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.

Tips on Protecting Your Car to Make it Last Longer

After our homes, cars are likely the most costly thing that any of us will buy. If it’s not, it’s definitely up there in terms of high investment and maintenance costs. That’s why it’s essential to take care of your vehicle in every way possible to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. The experts at Seabreeze Ford are ready to offer you some recommendations and insider tips on protecting your car to make it last longer.


#1: Cut down on short driving trips

This is not typically something car owners consider when it comes to ensuring the lifespan of their vehicle. However, it can go a long way to save the life of your engine. But what is meant by short driving trips anyway?


Well, in this case, it means a trip 10 minutes or less. Driving less than 10 minutes doesn’t allow your engine to reach its full operating temperature. Why does that matter? Well, when your car sits overnight, the water vapor produced by your engine condenses and sits in your engine and in the oil. This can cause rust and oil dilution, which shortens the engine’s life. However, on a regular trip over 10 minutes, your engine is able to fully heat up and turn the water back into a vapour.


A solution for frequent short driving trips include changing your oil more frequently or simply planning to walk or use a bicycle for these trips instead.

#2: Wash away salt on your car

It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer when you live in New Jersey, the salt will wreak havoc on your vehicle. We all know that in winter time, salted roads are necessary for safe driving conditions. This salt can cause corrosion on the underside of your vehicle, as well as eat away the paint on your car. In the summer, if you plan on spending time near the beach, ocean dew and the salty humidity can also cause rust and corrosion.


So, what are the best ways to get rid of salt on your car? Wash and wax the paint regularly. We’d recommend washing off the salt in winter at least every two weeks, especially if there has been a lot of bad road conditions, whereas waxing can be done every 3 months. And there is always the option to rust proof your vehicle as well. Today, rust proofing also can act to protect your car from other chemicals found on the road too.


#3: Use high quality, synthetic motor oil and filters during oil changes

If you want to protect your car from kicking the bucket early, coughing up the extra cash for high quality, synthetic motor oil and filters during your regular oil change is a must. As opposed to petroleum-based motor oil, synthetics are less likely to degrade at higher engine temperatures and also remain more fluid in colder ones.

Going for the higher quality oil filter is also a smart choice since they work better in removing particulates from the engine oil. If you’re not sure which products are best, simply ask your mechanic for more information or recommendations for your vehicle.

#4: Lighten your load

Not only will this increase the longevity of your vehicle, it will also save you money on gas mileage. Extra weight in your trunk can take a toll on the suspension, brakes and exhaust of your vehicle. So, reduce the amount of unnecessary stress on your car by removing heavy objects from your truck immediately after transporting.


#5: Cover it up

If you have access to a parking garage, that’s another great way to protect your car to make it last longer. Alas, this isn’t always the case or can be expensive depending on where you live. But there are other ways in which to cover and protect your vehicle if a garage isn’t possible. You can also invest in a carport or simply a protective car cover, which even offers UV protection!


#6 Get regular check-ups

Just like for your own health, your car needs regular checkups as well. It may seem like a hassle or an added expense to follow a maintenance schedule for your vehicle, especially when your car seems fine. But just because it’s operating doesn’t mean it’s operating at its best. Preventative maintenance can add 50,000 miles to your car’s lifespan, as well as prevent unnecessary accidents from occurring. When was the last time your car had a maintenance check up?


CTA: To schedule maintenance on your Ford vehicle, call 732-681-1600 today!