Tuesday, February 07 2017 17:43

#CAS17: Ford Reveals Chicago Auto Show plans, New Expedition, Mustang, F-150 and More

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2017 CAS LogoTwo years ago, straight from the floor of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, I served-up a shot of the 2017 Ford GT supercar that quickly became one of my most-liked Instagram posts at the time. Fast-forward two years, and here we are gearing up for #CAS17, and the folks at Ford have revealed their plans for this year's show. Yes, the GT will be there, but this year looks to have a focus on function, and they're leading things off with the first public debut of their all-new Expedition. Check out some highlights of what's to come...

New Ford Mustang V8 GT with Performace Pack in Magnetic 1

Ford ‘Be Unstoppable’ SUV Family and All-New Expedition Auto Show Debut - Ford’s strongest SUV lineup ever offers a wide range of vehicles for any family and all kinds of adventure. See every SUV offering – including the all-new EcoSport, Escape, Edge, Explorer and the first public appearance of the all-new Expedition – the smartest, most capable and most adaptable Expedition ever.

2018 Ford Expedition

All-New Ford EcoSport - Ford’s all-new compact SUV is fun, capable and connected, giving drivers the freedom and versatility to go small and live big. EcoSport boasts a breadth of technology – including SYNC® 3 with a high-resolution 8-inch floating touch screen. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability easily integrate into your smartphone to keep you connected to friends and family, while available premium B&O PLAY audio system perfects the in-vehicle music experience. 

Ford Escape gives customers even more of what they want in a small SUV – innovative features to make their daily drive safer and easier, with greater connectivity so they don’t miss out and technology that saves fuel in heavy traffic. EcoBoost®-equipped Escape features standard Auto Start-Stop technology that senses when the vehicle is sitting idle and shuts off the engine to conserve fuel – starting again automatically when the driver releases the brake pedal. FordPass helps drivers stay connected, schedule future starts, and lock and unlock their Escape using their smartphones. The app provides vehicle location, as well as key vehicle information, like fuel levels.

Ford Edge defines the midsize crossover utility vehicle segment with dynamic design and available features such as SYNC 3 and adaptive steering. A host of available driver-assist technologies includes enhanced active park assist with perpendicular parking, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support and a 180-degree front camera with lens washer. An available Cold Weather Package brings heated front seats and all-weather floor mats for both front and rear.

Ford Explorer: Over the past 26 years as the best-selling SUV in the United States, Ford Explorer packs even more smart technology and comfort features in the 2017 model. Explorer boasts front and rear cameras, each with wide-angle lenses and washer – a class-exclusive, segment-first feature, as well as smart-charging USB ports that can charge devices up to two times faster than conventional ports to keep you connected along the way.

2018 Ford F-150

New Ford F-150 - America’s best-selling truck for more than 40 consecutive years is now even tougher, even smarter and even more capable. Featuring bolder Built Ford Tough style and segment-first highstrength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, the new F-150 keeps what customers love about the truck while offering significant updates where it matters most. A bolder grille more closely resembles F-Series Super Duty, plus there are new headlamps and LED running lamps, along with new wheels. An all-new standard 3.3-liter V6 engine brings direct injection for improved efficiency, an updated 5.0-liter V8 offers increased power and torque, and an all-new 3.0-liter
Power Stroke® turbo diesel will be offered in spring 2018. All engines will include standard auto start-stop plus expanded availability of the segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission to help F-150 customers continue to own work.

Ford Fusion Energi - For 2017, Fusion Energi – Ford’s plug-in hybrid midsize sedan – returns an EPA-estimated rating of 104 MPGe city, 91 MPGe highway and 97 MPGe combined. The car’s plug-in capability means the lithium-ion battery can be fully charged overnight in approximately seven hours using the standard 120-volt convenience charge cord; an available 240-volt option reduces charge time to about 2.5 hours. The combination of lithium-ion battery, electric motor and gasoline engine offers impressive efficiency and the best of both worlds; for short trips, Fusion Energi can be driven as an electric vehicle, while on longer trips it can function as a hybrid.

TransitHybridTaxi 9990 HR

Ford Transit Hybrid Taxi Prototype - Soon to hit the streets of New York and other major U.S. cities, Ford is testing a fleet of 20 Transit Connect hybrid taxi and van prototypes in some of the world’s most demanding traffic conditions. These Transit Connect vehicles build on the success of the world’s first hybrid taxi – Ford Escape Hybrid, also the world’s first hybrid SUV and first North American-built hybrid. Many Escape Hybrid taxis still on the road have moved passengers more than 350,000 miles each on their original batteries.

Stay tuned to the Rock Father Rides™ section of The Rock Father™ Magazine for more coverage of the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. The show runs February 11-20, 2017 at McCormick Place. Click here for tickets and details.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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