Future Ford Bronco Hybrid Confirmed

Ford Bronco Hybrid | Glendale, AZMichael Martinez of Automotive News tweeted a thread of updates from the annual Ford shareholder meeting, stating in one tweet that the CEO of Ford, Jim Hackett, “confirms the upcoming Bronco SUV will come in a hybrid variant as Ford focuses on electrifying its lineup.”

The tweet sparked a lot of interest in the automotive community, especially with how little is still known about the Bronco, which is set to debut in 2020 as part of the 2021 model year. Barely any spy shots have circulated so far, and while we know that the 2021 Bronco’s styling will be boxy and retro to echo the original, we don’t know much else.

According to MotorTrend, Ford will invest $11 billion in expanding its hybrid and electric lineup over the next several years, so it’s not a big surprise that the Bronco will be part of that push for greener cars and SUVs.

Details haven’t been released on what the Bronco’s engine options will look like, but industry journalists assume it will have the same four-cylinder turbo and V6 options as other Ford SUVs, and now a hybridized option. The Ford Bronco hybrid powertrain may be the same or similar to the 2.5-liter iVCT Atkinson-style hybrid engine found on the 2020 Ford Escape.

For more information on the upcoming Ford Bronco and Ford Bronco Hybrid, watch this space. When they hit the streets, you’ll be able to find them right here at the Sanderson Ford showroom.

Ford Delivery Robot Digit Connects to Self-Driving Cars to Stay Lightweight

Ford Delivery Robot | Glendale, AZIn partnership with Agility Robotics, Ford has developed a robot named Digit that will make a huge difference deliveries from online retailers. The highly flexible and sturdy design of the Ford delivery robot, combined with a cloud connection to in-vehicle computers, make it perfect for delivering packages.

Digit is designed to be able to lift packages up to 40 pounds, walk over different kinds of terrain and up stairs the same way humans do, sense obstacles and avoid them, and maintain its balanced when bumped or pushed. Digit stays folded up in the self-driving vehicle so as much space as possible can be used for packages, then unfolds to carry your package to your front door.

The other key to making Digit such an efficient robot for making deliveries was keeping it lightweight while still equipping it with access to the information it needs, like navigation and delivery information. If Digit processed all this information internally, it would need to be much bigger and bulkier.

That’s why Ford and Agility Robotics decided to have Digit retrieve that information from the self-driving vehicle it’s paired with. Digit has LiDAR and stereo cameras to help it navigate terrain, but everything else is shared with it from the delivery vehicle.

Whatever the future brings with Ford, Sanderson Ford will be there every step of the way. Visit our showroom and see why the Blue Oval is the best brand in automotive today.

Fun Summer Road Trips Near Glendale, AZ

Summer Road Trips | Glendale, AZ

If you’re feeling the need to get away this summer, you’ll find plenty of great options within easy driving distance of Glendale, Arizona. Here at Sanderson Ford, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite road-trip destinations around the Southwest — from outdoor adventures to urban discoveries.

Flagstaff

When the summer heat gets too intense, head up Interstate 17 and experience high-altitude relief in Flagstaff, Arizona. While you’re here, stroll the downtown area to find art galleries, performances, breweries and local dining. Or head to the surrounding mountains and forests for camping, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. You’re also just a short drive away from the beauty of the Grand Canyon!

Las Vegas

One of the world’s most notorious vacation destinations, Las Vegas offers something for everyone. Hit the Las Vegas Strip for glamorous nightlife, luxurious hotels, dazzling entertainment, unforgettable sights, and, of course, 24-hour-a-day casino action. Moving beyond the glitz, you can enjoy a more laid-back time in the city’s growing Arts District, marvel at the architectural achievement of the massive Hoover Dam, or hike at nearby Mount Charleston.

San Diego

In San Diego, the weather is always gorgeous, the beach is always nearby, and the attractions are always plentiful. If relaxation is your goal, head to one of the city’s many lovely beaches for the perfect mix of sand and sun. If you’re visiting with the family, be sure to check out top draws like the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld. And if you’re in an adventurous mood, get out and enjoy the great local hiking, discover a new favorite dish in the city’s booming restaurant scene, or spend some time exploring Balboa Park’s exciting mix of museums, performances, and natural beauty.

If all you’re missing for your next road trip is a stylish new vehicle to take it in, visit Sanderson Ford and we’ll get you on the road.

Ford Mustang is World’s Best-Selling Sports Coupe for Fourth Year

Ford Mustang | Glendale, AZCar enthusiasts around the globe agree: For exhilarating performance and iconic style, there’s nothing like the Ford Mustang. And to prove it, they helped make the Mustang the world’s best-selling sports coupe for a fourth year in a row.

With 113,066 units sold in nearly 150 countries, the Mustang was the world’s preferred sports coupe in 2018. The news was even better in the U.S., where the Mustang led all sports cars with sales of 75,842. Since 2015, Ford has sold more than 500,000 Mustangs.

“We broke the mold when Ford launched the Mustang 55 years ago,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets. “Nothing says freedom, the wind in your hair, and the joy of driving like a Mustang; it’s an icon. The roar of its V8 on a spring day, there’s nothing better. No wonder it’s the most popular sports coupe in the world.”

Here at Sanderson Ford, the Mustangs in our showroom include convertibles and fastbacks, EcoBoost® models, the high-performance Shelby GT350®, and the throwback Mustang BULLITT Fastback. If you’ve always wanted to experience the thrill of driving a Mustang, or if you’d like to test the latest version, stop in for a visit and we’ll get you behind the wheel of your favorite model.

Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package Shows Off Dark Side

Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package

 

If you’re looking to make your Ford Ranger look even more aggressive, never fear — the Black Appearance Package is here. The Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package gives Ford truck drivers the opportunity to change up their truck’s look, helping the drivers match their unique style.

 

Currently, more than two-thirds of Ranger pickup trucks are leaving the dealership with the truckmaker’s current appearance packages — the Sport Appearance Package or the Chrome Appearance Package — added to their looks. The Black Appearance package just gives the consumers another option.

 

“Like the rest of their gear, Ranger customers are choosing the option that best first their adventures,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Having the right gear matters and so does the right look. The Black Appearance Package adds aggressive style to the adventures our customers embark on.”

 

With this package, you can opt for any Ranger body color. The package creates an intimidating look with the following standard features:

 

  • Black-painted grille
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Black running boards
  • Black spray-in bed liner
  • Black mirrors,
  • High-gloss, black-painted, 18-inch aluminum wheels with black center caps
  • Black fender vent surround
  • Black sill plate
  • Black bash plate
  • Black lower valance

 

This option is available for $1,995 (excluding tax) and can be ordered at Sanderson Ford now.

Introducing the 2020 Ford Explorer

2019 & 2020 Ford Explorer(Pictured: 2019 Ford Explorer)

The Ford Explorer has long maintained a spot in the hearts and minds of American SUV shoppers, and that spot is getting bigger. The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer has been revealed, and it isn’t just the most stylish Explorer made to date, but with a lineup that now consists of the Explorer Limited Hybrid and ST performance variant, it’s the most versatile.

 

Nearly everything about the 2020 Ford Explorer has been updated, improved, or enhanced, starting with the performance. A new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost® V6 makes the new Explorer the most powerful yet, delivering up to 5,600 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped. With the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost®, you get 300 horsepower right out of the box and up to 5,300 pounds of max towing capacity when equipped with the available Class IIII Trailer Tow Package.

 

The 2020 Ford Explorer is also equipped with more standard features than ever. Each model now comes with a convenient power liftgate, an intuitive, 8-inch touch screen with SYNC® 3, and FordPass Connect™ Wi-Fi that can connect up to 10 devices to high-speed internet.

 

Safety is also standard in the new 2020 Ford Explorer, which is equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of driver-assist features. This standard package includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, and a Lane-Keeping System.

 

The 2020 Ford Explorer will be available at Sanderson Ford beginning this summer. Stay tuned for more information closer to launch.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Vehicle

It’s easy to neglect vehicular hygiene during the winter months, even here in Phoenix where the winter months don’t always feel very wintery. If your vehicle is due for a bit of tender loving care this season, these spring cleaning tips for your vehicle will help tidy things up

  • Remove trash and clutter from the interior.
  • Using a microfiber cloth, dust the dashboard, center console, and other firm surfaces. Add a gentle cleansing spritz if your screens need a little extra attention.
  • Vacuum the seats and floor mats, and don’t skip vacuuming underneath the floor mats.
  • Wash the interior windows with glass cleaner and a fresh, soft cloth.
  • Start cleaning the exterior by scrubbing down your tires with a strong cleanser and tough brush.
  • Wash your car from hood to wheels using an automotive-specific wash. Make sure you’re changing out the water regularly.
  • Hose out the underbody to knock away debris.
  • Only use a soft towel for drying.
  • Finish up by waxing your paint job. Wax may seem superfluous after a good washing, but staying in the waxing habit is a great way to keep your ride looking spiffy for years to come.

If your vehicle needs service or maintenance this spring, look no further than Sanderson Ford.

 

2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is The Most Powerful Street Legal Ford Ever

Ford Mustang

Ford is always striving to make sure the iconic Mustang is the best it can possibly be — and the all-new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is proof of that. Arriving this fall with 700+ horsepower to its name, the Shelby GT500 will be the most powerful street-legal Ford ever created.

“A takedown artist, the new Shelby GT500 will surprise supercar owners with its Ford Performance racing tech, supercharged engine, and visceral swagger,” said Jim Farley, Ford president, global markets.

This new pony car will come equipped with a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine paired with a first-in-class TREMEC® seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This pairing will produce more than 700 horsepower, which is an impressive number by itself. Add the fact that it will also have the quickest street-legal acceleration and more performance-oriented technology than any other Mustang before, and you have one vehicle that’s ready to hit the open road.

The Mustang’s aerodynamic design is enhanced by its custom Michelin tires and the largest front brake rotors to be used on an American sports coupe. Inside its cockpit, you will find high-quality materials and unique touches that help it stand out, including new Dark Slate Miko® suede door panel inserts with accent stitching and available Recaro® racing seats. It will also have a 12-inch full-color LCD instrument cluster and a 12-speaker B&O® Play premium audio system.

We can’t wait to show you the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 when it arrives at Sanderson Ford later in 2019!

 

Resolve to Be a Better Driver in the New Year

Ford Speedometer

Noticing the faults of other drivers seems easy enough to do, whether it’s a slowpoke in the fast-lane or someone tailgating you during rush hour. But have you assessed your driving skills and habits lately? You may actually have some bad habits of your own, including things that you see other drivers doing frequently. If you want to be a better driver in the New Year, consider these easy steps.

 

Stop speeding

Speeding is a temptation if you’re in a hurry, but it’s a risky and potentially costly habit. Depending on where you drive and how fast you’re going, you could receive a ticket worth hundreds of dollars if you’re caught not obeying the speed limit. Instead of going faster, why not try heading out earlier? Giving yourself an extra 10 minutes or so to get where you need to be should help reduce your sense of urgency at the wheel.

 

Put down your phone

Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous habits of modern driving. Put your phone in the center compartment, your bag, or another place where it is out of sight while you’re operating your vehicle. A smarter car can also help you to be a better driver; consider updating your ride to a new Ford with seamless device integration from Sanderson Ford so you can stay safe and connected while on the road.

 

There’s plenty you can do to be a better driver in 2019 even if you’ve been at it for a long time. If you are committed to becoming a better driver, why not reward yourself with a stylish new ride from Sanderson Ford?

 

Production Starts for 2019 Ford Ranger

2019 Ford Ranger

The 2019 Ford Ranger is almost ready to make its valiant return to the showroom at Sanderson Ford, and we couldn’t be more excited. Production on the all-new Ford Ranger kicked off in October at the Michigan Assembly Plant, putting the best-in-class-capable pickup truck that much closer to its official release date.

 

“Ford truck fans demanded a midsize pickup that’s ‘Built Ford Tough,’ and we’re delivering with our all-new Ranger that’s specially designed and engineered for American truck customers,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of global operations. “At the same time, we’re revitalizing our Michigan Assembly Plant and securing good-paying jobs for our hourly employees here in the U.S.”

 

The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger is powered by a mighty 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine and a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission. With this combination, the new Ranger will deliver best-in-class payload, gas towing, and gas torque, surpassing even V6 engine offerings in the midsize pickup segment. With advanced features like Terrain Management System™ and Trail Control™, both offered with the available FX4 Off-Road Package, the Ranger promises to be a real treat for off-road enthusiasts.

 

It’s just a matter of days before the 2019 Ford Ranger makes its glorious debut at Sanderson Ford. Stop into our showroom at the turn of the New Year and learn when you can expect to be among the first on your block with this incredibly fun-to-drive pickup in your driveway.

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