Ford flexes its muscles at MIAS 2019

Ford Philippines showcased its heavy-hitters at the recently concluded Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Vying for the spotlight were the awesome Ranger Raptor backed up by new versions of the Ranger and EcoSport—all running on new powertrains—as well as the Ford Mustang powered by a new transmission.

The Ranger and Ranger Raptor are both powered by new 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engines with 10-speed automatic transmissions that deliver higher torque, improved flexibility, and a quieter, more comfortable drive.

The twin-turbo engines employ sequential turbocharging to deliver greater responsiveness, drivability and maximum efficiency. With 500Nm of torque from a low 1750rpm, the engines deliver a greater torque spread, while the 10-speed’s close ratios reduces gaps in power and acceleration to make negotiating steep, slippery hill-climbs much easier.

The new EcoSport, meanwhile, was unveiled last year with a new powertrain that delivers better and fuel-efficient driving. It’s now powered by two new engine variants: the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine and the new and more powerful naturally aspirated 1.5L Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (TiVCT) engine.

Ford Philippines Managing Director Bertrand Lessard (Photo by Kap Maceda Aguila)

Both engines are mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission, allowing for smoother and faster acceleration and improved fuel economy. The EcoSport 1.5L Titanium variant was recently added to the EcoSport lineup, combining the performance of a new powertrain and the segment-leading features of the Titanium variant.

The Mustang also sports a new 10-speed SelectShift automatic, available in both EcoBoost and V8 engines. With a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, the all-new gearbox helps deliver higher average power for acceleration—Improving responsiveness and performance.

Ford also launched a new 6-speed manual transmission Mustang variant last year exclusive to the 5.0L V8 GT Premium convertible that gives users full control in shifting gears.

For more family-oriented rides, Ford also displayed its seven-seater SUVs, the Everest and Explorer. The Everest has set the standard for mid-sized SUVs in the country with its best-in-class 800mm water-wading capability and outstanding fuel efficiency. It’s a tech-laden SUV that features segment-leading levels of drivability, smoothness, safety and refinement.

The new Explorer, on the other hand, comes in 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost Sport and 2.3L EcoBoost Limited variants with updated exteriors. Both are powered by the multi-awarded EcoBoost technology and are equipped with a full suite of innovative smart technologies.

Ford also announced at the show exclusive deals, wherein customers can avail of various discounts and all-in low down payment offers for select Ford vehicles. For example, the Ford Ranger 2.0L Bi-Turbo Wildtrak 4×4 AT is available with a retail discount of P60,000 or an all-in low down payment of P128,000. The Ranger 2.0L Turbo Wildtrak 4×2 AT is available for an all-in low down payment of P118,000 while the manual transmission variant is offered with an all-in low down payment of P109,000. Both Wildtrak 4×2 variants also come with a P40,000 retail discount.

Customers can also avail of the Everest 2.2L Titanium+ at zero interest for up to four years or savings of up to P368,000.

Those purchasing the new EcoSport 1.5L Ambiente MT can still avail of an all-in down payment of P58,000 or up to P45,000 cash discount while customers getting the new Explorer can still avail of a P100,000 discount.

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