The New 2018 Ford F-150

Looking for a new truck? Ford has the new 2018 incoming! See below for how efficient this brand new truck is!

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The Official Comeback of the Ford Bronco

The Official Comeback of the Ford Bronco

That’s right, it’s official! There were merely rumors that rumbled throughout the Internet and amongst Ford enthusiasts, but it has been made official by the auto manufacturer at the 2017 Detroit auto show, the Ford Bronco is coming back. Ford intends to re-deliver the Bronco in 2020. Read on to learn more about the history of the Ford Bronco SUV and why Ford is bringing it back to the American market.

 

History of the Ford Bronco


Generation I (1966-1977)

The Ford Bronco was first made available way back in 1966. The first generation Bronco, also known as the ‘Early Bronco’, was initially offered with a 9-inch rear, Dana 30 front, and a 170 cubic inch inline 6-cylinder engine. Consumers could choose between a wagon, half cab, and roadster configuration.

 

Compared to other 4-wheel drive vehicles of its time, the Bronco was smoother riding, could handle heavier loads, and was much easier to maneuver off and on road. And due to its drivetrain, it came to dominate off-road racing and became something of a racing legend.

 

Generation II (1978-1979)

Eleven years later in 1978, the second generation of Broncos was introduced. This generation saw a larger redesigned version that was based on a shortened fullsize F-100 pickup. Ford wanted complete interchangeability of doors with the F-100, plus a removable hardtop that would be leak-free and it also featured a folding rear seat. It was fitted with a coil-sprung Dana 44 front axle and a leaf-sprung Ford 9-inch axle in the rear. The base engine was the 351M V8 with an option 400M V8.

 

Generation III (1980-1986)

With a new decade, a new generation was born. The generation III Ford Bronco hit the American market in 1980 and was redesigned following the 1970s fuel crisis, which meant a reintroduction of a six-cylinder engine to complement the V-8. It was also designed shorter and lighter than the previous generation with a revised front suspension. This helped reduce the off-road emphasis of the Bronco and made it much more tolerable on-road. Finally, in terms of aesthetics, you’ll notice this generation was when the switch to the blue oval Ford logo was made. Previous generations had F-O-R-D spelled out on its grille.

 

Generation IV (1987-1991)

In 1987, the next generation of Ford Bronco was redesigned again to follow the changes in the Ford F-series and was given a number of updates to both the exterior and interior. The new exterior design was more aerodynamic with changes to the front bumper, a flatter front grille, a reshaped hood, as well as composite headlamps.

 

Other improvements included electronic fuel injection, rear-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) for safety, and push-button control for its four-wheel drive. Engine options stayed the same as the previous generation with the 300 straight six, the 302 V8, and 351M V8.

 

Generation V (1992-1996)

The last generation Bronco (or so we once thought) was introduced to the market in 1992 and the last Bronco came off the line in 1996. This generation was redesigned along with the F-150s and had a number of safety updates added, including crumple zones, three-point seatbelts for the rear seat, a 3rd brake light in the top, and a driver side airbag.

 

With the brake light added to the removable top, this effectively made it illegal to remove. Guidance on how to remove it was left out of user manuals, but it still could be unbolted and removed by the willing and able.

 

After 1996, the Ford Bronco was discontinued and replaced by the 4-door Ford Expedition.

 

An automotive icon is about to make its return

Over the course of 30 years, the Bronco has become an automotive icon due to the simplicity of its design and its off-roading history. Vintage Broncos are actually increasing in value due to their popularity. They have actually doubled in value in the last five years. Could this be part of the reason Ford has decided to bring back the ever-popular Bronco?

 

There are currently no pricing on the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco, but Ford will no doubt begin to leak specs and other news in the upcoming years. What they do say is that the reintroduced Bronco will be a “no-compromise mid-size 4×4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.”

 

Here at Seabreeze Ford, we don’t want to wish away time, but we can’t wait for 2020! But until then, visit us in Wall Township, NJ for new, used, and certified pre-owned Ford vehicles. Call 732-681-1600 for more information.

Ford EcoSport-Comes in early 2018

2018 Ford EcoSport Preview


Ford is finally breaking into the compact SUV US market in the upcoming year by introducing its newest crossover, the 2018 Ford EcoSport. This model has only been previously available in foreign markets, but it will finally be in Ford’s lineup here in America in early 2018.

 

The EcoSport will be the smallest of the Ford SUV lineup, and can be seen as a blend between the Ford Fiesta and the Ford Escape. Its $20,990 starting price is among the lowest in its class, which will make it a fierce competitor in the market. Read on to discover what the Ford EcoSport will offer in early 2018.

 

Choose one of two powertrain options

The Ford EcoSport will be available in front wheel drive (2WD) or four wheel drive (4WD). The first is a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 123 horsepower. The second four wheel drive option will cost approximately $1500 extra, but you’ll receive the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated model, which will have between 143 and 167 horsepower and 137- 149 pound-feet of torque.

 

Both of these options will have six-speed automatic transmissions and auto stop-start technology for improved fuel economy. A distinguishing feature of the EcoSport is the rear gate, which swings horizontally like a door rather than vertically like a hatchback. The S or standard version of the EcoSport will include a backup camera, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a 4.2-inch central display.

 

Ford EcoSport trim levels


The basic S model may satisfy some buyers (it’s the only version you can add a tailgate-mounted spare tire for an additional $185), but the SE, SES, and Titanium options have a lot to offer with their added price tags.

 

Ford EcoSport SE

The Ford EcoSport SE is the next step up from the S. For $23,900 (an extra $3090), you’ll get:

  • A sunroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Heated front seats
  • Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system (6.5-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability)

If you want to upgrade further, you can request another add-on package for $1295 that includes blind spot warning for safer driving, an upgrade to an 8.0-inch screen and navigation, as well as a household 110-volt power outlet for powering laptops or power tools.

 

And for the long, cold New Jersey winters, you’ll want to opt for the cold weather package to keep you warm and safe with a heated steering wheel and a windshield de-icer.

 

Ford EcoSport SES

The EcoSport SES trim comes in at $27,735 with and offers a slightly sportier look with a dark magnetic gray grill and wheel treatments, black roof rails with crossbars, tinted headlamps, and on the interior, there are dramatic copper accents on the seats and dashboard. It also comes standard with the 2.0L/4WD.

 

Ford EcoSport Titanium

The Titanium version of the Ford EcoSport is top of the line, even though it’s actually priced lower than the SES at $26,735. But that’s because the SES comes standard with the 2.0L/4WD, and you have both choices of powertrain with the Titanium option.

 

Opting for the Titanium version means you’ll receive some interesting new technology, including the B&O Play premium audio system. Ford has teamed up with Bang and Olufsen, a high-end consumer electronics company that emphasizes premium sound and aesthetic design. The B&O sound system brings 675 watts of amplification and 10-speakers to the cabin interior. The interior also has leather upholstery and comes with 17-inch wheels.

 

Why choose an EcoSport in 2018?

If you’re looking to purchase a new vehicle in the immediate future, you’ll likely be scoping out what new models are being offered by auto manufacturers in 2018. If you’re wondering whether you should opt for a mid-sized car or SUV, there are a number of reasons to hold out and wait to test drive the new Ford EcoSport.

 

The Ford EcoSport is a small and versatile urban CUV (crossover utility vehicle), which is an option that falls between a mid-sized car and an SUV. And because of this, you can get the best of both worlds. With the EcoSport, you’ll be able to take advantage of better fuel economy compared to an SUV, but still have increased cargo space, as well as the benefit of being higher off the ground. This can be an advantage driving on poor road conditions, even poorly-maintained city streets or road areas under construction.

 

Where can I test drive a Ford EcoSport?

Your local Ford dealership will have Ford EcoSports in their lots for viewing and test drives in early 2018. If you’re interested in purchasing the new Ford EcoSpot and live in Wall Township, NJ or the surrounding areas, speak with the Ford experts at Seabreeze Ford. We’ll keep you posted on when the Ford EcoSport has arrived and then plan your test drive. For information, call 732-681-1600 today.

Which Ford Truck is Best For Me?

If you’re thinking about buying a truck, then shouldn’t you go with the best selling truck in American history? That’s right; the Ford F-Series truck has been America’s top selling pickup truck for 40 consecutive years and the bestselling vehicle for the past 35. It’s pretty incredible really.

There are many reasons why Ford has been able to sell more than 26 million of trucks since their beginnings in 1977. In fact, Ford has sold enough F-series trucks to circle the world more than three times! Ford has consistently listened to their customers and have innovated their F-Series line to produce tougher and more capable trucks.

Ford F-Series Trucks

The Ford F-150 is a light duty truck, which means that the maximum loaded weight of the truck falls between 0-14,000 pounds. At Ford, we place a major focus on fuel economy, and in 2015 the curb weight of the F-150 model was reduced by nearly 750 pounds. This was achieved by switching the material of the body structure from steel to aluminum, and just keeping the frame itself made of high-strength steel. The standard features of the Ford F-150 include:

  • 5L Ti-VCT V6 engine
  • Peak horsepower of 282 @ 6250
  • Peak torque 253 lb-ft. For the V6
  • Towing capacities ranging from 5000 – 12,000 lbs (depending on the model)
  • Starting price of $27,380

Of course, you can customize your Ford in many ways to better suit your specific needs and desires. You can upgrade to a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine, which increased the peak horsepower to 385 @ 5750 and increased the peak torque to 387 lb-ft. You can also choose from various package add-ons, such as a Class IV trailer hitch, off-road and snow plow prep packages for 4×4 models, and various appearance packages too!

Looking for better fuel efficiency?

Ford took the initiative and designed the new Ford trucks to improve fuel efficiency by switching from steel to aluminum when it comes to the body structure. However, you can also decide to make your Ford pickup truck even more fuel efficiency and environmentally-friendly. For the F-150 series, you can opt for one of Ford’s EcoBoost engines (2.7L or 3.5L). These can achieve about 30% better fuel efficiency and 15% fewer greenhouse emissions.

Ford Super Duty Series

A light duty pickup truck is useful for hauling smelly hockey and football gear, mountain bikes, ATVs for off-roading and hunting, camping equipment and your weekly grocery run. But sometimes, the terrain is a little rougher or you need to tow something a lot heavier than what the F-150 can handle. This is where the Ford Super Duty series comes in.

Ford Super Duty trucks have a distinct chassis (the chassis is the automotive frame and its working parts), and better suspension components for heavier loads and towing capacity compared to the F-150. The Ford Super Duty series includes the F-250, F-350 and F-450 models. The current 2017 Ford Super Duty features:

  • 7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel engine
  • Towing capacity ranging from 12,900 – 41,800 lbs (depending upon the model)
  • Peak horsepower of 440 @ 2800 rpm
  • Peak torque 925 lb-ft (which increased 65 lb-ft from the previous model)
  • Starting price $32,535

 

Again, you can also customize your Super Duty model to best suit your requirements. If you prefer gas over diesel, you can choose for alternative fuel capability (6.2L 2-value V8 gas engine). You can take advantage of the towing capacities of these heavy duty trucks and add-on a snow plow prep package, camper package, off-road package or a 5th wheel/gooseneck trailer tow prep package. And for tough roads, there’s also a heavy service front suspension package.

The Future of Ford Trucks


As we move into the future and the marketplace changes, Ford won’t be left behind (which is obvious from the fact that the F-150 hasn’t failed in being America’s number one pickup for decades). Even though the current sales of electric vehicles are nowhere near that of traditional combustion engines, Ford will be ready if the market does make the switch (50% of millennials are interested in buying electric cars). Ford is currently working on a plug-in hybrid powertrain pickup truck (the F-150 series), and its debut is planned for 2020.

There is a perfect Ford truck for every interested truck buyer out there. If you’re still confused about which Ford truck is right for you, then get in touch with a Ford expert here at Seabreeze Ford in Wall Township, NJ. Call 732-681-1600 to speak to a representative from our sales team.