All-New 2020 Ford Escape Revealed

2020 Ford Escape revealed

The all-new 2020 Ford Escape was revealed in April, and it stands to make one of the most popular vehicles in the Ford lineup even more desirable. In addition to a bold new aesthetic that looks more athletic and nimbler, the new Escape delivers with tons of technology, two hybrid powertrain options, and best-in-class second-row legroom.

“This all-new Escape brings a sleeker, sportier design with the capability to take you on just about any of your life’s adventures,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president, North America. “With our class-leading hybrid powertrains, customers will spend less time at the gas station and more time on the road.”

The new Ford Escape will be the best-performing ever built and will feature a lineup of four different powertrains. This includes a robust 250-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost®, a fourth-generation hybrid system, and a plug-in hybrid expected to deliver best-in-class EPA-estimated electric-only range.

Also new for the 2020 Ford Escape is an all-new heads-up display that will be a first for Ford in North America, class-exclusive Active Park Assist 2.0 and Evasive Steering Assist, and standard Ford Co-Pilot360™.

Making the Escape an even more capable choice for families and explorers are new sliding second-row seats that enable best-in-class max second-row legroom and an exceptional 37.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row occupied.

Expect to see and hear a lot more about the 2020 Ford Escape as we get closer to its release later this year. In the meantime, stop into Robbie Roberson Ford to learn more about the hottest new Ford vehicles coming down the pike.

2020 Ford Explorer Available with Michelin® Selfseal® tires

Michelin Selfseal tires

If you have ever had a punctured tire ruin your day, then the idea of self-sealing tires should sound like a dream come true. The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer will be available with new Michelin® Selfseal® tires, which are designed with a rubber sealant that can automatically seal small punctures to slow the rate of air leakage.

“Nothing derails a family vacation like a flat tire,” said Joseph Billman, Ford wheel and tire engineer. “Explorer is the ultimate road trip family hauler — and it’s the perfect fit for these new Michelin® Selfseal® tires.”

The Explorer will be the first SUV in the world to offer these innovative tires. They will come standard on both the Explorer Platinum and Explorer Limited Hybrid four-wheel-drive models. They will be available as an option on the Explorer Limited model.

Michelin® Selfseal® tires can help you avoid potentially dangerous roadside stops, loss of vehicle control, and the time you lose changing your tire or waiting for a tow truck. The tires can seal 90 percent of punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter. This can potentially slow the loss of pressure to about 15 pounds per square inch in a week.

With these tires, if you do get a puncture, it can give you time to repair or replace the damaged tire on your time, when it is more convenient. This means finishing your well-deserved family road trip in confidence and safety.

Experience the new 2020 Ford Explorer when it arrives at Robbie Roberson Ford later this year.

Four Special Edition Ford SUVs Unveiled in Texas

2019 Ford ExplorerFord is going all-in on SUVs, and it’s reaping the benefits of appealing to drivers with a fresh lineup of exciting new vehicles. To celebrate the incredible growth of its SUV sales, Ford unveiled four new special edition models at the State Fair of Texas. These special edition Ford SUVs include the Expedition Stealth Edition, Expedition Texas Edition, Explorer Limited Luxury Edition, and the Explorer Desert Copper Edition.

Craig Patterson, large SUV marketing manager at Ford, said, “Each of these vehicles is a proof point that Ford takes seriously the need to continuously freshen an SUV lineup that is so popular with so many.”

The Expedition Stealth Edition comes with gloss-black accessories including 22-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, a gloss-black grille, roof rails, hitch cover, running boards, rear bumper skid plates, and fog lamp bezels.

On the Expedition Texas Edition, buyers will get 22-inch wheels, unique Texas Edition badging, an enhanced active park assist system, Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package, and the Cargo Package.

Choose the Explorer Limited Luxury Edition to get 20-inch premium aluminum wheels, Nirvana leather seats, multi-contour seats with Active Motion®, and upgraded leather on the steering wheel and door trim.

Finally, the Explorer Desert Copper Edition comes with 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, Ebony Black leather-trimmed seats and door panels, chrome mirror caps, and copper interior highlights.

If you want to see what Ford’s new SUV lineup has to offer — from the compact EcoBoost to the spacious Expedition — stop into Robbie Roberson Ford.

Rumor Has It a Ford Compact Pickup Could Be on the Way

Ford Compact Pickup TruckIt’s been about five years since the Ford Ranger completely replaced the Ford Courier on the global market and even longer since Ford offered a petite pickup in the United States. With the Ranger set to make a return to the United States for 2019, rumor has it that there could be a Ford compact pickup in the works.

Per Automobile, Ford is in development on a compact pickup truck that will slot below the Ranger. This truck would likely arrive by 2022, and it could be based on the architecture that underpins the new Ford Focus. Ford says that it will be “significantly expanding [its] North America lineup with all-new vehicles and entering new segments with fresh designs and white-space silhouettes,” which mainly means building on the success of its trucks,crossovers, and SUVs while moving away from conventional sedans.

Whether this Ford compact pickup truck would readopt the Courier name remains to be seen, but Road & Track reports that Ford has moved to trademark the name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ford has not offered any official comment on whether this shall come to pass, but the team at Robbie Roberson Ford would like to offer a comment to Ford on behalf of truck-lovers everywhere: yes, please.

Ford Reveals Plans for Michigan Central Station

Detroit, Michigan

Ford recently revealed that it has purchased Michigan Central Station, the once-grand transportation hub in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford announced in June that the building will become the focal point of a new campus that will aim at drawing in young innovators as the company continues to focus on electrified and autonomous vehicle development and Smart Mobility solutions.

“Michigan Central Station is a place that in many ways tells the story of Detroit over the past century,” said Ford. “We at Ford want to help write the next chapter, working together in Corktown with the best startups, the smartest talent, and the thinkers, engineers, and problem-solvers who see things differently — all to shape the future of mobility and transportation.”

Ford will acquire at least 1.2 million square feet of property in Corktown on the way to developing a 900,000-square-foot campus and 300,000 square feet of community and retail space and residential housing. Once complete, Ford is expected to house 2,500 employees in Corktown by 2022.

The plan to develop a new campus in Corktown will not impact Ford’s Dearborn Campus Transportation plan, which kicked off in 2016 and is ongoing today. Ford says that the Wagner Place development in West Dearborn and a new driving dynamics lab on its Product Development Campus will open later this summer.

For all the latest Ford news and developments, stop into Robbie Roberson Ford.

2019 Ford Fusion Gets New Co-Pilot360™ Driver-Assist Technology

2019 Ford FusionFord has revealed its revamped 2019 Fusion sedan, which gets a new grille, wheel designs, colors, and a sleeker body. But for its aesthetic updates, the big news with the 2019 Ford Fusion is its newest featured technology—Ford Co-Pilot360™, which offers up the most comprehensive and advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies on the market.

“People tell us they are stressed with crowded roads and more distracted drivers and pedestrians. Our Ford Co-Pilot360 with standard automatic emergency braking and other technologies can help them drive more confidently so they can enjoy the journey,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager.

Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect will be the standard suite offered from the base level, featuring technologies such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, rear backup camera, and auto high-beam lighting.

For the Fusion SE and up, Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist adds voice-activated navigation and SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link, as well as SYNC® 3 with 8-inch LCD touchscreen. The 2019 Ford Fusion SE and above will also be offered with the Ford+Alexa app, which enables drivers to utilize thousands of Alexa skills; Waze compatibility for enhanced navigation experience; and an embedded 4G LTE modem capable of delivering Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices.

If you’re going to be on the market for a new sedan in the coming months, keep your eyes on this space to learn more about what the 2019 Ford Fusion has to offer—and when you can expect to see it here at Robbie Roberson Ford.

2018 Ford Safety Ratings

2018 Ford Safety RatingsYou can tell a lot about an automaker by looking at their vehicle’s safety ratings, as a dedication to passenger and vehicular safety as well as pedestrian safety is a necessity for the modern road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) puts Ford models through a series of crash tests every year, and to no one’s surprise, the 2018 Ford safety ratings remain just as high as ever.

2018 Ford Escape

With a top five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, the 2018 Ford Escape is one of the safest crossovers on the road. Available with an Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive System, the Ford Escape offers more control and fewer surprises.

2018 Ford Edge

Finding a safe crossover for the whole family can be a tough task, unless you’re looking at the 2018 Ford Edge. This popular model earned a five-star overall safety rating, putting it at the top of its segment with available technologies like Lane Departure Warning.

2018 Ford Mustang

If you have your heart set on the world’s most well-known pony car, you have made the right choice. The 2018 Ford Mustang scores exceptionally well, also earning a five-star safety rating in every crash test performed by the NHTSA. Available with a selection of innovative safety features, like Forward Collision Warning, the Ford Mustang is one of the safest muscle cars on the road.

These are by no means the only safe vehicles Ford produces, and by no means the only ones with five-star ratings from the NHTSA. Come have a look (or even test drive a few) here at Robbie Roberson Ford.

Ford Files Patent for Automated Police Car

Automated Police CarRobot police forces are an idea largely reserved for movies, but Ford seems motivated to make them a reality, at least as far as cars go, as the American automaker recently filed a patent for an automated police car. Filing a patent doesn’t necessary mean we’ll see the idea coming to a road near you, but it does show that Ford is open to exploring the possibility.

In theory, the automated police car would be able to issue citations and tickets to vehicles violating the laws and regulations of the road. The car would be able to use roadside sensors and cameras as well as operate independently. If an offending vehicle deserved more than a ticket or citation, the automated police car could follow it.

The police car would be able to wirelessly connect to a vehicle to communicate with the driver. From there, it would be able to determine whether the offending vehicle deserved a ticket or citation.

This latest patent is a sign Ford is taking the next generation of technology seriously. With a goal of building autonomous vehicles by 2021, the American automaker is continuing to utilize all of its resources to develop self-driving technology.

While we here at Robbie Roberson Ford won’t have any automated police cars rolling off our lot anytime soon, we can at least hope to see more advanced systems on our Ford vehicles in the future.

Ford SmartLink Upgrades Brings Older Cars Up-to-Date

Ford SmartLink Upgrades
The fantastic Ford SmartLink upgrades simply involve plugging a simple device into the OBD II port under the steering wheel.

Brand new cars can be equipped with some amazing technology, including things like Wi-Fi, remote start, vehicle health monitors, and more. But if you’ve been envying this technology from afar, you won’t have to anymore thanks to Ford.

Ford engineers have created an ingenious device called SmartLink that can give certain 2010-2016 model year Ford and Lincoln cars access to these and other great features.

The Ford SmartLink upgrades simply involve plugging a simple device into the OBD II port under the steering wheel. This device will then open up the world to vehicles not equipped with a modem.

After the update, owners should be able to enjoy Wi-Fi capable of supporting up to eight devices at once, remote connectivity to their vehicle, health and location alerts, and more. Owners will be able to connect to their vehicles through a companion app or Web Portal where they can activate features, see alerts, and even schedule service appointments.

“Ford SmartLink will surprise and delight owners of recent model-year vehicles by adding some of today’s most popular connectivity features” said Stephen Odell, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service.

The Ford SmartLink upgrades will be available here at Robbie Roberson Ford starting this summer.

New Ford Mustang Convertible Unveiled

The Ford Mustang is known among enthusiasts as the original pony car that inspired the birth of the muscle car segment. The automaker recently unveiled the new and improved Mustang convertible following the debut of the coupe model. Both models will go on sale later this fall, much to the pleasure of performance lovers.

The new Ford Mustang convertible followed the unveiling of the coupe model at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Like the coupe, the convertible will see plenty of styling upgrades as well.

For starters, both models will receive standard LED lights and a new customizable 12-inch digital instrument display. A refreshed hood and new fascias are on the docket as well. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Mustang won’t see a V6 engine in the lineup.

Instead, the 2018 Ford Mustang will see the addition of a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that churns out a whopping 310 hp. The signature 5.0-liter V8 engine will keep its spot under the pony car’s hood.

While the new Ford Mustang convertible wasn’t on display at the Detroit Auto Show, it will head to more than 50 regional auto shows across the United States.

We here at Robbie Robberson Ford couldn’t be more excited about the new Ford Mustang convertible!