Ford: What’s New and In Store for 2017
Since the conception and refinement of Henry Ford’s assembly line over a century ago, Ford Motor Company has helped shape the automotive industry through innovation and world class products. From the Model T to the Mustang to the modern-day F-150, each year has brought new features and products that push the boundaries of invention and ingenuity. With 2016 coming to a close, let’s take a look at what’s new and in store for the Ford brand in 2017.
What’s New and In Store for 2017
For 2017, Ford continues refining its EcoBoost technology with new engine offerings. The highly efficient combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection boosts power and increases acceleration without sacrificing gas mileage. In fact, Ford announced it will be offering the 1.0 L, 3-cylinder engine with “cylinder deactivation technology” globally in early 2018. The cylinder deactivation technology further reduces emissions and improves fuel efficiency by shutting off the third cylinder when it isn’t needed.
Ford also continues to advance the SYNC system with the latest upgrade, SYNC 3. SYNC is a voice recognition system that allows you to keep your eye on the road while you make calls or select apps and music to listen to. SYNC 3 has improved the voice-activated software and includes a new design and interface.
Look for many available safety systems in 2017 models, including an enhanced automatic perpendicular parking and park-out feature. The automatic collision-avoidance braking system now has pedestrian detection, lane departure assists with keeping you in your lane, and adaptive cruise control adds a stop-and-go function for heavy traffic.
2017 Ford Fusion
- MSRP: From $22,610 – $36,740
- MPG: Up to 22 City / 34 Highway (Base)
- Engine: 1.5 L EcoBoost 4-cylinder, 2.0 L 4-cylinder, 2.0 L EcoBoost 4-cylinder, 2.5 L 4-cylinder (175 to 231 hp), 2.7 L EcoBoost V6 (325 hp)
While Ford’s popular mid-size sedan has maintained its good looks with only subtle changes to the front and back-end. The 2017 Ford Fusion’s interior is completely refreshed for 2017. It offers more storage between the front seats and an all new center console. The Sport trim gets the 2.7 L, Twin-Turbo V6 that offers 325 hp, AWD, and larger air scoops. On the luxury end, the Platinum features a quilted leather interior. Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection helped earn the 2017 Ford Fusion IIHS Top Safety Pick + recognition.
2017 Ford Focus
- MSRP: From $16,775 – $23,575
- MPG: Up to 30 City / 42 Highway (Base)
- Engine: 1.0 L 3-cylinder (123 hp), 2.0 L 4-cylinder (159 hp)
- MSRP: From $16,775 – $23,575
- MPG: Up to 27 City / 40 Highway
- Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder (159 hp), 2.0 L EcoBoost 4-cylinder (160 hp), 2.3 L 4-cylinder EcoBoost (350 hp)
While not much has changed by means of looks for the 2017 Ford Focus, it has refined the engine and drivetrain. The 1.0 L, 3-Cylinder engine can now be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Torque Vectoring Control comes standard to keep you on the road and the 350 hp Focus RS has a 0-60 mph time of just over four and a half seconds. A rear-view camera comes standard plus seven airbags. The NHTSA awarded the 2017 Ford Focus a 5-Star Overall Rating and it scored “Good” in all IIHS Ratings but Small Overlap (Acceptable).
2017 Ford Escape
- MSRP:From $23,600 – 29,100
- MPG: Up to 23 City / 30 Highway
- Engine: 1.5 L EcoBoost 4-cylinder (179 hp), 2.0 L EcoBoost 4-cylinder (245 hp), 2.5L 4-cylinder (168 hp)
Now with 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission, the 2017 Ford Escape has an available 2.0 L EcoBoost Turbo engine with Auto Start-Stop Technology, increasing horsepower from 240 to 245. The front and rear-end stylings bear a striking resemblance to its bigger sibling, the Ford Edge. Interior changes are subtle, with safety features that include brake assist and post-crash alert system. It received an NHTSA 5-Star Overall rating for 2017 and IIHS Scored Good in all crashworthiness tests but Small Overlap (Acceptable).
F-Series Super Duty
- MSRP: From $32,730 – $77,320
- Engine: 6.2 L V8 (385 hp, 430 lb-ft torque), 6.7 L Turbo Diesel V8 (440 hp, 925 lb-ft torque)
Whistle while you work in a Ford that was put through an impressive overhaul for 2017. Given a stronger frame, a lighter aluminum body, and the looks of an F-150, the 2017 Ford Super Duty (250, 350, 450) also offers a quiet ride and a beautiful, spacious interior. Safety features available include a slew of cameras that scan the radius of the vehicle for blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with automatic braking feature, and lane-departure warning. Super Dutys also come with full LED lighting, including bed and tailgate lighting. Sync 3 is available for the 2017 with the 8-inch touch interface and high-end trims feature luxurious leather, soft touch materials, and wood accents. Oh, and more horsepower, torque, and towing capacity than anything in its class? It has that too.
Check out more 2017 Ford Super Duty features.
2017 Ford GT
With production Just around the corner, Ford’s sexy supercar features a turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine, pushing over 600 horses to the wheels. The EcoBoost V6 is paired with a 7-speed dual clutch tranny. And if that doesn’t get you to believe it flies, it has an aerodynamic body made almost entirely of lightweight carbon fiber and just so happens to have jetfighter inspired exhaust outlets and a rear wing. Pricing is rumored to be around $400,000.
2018 Ford EcoSport
Could the EcoSport be poised to eventually replace the Flex? The all-new 2018 EcoSport is Ford’s next compact SUV. Expect Ford’s new 1.0 L, 3-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation technology to be offered, or a 2.0 L 4-cylinder, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and 4WD. As for other tech you can expect for the EcoSport, a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert and auto Start-Stop. The SYNC 3 infotainment system with enhanced voice-recognition capability and an 8-inch touchscreen will also be available.
2017 Ford Raptor
Ford revised the Twin-Turbo, 24-valve 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 and paired it with the all-new 10-speed automatic transmission to send 410 hp and 450 lb-ft torque to all four wheels. What else? The Raptor dropped 500 pounds over last year thanks to a diet high in ultra-strong, military-grade aluminum alloy.
Minor Changes / Unchanged
- Ford Taurus
- Ford Fiesta (New front and rear-end styling).
- Ford Mustang (It’s tough to mess with perfection).
- Ford Edge
- Ford Flex
- Ford Explorer
- Ford Expedition
- Ford F-150 (New 3.5 L twin-turbocharged V6 offering 375 hp).
Which 2017 Ford vehicle or changes are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments!