If you are in the market for a new Ford but are planning to buy or lease in early 2015, then you might want to wait for the 2015 Edge, soon to be available at Richmond Ford. The Edge will still have the 2.0 EcoBoost engine, but it will be completely redesigned. The current 2.0-liter EcoBoost had a run of only four years. The only other engine with such a short lifespan was the 3.9-liter V-8 that came in the 2002 through 2005 Thunderbirds.
The Current 2.0-Liter EcoBoost
Eventually, all other vehicles with the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost will get the newly redesigned 2.0-liter engine. This is an unusual move as an engine’s lifespan is generally about 10 years. According to Scott Makowski, Ford’s chief engineer for its inline four-cylinder engines, rapid improvements in technology led to the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine’s demise, even though it has the highest production rate of any other Ford EcoBoost engine.
The New 2.0-Liter EcoBoost
The new EcoBoost engine is so drastically changed that it won’t share parts with the current EcoBoost 2.0; and it is expected to “deliver a better combination of fuel economy and power,” according to Makowski.
An EcoBoost engine features turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable cam timing, however, the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost has been found lacking in the larger vehicles such as the Explorer.
The new engine is expected to have more horsepower than the current, though Ford has not released any numbers yet. It will feature a new block, a Borg-Warner twin scroll turbocharger, a newly redesigned cylinder head, a higher compression ratio and revised fuel injectors. Even with the changes, it will weigh about 10 pounds less than the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost.
The new head now has three exhaust ports that are routed into a manifold. The new manifold takes the exhaust from cylinder 2 and 3, and 1 and 4 then routes the exhaust – separately—into each turbocharger scroll. This method allows the turbo to spool up quicker, thus giving the driver more response when he or she nails the gas.
The new Edge will have the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, or customers can choose from a 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine – this engine is expected to debut in the Fall of 2014 – and a 3.5-liter V-6 without the turbo.
Stop by Richmond Ford to test drive any of the vehicles on the lot if you can’t or don’t want to wait for the 2015 Edge to be released. Even if you plan on waiting, stop by anyway – you just might find something that interests you more than the Edge.
The new 2015 Ford Mustang, expected at Richmond Ford sometime in the Fall of 2014, has a secret hidden in the glove compartment. The secret is safety-related – it’s a new passenger side knee airbag, and the Mustang is Ford’s first model to offer this.
The airbag is integrated into the glove compartment – stuff between the door panels. Since it is smaller and lighter, it deploys quicker than other under-dash airbags. With the addition of this airbag, the Mustang now features eight of the safety devices. The new airbag will also be offered on the 2015 Ford Edge crossover.
The new Mustang fastback also has additional new features including a fully independent suspension, the next-generation SYNC® AppLink™, a push-button start and a choice of three different engines.
The engines include the new 2.3-liter Ecoboost that makes over 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque; the upgraded 5.0-liter V-8, which makes more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque; and the upgraded 3.7-liter V-6, which make over 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. All three engines will be backed by an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or the six-speed manual transmission.
Additional new features include individual tire pressure monitors for each wheel, a rearview camera system, high-intensity discharge headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an illuminated, locking glove box and intelligent access.
Furthermore, certain models will feature an 8-inch touch screen display, navigation, a blind sport information system, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, track apps for on-track measurements, different drive modes and an electronic line lock and launch control system for consistent acceleration at the track.
Keep an eye on this space for more information on the 2015 Ford Mustang as it becomes available. If you don’t want to wait until the Fall, you can pre-order the new Mustang from Richmond Ford now. Contact us for more details on the trim levels and release date – and to pre-order the 2015 Mustang.
Image by Don Harder via Flickr Creative Commons
A Ford dealership such as Richmond Ford offers new and used vehicles – and there are many benefits to buying your next vehicle from such a dealership. Other than the obvious benefit of being able to obtain financing on the spot, a consumer has many other benefits, including buying from a reputable business instead of an individual or small business that could roll up the carpet and disappear.
Choices: When you purchase a vehicle from a Ford dealer, you have many choices. If you want a particular make and model but want an option that isn’t on a vehicle on the lot, the dealership can order the car, truck or SUV customized to your specifications.
Brand Reputation: Not only is a dealership concerned about brand reputation, but so is the manufacturer. This gives the dealership some great incentive to treat its customers with respect – and allows you to rely on the dealership to be there if you have a problem with a vehicle.
Recalls: If Ford issues a recall, you can take the vehicle back to the dealership and it will fix the recall at no cost to you.
Service: When you need maintenance done on your vehicle or it needs to be repaired, dealerships such as Richmond Ford and Richmond Ford West have large service departments and a warehouse full of parts. Because everything is located in one place, the dealership can get your vehicle fixed faster. Furthermore, the technicians are certified by Ford to work on your specific Ford model.
Familiarity: When you buy or lease a vehicle from a Ford dealer, you have established a relationship with it. When you come back in a few years later to upgrade or to turn in your leased vehicle the dealership is familiar with you, which could make the purchase go quicker.
Specials: When you buy from a Ford dealership, you also get specials. Often, a dealership will sell a vehicle with special financing and other discounts that allow you to save some money on your next vehicle purchase.
Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive your next new vehicle. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any special financing or lease offers on the models you are interested in.
Ford isn’t just putting their F-150 on a diet – the Fusion is also getting a diet. For will make six of the lightweight cars for testing – two to test for corrosion, two to test for noise and vibration issues, and two for crash testing. It may be a while before you see the lightweight Fusion at Richmond Ford, but when you do, you can expect significant savings in fuel economy.
The F-150 had 700 pounds cut off its weight, and the Fusion can expect about the same. The concept version of the lightweight Fusion was unveiled recently. According to Kumar Galhotra, the vice president of engineering for Ford, creating a lightweight vehicle is “incredibly important” for better fuel economy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The new concept is being called the Lightweight Concept – for now. The concept was created in conjunction with Samsung.
Ford will be using carbon fiber (photo) and aluminum in its lightweight vehicles.
To drop the poundage on the Fusion, Ford used carbon fiber and aluminum. Ford is also looking for a way to replace the batteries – which are heavy lead-acid batteries – with something much lighter.
Creating a lighter body means that smaller brakes and engines, and less fuel can also lighten the load. An engine needs a certain amount of horsepower to move each pound on the vehicle. The more powerful engine needs larger and better brakes for more stopping power. And, that power needs something to fuel it. If you take away the weight, you can decrease brakes, which means less weight, and you can carry less gas, which also contributes to the weight loss.
Keep your eye on this space for more information about the lightweight Fusion as it becomes available. You can also stop by Richmond Ford for more information as it becomes available. While you’re here, consider test driving the current Fusion or another model on the lot. You can opt for a lease so you can easily trade the vehicle in if the lightweight Fusion is released within the next couple years.
When you send something up, gravity dictates that it’s going to come down sooner or later. In the case of a 2015 Ford Mustang (soon to be available at Richmond Ford)sooner or later is debatable — a California dealership decided to send a 2015 Mustang up on a weather balloon.
It stayed up for 74 minutes and traveled just about 21 miles into the stratosphere before the balloon popped and gravity took over. Incidentally, Felix Baumgartner broke the supersonic jump record by jumping out of a plane at 18,000 feet in 2012. The Mustang just stole his glory.
After the balloon popped and the Mustang started descending, its parachute opened. It slowed the vehicle’s descent just enough so that the cameras were not destroyed. It still took a crew six hours to find the high-flying Mustang, even though the Mustang wore a GPS transmitter.
When the new Mustang does become available, it is expected to run around $25,000 for the base V-6 trim level, according to Motor Authority. The online magazine expects the Mustang EcoBoost to start at just under $26,000 and the Mustang GT to start at just under $33,000.
This year, Mustang is making 1,964 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition vehicles. If you haven’t reserved one yet, you need to hurry to Richmond Ford to see if there are any left.
Motor Authority also states that the V-6 is expected to put out over 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque; and that the EcoBoost is expected to put out over 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The V-8 is expected to put out over 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
You’ll have many options and packages to choose from, including navigation, Recaro seats, adaptive cruise control, an enhanced security package and a performance package. You could also add a 50 Years Appearance Package, which includes certain items to celebrate Mustang’s 50th year.
Stop by Richmond Ford today to order a 2015 Mustang; or, if you are impatient, test drive a 2014 model.
Polk new vehicle registration data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) showed that the 2013 Ford Focus was the best-selling vehicle in the 2013 calendar year. Data showed that Ford Focus registrations were up 8.1 percent from 2012. If you have been considering a Ford Focus, stop by Richmond Ford to test drive this best-seller today. You’ll find out why over a million buyers love this car.
That news comes right at the time Ford will debut the Focus four-door sedan at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Ford also debuted the Focus three- and five-door hatchback wagon at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014. Later this year, Ford expects to debut the performance Focus ST.
The 2014 Ford Focus four-door sedan is now available at Richmond Ford. It features a 2.0-liter engine that puts out 159 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 146 pound-feet of torque at 146 rpm. The engine is backed by a five-speed manual transmission. The sedan gets 26 mpg* in the city and 36 mpg* on the highway; and it has a combined fuel mileage of 30 mpg*.
Safety features include a driver’s knee airbag and several other airbags, ABS and driveline traction control, a low tire pressure warning system, electronic stability control, side impact beams and rear child safety locks.
Convenience features include fade-to-off interior lighting, vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, air filtration, an engine immobilizer, systems monitor, a day/night rearview mirror, front and rear cup holders, concealed storage in the cargo area, front and rear door bins, a storage bin in the instrument panel, an AM/FM radio, CD player, MP3 decoder, input jack and speed-sensitive volume control.
Additionally, the floor console has covered storage and a 12-volt power outlet. The Focus also features remote keyless entry, a panic button, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat and four-way adjustable front passenger seat.
Stop by Richmond Ford today to test drive the 2014 Ford Focus sedan or any of the other versions of the Focus.
While most of the Ford vehicles are sufficient for families, the 2014 Ford Expedition EL, available at Richmond Ford and Richmond Ford West, is the perfect vehicle if you want the entire family to feel comfortable and to have plenty of room, especially on long trips.
The engine is a 5.4-liter V8 that runs on regular unleaded fuel. It makes 310 horsepower at 5,100 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. This model gets 13 mpg* in the city and 18 mpg* on the highway. The engine will run on E85; and will get 9 mpg* in the city and 13 mpg* on the highway when running on ethanol. The engine is backed by an automatic transmission with overdrive. The Expedition EL also features four-wheel drive so you can take it just about anywhere without worrying about getting stuck. The brake system features four-wheel ABS disc brakes.
Convenience features include a perimeter alarm, an illuminated glove box, fade-to-off interior lighting, engine immobilizer, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, a systems monitor, remote keyless entry, illuminated entry, panic button, delayed power accessory, keypad locks, garage door transmitter, auto-dimming rearview mirror and a digital signal processor.
Additional features include an LCD monitor in the front, map lights in the front and rear, four 12-volt DC power outlets and one AC power outlet, separate rear heating and air conditioning, dual zone air conditioning in the front, an automatic equalizer, amplifier, sound system with a CD player and MP3 player and a full floor console with covered storage.
Additional features include leather seats, a leather gear shift knob, heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats, two memory settings for the driver seat, mirrors and pedals, and leather door trim inserts.
Safety features include ABS and driveline traction control, several airbags, rear child safety locks, a low tire pressure warning system, electronic stability control, a rearview camera, speed limiter, volume limiter, low fuel warning, and front and rear parking sensors.
Stop by Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West today to test drive the 2014 Expedition EL Limited and to learn more about its safety, security, convenience and entertainment features. Ask your sales person about upgrades and options.You can also choose to test drive any of the family-friendly Ford sedans.
Forty-nine years ago, Ford managed to get a 1965 Ford Mustang onto the observation deck of the Empire State Building. It was a Wimbledon White convertible – actually a 1964 1/2. To mark the iconic ride’s 50th anniversary, Ford will be attempting that feat again. A 2015 Mustang, soon to be available at Richmond Ford and Richmond Ford West, will be hauled up to the observation deck and will be available for viewing for 54 hours: From 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. on April 16 and 17, 2014.
In 1965, Ford took the Mustang apart and brought it up in the elevator. It was in three pieces, plus the windshield. That stunt did have a problem, though – because the car wasn’t measured properly, some of the panels had to be modified so they would fit in the elevator.
Engineers have a slightly bigger problem with the 2015 Ford Mustang. This car is almost 7 inches longer and 4 inches wider than the 1965 Mustang. The Ford engineers are going to take the car apart, put the pieces in the elevator, then put it back together, right in the same place the 1965 Mustang sat. Engineers have just six hours to get the Mustang up the elevator.
The stunt will coincide with the New York Auto Show, so if you are going to be in New York in mid-April, be sure to visit the auto show and feast your eyes on the new Mustang in its perch on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
The 2015 model year has been completely redesigned. It will have a choice of engines, including a 3.7-liter V6, which is a slightly detuned version of last year’s engine. The 2015 3.7-liter will make 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Ford will also offer a V8 engine, though the specs on that have not yet been released. It is expected to make more power than the current 5.0-liter V8, which makes 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
Rumor also has it (Edmunds.com) that a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be available. All engines will be backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters or a six-speed manual transmission.
Ford will also offer an optional Performance Pack that includes shorter final gearing, larger brakes and summer tires for the GT and EcoBoost models. And, the Mustang will finally get an independent rear suspension. The new suspension is newly designed and not copied from an existing model.
For more information as it becomes available, stay tuned to this spot or visit Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West.
Ford revealed the new 2015 Ford Focus hatchback. The new year’s model features a smaller, more fuel efficient engine, plus it has improvements in the interior and new features. Ford has also changed the exterior styling, giving the Focus hatchback a new hood, grille, lights and fenders. While not available at Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West yet, it is expected this fall.
The hatchback will be unveiled at the Barcelona auto show in March 2014 and at the New York Auto Show in April 2014. According to the Detroit Free Press, Bill Visnic, a senior analyst at Edmunds.com said that the 2015 Focus hatchback looks like an entry level luxury car, including the Ford’s more sophisticated interior.
Ford has not released prices and fuel economy ratings as of mid March 2014, but with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission, fuel economy should be quite high – better than 40 mpg on the highway.
Standard equipment includes a backup camera and Ford’s Sync voice recognition system. The control panel will feature an optional 8-inch touch screen and/or dials and switches that are easy to use. Additional safety equipment will include a blind spot alert and lane departure assist and alert systems.
For the last two years, the Focus has been Ford’s best selling vehicle in the world, selling more than 1.1million units in 2013.
Additional features you should expect to see in the 2015 Ford Focus hatchback include ABS brakes, brake assist, a rear defroster, variable speed intermittent wipers, a CD player, MP3 player, auxiliary audio input, a pass-through rear seat, an adjustable steering wheel with mounted audio controls, keyless entry, power door locks and windows, cruise control, illuminated vanity mirrors, an engine immobilizer, Bluetooth, traction control, stability control and child safety locks.
Keep your eye on this space for more information as it becomes available. Until then, you can also stop by Richmond Ford or Richmond Ford West to test drive the 2014 Ford Focus Hatchback if you don’t want to wait until the Fall for the new model to come out.
If you are biting your nails while waiting very impatiently for the 2015 Ford Mustang to make an appearance at Richmond Ford, you’ll be glad to hear that Ford released more information about the new Mustang’s aerodynamics. However, that will have to do for now, as Ford does not plan on releasing the Mustang until the fall of 2014.
Ford spent twice as much time running wind tunnel tests and aerodynamic simulations on the 2015 Mustang than it did on the current model. Ford made changes to the styling based on the results of these tests. Ford also added front-wheel aero curtains to help guide airflow across the front wheels – this gave the 2015 Mustang an improvement in drag reduction by 3 percent.
Ford will also be releasing a convertible model this fall. The convertible features an automated folding soft top that has a multilayer insulated cloth to help with cabin noise. The new top also lowers faster than the old type of convertible roof, lowering in under 10 seconds.
Because anything in the way of the wind affects aerodynamics, the new convertible roof has a profile that is about 6.7 inches less than the old roof when folded. And, the new folding mechanism takes less space in the trunk.
The new Mustang will offer the consumer a choice of three powertrains: a turbo four-cylinder, a 3.7-liter V6, which is the base engine, and a 5.0-liter V8. The base engine will put out about 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The turbocharged four-cylinder, a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, will put out about 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. And finally, the V8 will put out at least 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
Keep your eye on this space for more information about the 2015 Ford Mustang as it becomes available; or stop by Richmond Ford for more information including updated release dates and features as they become available.
Watch the wind tunnel test here.