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2018 Ford Destination Expedition by Hulst Customs

2018 Ford Destination Expedition by Hulst Customs

Ford’s do-everything SUV now has more functions to go along with a beefed-up appearance

The Ford Expedition is headed to the 2018 SEMA Auto Show in two different guises. One of these two Expedition creations goes by the name "Destination Expedition," and it comes by way of Hulst Customs. The noted tuner developed its program with an eye towards turning the Expedition into the “ultimate SUV.” It features extensive upgrades in the exterior and interior, to go with a number of technical additions. The result is a go-anywhere version of the SUV that lives up to its Expedition name.

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2018 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Concept

2018 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Concept

Special edition F-150 pays tribute to Harley-Davidson’s 115th anniversary

Ford and Harley-Davidson have established a unique partnership in the auto industry. The latter has a long history of building custom and special edition H-D branded trucks, and the latest example of that is the 2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Concept Truck. Developed as a special edition version of the F-150 Super Crew trim, the new F-150 Harley-Davidson Concept was created with the help of Tuscany, a subsidiary of Fox Factory Inc. and a Ford Motor Company specialty vehicle manufacturer in the personal-use segment, to help celebrate the bikemaker’s 115th anniversary.

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2018 Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition

2018 Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition

Special edition Explorer adds a splash of luxury to the SUV

In a state where SUVs rule the roads, Ford dropped four larger-than-life special edition SUVs at the 2018 Texas State Fair. One of the four models is the Explorer Limited Luxury Edition, a unique take on the popular Explorer SUV that adds appearance upgrades on the vehicle’s exterior and interior. The Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition is joined by the Explorer Desert Copper Edition and a pair of Expedition special editions — the Expedition Stealth Edition and the Expedition Texas Edition — in the annual fair.

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Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition

Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition

For those who want a well-dressed Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer was well-represented at the 2018 Texas State Fair after Ford brought a pair of special edition versions, including the Explorer Desert Copper Edition. Created to diversify its Explorer lineup, the Desert Copper Edition is based on the XLT trim of the SUV. The special edition Explorer comes with a number of upgrades in the exterior and interior. The automaker hasn’t said if the Explorer Desert Copper is going to be available to the public, but with the popularity of SUVs these days, don’t be surprised if the Explorer Desert Copper Edition arrives in a dealership near you sooner than later.

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Ford Expedition Stealth Edition

Ford Expedition Stealth Edition

Dressed-up Expedition will be available soon

Ford was a big participant at the 2018 Texas State Fair, making its presence known thanks to four special edition SUVs. One of those special edition SUVs is the Expedition Stealth Edition, and of the four SUVs, it’s the one that received the most upgrades. The Ford Expedition Stealth Edition, together with the Expedition Texas Edition, will be available to order later this year. Pricing details will be announced soon.

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2018 Ford F-150 Raptor V-8 PaxPower

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor V-8 PaxPower

When Dreams Come True

Purists never got behind the idea of the Ford F-150 V-6 EcoBoost. They wanted a new Ford F-150 Raptor V-8. Now, thanks to PaxPower, they have it. Yet, if the world only acted on the wishes of purists and classic truck lovers the F-150 would have never become an aluminum built truck, the three-speed auto would have never become a 10-speed tranny, and we would still be hauling our asses in trucks powered by V-8s with sad specific outputs. Now we don’t. Now, we can enjoy a modified Ford F-150 V-8 Raptor with a supercharged engine churning out the insane power of 758 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. That is what PaxPower did to what once was a 2018 Ford F-150 Platinum V-8 truck.

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2019 Ford Edge

2019 Ford Edge

Ford’s mid-size crossover gets a mid-cycle refresh

The Ford Edge has been around since 2007 and its current generation debuted in 2015. But the second-generation Edge was getting a little, well, dull, so Ford has given the mid-size crossover a sharpening. This mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year brings revamped aesthetics, few minor changes to the interior, and a slew of active safety equipment. In fact, Ford is claiming the 2019 Edge comes with more standard driver assist features than any of its competition.

So what makes the Edge so technologically adept? Well, the standard safety features list is long. It includes Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection; Blind Spot Information with Cross-Traffic Alert; Lane-Keeping Alert; Lane-keeping Assist; Auto High Beams; and Hill-Start Assist. Basically, the 2019 Edge comes with all the latest (almost autonomous) driver aids without having to order an expensive option package. Here’s how the 2019 Ford Edge shapes up.

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2019 Ford Ranger

2019 Ford Ranger

The Return of the Ranger after a seven-year hiatus

Well, it’s back. The Ford Ranger mid-size pickup has returned to the U.S. and in glorious fashion. The pickup made its debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit right beside the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado. While it’s not the F-150, the 2019 Ranger will put Ford back in the mid-size pickup fight against the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, and most importantly, the venerable Toyota Tacoma.

The addition of the Ranger positions Ford as having the widest-spread pickup lineup in the world. Entries include the new Ranger, the half-ton F-150, the heavy-duty Super Duty lineup, and the commercial medium-duty segment with the F-650 and F-750 cab chassis.

Of course, the Ranger will have its work cut out; the Toyota Tacoma has long been the leader in mid-size trucks and the General Motors twins aren’t too far behind. Let’s see how the 2019 Ranger stacks up.

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This Ford F-150 By CJ Pony Parts Is the Ultimate Rock Climber

This Ford F-150 By CJ Pony Parts Is the Ultimate Rock Climber

Ready for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari!

The 2017 SEMA Show was packed with modified pickup trucks, but none was as spectacular as this EcoBoost-powered rock climber built by CJ Pony Parts. The aftermarket parts supplier has been a constant presence in Las Vegas in recent years, showcasing a restomod 1965 Ford Mustang built with TMI Products, a custom Focus ST with Ford, and a beefed up Mustang EcoBoost with Ford Performance. In 2017, CJ Pony Parts chose to stay away from the car performance realm and opted to create a stunning off-road-equipped F-150 pickup truck.

Already a solid truck thanks to its aluminum body, leading technology, and fuel-efficient engines, the F-150 is now able to tackle the Moab Easter Jeep Safari alongside the most hardcore Jeep Wranglers out there. CJ Pony Parts says that its goal with this build was to create something "that not only looked tough but can back up that look with massive off-road capability," it seems that the result matches the description. Exterior upgrades are numerous, starting with Lund fender flares, custom two-tone paint with orange graphics, and a rear differential cover. There’s also a T-Rex grille; Rigid Radiance LED lights, Rock Slider side steps, and new Stealth Fighter and Honey Badger bumpers front and rear. The truck also features an Oracle Lighting ColorShift LED underbody lighting kit.

The list of accessories continues inside with a Raptor steering wheel with orange stitching, Ford Performance door sill plates, custom headrests with CJ Pony Parts logo, and orange accents on the dashboard, door panels, center console, and floor mats. But the really important upgrades were operated under the skin.

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2017 Ford Explorer – Driven

2017 Ford Explorer – Driven

The iconic SUV for the modern family

Okay, mom and dad – you need a vehicle that can carry six or seven people, but isn’t a minivan. What left on the menu? Three-row crossovers and SUVs, of course. And which SUV has been SUVing longer than most? Yep, the Ford Explorer. It debuted back in 1991 and has evolved from a utilitarian two-row brute to a plush, luxury-lined, power-everything family hauler. The current generation has been around since 2011 and received a mid-cycle refresh for 2016, which brought the high-end Platinum trim with Lincoln-like levels of refinement and the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

Nothing changes for 2017, but that didn’t stop me from spending a week with Ford’s grandest mid-size SUV. The Explorer is sandwiched between the smaller Ford Edge and the body-on-frame, F-150-based Ford Expedition. The Platinum trim comes equipped with nearly every major option as standard, only leaving customers to choose from the $695 second-row bucket seats, the accompanying $150 center console, and the $1,995 rear-seat entertainment package. Fitted with all but the rear TVs, my Ruby Red tester stickered at $55,420. That’s a sizable price for a family hauler, but few SUVs come packed with such utility mixed with luxury backed by a name with heritage.

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2018 Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150

A mild refresh & big powertrain updates bring the F-150 into 2018

Ford has reworked the F-150 for 2018 with cosmetic updates, new active safety systems, and some healthy powertrain upgrades. A new front fascia and modifications to the taillights and tailgate constitute the exterior changes, along with new wheel choices. Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-keep assist are now present, too. But the biggest changes happen under the hood.

Ford has upgraded nearly every engine option. The base 3.5-liter V-6 has been replaced with a new 3.3-liter V-6 with more power and better efficiency. Both the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 have been improved with more power. Ford’s 10-speed automatic now comes standard on all but the base V-6. Best of all, an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 turbodiesel joins the lineup. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 carries over unchanged, though it received a huge update for the 2017 model year. The same is true for the 2017 F-150 Raptor’s High-Output 3.5-liter EcoBoost. The F-150 is Ford’s biggest seller and highest profit-maker, so it’s completely understandable why Ford pays it so much attention. The current F-150 debuted for the 2015 model year, so it’s not really old. In fact, it still remains the newest full-size, half-ton pickup among the Big Three – beating the Chevy Silverado by a year and the Ram 1500 by six. Only the 2017 Nissan Titan is newer.

Update 08/09/2017: EPA estimates for the 2018 F-150’s fuel economy have been released. Efficiency improves for the base V-6, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost, and the V-8. Towing and Payload stats are also announced.

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2018 Ford Explorer Sport

2018 Ford Explorer Sport

The definition of a mild refresh…

The Ford Explorer has defined the American SUV segment for more than two decades, having debuted for the 1991 model year. Changes both big and small have kept the Explorer, well, exploring urban and rural landscapes across the U.S. with big sales figures sliding across Ford’s bean counters’ desks. But of all those updates, Ford’s latest might be the smallest. Insignificant? Not really, but you’d have to be a fanboy to spot the differences.

Headlining the changes for the 2018 model year is a slightly reworked exterior, new active safety equipment packages, and more choices with four new colors and five new wheel designs. These changes made their debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

These modifications to the Explorer come in response to market research Ford says indicates the crossover and SUV segments will be the fastest-growing of all segments over the next few years, soon accounting for more than 45 percent of all non-luxury vehicles sold in the U.S. While that’s not surprising, Ford says millennials and baby boomers are leading the way. Of course, Ford says it will be ready to meet this growth thanks to its new lineup of crossovers and SUVs. These include the EcoSport, Escape, Edge, Explorer, and Expedition.

The revised 2018 Explorer is expected to hit showrooms this fall, with pricing staying mostly stagnate with current 2017 Explorer pricing. Keep reading for the full run-down of the changes for 2018.

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Baja 1000

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Baja 1000

Nearly stock Raptor hits SEMA then the Baja 1000

Ford is looking to prove the 2017 F-150 Raptor by fire. A nearly stock Raptor is set to compete in the 49th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 race – a grueling 1,000-mile off-road endurance race that tests man an machine against the against the clock and roughest desert terrain in Mexico.

Not much had to change before Ford could race the Raptor. Safety measures like roll cages, five-point harnesses, and a fuel cell had to be added, but otherwise, the truck is running its stock powertrain, wheels and tires, and suspension. Ford says it did recalibrate the standard-issue Fox Shocks to accommodate for the added weight inside the truck.

Driving for Ford is Greg Foutz, a four-time Baja 1000 winner. Foutz isn’t heading into the Baja without getting familiar with the new 2017 Raptor, however. He and the truck have already competed in several Best in the Desert events this year, including the 645-mile General Tire Vegas to Reno race this past August. Despite the rough terrain, it only took Foutz 15 hours to complete the event. Foutz and the truck have brought home four first-place wins out of five races.

The new truck, according to Foutz, is much better suited for racing than the first-generation Raptor. “There are an extra two inches of wheel travel, plus the all-new 10-speed transmission never has to hunt for the right gear,” he says. “The new Baja mode keeps the turbo spooled up – it’s miles better than the previous off-road mode.” Foutz would know; he raced the first-gen Raptor at Baja in 2008.

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2017 Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

2017 Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6

As if Mercedes’ 6x6 wasn’t awesome enough

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has been getting tons of press these days, and for good reason. But Hennessey Performance apparently thinks it can do better. Meet the Hennessey VelociRaptor 6x6. Yeah, this tuning firm is adding another axle to the Raptor, along with custom bodywork, bumpers, a roll bar, and LED lights. Oh, and will make 600-plus horsepower!

Hennessey has built some absolutely ridiculous cars and trucks over the years, but this takes the cake. Not even Dodge Hellcats making 1,000 horsepower, Cadillac Escalades hitting 60 mph in 3.9 seconds thanks to 800 horsepower, or Ford Mustang GT350s running the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds can match the outright ridiculous nature of the VelociRaptor 6x6.

Let’s cover the back story first. Hennessey starting its VelociRaptor program with the first-generation Ford F-150 Raptor. It would supercharge the 5.4-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s for more performance, add beefier wheels and tires, and bolt on custom bumpers for a more rugged look. Top Gear even featured one just before Clarkson punched his producer. (Maybe the VelociRaptor’s outpouring of testosterone had something to do with the incident…)

Now with the Raptor entering its second generation, Hennessey has already prepared modifications for the truck’s new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and upgraded suspension system. In stock form, the twin-turbocharged V-6 makes 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. That ain’t bad, but power can always be added. Current Hennessey estimates say the tuned EcoBoost will kick out just over 600 horsepower.

Let’s dive into what Hennessey has up its sleeve with the VelociRaptor 6x6.

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2017 Ford F-150 Dallas Cowboys Edition

2017 Ford F-150 Dallas Cowboys Edition

Cowboys fans now have a truck all their own

Football is about as American as apple pie and the Ford F-150. At least that’s the mindset in Texas. So it comes as no surprise that Ford is building a limited edition Cowboys-branded F-150. Production is limited to 400 examples and it’s only sold at a select number of Texas dealerships.

The truck helps recognize Ford’s partnership with the Cowboys football program and the completion of the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas – a high-tech training facility for the Cowboys and athletes in the Frisco Independent School District. The facilities features practice fields and a multipurpose indoor stadium with seating for 12,000 fans. It will also serve as the corporate headquarters for the Cowboys franchise.

The idea of a Cowboys-themed F-150 isn’t new, however. Back in the mid-1990s, Ford launched a similar F-150 edition. “It has been 22 years since Ford and the Dallas Cowboys offered a Cowboys edition F-150,” says Greg Wood, Ford Dallas regional sales manager. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the opening of the Ford Center at The Star and the beginning of a new Cowboys season than to offer fans of both F-150 and the Dallas Cowboys the opportunity to purchase one of these incredible trucks.”

So without further ado, let’s have a look at the 2017 F-150 Cowboys edition.

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2017 Ford F-150 & Super Duty STX

2017 Ford F-150 & Super Duty STX

Ford brings back the value-based STX trim package

Ford is reintroducing the value-minded STX trim package for the 2017 F-150 and, for the first time, offering it on the Super Duty line. Ford fans will remember the STX package from the last generation F-150. It offered an economical way to spruce up a base-level truck without going overboard on options and features. Like before, the STX trim slots between the base XL and the mid-level XLT.

The STX package hasn’t been offered since Ford introduced the aluminum-intensive 2015 F-150. Now as the 2017 model year rolls in, customers can finally check that option box. This is likely a response to customers complaining of inflated pickup prices. It’s hard to blame them, either. Prices for an F-150 Crew Cab with the base V-6 and no options start around $37,000.

Ford’s truck marketing manager reinforces the notion in the press release, saying, “[The] STX is for customers who want the utility of an F-Series truck in a stylish, well-optioned package at a competitive price.”

Likewise, Super Duty customers can now choose the STX package that adds many of the modern touches without sending prices through the roof. The STX package can be had on every cab, bed, and engine configuration. F-150 customers can choose the STX package on SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations with all but the base V-6 engine option.

So what does the STX package include? Keep reading for the full details.

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1950 Ford F47 Pickup

1950 Ford F47 Pickup

A Canadian-spec F1 with a full restoration

It was the 1948 model year that Ford introduced its first F-Series pickup – the same truck line still sold in dealers today. The first-generation truck would last through the 1952 model year, with small changes happening along the way. This 1950 model carries all the trappings of an original F-Series, including a wood-floor bed, three-speed manual transmission, and the iconic 226 cubic-inch flathead V-8. It’s headed under the gavel at Mecum’s upcoming 2016 Monterey Auction in California.

Interestingly enough, this isn’t a typical Ford F1 pickup, though it’s completely stock. It’s actually a Canadian-spec model built in a Canadian factory, one of 16 F-Series factories back in the late 1940s. What’s more, Ford’s Canadian branch used a different nomenclature for the pickups back then. This would-be F1 is actually a F47.

This particular pickup underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2015. Every nut, bolt, and wooden slat was restored or replaced to factory specifications. A truck of this age in this condition is rare, so the estimated auction price reflects the condition. Mecum suspects the truck will sell between $55,000 and $65,000. For the full, in-dept review, click “continue reading” below.

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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford’s baddest truck gets reborn

Truck enthusiasts and journalist alike have long swooned over the Ford F-150 Raptor. Introduced in 2010, the Raptor proved Ford could make a Baja trophy truck and sell it to the average Joe. First equipped with the old 5.4-liter V-8 and then the updated 6.2-liter V-8, the Raptor has always been a heavyweight bruiser when it came to off-road performance and muscle.

Things are changing for the Raptor – and for the better. Completely all new for 2016, the Raptor moves to the new F-150 design that incorporates the aluminum bodywork, beefy high-strength steel frame, upgraded interior, and yes, even Ford’s EcoBoost technology. That’s right, the Raptor is ditching the 6.2-liter V-8 for a high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6.

While some may be concerned the Raptor has lost its mojo, Ford says the new high-strung EcoBoost puts out more than the old 411-horsepower, 434-pound-foot V-8. The engine is then backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission and controlled by a new Terrain Management system and new transfer case.

Add to that the reduced weight of the V-6 and the new aluminum skin, and the Raptor tips in 500 pounds lighter that the outgoing model. While that’s not as much as the 700 pounds the standard F-150 lost, the 200-pound difference is tied up in the Raptor’s strengthened frame. Yes, strengthened beyond the newly upgraded 2015 F-150 frame.

Other improvements include a dual exhaust system that exits under the shorty rear bumper, larger FOX Racing shocks with more suspension travel, and BFGoodrich’s newly released All-Terrain K02 tires.

Update 07/25/2016: Leaked documents show the 2017 Raptor will start at $48,325 for the SuperCab and $51,310 for the SuperCrew. A slew of packages and options was also released. Check the “Price” section below for the full run-down.

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2017 Ford F-150

2017 Ford F-150

Mid-cycle changes center on powertrain updates

Ford is working to keep the F-150 ahead of its competition with powertrain updates for the 2017 model year. The venerable 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is moving into its second generation with more power and torque, while an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission helps boost fuel economy and performance. These changes come only two model years after Ford completely reworked the F-150 for 2015. We expect Ford to have more widespread changes ready for the 2018 model year, including updated looks inside and out.

This latest news is all about the powertrain, though. The EcoBoost engine family has been a hot seller for Ford, powering roughly 60 percent of new F-150s. Along with the 3.5-liter V-6, Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 helps meet the majority of customers’ needs without the added cost of reduced fuel economy from the typical V-8. The smaller EcoBoost delivers impressive power similar to a V-8 just a few years ago.

Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer says, “The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment. This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”

So what are these changes and how do they affect performance? Keep reading to find out.

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