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PostHeaderIcon Ford Teases Mach 1 Electric… SUV?

Ford is on a quest to have 40 electrified vehicles by 2022 to meet the demand for fuel efficiency and receded local emissions. One of these vehicles will be a crossover with a fully electric drivetrain. Sounds great, right? Well, not so fast. This crossover will be “Mustang inspired” and be named the Mach 1.

As you should know, the Mach 1 name dates back to 1969 as a performance package on the Mustang. The Mach 1 package added an upgraded suspension, several appearance upgrades, and several V-8 engine options. The package continued through 1978 until Ford resurrected the name in 2003 and 2004 as a send-off for the fourth-generation Mustang. But regardless of year or body style, the Mach 1 name was synonymous with performance.

As for the “Mustang Inspired” thing, Ford hasn’t divulged what this inspiration will look like. The crossover could have a similar face or taillight cues as the Mustang, or maybe even a similar dashboard design.

One thing is for sure; the Mach 1 will be built on a separate platform from the Mustang due to its electric drivetrain and battery pack. That confirmation comes from Ford Executive Vice President Raj Nair in a conversation with Jalopnik.

But regardless of how Mustang-inspired this crossover is, it will still be a high-riding wagon with five doors. Why Ford thinks it’s a smart idea to brand an all-new electric crossover with such an iconic name rich with muscle car heritage is beyond me. It would be like Chevrolet making a Camaro-inspired electric crossover and calling it the Z/28 or Dodge building one inspired by the Viper and naming it the SRT-10.

Names mean things; they carry weight and history. More importantly, vehicle names are engrained into customers’ psyche and elicit connotations of worth, performance, capability, and cultural significance. I’m all for Ford building an electric crossover. It would probably sell extremely well. But, Ford should reconsider slapping such an iconic nameplate onto an unrelated vehicle that doesn’t even hail from the same vehicle category.


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PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Ford Edge ST Is Fine, But The Base Model Is The Better Buy

The Blue Oval just dropped cover on the new Edge ST performance SUV at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, bolstering its lineup with a twin-turbo go-faster variant capable of sprinting to 60 mph in the low-5-second range and going around a corner with haste without falling over thanks to a sport-tuned suspension. That’s all well and good, but when you think about it, the base model is definitely a much better buy.

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“The 2019 Ford Edge ST looks good and goes quick, but is it really worth the money?”

Don’t get us wrong – we think the Ford Edge ST is an intriguing offer. It’s got tons of desirable stuff, and rightfully so considering it’s basically Ford’s first real performance-oriented SUV. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6, which, properly motivated, creates as much as 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. All of that go is routed through an eight-speed automatic transmission and AWD system, eventually reaching the blacktop by way of 20-inch wheels. You can also get yours with the
optional 21-inch wheels wrapped in performance tires, if you want.

Complementing the sticky rubber and AWD grip is an ST-specific sport suspension, which helps manage the SUV’s considerable size and weight. There’s also an optional brake package that upgrades the components in the rear, which should help it stop a little shorter (although in all honesty, a rear brake upgrade is mostly done for aesthetics). Outside, you’ll find more aggressive styling, with the bumpers tweaked and black trim added to the grille. There’s even a pair of sport seats in the interior.

So really, the Ford Edge ST is for folks who need an SUV, but don’t want to regress into the boring world of uninspiring high-riding models. And we get that. Thing is, while the ST certainly has a good amount of kit to ratchet up the excitement levels, the base model is really the better buy.


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“The base model Ford Edge might be a far superior buy for your SUV dollar.”

The rest of the trim level lineup is composed of the the SE, SEL, and Titanium, each of which was revised in this latest round of refreshes. Each gets a new look front and back, including a new grille and hood, plus standard LED lighting. Inside, buyers get all the usual infotainment goodies, like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa, plus a 4G WiFi connection with enough bandwidth to support up to 10 individual devices. There’s also a litany of safety systems, such as automatic braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, post-collision braking, and cross-traffic alert. Options include wireless device charging, adaptive cruise control, and more.

So then – you still get a good-looking exterior and a well-equipped interior with the lower trims. Of course, the powerplant sees a bit of a downgrade compared to the ST, with the twin-turbo V-6 replaced by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. So yeah, it’s pretty slow by comparison, but it gets the job done, especially with that eight-speed automatic transmission. And with FWD, it’ll save you a few bucks at the pump, too.

But here’s the real issue – the base model starts at just $30,215, and while we have yet to get an official pricing for the ST, it’ll most likely be close to $45,000.


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“The ST carries a huge jump in price, and while the extra ponies, bigger engine, sport suspension, and all the other stuff certainly justify the extra outlay, the Ford Edge ST is playing in a pretty heavy-hitting segment.”

That’s a huge jump, and while the extra ponies, bigger engine, sport suspension, and all the other stuff certainly justify it, the Ford Edge ST is playing in a pretty heavy-hitting segment. For roughly $45,000, you could get into something like a Porsche Macan ($47,800), which offers 252 horsepower, a 6.3-second 0-to-60 mph time, and AWD. And oh yeah, it’s also a Porsche. Or you could get into a Jaguar F-Pace ($42,065), which offers 247 horsepower and AWD, and oh yeah, it’s also a Jaaag.

But we get it. The base model Macan and F-Pace are both slower than the Edge ST and likely much more expensive to maintain. And some people just don’t care about badge prestige and luxury opulence.

Still, we can’t help but wonder – why not just get the best of both the SUV world and the performance world by getting a base model Edge and spending the remaining fifteen grand on something like an older Mustang? That way, you stay with the Blue Oval, you get a practical SUV (which won’t ride like crap because of the non-sport suspension, too), and you get a muscle car purpose-built for performance fun. Problem solved, right?

At the end of the day, the Edge ST definitely has a niche to fill. But that doesn’t mean we necessarily think it’s a great buy.

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PostHeaderIcon In the Works: Ford Mach1 Electric SUV and New Shelby GT500

The next couple of years are going to be very exciting for Ford fans. The Blue Eval is set to launch two potentially awesome products, and they are a world apart. One is a new high-performance electric SUV to which they have given the name Ford Mach1, and the other a new version of the Mustang Shelby GT500.

Now, hard-core Ford guys may not like the idea of Mach1 moniker on an electric car, and a SUV one at that. But judging by the teaser Ford has released for this machine, it is probably going to be worth the honor. The new electric SUV is, as the clip suggests, the bastard child of the a high performance muscle car and a sensible family SUV.

Ford Mach1 will not be ready until 2020 though, and who knows what the climate would be by then in the electric car market. That said, there is always a place in the market for a performance SUV. The thing is, there is a whole bunch of these new electric SUVs and crossovers coming out over the next few years. It’ll be interesting to see how what Ford has in store to beat the competition.

Besides the Mach1 we will also get a new Mustang Shelby G500. And it’s coming sooner, set for launch in 2019 with no less than 700 horsepower. The power is frankly not surprising, given the previous iterations of the car. But the teaser video above shows a pretty sexy looking beast, not at all crude and kind of ugly like the old one.

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PostHeaderIcon In the Works: Ford Mach1 Electric SUV and New Shelby GT500

The next couple of years are going to be very exciting for Ford fans. The Blue Eval is set to launch two potentially awesome products, and they are a world apart. One is a new high-performance electric SUV to which they have given the name Ford Mach1, and the other a new version of the Mustang Shelby GT500.

Now, hard-core Ford guys may not like the idea of Mach1 moniker on an electric car, and a SUV one at that. But judging by the teaser Ford has released for this machine, it is probably going to be worth the honor. The new electric SUV is, as the clip suggests, the bastard child of the a high performance muscle car and a sensible family SUV.

Ford Mach1 will not be ready until 2020 though, and who knows what the climate would be by then in the electric car market. That said, there is always a place in the market for a performance SUV. The thing is, there is a whole bunch of these new electric SUVs and crossovers coming out over the next few years. It’ll be interesting to see how what Ford has in store to beat the competition.

Besides the Mach1 we will also get a new Mustang Shelby G500. And it’s coming sooner, set for launch in 2019 with no less than 700 horsepower. The power is frankly not surprising, given the previous iterations of the car. But the teaser video above shows a pretty sexy looking beast, not at all crude and kind of ugly like the old one.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Ranger Returns To America With a Vengeance

Six years. That’s how long it’s been since we had the Ford Ranger in our lives. It took some time and a set of fortuitous circumstances, but after waiting since 2011 for the Ranger to make its comeback in the U.S., Ford finally delivered. The Ranger is back, and it’s looking to reclaim its status as one of the best and most popular entry-level pickup trucks in the market.


“Aesthetically, the U.S.-bound Ranger bares some similarities to its global-spec T6 counterpart.”

It feels great to finally get the Ford Ranger back. Now we can forget about all those jokes from our friends all over the world who have never seen a world without the Ranger in their markets. In fact, international markets have had the Ranger since 1998. Its success in those markets continues to make it relevant after all these years. Now we’re getting it back, and the world is better for it.

Aesthetically, the U.S.-bound Ranger bares some similarities to its global-spec T6 counterpart. The dimensions are similar, and the overall presentation makes it a chore to determine one from the other. That’s not to say that they’re identical because they’re not. The U.S.-spec Ranger makes use of a number of styling cues that help make it stand out, including a bulging power dome hood that adds a more aggressive look to the front section and a blacked out front grille with thinner horizontal bars than the ones found on the current model. The interior also gets its own set of goodies, specifically a thick steering wheel and a high-tech instrument cluster with a pair of LCD displays.


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“In terms of power, the returning Ranger will use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine”

In terms of power, the returning Ranger will use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine. The automaker hasn’t given a specific power rating, but the EcoBoost isn’t a new engine so we already have an idea of what it’s capable of. A different version of the same engine sits under the hood of the 2018 Ford Mustang. That bad boy produces 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Regardless of what kind of power the Ranger’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost has, the important thing is that the model itself is back in our lives. Welcome home, Ford Ranger. You’ve been missed.

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PostHeaderIcon New Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Mean and Green in Detroit

Rumored to make a comeback for many years now, the Ford Mustang Bullitt returns in its third iteration at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Based on the facelifted version of the sixth-generation Mustang, the new Bullitt arrives just in time for the movies’ 50th anniversary. Launched almost a half-century after Steve McQueen created the coolest car chase in movie history, the new Bullitt came to Cobo Center alongside the original car from 1968.

Showcased in a metallic dark green color that mimics the shade of the original model, the new Bullitt follows in the footsteps of its fourth- and fifth-generation-based predecessor, sporting an understated look, a number of exclusive features, and a retuned drivetrain. On the outside, it gets subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, a unique black grille, and the obligatory Torque Thrust wheels, this time around in 19-inch size. A set of red Brembo calipers completes the look, but it also gets the aerodynamic extras that come with the Performance Package. Color options are limited to the classic Dark Highland Green and Shadow Black.

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Understated but More Powerful


“The standard seats come from the Mustang GT, but owners can upgrade to the optional leather Recaro units”

The cabin is equally understated, with upgrades including the 1960s-inspired white cue ball shift knob and green accent stitching on the seats. The standard seats come from the Mustang GT, but owners can upgrade to the optional leather-wrapped Recaro sports units. The 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster, which was launched with the facelift, features a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the car instead of the pony. A heated leather steering wheel is included as standard.

Additionally, Ford offers an optional Bullitt Electronics Package that includes navigation, driver memory seats and mirrors, upgraded sound system, and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert.


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“Output has been increased compared to the standard 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of the Mustang GT”

Under the vented green hood lurks the familiar 5.0-liter V-8 “Coyote” engine, but output has been increased compared to the standard 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of the Mustang GT. Specific figures aren’t yet available, but Ford says the new Bullitt will benefit from at least 475 horses and 420 pound-feet of twist. Expect it to hit 60 mph a tenth-second than the regular GT, so we could be looking at a 3.8-second benchmark. Top speed is also higher, up to 163 mph from the standard 155 mph.

The Bullitt comes with a manual transmission as standard, but it features a number of drivetrain upgrades on top for the revised engine. It sports an active valve performance exhaust with new Black NitroPlate tips retuned for signature burble, a new Open Air Induction system, and an intake manifold from the Shelby GT350. The optional MagneRide semi-active suspension system optimizes driving performance.

The new Mustang Bullitt is due to hit showrooms this summer, but pricing information is not yet available. We should know more as we review the pony car later this week.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Is an Homage to McQueen

On the 50th anniversary of the cult classic “Bullitt,” Ford announced the launched of something really special. The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt limited edition is an homage to the movie and its iconic star, Steve McQueen. With unique looks and enhanced specs, the modern Bullitt Mustang is going to be one of the hottest special editions of this car ever built. 

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt was introduced at the North American International Auto Show alongside the original movie car, accompanied by a film created by Molly McQueen. Obviously, the exterior color is a direct tribute to the original Bullitt Mustang – classic Dark Highland Green exterior paint and subtle chrome accents. You can, of course, order this model in other colors as well, but that kind of ruins the whole point of it. The same goes for the interior and its optional RECARO black leather-trimmed seats with unique green accent stitching. Unless you get these the whole Bullitt theme does not make much sense.

What every 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt gets, though, is a tricked-out 5.0-liter V8 engine that will deliver at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. It features active valve performance exhaust system with Black NitroPlate tips, new Open Air Induction System and Shelby GT350 intake manifold with 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration. In terms of equipment, too, the Bullitt edition beats the standard GT with heated leather steering wheel and a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster modified to feature Bullitt-themed graphics, plus Bullitt Electronics Package with navigation and sound system.

“This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “As a designer, it’s my favorite Mustang – devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesn’t need to scream about anything – it’s just cool.”








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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ford Ranger Revealed with New Looks, More Tech

Detroit Motor Show this year sees the debut of the new 2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck. The favorite of mid-size truckers comes with upscale, handsome looks and a lot more tech features than before. What’s more, it is one of toughest vehicles in its class thanks to its “Built Ford Tough” construction. 

Basically, what Built Ford Tough means is that the 2019 Ford Ranger is built to take some serious punishment. It features a rugged high-strength steel frame backbone and has been torture-tested alongside Ford F-150 trucks. The muscular and athletic body reflects the rough and tumble soul of this car. So whatever your business or adventure is, the new Ranger should be able to take care of it for years to come.

Mechanically, the truck launches with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. These are complemented with available FX4 Off-Road Package provides additional trail capability with off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates and FX4 badging. 2019 Ford Ranger boasts Dana AdvanTEK independent front and solid rear axles on both 2WD and 4WD models. So even with two driven wheels you can do some serious off roading.






In terms of technology, an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC 3 system is the least of the features you get. Depending on the trim level, you can get Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and Blind Spot Information System. The new Ranger comes in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat trims. Optional packages include Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road.

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PostHeaderIcon Spray and Pray: Hagens Berman Representing Truck Owners that Say Ford Cheated on Emissions Too

Volkswagen may soon have more company in the ranks of accused cheaters now that Ford is being accused of doing the same thing. The Blue Oval finds itself in the crosshairs of a lawsuit that’s accusing the automaker of rigging at least 500,000 heavy-duty pickups to beat emissions tests. The lawsuit claims that models of Ford’s F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel pickups sold between 2011 and 2017 are releasing emissions that are 50 times the legal limit for nitrogen oxide pollutants.


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“The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit by law firm Hagens Berman”

The lawsuit, which was first reported by Bloomberg, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit by law firm Hagens Berman. Interestingly enough, Hagens Berman is the same law firm that accused Daimler and Audi of similar cheating devices in 2016. Steve Bermann, a managing partner in the law firm, claims that Ford’s own onboard diagnostic software “grossly exceeds the standard.” In addition to Ford, Hagens Berman also named Robert Bosch GmbH — better known simply as Bosch — in the lawsuit, accusing the German parts supplier of working with Ford to mask the vehicles’ inefficiencies in order to maintain overall performance.

To no one’s surprise, Ford and Bosch have vehemently denied the allegations lobbied against them by the law firm. Ford spokesman Daniel Barbosa responded to the suit, saying that all Ford vehicles, including models running on diesel engines, “comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations.”

“Ford vehicles do not have defeat devices,” Barbosa added in a statement to Bloomberg. “We will defend ourselves against these baseless claims.”


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“The law firm claims to have represented drivers against a list of automakers that include Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Daimler, and Audi.”

For its part, Bosch also released a statement through spokesman Rene Ziegler. “Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously,” Ziegler said. “Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation.”

It is interesting that Hagens Berman finds itself in the middle of another lawsuit against an automaker. The law firm claims to have represented drivers against a list of automakers that include Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Daimler, and Audi.

As serious as these allegations are, it is curious that Hagens Berman is always the one that aggrieved drivers turn to for their gripes. Either the firm is as good as it says it is, or this tactic of accusing one automaker after another of cheating has become a go-to trick to get payouts. Hopefully, we’ll find out more details about the lawsuit as they become available.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Ford Edge ST Unveiled with 335 Horsepower

Hot crossovers with more power than their class would warrant seem to be gaining momentum in the market. This is what Ford has come up with to remain competitive, the 2019 Ford Edge ST. This small crossover features a 335 Horsepower 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine. 

That motor also makes 380 lb.-ft. of torque. Gotta love these EcoBoosts! 2019 Ford Edge ST also benefits from a quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control, an available performance brake package, and ST-tuned sport suspension. So performance-wise, this family rocket punches way above its weight.

And it’s not just straight line performance, either. 2019 Ford Edge ST should be quite good around corners thanks to the tailored suspension as well as aggressive throttle response and shifting patterns. But most people are going to want this model simply for the way it looks. The ST treatment gives the Edge exclusive front and rear styling elements, a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling, deep side skirts and dual-exhaust outlets, plus 21 inch wheels. Inside the car features special design cues on the steering wheel, seat backs and scuff plates.






“Edge ST puts a new animal on the road – a performance SUV with a track mentality,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. “From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive.”

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Edge ST

Performance versions of SUVs and crossovers are just dumb. To put outlandish power in a top-heavy vehicle originally designed to haul people and cargo across foreboding terrain is simply asinine. In the last year, we’ve seen Chevrolet launch the Tahoe RST, Jeep launch the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and Dodge debut the Durango SRT. Now Ford is getting into the game. Just a single day after teasing a new ST-badged model, Ford has debuted the Edge ST – yes, you read that right.

It’s a 2019 Edge crossover with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 making 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque mates to an eight-speed automatic transmission and turning all four wheels. It rides on an ST-tuned suspension and offers optional performance braking package. How crazy is that?

But really, how crazy is that? In reality, it’s not. Think back to the late 1960s when muscle cars developed from ordinary sedans and coupes. Automakers like Ford (and all the various divisions under General Motors and Chrysler) stuffed increasingly powerful V-8s into cars that, just a few years prior, wouldn’t be out of place in your grandmother’s driveway. It seems the same is becoming true for SUVs. These mommy-mobiles are turning into the 21st century’s version of the Ford Torino, Dodge Dart, and Chevy Impala. And who doesn’t love a vehicle that can pull double duty doing family errands and tearing up the autocross course? Maybe performance SUVs aren’t so dumb after all.

Let’s see how the 2019 Ford Edge ST stacks up.

Setting the Stage

Okay, so what’s this all about? Well, the Edge ST isn’t just a badge-engineered crossover with a new engine. Rather, Ford handed the project over to its in-house skunkworks team, Ford Performance. These are the same folks responsible for the F-150 Raptor, Focus ST, Focus RS, Mustang GT350 and GT350R, and the mighty Ford GT supercar. The 2019 Edge ST is Ford Performance’s first SUV, so the stakes are high and reputations are on the line.

Exterior

  • More aggressive front & rear fascias
  • Shares updates with the standard 2019 Edge
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Optional 21-inch wheels with performance tires

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“The grille is blacked out with the same mesh seen on other Ford Performance models and the lower apron gets the same black-fin treatment found on the Mustang GT350 and Focus RS”

The Ford Edge is undergoing a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year, so the ST version benefits from the changes. The front and rear fascias have been updated for a more modern look while retaining Ford’s six-sided grille. The Edge ST takes this new, sharpened design and turns it to 11. The grille is blacked out with the same mesh seen on other Ford Performance models and the lower apron gets the same black-fin treatment found on the Mustang GT350 and Focus RS.

Down low, the Edge ST rides on standard 20-inch wheels, while 21-inch wheels with performance tires are optional. The rocker panels have a more aggressive design, too, much like the other street-biased Ford Performance vehicles.

At the rear, the lower fascia has dual exhausts with squarish tips finished in satin chrome. A trailer hitch receiver is also present, meaning the Edge ST is functional for more than just going fast.

Interior

  • Updates from 2019 Edge appear in ST trim
  • ST brings deeply bolstered front seats & ST badges
  • New rotary shifter
  • Tons of built-in connectivity features
  • A slew of available safety features

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“The seats are thickly bolstered for more support during turns”

The 2019 model year brings changes to the Edge’s interior, too. The biggest change is the center console. Gone is the conventional gear shifter – replaced by a rotary knob seen elsewhere in the Ford lineup. The cup holders are now larger and have more room for odds and ends. A wireless charger for smartphones and two USB ports now resides in the hidden storage bin below the HVAC controls.

The ST model sees these improvements, but also gets ST and Ford Performance logos scattered around. The seats are thickly bolstered for more support during turns. They are leather trimmed with cloth center sections. White contrast stitching adorns the seats, as well as the leather inserts on the door panels.

The Edge offers an available 12-speaker B&O Play audio system with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with the new Ford+Alexa app. It allows for greater voice commands that even extends to smart home controls connected to the Internet.

Every Edge comes standard with FordPass Connect, a smartphone connection point that allows owners to control various functions like starting the engine, locking and unlocking the doors, and finding their Edge on a GPS map – all from their phones from anywhere in the world. Imagine being able to monitor your vehicle parked at the airport from a hotel room in Europe. Nice. The 2019 Edge also includes a Wi-Fi hotspot with bandwidth for 10 devices.

Drivetrain

  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6
  • 335 horsepower & 380 pound-feet of torque
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission
  • AWD is standard on ST
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Available performance brake package

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“The ST comes standard with AWD that’s been tuned for gripping both dry and slippery surfaces.”

Of course, the biggest news here is the POWAR!. Ford uses its familiar 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 to make an impressive 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. A new eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters replaces the old six-speed gearbox. The ST comes standard with AWD that’s been tuned for gripping both dry and slippery surfaces.

But this isn’t the first time the Edge came with EcoBoost power and AWD. The Sport trim on the 2015 and newer Edge came with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost making 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic shifted gears and AWD spun all four tires. The Sport was undoubtedly sportier than the Edge’s less spirited trims, but it wasn’t a performance hound. The porky 4,400-pound crossover needed 5.6 seconds to hit 60 mph and 14.2 seconds to run the quarter-mile, passing the line at 98 mph, according to Car & Driver.

However, the new ST tries to fix the Sport’s weight issue by adding more power and spicing up the suspension. The ST has 20 more horses and 30 more pound-feet, while a Sport Mode in the transmission keeps the twin-turbo spinning in the meaty section of its power band. Throttle response is sharpened, too, and the gearbox will rev match ahead of downshifts. The Edge ST’s 0-to-60 mph time hasn’t been announced, but we’re expecting the added power and sport-tuned eight-speed auto to really help. We’d guess the 60 mph will happen in 5.0 to 5.2 seconds.

“The ST has 20 more horses and 30 more pound-feet, while a Sport Mode in the transmission keeps the twin-turbo spinning in the meaty section of its power band”

Ford also tuned the suspension and traction control for more fun in the corners. While the traction control won’t completely turn off, (Ford says to prevent roll-overs) the Sport Mode allows for more wheel slip and sliding. Ford didn’t specify the exact changes made with the suspension setup but says the ride, handling, grip, and braking metrics all meet targeted goals.

Other mechanical upgrades include a water-cooled transfer case and the available performance brake package. The transfer case is the gearbox that intercepts power going to the front wheels and sends it to the rear wheels, giving the Edge ST its full-time AWD system. Interestingly, the performance brake package only adds larger (13.6-inch) rotors to the rear wheels and colors all four brake calipers in red paint.

Fuel economy hasn’t been estimated by the EPA, but we’d speculate the added power is negated by the two extra gears in the new eight-speed automatic transmission, so we’d estimate the 2019 Edge ST could still achieve the 2015 – 2018 Edge Sport’s 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

Safety Technology


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Included in the updates for 2019, the Edge ST can be optioned with a slew of active and passive safety systems. These include Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; blind spot monitoring with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-Keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. New for 2019 is Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering.

The standard array of safety tech includes AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control and 911 Assist.

Pricing


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Ford has not released the pricing specs on the 2019 Edge ST. Don’t expect any information until closer to launch, either. Ford says the new Edge and Edge ST models will arrive in showrooms sometime during the summer of 2018, so we won’t have long to wait.

Currently, the 2018 Edge Sport starts at $40,675. Expect a sizable price increase from that figure, so Ford could start the 2019 Edge ST around $45,000 without optional equipment.

The Competition

We chose these competitors because they are SUVs with recently new performance packages, not because they directly compete within the two-row compact crossover segment.

Chevrolet Tahoe RST


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The RST, or Rally Sport Truck, version of the Tahoe is just arriving at showrooms as 2018 gets started. It combines a few parts General Motors has laying around, including the Chevy Tahoe, the powerful LT1-derived 6.2-liter V-8, the new 10-speed automatic, a cat-back performance exhaust from Borla, and a big brake package from Brembo. The RST is the first time the current-generation Tahoe has used any other engine besides the 5.3-liter V-8. It’s also the first time the Borla exhaust and Brembo brakes come as “standard” in an option package. Last but not least is GM’s fantastic Magnetic Ride Control that reads the road and adjusts the dampers’ firmness and responsiveness.

The 6.2-liter V-8 kicks out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, though Chevy says the Borla exhaust adds another seven to 10 horsepower at the rear wheels. It also adds up to 28 percent more sound at certain engine speeds.

Technically, the RST is just an appearance package on the Tahoe. It costs $2,630, but it opens up the Tahoe to the optional 6.2-liter Performance Pack – another $2,820 package that brings all the performance goodies. Added to the cost of the Tahoe, the RST equipment makes this three-row SUV rather expensive at $79,000. Ouch! A little secret though, buying a GMC Yukon Denali with the 6.2-liter and ordering the brakes and exhaust results in a less-expensive copy of the Tahoe RST – even down to the Magnetic Ride Control.

Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

Dodge Durango SRT


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The current Durango has been around for a while and Dodge apparently thought it needed a kick. Having come off the high of debuting the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk, Dodge figured it would be fun to shoehorn the 6.4-liter (392) Hemi V-8 between the Durango’s unibody subframe.

The result is a 475 horsepower, three-row SUV with 470 pound-feet of torque twisting all four wheels through a full-time AWD system and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A sport-tuned suspension offers a crisper ride than even the 5.7-liter-powered Durango R/T, while still preserving the big SUV’s ability to tow 8,700 pounds! A unique front fascia with its “mail slot” grille and Hellcat-inspired hood give it a menacing appearance.

Pricing is more reasonable than the Tahoe RST. The 2018 Durango SRT starts at $62,995, though with options, the cost rises into the low $70,000 range.

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.

Conclusion


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The Ford Edge ST is an exciting, if not odd, addition to the Blue Oval’s lineup. It combines the Edge’s good people-hauling ability with Ford Performance’s sport-tuned suspension and powerful 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine.

While performance SUVs and crossovers might not make perfect logical sense, it’s in keeping with the spirit of early muscle cars from the late 1960s. More power, better handling, upgraded brakes, and more aggressive styling inside and out – that’s the exact recipe used by Detroit’s Big Three. Now, it will be interesting to see who exactly buys the Edge ST or whether it will live up to the reputation and brand image of Ford Performance and the ST badge. It will also be interesting to see if the 2019 Ford Edge ST sell for big money as a collectible piece of SUV performance history in some 50 years.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

  • Leave it
    • * Only marginally more powerful than outgoing Edge Sport
    • * Heavy at an estimated 4,400 pounds
    • * Likely rather expensive

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PostHeaderIcon Ford CEO Jim Hackett Wants To “Take Back The Streets”

As urban centers become more and more densely populated, our current transportation grid is failing to keep pace. In a recent post to Medium, Ford Motor Company’s head honcho talks about what the Blue Oval is doing to sort out the next generation of A-to-B solutions, focusing primarily on using technology to make them more people friendly in an effort to “take back the streets.”

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

What’s The Problem?


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Hackett begins his post by talking about all the good things cars have brought us over the last 100 years. “It spawned new industries, thousands of new companies, and drove generations of personal and economic growth,” he writes.

But we all know how the story ends, don’t we? In no time at all, the car took over, eventually creating the highway-infested cities we know today. And although the system to handle all these autos hasn’t changed all that much over the years, the sheer glut of folks on the road these days has created new challenges.
“Thirty years ago, we spent an average of 16 hours in traffic per year. Now we spend 38 hours. The price we paid for the freedom to move was the creation of a world where roads were built for cars.”

“But we all know how the story ends, don't we? In no time at all, the car took over, eventually creating the highway-infested cities we know today.”

Hackett is correct in calling this a growing problem. The modern transportation systems we rely on for food, goods, and personal transport is very quickly finding its limits, and a solution is needed before we end up in terminal gridlock.

Hackett calls it a quality of life issue. I think it’s more than that, and would go so far as to say that between the effects of emissions on the environment and the importance of efficient ground transport to the global economy, finding a workable solution is indispensable to civilization as a whole.

What’s The Solution?


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You can read the entire post for yourself at the link below, but briefly, Hackett identifies several possible paths forward. These include new implementation of the sharing economy, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, and smart city design.

While Hackett has his own ideas on how these technologies would be best implemented, we’ll elaborate and toss in our own ideas as well. For starters, the sharing economy would open up new ownership models, creating opportunities for more people to enjoy the luxury of cars while simultaneously opening up additional space inside the city. After all, if a car is in use rather than sitting parked, that’s extra space, isn’t it?

However, the really big jump in efficiency won’t come until autonomous systems take off in a big way. With the robots taking the wheel, the sharing economy around autos can really properly manifest, offering personal transport (much like calling Lyft or Uber) but at reduced cost. What’s more, self-driving cars will be able to more efficiently use the energy on tap (be it gasoline, electricity, or hydrogen) by applying a constant throttle and running close to the car ahead without fear of rear-ending someone. Autonomous cars really will give us a giant leap forward in efficiency thanks to the algorithms in play.

“The solutions to make it all work include new implementation of the sharing economy, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, and smart city design.”

Connected systems should help us bridge the gap to full autonomy, providing vital information like
alternate routes through congested areas and plugging into a larger grid for maximum efficiency. Throw in some smart city planning to help accommodate all these systems, and there really is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Ford isn’t the only company thinking about all this, and indeed, one look at the automotive lineup at CES this year will reveal exactly that. Then you have countries like China which are getting ahead of the game with mandates over AI-equipped cars and roadway data networks, plus forward-thinking concepts like the 2020 Project Redspace that anticipate greater levels of autonomy and the pressures of life in a “megacity.”

And while no one loves sitting in traffic, I have a feeling the true impact of mass urban dwelling has yet to manifest. Now is the time to get prepared for that, as the problem isn’t going away any time soon. It’s only gonna get worse.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel Promises Good Things

A first for Ford Trucks, the 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel introduces American truck fans to a world where they don’t have to compromise between power and fuel efficiency. This truck offers both. Thanks to its new 3.0-liter Power Stroke engine, the F-150 Diesel does 30 mpg while delivering best-in-class power, torque, and towing capacity. 

We have to point out that the 30 mpg is the EPA-estimate highway consumption, but that is the most important figure for a truck since it spends most of its time on the highway. As for the power, the 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel gives you 250 horsepower and 440 lb.-ft. of torque. If you don’t like this option there are still six more engine options available for the F-150, but you can’t get this performance and that economy along with 11,400 pounds of towing capacity and 2,020 pounds of payload capacity.

Backing the 3.0 liter diesel engine is a a standard SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission. This unit has special gear ratios to lower the fuel consumption without messing with the truck’s performance. In testing along the legendary Davis Dam in Arizona, F-150 equipped with the all-new Power Stroke diesel engine climbed 13 miles at a 6 percent grade in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees – maintaining consistent power output throughout.

“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Dave Filipe, vice president global powertrain engineering. “The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.”

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PostHeaderIcon The Ford Fusion Hangs in Limbo as Mid-Cycle Refresh is Cancelled

The future of the Ford Fusion in the U.S. just got murkier. Barely a month after word got out of the Fusion’s unsteady future in the U.S., a new report from The Detroit News paints a cloudier future for Ford’s best-selling U.S. sedan. According to the report, Ford is canceling the redesign program for the mid-size sedan. More importantly, the automaker is said to be reevaluating the future of the model in our shores, effectively throwing the status of the Fusion in a state of limbo.


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“Sales of the Fusion have fallen by as much as 22 percent in the last year alone”

The alarm bells started ringing a month ago when Automotive News reported about Ford’s concerns with the Fusion’s sales volume in the last couple of years. While it’s still regarded as the company’s best-selling U.S. sedan, sales of the Fusion have fallen by as much as 22 percent in the last year alone. The relatively poor result has, in some ways, become a microcosm of the entire sedan market, which is slowly being swallowed up the rise in popularity of the crossover and SUV segments.

This new report puts the sedan in an even bigger spotlight because it’s talking about canceling the redesign program altogether. Granted, this kind of step isn’t new in the auto industry, so it doesn’t mean that Ford is killing off the Fusion nameplate entirely. The company could be buying some time to discuss what options it has moving forward.


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“It’s already been established that the company won’t build the sedan in its Mexico facility and won’t export it from China”

Still, it doesn’t bode well for the sedan when its scheduled redesign has been put on the shelves. It doesn’t help that another Ford sedan — the Taurus — has a cloudy future of its own. The bigwigs at Ford will have a big decision on their hands to determine the fate of its top-selling sedan in the U.S. It’s already been established that the company won’t build the sedan in its Mexico facility and won’t export it from China. Whatever options Ford has left is going to determine whether the Fusion still has a future in the U.S.

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PostHeaderIcon Explaining the Variants of Ford Ecosport

When the 2017 Ford EcoSport was launched it was an update of the compact SUV that buyers all over the globe were waiting for. And fortunately in many markets it came without any price change. Obviously, the new EcoSport is more feature-rich than the previous version. The biggest deal with the new launch is obviously the five different variants that were introduced with this update. The new Ecosport came with five different variants, namely Ambiente, Trend, Trend+, Titanium, and Titanium+. Let us introduce each of these variants briefly.

2017 Ford EcoSport Ambiente

This is the base trim and it comes loaded with an array of new features such as a black shining grille, black fog lamp bezels, a cladding for rocker and bumper, dual reversing lamp, bumper to protect body colour, black door handle and ORVMs. The Ecosport also features a fully equipped cabin with full fabric seats. Furthermore, you would have dark coloured interior, silver and black accents, soothing dim cabin lights and a few others.

This basic Ambiente version also comes with a robust audio system fully loaded with Bluetooth, AUX-IN and USB connectivity. This Ford SUV also has 4 power windows, air conditioner, electric swing gate release, flexible and adjustable ORVMs, a socket of 12V power socket and a few others. The car also comes with great safety mechanism with dual front airbag, power locks for doors and a fully equipped  crash retrieval system.

2017 Ford EcoSport Trend

Most car dealer reviews agree that the Trend variant offers highest value for money for the buyers of this car. The exterior looks pretty similar except an additional silver colour added to this variant. The cabin of this version flaunts metallic grey finished interior along with elegant anodised styling. The biggest value addition is obviously the infotainment system with 6.5-inch touchscreen. This system can easily sync with all devices running with Android, Apple and others. The safety features remain same as the previous version.

2017 Ford EcoSport Trend+

Trend+ variant has little difference with the Trend variant apart from a few additional features like the enhanced 16-inch steel wheels replacing the 15-inch one, black roof rails, interior door handles with chrome colour instead of silver, etc. There are several other useful features that ecosport comes loaded with like the flexible height driver’s seat, and a comfy full front console armrest without a storage. There are similar safety features it comes with but it offers a rear wiper and defogger. As for availing petrol options this variant also offers automatic transmission.

2017 Ford EcoSport Titanium

2017 Titanium variant comes loaded with most of the features we have already come across in premium category Ford cars. Apart from all that are offered through the  Trend+ this EcoSport version offers a chrome grille, fog lamps with bezels coloured as same as bezels, smooth finished aluminium roof rails and all other standard features.

When it comes to the interior of the car, the cabin flaunts high quality fabric seats, mellow light-themed interior, glossy black cabin, soft armrest made with quality fabric at the door and a few others. The push button operated start and stop feature and sophisticated Ford MyKey comes as more value additions.

2017 Ford EcoSport Titanium+

Apart from all the features and functionalities offered by this it offers a few luxury additions like the premium leather interior and a great cargo area management system with flat seats to allow easier cargo storage. If you want optimum features on every front, Titanium+ won’t disappoint you. A few noteworthy features of the. At include rain sensing wipers, automatic and responsive headlamps, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a powerful camera, paddle shifters and a few others.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Shelby GT500 to Get Ceramic Brakes, Bespoke Drive Modes, and 200+ MPH Top Speed – Could Debut in Detroit

Less than 24 hours ago it was discovered that Ford’s service information included a shot of what appeared to be a supercharged 5.2-liter as part of a wiring diagram. Well, once you dig around, it turns out Ford has already written the book on the GT500, so consider this as confirmation: It’s coming. And, it may be coming sooner than you think. Ford has an off-site event planned just prior to the kick off of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, and the GT500 could very well stretch its wheels in the public eye for the very first time. Want to learn about all of this new information? Keep reading to see it all for yourself.

The Previously Seen Diagram


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As mentioned in our previous article, this is clearly the supercharged 5.2. It has the floating throttle position sensor due to a different design, a similar belt routing to the 3.6-liter, a cobra on the intake manifold, and there’s even a different flywheel with a unique-looking flexplate. However, this is just the tip of the GT500 Iceberg – You can read more about this initial leak, or keep reading to find out about top speed.

GT500 Top Speed Could Exceed the 200 MPH Barrier


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As you dig around Ford’s service information, it becomes painfully evident that the GT500 has been in the works and that Ford has already updated most of its service information to include it. Case in point – This snippet of the speedometer verification command structure. Take a look at that final entry: 100% at 200 mph. That sounds pretty promising, but look at the indication range: 194 -214 mph! Holy Toledo – we’re talking about some serious muscle from the Shelby. And as you might expect, the GT500 will also have its own special brake setup:

Ceramic Brakes With Wear Indicators


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But, that’s far from all, and it gets even more exciting. Check out this information on the new drive modes:

GT500 Drag Strip and Launch Control Drive Models


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You see that right, folks. The GT500 will trade off the Snow\Wet and Track drive modes in place of a fresh setup that includes “Drag Strip” and “Launch Control.” So, to put it simply, Ford is building its answer to the Dodge Hellcats (and maybe the Demon?) as well as the upcoming C8 Vette too. The plus side to the GT500, however, is it has that Magride suspension, so guess what? It’ll be able to corner with the best of them too.

Technology and Other Bits


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Ok, so Ford has a habit of going all out for GT models, no doubt, but this time around, it’s even giving the GT500 its own HUD. Now, the HUD hasn’t actually be confirmed yet, but service information shows it in the network message chart and tells us that there will be a shift point light. It will probably also display other important information like tach information and oil temperature. We’ve also learned that it will idle at 900 rpm – just a hair faster than that of the GT. Finally, Ford’s Vin decoder shows a Vin “Z” listed as a 5.2-liter, DOHC, Ti-VCT, Supercharged, V-8. Unfortunately, it won’t get the soul that is the flat plane crank, but you’re probably not going to care because this is going to be THE car of 2018, no doubt.

What do you guys think of all this information so far? Let us know in the comments section below.

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PostHeaderIcon Focus RS Coolant Problem Finally Solved: Ford Used the Wrong Head Gasket

At this point, just about everyone knows about the big coolant-burning problem with the Ford Focus RS. As it turns out, it’s not a problem with the engine at all, but really a problem with the head gasket used to seal the mating surface between the cylinder head and the engine block. One Focus RS owner had been digging into the problem for quite some time, reporting this problem to a very long thread on FocusRS.org forums. Upon getting his engine apart found that his head gasket was, indeed, blown. But, it’s not the fault of the gasket itself, as the gasket wasn’t designed for the Focus RS – it was designed for the Eco Boost Mustang, as evidenced by the part number cast into the metal portion of the gasket itself.

Keep reading to learn more about this breaking development

Your Focus RS has a bad Head Gasket? Nope.. It’s the Wrong Gasket


The images you see in the tweet above were originally posted on FocusRS.org and later investigated by Bozi Tatarevic. Upon noticing that the part number was likely that of the gasket for the 2.3-liter found in the EcoBoost Mustang. After reaching out to a parts supplier, who has requested to remain anonymous, it was actually confirmed that that part number was marked as originally being built for the EcoBoost:

And, this is where things get interesting because it’s commonly believed that the EcoBoost Mustang and the Focus RS have the same engine crammed under the hood. That, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. There are lots of differences, including different materials used in the composition of the block and cylinder heads. Despite the fact that the engines are the same displacement, and even look somewhat similar at some angles, they are actually unique to one another, which means the coolant passages between the block and cylinder head of the RS are different than those in the engine of the EcoBoost. As such, the incorrect gasket in the Focus RS causes a coolant blockage. This ends up resulting in a hotspot within that part of the engine or cylinder head. The coolant eventually boils and is forcefully pushed out between the mating surface – blowing the head gasket.


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“The problem is limited to early models and maybe 3 percent of the entire production run, so it only affects a handful of models in the grand scheme of things”

As for how this happened remains unclear. It could have been a simple mistake in the rush to get production going. After all, there was a problem with Ford hitting its delivery targets and a ton of drama around it; mistakes happen when you rush. The problem is limited to early models and maybe 3 percent of the entire production run, so it only affects a handful of models in the grand scheme of things. The chances are that someone grabbed the wrong crate in a hurry and, since the engines are so similar, nobody noticed the problem.

Ford, so far, has been sending customers that have fallen victim to this problem back to the dealer for warranty repair, but now you really have to ask: Have the hot spots created by the lack of coolant flow pose any risk to the engine down the road? Is there a higher chance of engine or component failure? An official word from Ford or an official fix has yet to be announced, but with all of this new information coming to light, you can bet the blue oval with start investigating. Ford will likely continue to replace the head gaskets, only under recall instead of warranty, but with any luck, customers will find themselves getting all new engines – it would be an easy way to ensure there won’t be any other problems as a result of this seemingly minor but catastrophic production mistake.


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“Ford, so far, has been sending customers that have fallen victim to this problem back to the dealer for warranty repair”

What do you make of all of this? Are you one of Ford’s customers that are dealing with this problem? If so, leave us a comment below telling us what you expect the official fix to be.

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PostHeaderIcon Supercharged Engine in Ford Wiring Diagrams Could be Proof of a Mustang GT500 with a DCT Transmission!!!

Information leaks seem to be commonplace today, and you couldn’t be blamed if you didn’t know which was worse: Leaks from the auto industry or leaks from the U.S. Government. On the plus side, however, the leaks from the auto industry give us a little glimmer of hope and, in this case, it’s hope that a GT500 isn’t only in the works but so far on its way into production that its engine is showing up in wiring diagrams already. That’s right, the guys over at Mustang6G have stumbled upon a supercharged 5.2-liter engine that’s even sporting the Corba logo right on top. This has to be, without a doubt, the engine for the GT500. You can add that to previous leaks as well, including an image of the cobra-baring intake manifold and an internal document about engine oil requirements.

Want to know more? Check out our little breakdown of this latest leak:

2019 Ford GT500 Engine Diagram


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“The apparent flex plate is a nod to the potential for an automatic transmission, or in this case, we’re probably looking at a dual-clutch unit – maybe the seven-speed”

It’s pretty clear that someone over at Ford really screwed up. Perhaps this is why the golden rule is to let writers write and designers design? Either way, someone snagged the wrong image and used it for this wiring diagram, and it’s clearly evident in a few different places. First off, you can, plain as day, make out the supercharger pulley. There’s also the Cobra logo, and the fact that the throttle position sensor is non-existent yet the wiring is still in place. The big thing here, however, is that the flywheel is completely different than that of the GT500. The engine is clearly derived from it, but that flywheel is different. The apparent flex plate is a nod to the potential for an automatic transmission, or in this case, we’re probably looking at a dual-clutch unit – maybe the seven-speed. And, for what it’s worth, that flexplate doesn’t match up with the 5.0-liter, so it’s not bolted to that 10-speed auto Ford is boasting these days either.

“The GT500 will likely use a sprung primary flywheel which, in any case, means that the GT500 will certainly be special – it will be a first for the GT”

With that in mind, the GT350 does have a primary/secondary flywheel design. It has the same three notches seen in the image above and a similar layout of eight bolt holes. The problem is, the GT350 has a secondary flywheel which isn’t seen in this image, ultimately leading to the conclusion that the Tremec seven-speed may be the transmission of choice. If so, the GT500 will likely use a sprung primary flywheel which, in any case, means that the GT500 will certainly be special – it will be a first for the GT. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

As the rest of the world looks to hybrid powertrains to help eke out extra mpg at the pump, even law enforcement agencies are getting in on the trend. Adding an extra large battery to a police responder sedan comes with several benefits, all while keeping all the important gear needed to get the job done. Ford’s been providing vehicles to law enforcement since 1950, so it makes sense that the Blue Oval is getting ahead of the game with this electrically assisted four-door. We saw it on the show floor at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and got a nice selection of exclusive photos, so read on for more details on this latest workhorse for the five-o.

Continue reading to learn more about what makes the Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan special.

What Makes The Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan Special


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“Based on the standard civilian-spec Ford Fusion, this Ford is purpose-built for police enforcement duty, from the exterior, to the interior, to the accessories”

Based on the standard civilian-spec Ford Fusion, this Ford is purpose-built for police enforcement duty, from the exterior, to the interior, to the accessories. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine, which is paired with an 88-kW electric A/C motor and 1.4-kW lithium-ion battery pack. Together, the combo makes upwards of 188 horsepower, matching the civvy-spec iteration in terms of output. Fuel returns see a slight decrease to 38 mpg, most likely due to the heavy-duty equipment. You can also put it into all-electric mode to save ever more gas when operating in a “non-pursuit” application.

At the end of the day, this Ford should save tax payers a few bucks when it comes to the fuel bill, while also enabling less downtime to fill up the gas tank, which equals more time on the beat.


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“Put all the numbers together, and you get a grand total of 1,551 gallons saved per year, or $3,877 in annual fuel costs assuming a $2.50 average cost per gallon. Then, of course, there are the environmental benefits.”

To put a few numbers to the mpg savings, Ford calculated that the average police interceptor is driven 20,000 miles per year. With an average of 18 mpg, that’s 1,111 gallons of fuel consumed a year. By contrast, this hybrid averages 38 mpg, which equates to 526 gallons of fuel burned a year – a significant savings of 585 gallons of fuel per year.

What’s more, the average police car spends roughly 61 percent of its time idling. Cops can’t switch off the engine, as it’s required to power all the extra accessories (lights, radios, etc.). That means the car idles for almost 5 hours in an 8-hour shift. The hybrid helps quite a bit here as well, saving upwards of 966 gallons of fuel per year.

Put those numbers together, and you get a grand total of 1,551 gallons saved per year, or $3,877 in annual fuel costs assuming a $2.50 average cost per gallon. Then, of course, there are the environmental benefits, with the hybrid cutting a whopping 27,421 pounds of CO2 output per year.


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“The Ford hybrid is ready for action thanks to a heavy-duty suspension system”

Moving beyond the fuel savings, the Ford hybrid is ready for action thanks to a heavy-duty suspension system. As a pursuit-rated vehicle, its been tested for an 8.0-inch curb impact, 30-mph railroad crossing, and reverse J-turn maneuvers. It can also traverse up to 18 inches of water at 15 mph, and 10 inches of water at 40 mph.

Of front, you’ll notice the sizable ramming bar, perfect for performing a pit maneuver on a perp who’s unwilling to pull over. There’s also the requisite black and white exterior graphics.

Step into the cabin, and you’ll find slim seat bolsters for the front seats, which helps to accommodate the standard police duty belt. The seats are also covered in wear-friendly cloth upholstery, and there are anti-stab plates inside the seats to protect against unruly rear-seated passengers. In back, there’s heavy-duty, stain-resistant vinyl for the rear seats and floor, while the console gets a custom plate for easy mounting of whatever gear might be needed. There’s also an auxiliary power distribution box in the trunk.

Optional gear includes a driver’s side spot lamp, ballistic door panels, noise suppression bonds, and a storage vault in the trunk. Several lighting packages are offered as well, with red and blue up top and in the nose.

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The Ford Fusion has been around for 11 years, having first been introduced in 2006. It’s done well to represent Ford’s foray in the mid-size sedan segment, but with sales of midsize sedans down across the board in 2017, Ford may be thinking of cutting the Fusion completely from its lineup. There’s been no word on the status of the Fusion moving forward, but recent reports have cast serious doubts on the future of the model in the U.S.


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“Sales of the Fusion have dropped 22 percent through November 2017 compared to the same period last year”

To be clear, Ford has not stopped selling the Fusion in the U.S. It’s still very much available for those who’d like to spend at least $22,000 on it. But the state of affairs among midsize sedans in the U.S. paints an alarming picture. Simply put, it hasn’t been a good year for the segment as some brands have posted year-over-year sales drops on their respective models. In Ford’s case, sales of the Fusion have dropped 22 percent through November 2017 compared to the same period last year. To date, Ford has sold 192,170 units of the Fusion compared to 246,708 units in the first 11 months of 2016.

The Fusion’s slow sales in the U.S. this year has already caused some upheaval with regards to where the sedan is going to be built moving forward. Ford confirmed as much when it announced that it’s going to stop building the Fusion in its production facility in Hermosillo, Mexico. A Ford representative quickly added fuel to the fire when he told Automotive News that the company has “no plans to export the next-generation Fusion/Mondeo from China to North America and Europe.”


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“The Fusion’s slow sales in the U.S. this year has already caused some upheaval with regards to where the sedan is going to be built moving forward”

Assuming that’s the case, it’s going to be interesting to see how Ford is going to offer the Fusion if it’s not going to be built in Mexico and it’s not going to be exported in China. The answer is likely that Ford will stop selling the Fusion in the U.S. altogether. New CEO Jim Hackett even alluded to it in a wink-wink manner when he responded to an Automotive News question about the Fusion’s status by simply saying, “I’m giving you a hint.”

Put all these “hints” together, and it does look like we’ve seen the last of the Ford Fusion in our shores for the time being.

References

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