2017 Ford line up at Vancouver Auto Show
At the 2016 Vancouver International Auto Show, we chatted with Matthew Drennan-Scace, Communications Manager of Ford Canada, about what’s new at the Ford booth and manufacturing vehicles in Canada. This weekend, Ford is showcasing their latest high performance cars, luxury SUVs and hybrid cars.
2017 Ford Explorer
New for 2017 is theÂ XLT Sport Appearance Package that adds a more aggressive off roadÂ look to the Explorer. It will feature a black grille and exterior trim, black roof rack and 20″ wheels in dark grey. TheÂ 2017 Explorer XLT will be powered by aÂ 290 horsepower 3.5 litre V6 with a 6 speed automatic transmission. It will be available in either front-wheel and all-wheel drive.
2017 Ford Escape
The 2017 Ford Escape gets a new look with aÂ sculpted hood, athletic stance, sleek sideview mirrors and new wheel designs. It will be available with aÂ 1.5 litreÂ orÂ 2.0 litre EcoBoostÂ engine withÂ Auto Start-Stop Technology, which can help reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving. When the Escape comes to a complete stop and is idling, the engine automatically shuts off and then seamlessly restarts when you release the brake pedal. Another new feature is SYNCÂ Connect which allows you to start, lock, unlock and locate the EscapeÂ using your smartphone. You can also schedule a specific time to start remotely.
2017 Ford Focus RS
The Ford Focus RS is now available in Canada. The hatchback is powered by a 350 horsepower, 350 lb. ft. of torque 2.3 litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine. It can go from 0 to 100 kmh in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 265 kmh.
2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350
Got the need for speed? TheÂ 2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 is track ready withÂ an aluminum tower brace, MagneRide suspension and transmission and differential coolers. A new ConvenienceÂ Package is now available withÂ a 9 speakers audio system,Â SYNC 3 infotainment with voice activated navigation system,Â leather / suede upholstery, front heated / cooled power seats and dual-zone climate control.
2017 Ford Raptor
The new 2017 Ford Raptor is a beast with a longer wheelbase up to 145″ and 34″Â BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires. It’s powered by a 411 horsepower, 434 lb. ft. of torque 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 with a 10 ten speed automatic transmission. It has 6 presets Terrain Management System to assist drivers through various environmental conditions.Â The new aluminum body and composite hood and front fenders make it 500 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
2017 Ford Fusion
The new 2017 Ford Fusion gets a new front grille with LED headlights and SYNC 3 withÂ smart driver-assist technologies and voice activated controls. It also has SYNC Connect which allows you to start, lock, unlock and locate your vehicle from your smartphone. It’s availableÂ in 3 models: Sport, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid. TheÂ Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid is powered by bothÂ lithium-ion battery and 2.0L Atkinson-cycle gas engine. As you drive, the Fusion choose the most efficient mode of operation – either continuing to run on battery power or turning on its gas engine as needed.