Ford F-150 Power Stroke Diesel Comes With Best-In-Class Efficiency

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The 2018 Ford F-150 is the latest in a long line of popular, unstoppable pickup trucks from Ford, and now drivers have a new and more efficient option when it comes to engines. With an available 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel engine under the hood, Ford F-150 owners now have access to all-new power and capability – as well as fuel economy. The Ford F-150 diesel engine was recently rated by the EPA to have a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and a staggering 30 mpg on the highwayPower Stroke diesel.*


This fuel rating is possible due to the 2018 Ford F-150’s lightweight aluminum-alloy body construction and a new, smooth-shifting 10-speed SelectShift ® automatic transmission. Additionally, the Power Stroke diesel engine itself is made from aluminum and graphite for a lighter build.


The 3.0-liter diesel engine also offers a best-in-class power rating of 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to tow up to 11,400 pounds. The engine shares its technology with the F-Series Super Duty’s new 6.7-liter diesel engine, which makes the Super Duty trucks the most powerful heavy-duty pickup available on the market.


Models of the 2018 Ford F-150 equipped with the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine option will begin shipping to dealers in May of this year, so make sure to come out to Palmetto Ford to try them out for yourself.



Ford Fusion Named Best Family Sedan

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2017 Ford Fusion

A family car with a little thrill!

The 2017 Ford Fusion is the best car for your family. Says who, you ask? Says the people. The intelligent, advanced, sporty 2017 Ford Fusion just received the 2017 MotorWeek Driver’s Choice Award for the Best Family Sedan. MotorWeek reviews all sorts of vehicles each year and picks the very best in multiple categories by assessing things like innovation, safety, and durability.

So what is it about the 2017 Ford Fusion that makes it great for families? A lot of the value comes from the many advanced technologies that make the Fusion easy and safe to pilot. For instance, the Ford Fusion is the first Ford vehicle on the continent to offer adaptive cruise control. This feature monitors your speed and distance between you and other vehicles, making adjustments as needed. The Fusion is also equipped with Ford’s first pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection. There are many other driver-assist technologies in the 2017 Ford Fusion, which give drivers the confidence to transport their families safely.

But a family car needs to offer a little thrill to balance things out, so the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport is equipped with a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost. This makes the sedan peppy, while the intelligent all-wheel drive promises that the Fusion Sport will have a smooth and controllable handling. Come by Palmetto Ford Lincoln to test drive the 2017 Ford Fusion and see for yourself why this is the best family sedan around.


New Ford Bronco and Ranger Confirmed

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Auto and off-road enthusiasts alike have been clamoring for the return of the Ford Bronco and Ranger and now it looks like they’re getting their wish. The American automaker officially announced that the two models will return to the United States at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. While there aren’t many details to go on, Ford did provide some information to put the rumors to rest.

The new Ford Bronco and Ranger will both be produced at the Michigan Assembly Plant. The Bronco is expected to arrive in 2020, preceded by the Ranger pickup in 2019. The Ford Ranger is currently sold in markets outside of the United States, making it likely we’ll receive the new generation when it arrives. Both vehicles will ride on a shared body-on-frame platform to create a mid-size truck and SUV.

Ford brought more news to the Detroit Auto Show though. The automaker revealed a refreshed F-150 and gave more details on 13 new vehicles, including a hybrid model of the Mustang pony car.

The brand also renewed its plans to become a mobility company, citing partnerships with ride-sharing services, as well as plans to develop autonomous vehicles.

We here at Palmetto Ford Lincoln can’t wait for the official reveal of the new Ford Bronco and Ranger!

Test Driving the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport

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Test driving the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport

The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport is one of the most exciting rides you can take in a mid-sized sedan. That’s in large part thanks to one very special engine that once had its home in another Ford favorite, the F-150. The 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 engine boasts 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Based on these numbers, you can imagine that the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport has quite a kick to its ride.

When you’re test driving the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport, there’s something delightfully surprising about getting comfortable behind the wheel and feeling the power of an F-150. The six-cylinder engine gives this mid-sized sedan an exceptionally quick run to 60 mph. You can choose between automatic and manual mode, depending on your preference, but the manual mode provides quick up-shifts to really give you that Sport feel.

The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport’s four-wheel drive successfully prevents torque steering and has a fine cornering force. Ford’s Continuously Controlled Damping suspension uses sensors to adjust suspension as needed. And while the Ford Fusion Sport works its magic to give a smooth ride with nice handling, active noise cancellation gives you a quiet ride, too. That is, unless you prefer to hear the power of the Ford Fusion Sport’s innerworkings, in which case you can hit the Sport Mode button and enjoy.

2017 Ford Fusion to Include a System for Pothole Protection

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Pothole Protection

One of the most irritating aspects of driving in the city is the constant potholes in the road. These potholes aren’t just annoying, either. They can cause your vehicle some serious damage, as well. If only there was a way to reduce the trouble potholes cause. Fortunately, Ford has the answer!

According to a Ford press release, the 2017 Ford Fusion will include a system for pothole protection.

The system included with the V6 Sport trim of the new Ford Fusion uses computer-controlled shock absorption technology to reduce the damage that potholes cause.

The 2017 Ford Fusion will be the first vehicle in its class to include this pothole protection technology.

“The new Fusion V6 Sport substantially reduces the harsh impact potholes often deliver,” says Jason Michener, Ford continuously controlled damping engineering expert. “Our new pothole mitigation technology works by actually detecting potholes and ‘catching’ the car’s wheel before it has a chance to drop all the way into the pothole.”

For all the potholes life throws your way, Ford is there to help out!

Shelby GT350 “Voodoo” V8 is Among Wards 10 Best Engines of 2016

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Wards 10 Best Engines of 2016


The 5.2-liter “Voodoo” V8 engine powering the new Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang has been named one of Wards 10 Best Engines of 2016. It was the only muscle car V8 to be featured on the list and marked the 28th time a Ford engine was honored by WardsAuto.

The Shelby GT350’s engine is derived from the previous-generation 5.0-liter “Coyote” V8, which also won Wards 10 Best Engines trophies in 2011 and 2012. This time around, the V8 features a six-speed manual transmission, old-school port fuel injection, and an 8,250 RPM redline for maximum goodness. Come over to Palmetto Ford and rev the thing—you’ll love it!

In fact, given that it doesn’t use forced induction, WardsAuto found it mightily impressive that the 526-horsepower V8 still managed to reach the 100 hp/L threshold.

“The Voodoo engine does everything well, from puttering around town to frightening small animals. WardsAuto editors consider it the pinnacle of internal-combustion engineering,” said Tom Murphy, WardsAuto editor.

Ford Mustang named Ultimate Stunt Driving Car

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Ultimate Stunt Driving Car

Ben Collins, a Hollywood stunt driver, racing driver, and the former Stig from Top Gear, has been hailed as one of the best drivers on the planet, and now he is preparing to release a new documentary. Titled Ben Collins: Stunt Driver, he subjects a variety of muscle cars to challenges and tests in a search for the Ultimate Stunt Driving Car. In the end, Ford’s iconic Mustang came out on top.

Though the Mustang has been a staple in car chases throughout film history, Collins says that the reason the newer model has risen above the competition in the high-octane challenges he designed is because of improvements to the front and rear suspensions, which assists the Mustang’s performance when put in high-stress situations. Large brakes, a powerful engine, and a chassis that is more responsive and balanced than previous model years also contribute to the Ford Mustang’s capability.

You don’t need to take Collins’ word for it, however – just look at the numbers. Since its creation, the Ford Mustang has starred in over 3,700 films. Still, according to the documentary, the 2016 Mustang with a 5.0-liter V8 engine is the one that won the title of Ultimate Stunt Driving Car.

The 2016 Ford Focus RS Technology Catches Critics’ Attention

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Ford Focus RS technology

January of 2016 marks the first time an RS model will be making it to US shores, and critics and car enthusiasts alike are clamoring to get their hands on the 2016 Ford Focus RS. Car and Driver recently got invited to Ford’s testing track in Belgium for an exclusive interview, giving us all the intimate details about the Ford Focus RS technology.

The Focus RS was originally meant to be front-wheel-drive like the model that preceded it, but Tyrone Johnson, the Ford Performance vehicle engineering manager, stated that he wanted to do something a bit different by introducing an all-wheel-drive performance car. In addition, the traditional Haldex-style system was tossed aside in favorite of the Focus RS’s innovative new Twinster system – separate electronically-controlled clutches for both rear wheels. This is what allows the Ford Focus RS to switch into “drift mode,” where torque is directed to the outside rear wheel on turns.

These improvements accompany other features such as a refined and updated suspension, exhaust systems, and engine. There is also the choice of two different tire options, both originating from Ford’s collaboration with Michelin on Ford Performance tires. With all of these features and innovation, the Ford Focus RS technology has the industry waiting with bated breath.