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New Performance Package Pushes the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to 330 Horsepower

New Performance Package Pushes the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to 330 Horsepower

Better handling and fresh aero combine with a Focus RS-inspired engine tune

When Ford gave the Mustang an independent rear suspension for the sixth-gen 2015 model year, many critics labeled it as a strong move into bona-fide sports-car territory. The Blue Oval is once again moving the needle by changing up the EcoBoost ‘Stang’s Performance Package, which now includes revised suspension bits, updated aero, and critically, more horsepower. With 330 ponies under the hood, has the four-cylinder Mustang evolved the nameplate beyond its muscle car roots?

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2020 Ford Escape (Kuga) vs 2020 Toyota RAV4

2020 Ford Escape (Kuga) vs 2020 Toyota RAV4

Two compact crossovers going head-to-head

Ford has just launched an all-new, fourth-generation Escape crossover, a model known as the Kuga in Europe and some other markets. The vehicle enters one of the most competitive and hotly contested segments where all rivals are hugely talented (there really isn’t one bad car to speak of) and picking one above all others is by no means an easy task. But if you were to choose an important rival to compare the Escape to, then that has to be the aggressive-looking Toyota RAV4.

Toyota went for a dramatic visual reinvention of the RAV4 for its fifth generation since the model had really become rather boring to look at in its previous incarnation. Frankly, no subsequent RAV4 had anywhere near the visual flair of the first generation model, a car that looked better without painted bumpers and side trim - that’s how quirky and cool it was. Now, thankfully, the latest RAV4 tries to rekindle that flame, albeit with fresh, edgy styling that makes it look contemporary, although it doesn’t look visually related to the original RAV4 in the way older generations did.

The Blue Oval, on the other hand, didn’t want to risk anything with its new Escape, so it made the vehicle look pretty much exactly like a puffy high-riding Focus. That’s literally all there is to its design, so in this respect, the RAV4 is already starting to look like the more daring, flamboyant option, yet being a Toyota, it doesn’t automatically have associated shortcomings.

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Xtomi's Rending of the 2021 Ford Escape (Kuga) ST Gives Us Hope in a Bleak, Car-Less Future

Xtomi’s Rending of the 2021 Ford Escape (Kuga) ST Gives Us Hope in a Bleak, Car-Less Future

A production model might become available in 2020

The 2020 Ford Escape (Kuga in Europe) just broke cover with styling cues from the Focus and the Fiesta hatchbacks, and the first thing that came into my mind is whether Ford will offer a higher performance ST version of it. FoMoCo has yet to talk about such plans, but this rendering from X-Tomi Design shows that the fourth-generation Escape would look cool in ST trim.

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2020 Ford Escape Quirks and Features

2020 Ford Escape Quirks and Features

2020 Ford Escape Is One Of The Most Compeling Crossovers On The Market

The new 2020 Ford Escape compact crossover enters a highly competitive segment of soft city-centric off-road vehicles such as the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and the Nissan Rogue. Although it needs to be on par with any one of them, the new Ford Escape also has big shoes to fill. According to an IHS Markit survey over, 96 percent of all Escapes sold in the last ten years are still on the road. In the everchanging landscape of the car market of today, the Ford Escape tries hard to offer a compelling crossover package. Now it is based on the same platform as the Ford Focus, and that seems to be a good thing. Right here, I’ve picked up a number of interesting facts and quirks about the new 2020 Ford Escape.

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The 2020 Ford Bronco Could Have a Retractable Cloth Roof and Removable Doors - A True Jeep Wrangler Competitor

The 2020 Ford Bronco Could Have a Retractable Cloth Roof and Removable Doors - A True Jeep Wrangler Competitor

Ford patent filings suggest Bronco will go after Jeep Wrangler

Life for the Jeep Wrangler might become more difficult and complicated as there are other manufacturers out there plotting its demise by launching competitive alternatives to it. Land Rover is on the final stretch with its all-new Defender, as is Ford with its upcoming Bronco, a model that, according to some recent patent filings, is apparently going to have many of the same party pieces as the Wrangler. It may not have the folding windshield, but a removable top and removable doors are certainly on the list of goodies for the Bronco.

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2020 Ford Kuga Revealed With Range Of Electrified Powertrain Options

2020 Ford Kuga Revealed With Range Of Electrified Powertrain Options

Ford doubles down on growing crossover demand across the pond

The crossover craze is a worldwide phenomenon, and Ford is capitalizing by introducing a brand-new generation for the Kuga crossover nameplate. Also known as the Escape in the U.S., the Ford Kuga is the Blue Oval’s best-selling SUV in Europe, and its third best-seller overall in the market after the Fiesta and Focus. Now, the latest 2020 model year brings a fresh third-generation, offering up new styling, an updated interior, the latest infotainment and safety tech, and critically, a selection of mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full-hybrid powertrains. However, with competition pouring in from the likes of Volkswagen, Peugeot, and Nissan, does the 2020 Ford Kuga have what it takes to compete?

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2020 Ford Escape

2020 Ford Escape

Ford’s popular crossover borrows heavily from the Focus but features a new hybrid drivetrain

The 2020 Ford Escape is the fourth generation of the company’s popular compact crossover. Unveiled in 2019, it replaces a seven-year model that was becoming a bit long in the tooth. Some 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the 2020 Escape is heavily based on the 2019 Ford Focus inside and out and comes with a choice of three drivetrains. The world’s first hybrid SUV dating back to 2005, the 2020 Escape is now available in both hybrid and plug-in layouts.

Having discontinued both the Focus and Fiesta hatchbacks in the U.S., Ford designed the Escape to look just like these two popular cars. Not only is the front fascia is heavily inspired by the Focus and Fiesta, but the interior is basically borrowed from the larger hatchback. Engine choices are similar to the outgoing Escape, but you can also order hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants. In Europe, the 2020 Escape will be sold as the Kuga.

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Here is Every Video We've Found of the 2020 Ford Escape

Here is Every Video We’ve Found of the 2020 Ford Escape

Here’s a few videos of the new Escape for your viewing pleasure

The compact crossover and SUV segment is hopping right now, and every automaker is doing their best to keep up with one of the business segments there is. Ford just ushered its compact competitor, the Escape, into its fourth generation with modernized looks, significantly improved technology, better fuel efficiency, and the same grille found on the Ford Focus, but upside down. Seriously, I’m not kidding about that last one – just take a look and you’ll realize you can’t unsee it. Anyway we’ve compiled all the videos of the new Escape that we can find so far and have placed them below. Check them all out and make your own opinion about the 2020 Ford Escape.

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The 2020 Ford Escape Is Smarter But it Looks Like a Focus or Fiesta With an Upside-Down Grille

The 2020 Ford Escape Is Smarter But it Looks Like a Focus or Fiesta With an Upside-Down Grille

Fresh powertrain options include two gas-only and two hybrids

The Ford Escape has been around since 2000, and now there’s a new fourth generation heading down the pipeline that’s simply chock-full of updates. Given the popularity of the compact crossover segment, it makes sense Ford is going above and beyond with this big-seller nameplate, throwing in revamped styling, a new platform, four engine options, and the very latest infotainment goodies that the Blue Oval can muster. It’s all impressive stuff, but this segment is nothing less than cutthroat - does the Escape have what it takes to come out on top?

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The 2020 Ford Kuga is Set to Debut on April 2nd - Here's Your First Teaser

The 2020 Ford Kuga is Set to Debut on April 2nd - Here’s Your First Teaser

Have we seen this somewhere already?

Ford has teased the new 2020 Kuga on its Facebook page in a small, six-second trailer. The SUV will be revealed on April 2 as the third-gen Kuga. For the uninitiated, the Kuga is the European version of the Ford Escape that is sold in the States. It looks like the 2020 Kuga shares a lot of design cues, on the inside as well as the outside, with the new Focus. Will the new Kuga be a unique product or just an amalgamation of Ford’s different products?

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Not Sure How to Proceed in Today's Market, GM Announces Merger With Ford

Not Sure How to Proceed in Today’s Market, GM Announces Merger With Ford

It was only a matter of time, it seems!

As long as we can remember, GM and Ford have been hardcore rivals. But, since Mary Barra took over GM, the company has been struggling. Just last January, Mary Barra was caught off guard when asked about GM’s future, and her comments regarding where the brand is heading instilled everyone with fear: “Well, what I would say is we’ve been very clear. We believe in an all EV future. We have invested heavily in fuel cells as well, but beyond that, I don’t have anything specific to say. But I think if you look at where… our very strong statements are believing in all EV future… stay tuned.” This was barely even a coherent sentence, and it triggered some to believe that Barra is completely out of touch with the brand and what the next steps should be. Obviously, the answer is to build electric vehicles – one’s that don’t rely on fuel cells and those that are probably of the truck variety. Right around the same time Barra was fumbling for answers regarding GM’s electric future, Ford made the announcement that it was planning to electrify the F-Series, and that’s what leads us to our latest news: An insider from GM has told us that GM and Ford have been in secret talks discussing a merger of the two companies, and the first step in that is Ford building an all-electric Check Silverado atop the same chassis that will underpin the electric F-150. We never thought we’d see the day and Henry Ford is undoubtedly doing backflips in his grave, but GM is in serious trouble, and this is the brand’s only way out, it seems.

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2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat

2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat

An all-rounded truck that neither stands out, nor disappoints

Ford trucks are second to none. Although they have been facing stiff competition from competitors like the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram trucks, Ford is still by far the best seller in the market. The automaker sold over 900,000 examples of the F-Series in 2018. The Ford Super Duty lineup doesn’t look much different from the other F-Series trucks, but they are different in terms of the build. The Super Duty trucks are built using high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps shave off a few hundred pounds while maintaining structural integrity. Ford also made changes to make the Super Duty series more efficient by using stronger steel frame and chassis components.

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2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package

2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package

The Ford Ranger Finally Can Be Seriously Stealthy and Mean

In an expected turn of events, Ford revealed the new 2019 Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package. Joining all other manufacturers who offer darkened editions of their trucks and cars, the Ranger Black Appearance Package includes all the standard shaded tricks, and it is available for all trims. The Black Appearance Package joins the arsenal of appearance packages for the Ranger that also include the Sport Appearance Package ($895), Chrome Appearance Package ($795), and an STX appearance package for the Ranger XL.

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The 2020 Ford Bronco Will Take on the Jeep Wrangler with Removable Top, Choice of Two or Four Doors

The 2020 Ford Bronco Will Take on the Jeep Wrangler with Removable Top, Choice of Two or Four Doors

Things are starting to heat up for the rebirth of a classic!

Ford’s best-performing dealers were reportedly given an early look at a prototype for the upcoming 2020 Bronco, a model that’s been in the works for a few years, but just like Land Rover’s new Defender, the project is and has been shrouded in secrecy. It’s quite clear that the Blue Oval intends for it to fight not the hugely capable and successful Jeep Wrangler, but the all-new Defender as well. Rumor says that it will be offered with a removable top and could be offered in two- or four-door form!

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2020 Ford Explorer Vs 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Ford Explorer Vs 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2020 Ford Explorer And The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Are Two Different Philosophies With A Massive Generational Gap

As the best selling SUV in history, the Ford Explorer gained an almost religiously devoted customer base that has kept the legend of the Explorer alive for three decades. However, another SUV, not necessarily placed to fight a direct fight against the Explorer, has a following that’s almost as strong - the Jeep Grand Cherokee. As the new Ford Explorer flashed its body at the NAIAS and attracts customers with its numerous benefits compared to basically any other similar SUV in the segment, I wondered if there’s any incentive to still choose the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee over the new 2020 Ford Explorer. The current Jeep Grand Cherokee has its roots planted in the year 2011 when it came to be. Of course, eight years on the market have left some marks on its skin. It isn’t as advanced, as aerodynamic, nor as convenient as some of its competitors. Yet, despite its aged appearance, the Grand Cherokee is like a really robust SUV geared more towards off-road and toughness than it is towards family values and convenience. That is actually the main character difference between the two.

The biggest physical difference, on the other hand, is the fact that the 2020 Ford Explorer is a three row SUV. The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a two row SUV. Only the next generation of the Grand Cherokee (to be revealed in a year or two), will have two different layouts - it will be offered with two or three rows. Yet, regardless of their main differences, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2020 Ford Explorer are roughly similarly priced.

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A 2006 Ford GT Just Beat Bugatti, Hennessey, and Koenigsegg Across the 300-MPH Barrier

A 2006 Ford GT Just Beat Bugatti, Hennessey, and Koenigsegg Across the 300-MPH Barrier

This Ford GT is Faster Than American WWII Bomber Flying Fortress

M2K Motorsport just made history by breaking the 300 mph barrier with its heavily customized 2006 Ford GT during the last day of the Texas Mile event held at the Victoria Regional Airport. Achieving 300.4 mph (483.44 kph) within a mile is their highest achievement and a testament to the ever going development of the 2,500 horsepower, 2006 Ford GT.

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Ken Block's New Ford Escort RS Cosworth Didn't Even Survive its First Race

Ken Block’s New Ford Escort RS Cosworth Didn’t Even Survive its First Race

It’s the second Ford Escort RS Cosworth that has conked out on Block in the middle of a race

Ken Block’s Ford Escort RS Cosworth rally car must be cursed. A little over a year his first Escort RS Cosworth rally, which after he affectionately calls “Cossie,” caught fire and burned down, the second Escort RS Cosworth, called “Cossie V2,” once again came up short at the most inopportune time, conking out in the middle of the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood race. In a span of 20 months, Block has raced in two Escort RS Cosworth rally cars. Neither made it to the finish line. There must be a pattern there.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revs and Prowls the Streets of Las Vegas: Video

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revs and Prowls the Streets of Las Vegas: Video

The Super ‘Stang has arrived in Sin City!

Making its big public debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is an absolutely beastly machine. Rocking a hyper-aggressive aero package with a plus-sized front intake and GT-style rear wing, a carbon fiber and suede interior, and a supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 blown to produce well over 700 horsepower, there’s no denying the appeal of this modern muscle car. Now we’re getting a listen to its exhaust note and a look at it on the streets of Las Vegas thanks to this recent post from YouTube user Speed Phenom.

Shot at a private event put on by FoMoCo, the video features a few nice glory shots of the GT500, as well as loads of info from a Shelby rep addressing the attending guests. Cutting through the PR talk, there are a few things that standout during the speech, including the assertion that the Shelby team is still working to pin down the GT500’s final horsepower figure “until the bitter end” (hence the “700+” number currently making the rounds), as well as a few performance numbers like a “sub-11” quarter mile and “mid-3’s” for the sprint to 60 mph. The video ends with a romp across the streets of Las Vegas.

If you’re hungry for anything and everything 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, then this is the video for you.

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Mountune's Newest Kit Boosts the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST's Output to 222 horsepower

Mountune’s Newest Kit Boosts the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST’s Output to 222 horsepower

The easiest way to make your hot Ford Fiesta faster

The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST is one of the best hot hatchbacks in its size and price brackets, but with just 197 horsepower from the factory, the little Blue Oval pocket rocket can certainly handle more power. For those interested, Ford specialists Mountune have launched an upgrade kit that boosts the Fiesta ST’s power output by more than 20 horsepower. In a car this small, folks, you will feel it.

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2020 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

2020 Ford Explorer vs Honda Pilot

Ford has completely redesigned the Explorer for the 2020 model year in the quest to surpass its many talented and popular rivals. One of those rivals is the third-gen Honda Pilot that has been around in its current form since 2016 and recently facelifted for the 2019 model year. Both models are popular, but now that the new Ford is out, is a mere facelift enough to keep the Honda up to date and competitive?

The latest Explorer changes the previous model’s formula a bit through the fact that its platform is now rear-wheel-drive biased. It is also lighter than before, offers better performance, better fuel economy, and Ford is even going to make a hot ST version of it. Honda’s Pilot refresh brought with it more aggressive exterior styling, new tech (especially on the safety front, with the full Honda Sensing suite), but no new engines - only one non-turbo V-6 is offered.

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Ken Block Presents His New Ford Escort Ahead Of His World Tour

Ken Block Presents His New Ford Escort Ahead Of His World Tour

The fiery death of Block’s previous Escort Cosworth pushed the Gymkhana creator to build a better one in its place

Do you love the Group A era in the World Rally Championship? Well, then I’ve got some good news for you! Ken Block rebounded from the horrific accident last year that saw his Escort Cosworth burn to a crisp and successfully built a new one he’ll take around the world, including to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

A mighty crash during last July’s American Rally Association (ARA) New England Forest Rally didn’t deter Ken Block. The part-stuntman, part-business man, and part-rally and rallycross driver got out of what was an immaculately prepared 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth RS and, as the car was fully engulfed in flames, started planning on what to do next. If you are familiar with Brock’s non-Gymkhana exploits, you’ll know that he’s no stranger to crashes, so this one wasn’t going to stop him. Indeed, as we wrote back in November, Block and Hoonigan have prepared a new Escort that’s, as expected, bigger and better than the previous one.

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