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2019 Ford Edge ST Preview

We recently shared news that Ford Motor Company is staking a serious claim on trucks and SUVs. We’re reminded of that with the announcement of the 2019 Ford Edge ST. When it arrives at Palmetto Ford Truck Sales, it will easily be the sportiest version of this SUV we’ve seen yet. 

Available later this year, it’s one of the models that kicks off the SUV’s next generation. The ST trim gets an engine all its own, a 2.7-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine with 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque (other trims get a 250 horsepower EcoBoost four-cylinder engine). Along with that, it’ll also come with larger rear rotors, manual paddle shifters, and stiffer suspension. Given the horsepower boost, we expect the available performance brake package to be popular.

This is just one of many changes due on the 2019 Ford Edge. IT World Canada reported on a sneak peek it got during the 2018 Canadian International Auto Show. Through it, we learned that even other Ford Edge trims will see some interesting changes.

Ford is calling this “the smartest SUV in its class,” and there’s substance behind that boast. There are more driver-assist features available here than on many competitors. Evasive steering assist is new, and helps you maneuver around vehicles that make sudden stops. That’s in addition to smart cruise control, parking assist features, and much, much more. Wireless charging, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, and a host of other features are also on offer.

Want to find out more about new Ford models, or upcoming offerings like the 2019 Ford Edge? If you live in the Doral, FL or Miami area, visit Palmetto Ford Truck Sales at 7245 NW 36th St (Doral Blvd) in Miami, FL or call (305) 470-1375 today.

 

Gasoline and Your Ford Truck

Those who know and love Ford trucks know Palmetto Ford Sales. Just like the models we sell, we’re solid and dependable. You can count on us for Ford parts service to make sure your Ford truck keeps running like new, whether you bought it this year or many years ago. You should also know that using the right fuel for your gasoline-powered engine can be just as much of a help. 

Keeping Your Tank Full

Nobody wants to run out of gas in heavy traffic or to get stuck in the middle of nowhere. That’s why it helps to keep your gas tank from going below a quarter to a half tank. It’ll also keep your injectors clean, keep your fuel pump from burning out, and prevent condensation when it gets cold out.

But don’t fill the tank too much. Gas pumps now have recapture technology that keeps your tank from overfilling, also protecting the environment by capturing gasoline vapor. That means that if you “top off,” the pump is actually siphoning off the gas. You’re paying them to take gas back!

Gasoline Tiers Explained

There are two tiers of gas. Tier 2 gasoline is cheaper because it has fewer additives and detergents. The savings come at a cost since you may get fewer miles per gallon and your engine could end up sluggish. Because tier one (or  TOP TIER™) gas has more additives, it costs more but it’s also keeping your injectors and engine cleaner. You’ll notice fewer trips to the pump and better performance.

What’s Octane?

High-compression engines need higher-octane gas. If you use low-octane gas in a high-compression engine, it’s likely to knock. Follow your owner’s manual’s suggested octane for your truck or SUV.

Need a new Ford truck, or just want to keep your old one running “young”? Either way, call Palmetto Ford Truck Sales. We serve Doral, Hialeah, and Miami from our showroom at 7245 NW 36th St (Doral Blvd) in Miami, FL. Stop by today!

 

Ford Motor Company Future Vehicles Revealed

Wondering what the future holds for new Ford trucks? You don’t need a divining rod or Magic 8 Ball. A simple press release will do just fine. Recent news from the Ford Motor Company lays out their future plans, many of which will have a direct impact here at Palmetto Ford Truck Sales. 

Reduced to its barest essentials, the press release lets us know that by 2020, 75% of the Ford vehicle lineup will be refreshed. What’s more, there’s a shift in emphasis underway, away from cars and toward trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, and SUVs.

Those vehicles won’t just look new; their technology will be light-years ahead of much of the rest of the industry, featuring a degree of connectivity that’s unlike anything else on the road. The new initiative is being kicked off by a new driver assist package called Ford Co-Pilot360™ that’s going to bring many of the same active safety features seen in new Ford SUVs to Ford Transit vans and the company’s heavy-duty trucks — up to and including the Ford F-650 and Ford F-750.

There are also four all-new trucks and SUVs in the pipeline. These have been previewed by the 2019 Ford Ranger and the 2020 Ford Bronco, and the company also teased a new compact SUV that looks promising. Once it’s all over, there’ll be a minimum of eight distinct SUV models on offer at your Ford dealership.

The other big shift is toward hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs). The fact that a hybrid powertrain will be an option for the Ford F-150 by 2020 shows just how invested the company is in this technology.

It’s not easy to remain relevant for more than a century, but the Ford Motor Company has managed to do just that by continually improving their offerings. You can already see the results at your Miami Ford dealership, but in the years ahead you’ll see even more. Why not visit Miami Palmetto Ford at 7245 NW 36th St (Doral Blvd) in Miami, FL today?

 

What is the Future of Ford Diesel Trucks?

Recent news highlights an uncertain future for diesel engines worldwide, with many carmakers vowing to discontinue their use. It’s a safe bet that if you’re shopping for a work truck or van, you’ve either got a diesel engine or you’re giving the matter serious thought. Is it time to worry, or do diesel engines still have a future at Palmetto Ford Truck Sales? 

First, let’s look at which diesel engines are on the outs. Many companies are in the process of getting out of diesel cars, but leaving the option open for trucks. That’s because the emissions standards are higher for cars, and their market share is already contracting; they were never that popular here in the States, but even in Europe (where they make up close to half the market because of fuel economy regulations), numbers are plummeting.

Second, there’s simple economics. Retooling an engine to hit new emissions and fuel economy targets takes time and a lot of money. With hybrids and EVs emerging as the future of cars, combustion engines generally are becoming a thing of the past. Given the long timelines for R&D, companies like the Ford Motor Company are betting on a future that’s heavy on alternative powertrains.

So where does that leave you? The first diesel engine appeared in a Ford pickup in 1982, and the PowerStroke diesel engines in new Ford trucks have remained popular for decades. There’s a reason for that: you get a level of torque, horsepower, and fuel economy that wouldn’t be possible with a gas engine, and that hybrid engines can’t yet deliver.

It’s safe to say, then, that if your livelihood depends on your diesel-powered Ford F-150, you can breathe easy. The high-torque, high-horsepower engines you’ve come to depend on aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Neither is Palmetto Ford Truck Sales. Visit us at 7245 NW 36th St (Doral Blvd) in Miami, FL today for all your Ford truck needs, or call ahead to (305) 470-1375.