It’s been a while since Ford has made major changes to many of the vehicles in its lineup, but that’s about to change, as several Ford vehicles will enter a new design generation or get a facelift beginning in 2018. Ford has exciting plans to modernize its trucks, introduce new versions of old favorites, and launch more eco-friendly hybrids and plug-in vehicles.
The introduction of new and redesigned Ford products gives consumers in Indiana the opportunity to purchase vehicles with the latest advances in automotive technology, including more fuel-efficient designs and a wider range of available options. Indianapolis Ford dealers and dealers around the state will be sure to have great incentive and rebate plans available for upcoming new Ford products, including:
- F-150 – Ford is making a number of exciting mechanical changes to the F-150 for 2018. The new F-150 will have a standard 3.3-liter V6 engine, which will replace the previous 3.5-liter V6. The new engine has more power and offers greater fuel efficiency than the previous engine. The 3.3-liter V6 generates 290 horsepower and 265 ft-lb of torque.
Ford has also revised its upper-tier engines, offering a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8 to buyers. The new V6 generates 325 horsepower and 400 ft-lb of torque, while the V8 cranks out 395 horsepower and 470 ft-lb of torque. A turbocharged V6 that generates a maximum of 450 horsepower and 510 ft-lb of torque is also available. Ford’s new, more fuel-efficient engines will help the automaker maintain its reputation for offering tough, reliable trucks with all the power needed for towing and hauling.
The two upper-tier engines will be paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission Ford developed in partnership with GM. The new transmission allows improved fuel efficiency and performance from vehicles equipped with it.
Ford also spruced up the F-150 for 2018 by revising its front and rear appearance and adding an improved forward collision mitigation system to the vehicle. Further down the road, Ford plans to introduce a hybrid F-150 by 2020.
The F-150 has been the best-selling pickup in the world for decades, and, thanks to Ford’s continued innovation, it will likely remain so for years to come. Ford has shown that it is unafraid to take risks with the F-150, as evidenced by the radical move to incorporate aluminum bodies into the design in 2015. This forward-thinking behavior and commitment to quality are what make Ford trucks so popular around the world.
- Ford Escape – The Ford Escape has rapidly become one of America’s most-beloved crossover SUVs. The vehicle’s practical design and competitive price make it ideal for families, and the small SUV also benefits from the fact that it’s also fun to drive. Instead of equipping the Escape with a boring engine with little pep, Ford gave the Escape an engine with a little oomph—something consumers have appreciated.
The new Ford Escape is now available at Indianapolis Ford dealers and dealers around the country. For 2018, Ford added a new SEL trim level to the Escape that bridges the gap between its SE and Titanium trim levels. The SEL adds a few luxury features while keeping the price of the vehicle reasonable.
The new features available on the SEL trim level include a power liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, leather upholstery, power mirrors with heating, rear parking sensors, and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. Buyers can also opt for 18-inch wheels on the Escape.
Ford introduced the Escape in 2000, and the fuel-efficient small SUV weathered the oil price spike of that decade well. Now that oil prices have dropped considerably, sales of the Escape have soared as more consumers choose to switch from sedans to small SUVs.
There’s a lot to love about the Ford Escape, including great cargo space, smartphone integration, and a comfortable interior. The recent changes made by Ford will only give consumers more incentive to purchase a new Escape. Further revisions to the vehicle are expected in 2019.
- 2018 Ford Edge – Ford only made a few minor tweaks to the Ford Edge for 2018, but a redesign is expected in 2020. For 2018, Ford added two new option packages for the Edge. A new SEL Sport Appearance package gives the vehicle an attractive, darker look with 10-inch painted aluminum wheels, grille surround, a rear spoiler, skid plates, and exterior mirror caps. This package makes the Edge look much more aggressive and adds elegant features like gray cloth seating surfaces, black-accented headlights, and dark window molding.
The Safe and Smart package is more practical and aimed at families. This package introduces a ton of electronic safety features, including adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic high beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, and more.
For 2018, the Edge is also available in two new colors—Blue Metallic and Lightning Blue.
The Ford Edge is a great example of a quality mid-size SUV. It offers plenty of cargo and passenger space for folks who need a little more room than a crossover offers, but not as much as a full-size vehicle like the Explorer. The vehicle is surprisingly fuel-efficient for its size, and it also offers exceptional ride quality. Owners can opt for lots of great features, including the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system.
- Ford Focus – The versatile Ford Focus offers its buyers a lot of choices, including the opportunity to purchase a sedan, hatchback, or all-electric version of the vehicle. For 2018, Ford decided to make lots of aesthetic changes to the Focus. The vehicle gets some exciting new colors: Blue, Hot Pepper Red, Lightning Blue, and Outrageous Green.
For 2018, the Focus also makes its SE EcoBoost Appearance package available for all SE models, regardless whether you choose an EcoBoost engine or not. The Focus also makes a nod to modernity by eliminating redundant or out-dated features like the single-disc CD player that was formerly available on S and SE models.
There is a lot to love about this affordable and efficient small vehicle. The hatchback configuration is great for folks who need a little extra cargo space in their daily commuter. The sedan version of the vehicle gets fantastic gas mileage and is great for suburbanites with long daily commutes. The electric is great for city dwellers—it can travel up to 115 miles on a single charge.
Many consumers worry about safety when purchasing small cars, but the Focus’ perfect five-star overall score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should put those fears to rest. The Focus is a very safe small vehicle that you can trust to transport yourself and your family.
More New Products to Come
In addition to these great vehicles, Ford is also introducing several other new products in coming months. Ford is bringing back its midsize pickup, the Ranger, starting a new line of production at its Michigan Assembly Plant. The Ford Bronco is also making a comeback. The new Bronco is expected to compete with the Jeep Wrangler, so it will likely offer a lot of off-roading features. Ford is also currently working on a subcompact crossover to compete with vehicles like the popular and affordable Nissan Versa.
To find great deals on redesigned Ford F-150s, Escapes, Edges, and Focuses, stop by Indianapolis Ford and Lincoln dealers at Community Ford Lincoln. Community Ford Lincoln is dedicated to providing a great buying experience for consumers, as the dealership’s friendly staff knows Ford products inside and out and are always ready for any questions you may have. Stop by today for a no-pressure shopping experience.