Borgman Ford has been keeping an eye on the 2018 Detroit Auto Show for any exciting announcements to share with West Michigan Ford fans. This year, Ford did not disappoint with the unveiling of four new and exciting vehicles: The 2019 Ford Edge ST, The 2019 Ford Ranger, The 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang Bullitt, and the All-New Mustang Shelby GT500 – the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever!
Below, we’ve rounded up some information about each of the four vehicles revealed or teased at the Detroit Auto Show, as well as some fun videos from Ford to show them in action. Enjoy!
1. The 2019 Ford Edge ST
Ford Performance vehicle fans in West Michigan will instantly recognize the Ford ST badge. Focus and Fiesta bearing this mark get special, motorsports-inspired upgrades inside and out, including wider, more aggressive styling, better suspension, beefier brakes, and of course, much more power.
During the Detroit Auto Show, Ford unveiled the 2019 Ford Edge ST – Ford’s first SUV to be tuned by the Ford Performance team. This new SUV features superior handling and braking, ST-tuned sport suspension, Sport Mode, new quick-shifting 8-speed transmission, and standard all-wheel-drive. The Edge ST also boasts the most powerful V6 engine in its class with a specially tuned 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine that pumps out 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.
“Edge ST puts a new animal on the road – a performance SUV with a track mentality,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. “From a performance standpoint, and with its SUV silhouette and versatility, it sets a new standard Edge fans will love to drive.”
You can check out the official press release here.
2. The 2019 Ford Ranger
After a long hiatus, Ford announced last year that the ever-popular Ford Ranger pickup was coming back – and this year they finally unveiled the new truck! We already wrote a post about the New 2019 Ford Ranger here, but just in case you missed it, here are some quick highlights:
Ford answers the call from truck customers looking for an affordable, rugged, and maneuverable midsize pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Torture-tested alongside Ford F-150 trucks, Ranger quality starts with a rugged high-strength steel frame backbone, proven Ford-built 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission.
New features make driving easier and more fun, both on- and off-road, such as the available FX4 Off-Road Package. This adds protective skid plates, upgraded tires, off-road-tuned shocks and suspension, while the Terrain Management System and Trail Control help navigate challenging conditions. A suite of innovative technologies includes standard Automatic Emergency Braking to help avoid collisions.
The New Ford Ranger brings American truck lovers an all-new choice; production begins late this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. You can read our post about the 2019 Ford Ranger Announcement or see the official press release here.
3. The 2019 Ford Mustang ‘Bullitt’ Edition
One of the most famous car chases ever comes from the 1968 film ‘Bullitt’ starring Steve McQueen, and Ford is paying homage with the 2019 Mustang Bullitt – a special edition commemorating the film’s 50th anniversary. The new and limited-edition Mustang Bullitt features a retuned 5.0L V8 engine that packs at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque – topping out at a roaring 163 mph.
This new version tips its hat to theFord Mustang from the movie with a classic Dark Highland Green exterior paint plus subtle chrome accents. It also sports interior highlights which include a 12″ all-digital LCD instrument cluster and available RECARO black leather-trimmed seats – complete with unique green accent stitching.
In the video below, Steve McQueen’s granddaughter Molly races against a Dodge Charger through a parking ramp from behind the wheel of the Bullitt-inspired Mustang. The prize? The final parking space. Check it out below:
As an added treat this year, the private owner of one of the two long-lost Ford Mustang GT Fastbacks used in the film reached out to Ford. Together, they showed the old and the new Mustangs side-by-side during the big reveal at the Detroit Auto Show. You can read more about it in this article from Ford, or check out this YouTube video of Molly seeing the legendary Mustang GT in person.
4. The All-New Mustang Shelby GT500
Speaking of ultra-cool Mustangs, this one really grabbed our attention. Arriving next year, the all-new Mustang Shelby GT500 promises to be the absolute pinnacle of Mustang performance. The innovation, ingenuity, and passion of the Ford Performance team show through with more than 700 horsepower projected, making it twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang performance model. Check out the exciting teaser video below:
Not much else is known at the moment, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for more updates on the All-New Mustang Shelby GT500. Stay tuned here for the latest news as it becomes available. For now, you can check out Ford’s quick press release here.
Visit Borgman & See New Fords at the Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids!
Borgman Ford can’t wait to share the New Ford lineup with Grand Rapids and West Michigan car fans! Mark your calendars for February 1st, 2018 and come see us at the DeVos Place in Downtown Grand Rapids to chat with our team about the latest innovations from Ford. For more information about the Michigan International Auto Show, see our blog post or visit Showspan.com/MAS. We hope to see you there!