2020 Ford Explorer Will Have Self-Sealing Tires

There are few things worse when driving then feeling the vibration of your steering wheel and the telltale “thunk, thunk, thunk” sound that indicate you have a flat tire – especially if you’re on a family road trip. The 2020 Ford Explorer is looking to help give you peace of mind in this regard.

For the new model year, this family-friendly SUV will come with self-sealing tires from Michelin.

These tires are made to stand up to nail and screw punctures with its self-sealing technology. The rubber can seal up to 90% of tread punctures that have a diameter of up to 0.25 inches. This self-sealing technology will “dramatically slow the rate at which air leaks,” allowing the loss of air pressure to slow to a Michelin-estimated 15 pounds per square inch per week.

While real-life results can vary, this technology will help reduce the stress of getting a flat, especially if you’re taking the 2020 Explorer on a road trip.

“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 to use these special Michelin tires. They will come as the standard tires on the Platinum and Limited Hybrid four-wheel-drive models and as available equipment on the Limited two-wheel- and four-wheel-drive models. To learn more about them, contact us at Transwest Ford.

To view the 2019 Ford Explorer, visit us at Transwest Ford today.

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Ford Ranger Raptor May Be Coming—Eventually

As much as we scream and beg, Ford is not giving the US the Ranger Raptor—for now. But according to a recent report from Road & Track, a Ford Ranger Raptor may make its way to American soil sometime early in the next decade. They estimate by 2022.

Of course, this Ranger Raptor will look nothing the like Ranger that we currently have. By 2022, Ford will be giving the Ranger a facelift, as it will be about half way through its generation. That means we aren’t quite sure what this soon-to-come Ranger Raptor will look like. Further complicating matters, Road & Track reports that the model will actually be closer visually to the upcoming Ford Bronco.

So can we trust this information, and where is it coming from? Yes, we can, surprisingly, and even more surprisingly, the information is coming from actual Ford engineers on social media. A Ford engineer posted that he is working on a Raptor version of a Ranger that bears the internal code of P703. Why is that important? The upcoming Ranger’s internal designation is also P703 and is set for a North American release of roughly 2022.

All that put together means that we will likely have a Ford Ranger Raptor here at our dealership—just not as soon as we would like it.

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Ford Increases Overtime Due to High 2019 Ford Ranger Demand

When it was announced that Ford will be bringing the Ranger nameplate back, the industry got excited — and it looks like this excitement isn’t going to die down anytime soon. The Ford Ranger has officially arrived, but even after Ford’s first month of shipping them out, the demand hasn’t gone down.

In fact, the 2019 Ford Ranger demand is so significant that Ford has decided to add overtime shifts to its Michigan Assembly Plant, which produces the sought-after truck. Just last month, Kumar Golhotra, Ford President of North America, mentioned that he expected to sell over 1,200 Ranger models in the truck’s first month back on the market.

He also mentioned that more than 300,000 people have shown interest in purchasing a Ford Ranger in the near future. Because of this data, the company thought it best to begin adding overtime shifts at the beginning of this month.

“Based on the orders coming in, and based on the hand-raisers, we think the demand’s going to be so strong, that starting in February our assembly plant will be going into massive overtime,” said Galhotra in a briefing.

Ford began producing the Ranger in October at the Michigan Assembly Plant. This plant in particular was on the receiving end of an $850 million investment in 2017, allowing it to focus more on body-on-frame vehicle production.

If you’re interested in the 2019 Ford Ranger, please give us a call or visit us at Transwest Ford and we can help you find one.

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Try Out These Winter Activities in Wyoming

When snow and cold temperatures arrive, it’s easy to stay indoors for too long and go a bit stir crazy.  Combat cabin fever with these popular winter activities in Wyoming.

  • Skiing: It’s almost a requirement to enjoy skiing here in Wyoming, with slopes all across the state to try out. The most famous ski resort is at Jackson Hole, but you’ll have plenty of fun at Grand Targhee Resort and several others. You can also rent snowshoes or go cross country skiing in one of Wyoming’s several national or state parks.
  • Book a winter tour: You can experience the Wyoming’s winter wonderland without freezing in one of its many tours through national parks from the inside of a heated snowcoach. If you’re willing to brave the cold, try some of the unique sleigh ride or Iditarod dog sledding tours. 
  • Taking a dip in the hot springs: It may be freezing outside, but the hot springs across Wyoming are steamy hot. Are you brave enough to break out your bathing suit and jump into one of Wyoming’s hot springs?
  • Snowmobiling: Snowmobiles are the fastest way to get around on snow — and they are so much fun. Visit the Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail and Togwotee Pass for some of the best snowmobiling areas.

Wyoming winters are a great time to get out and enjoy outdoor activities. We at Transwest Ford hope you have a great time with some of these activities while staying safe out there.

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New Year, New F-150: Changes to the 2019 Ford F-150

The new year is the perfect time to reflect on what changes we can make in our own lives. That’s why we often hear the phrase “new year,new you.” But this year, we say “new year, new F-150,” simply because of the many changes from the outgoing model year to the 2019 Ford F-150.

Here are some of the major differences you can expect:

  • New powerful V6: Ford has borrowed the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine from the F-150 Raptor and planted it in the range-topping Ford F-150 Limited. This engine produces some massive power: 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.
  • New dual-exhaust system: The F-150’s new dual-exhaust system includes updated dual-exhaust tips that fit into the new rear bumper cutouts.
  • Interior changes: Ford has redesigned the interior of the 2019 F-150. This includes a new Camel Back two-tone interior color scheme that replaces the previous Navy Pier design. Ford has also substituted the standard CD player from the XLT trim with the FordPass™ Connect system.
  • Appearance: Ford has added 5-inch angular step bars to the XLT Sport Appearance Package on the truck. Three new exterior colors are offered as well: Agate Black, Abyss Gray, and Silver Spruce.

Stop by Transwest Ford to see the new 2019 F-150 and schedule a test drive.

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3 Reasons You’ll Love the New 2019 Ford Edge

The 2019 Ford Edge is a stylish and performance-oriented SUV that is perfect for families, eco-conscious drivers, and performance enthusiasts. Here are just a few reasons you’ll love the new 2019 Ford Edge:

  • The engines: The standard engine powering the new Edge is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost® that lays down 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Despite this power, it is surprisingly efficient, offering up to 22 miles per gallon in the city and 29 on the highway.* If you are craving more power, the Edge is available with a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost that delivers 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque but still manages 26 miles per gallon on the highway.*
  • The safety features: The Edge is available with a wide range of active safety features that can prevent collisions from ever happening or lessen their impact. Features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Evasive Steering Assist, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and the Lane-Keeping System.
  • The design: The 2019 Edge use bold styling with wheel choices ranging from 18-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels to 21-inch premium gloss black-painted aluminum ones. Exterior color options include Ruby Red, Blue, Baltic Sea Green, Burgundy Velvet, and Oxford White.2019 Ford Edge

With its range of efficient powertrains, impressive safety features, and striking good looks, the 2019 Ford Edge is one of the most desirable family vehicles on the road. Come test-drive your own 2019 Edge at Transwest Ford.

*EPA estimated.

This Is the 2018 Ford Focus Engine Lineup

One of the reasons drivers love the Ford Focus so much is the number of options it provides—fun exterior colors, unique safety technologies, and a wide range of engines. These are all the 2018 Ford Focus engine options you can choose from:

  • The 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine delivers 123 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque and achieves up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway.* It comes with a six-speed manual or six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.
  • The 2.0-liter Ti-VCT engine delivers 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque and achieves up to 34 miles per gallon on the highway.* It comes with a five-speed manual or six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.
  • The 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine delivers 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque and achieves up to 30 miles per gallon on the highway.* It comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
  • The 2.3-liter EcoBoost® delivers 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque and achieves up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway.* It comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
  • The electric motor with 23 kWh liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery and Permanent Magnet Electric Traction Motor delivers 143 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. It achieves up to 118 MPGe in the city, 96 on the highway, and 107 combined, which translates to a 115-mile electric range.*

With such a diverse range of power, the Ford Focus makes for an excellent addition to any household’s garage. Come and test drive the Focus today at Transwest Ford.

 

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*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.

2018 Ford Focus Powertrains: A Wide Range

The 2018 Ford Focus lineup is widely varied. You can get the Focus as a sedan or hatch and with a traditional powertrain or even an electric one. In total, there are seven trims: S, which is offered on the sedan only; SE, SEL, and Titanium, which are offered on sedan and hatchback models; and ST, Electric, and RS, which are offered on the hatch only. As you can imagine, there are a lot of powertrain options for these models.

 

These are the 2018 Ford Focus powertrains you can choose from:

  • 0-liter EcoBoost® with Auto Start Stop Technology: This engine is standard on the SE Sedan and yields up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway.*
  • 0-liter Ti-VCT: This engine is standard on the S, SE Hatchback, SEL, and Titanium models and cranks out 159 horsepower while yielding 34 miles per gallon on the highway.*
  • 0-liter EcoBoost: Standard on the Focus ST, this engine generates 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.
  • 3-liter EcoBoost: The engine of the Focus RS, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost pumps out 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.
  • 107 kW electric motor with a 23 kWh liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery and Permanent Magnet Electric Traction Motor: You guessed it; this is the Focus Electric powertrain, yielding up to 118 MPGe in the city.*

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Learn more about the versatile, efficient, and powerful 2018 Focus at Transwest Ford.

 

*EPA estimated.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited Considered Most Powerful Light-Duty Pickup Ever

Are you looking for a pickup truck that is both luxurious and powerful? Look no further than the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited. This trim level now comes with a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, which is typically found in the Raptor model. That means it’s officially the most powerful light-duty pickup in the United States.

This new engine gives the 2019 F-150 Limited 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, easily making it the top truck in its segment. Along with the new engine, the Limited trim also has a new rear-bumper-integrated dual exhaust system.

These features aren’t the only thing that has changed for the F-150 Limited, though. Inside, the cabin has been refined, finding the perfect balance of luxury and Built Ford Tough-ness. A Miko® suede headliner, leather upholstery, and ash wood trim give this pickup truck that extra bit of a premium. There is also a new available Camel Back two-tone leather and front seats that come with Active Motion® for lumbar support and a massage feature.

The F-150 Limited also comes with a variety of advanced technologies to keep you connected and confident out on the road. This includes the optional Pro Trailer Backup Assist™, a standard 360-degree camera system, and the FordPass™ Connect 4G LTE modem, which allows you to connect up to 10 devices to WiFi.

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Come and explore the segment-dominating 2019 Ford F-150 Limited today at Transwest Ford.

Ford Focus Pothole Detection Technology Set to Make Your Drive Smoother

No matter where you live, it’s likely you’ve hit a pothole or two while you’re driving around town – and there are few things that can ruin a lovely drive (or your poor car’s suspension components) like unexpected pothole jolts. Ford’s looking to make your daily drive easier — and slightly less pothole-ridden — by releasing a new Pothole Detection Technology in the newest Focus model to help mitigate the damage these dips in the road do.

The system can sense when your Focus’s wheel falls into a pothole, adjusting the suspension to help limit the harsh impact on both the vehicle and its occupants – all within a single second.

“Our engineers are always searching for the roughest roads to really test our suspension to the limit, but more and more we’re noticing that the rough roads are finding us,” said Guy Mathot, Ford Focus vehicle dynamics supervisor. “Potholes are a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon, but with our advanced suspension technology for all-new Focus, we’ve been able to reduce their impact.”

This new technology will become part of the Focus’s optional Continuously Controlled Damping system, which monitors the car’s suspension, body, steering, and braking inputs ever two milliseconds, adjusting the suspension accordingly to offer a top-notch ride.Pothole Detection Technology Ford Focus

Here at Transwest Ford, we can’t wait to see what Pothole Detection Technology can do. Hopefully, it will come to more Ford models soon.