park-out assist to help drivers pull out of parallel parking spots. The system controls the steering wheel, while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals, and shifts the vehicle into gear
    • Intelligent all-wheel drive with Terrain Management System
    • Smart-charging USB ports: Located at the front and rear of the vehicle, the ports can charge smart devices up to two times faster than conventional ports
    • Hands-free liftgate: A customer need only kick his or her leg below the center of the rear bumper to open or close the liftgate
    • 500-watt Sony® audio with Live Acoustics and Clear Phase
    • Active Grille Shutters: Upper and lower fascia openings close at highway speeds to reduce drag; at low speeds, shutters open to deliver airflow to cool the powertrain
    • Air curtains: Standard air curtains create a high-pressure region of air that impacts the outer surface of the wheels and tires – resulting in airflow held close to the vehicle body to minimize drag
    • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support: Uses radar to detect moving vehicles directly ahead and changes cruising speed if necessary
    • Lane-keeping system: Automatically detects left- and right-hand road lane markings using the front camera system. A vibration in the steering wheel alerts the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane. The system can also provide steering torque to help guide the vehicle back into the lane if needed
    • Blind Spot Information System: BLIS® uses radar to trigger a warning when another motorist is in the driver’s blind spot
    • Cross-traffic alert: Uses radar to help alert drivers to oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space
    • Auto high-beams: Using windshield-mounted cameras, the feature automatically switches between high-beam and low-beam settings when oncoming traffic is detected.
    • 2017 Ford F-150
    • Ford F-150, part of Ford F-Series – America’s best-selling truck for 39 years – continues to innovate for 2017 with a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine and all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. The combination delivers more torque and horsepower and an improved driving experience to make the 2017 F-150 the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever.
    • The all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost leverages the best attributes of the first-generation design – power, reliability and efficiency – and improves it in almost every aspect. This includes a new twin port and direct injection fuel strategy, lighter and stronger crank and valvetrain components, redesigned turbocharger system with electronic wastegate, and redesigned valvetrain and variable-displacement oil pump.Further F-150 powertrain improvements include the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission available for both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. Manufactured by Ford for maximum power delivery and efficiency, the transmission optimizes engine power and torque ranges with closer ratios between gears and patented hydraulic controls. Other improvements include an Auto Start-Stop e-pump, enhanced kinematics for minimal internal friction losses and a unique high-speed one-way clutch that allows for nonsequential shifting.Additional transmission innovations include driver-select trailer/tow mode, adaptive learning for improved shift modulation, high-efficiency filtration system that extends fluid life, and a compact package that is only 25 millimeters longer than the previous six-speed transmission.The results are a powertrain that delivers 50 lb.-ft. more torque for a class-leading 470 lb.-ft. and 10 extra horsepower to make towing and hauling even more effortless, while improving overall driveability, efficiency and emissions compliance. Additional changes for the 2017 Ford F-150 include an available STX Appearance Package and available SYNC® Connect for XLT series and higher trucks. Lightning Blue, Avalanche and White Gold are new color offerings.

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