Not a lot has happened in the past month at the arena of automotive recalls apart from a “gigantic mistake” from Volkswagen and another recall from Ford that involves 874,000 trucks.
Ford revealed three new models in the Middle East ahead of the 2017 Dubai International Motorshow, with the new-generation 2018 Ford Expedition, as well as the facelifted 2018 Ford Mustang and 2018 F-150.
Ford is off-the-wall crazy at the moment, and credit goes to their just-replaced CEO for allowing it. We’re talking about their enthusiast line-up. For a mainstream carmaker, they’ve come with exciting cars as exotic as the Ford GT all the way to as humble as the Ford Fiesta ST (neither of which are on sale in the GCC at the moment). In between, there are the Taurus SHO, Fusion Sport, Explorer Sport, Ranger Wildtrak, all the Mustang variants, Focus ST and the Focus RS. And while there is some hype surrounding the upcoming Bronco, Ford already has a much madder offroader in its arsenal —
The current Ford F-150 still retains its crown as the most advanced truck around, but the carmaker felt it needed an update for 2018. Along with the rather fetching facelift, there are a few mechanical upgrades as well.
The new Ecoboost-powered 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is currently in the final stages of hot-weather testing, right here in the UAE. Everything is being thoroughly tested to see if it is suitable for our Middle East style of offroading, including ground clearance, approach and departure angles, cooling systems, tractive capability and passenger comfort.
Since the day of its release, Ford’s EcoBoost engine has attracted a lot of critical acclaim for being powerful and fuel-efficient at the same time, at least in comparison to a V8. The Ford F-150 pickup also has EcoBoost powertrains on offer which have now improved for 2017.
Ever wanted a truck with supercar horsepower figures? Can’t wait until Ford releases the 2017 Ford Raptor, likely with “only” 450 hp? You’re in luck. The 600 hp F-150 SC from Roush Performance is here and you can even get it with a warranty.
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