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The New 2020 Ford Super Duty Arrives At Borgman Ford This Fall

February 21st, 2019


Borgman Ford is excited to share some info about the upcoming 2020 Ford Super Duty with truck fans in West Michigan! Arriving at out Grand Rapids showroom sometime during fall this year, this newly-designed and heavily-upgraded F-Series workhorse is packed with new features, options, and technologies to better serve civillian and commercial uses alike. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2019 Ford Escape: Purpose-Built for West Michiganders On The Go

February 12th, 2019

If you’re thinking it’s time to upgrade your wheels before your next road trip, stop in and see the versatile New 2019 Ford Escape at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids! No matter if you’re going for a big grocery run or adventuring through the rolling terrain of West Michigan, this flexible and dependable Ford SUV is up for the task. Every inch of the 2019 Ford Escape has been designed around the busy adventurer.

In this post, we’ve highlighted some key features to show just how versatile this Ford Utility is, and what options are before you to make it truly yours. Take a quick look in the sections below and visit Borgman Ford today to experience what it has to offer.


2019 Ford Escape Engine & Powertrain

Trekking around is made easier with a multitude of safety and convenience running both front-and-center and behind the scenes. These include features like available Intelligent 4WD, which will keep an eye on wheel-slip from road conditions and automatically re-distribute power between the front and rear wheels to compensate. Available Curve Vectoring & Torque Control will monitor the forces on your vehicle while making turns – manipulating the throttle, brakes, and torque distribution to make sure your 2019 Ford Escape hugs the inside of turns and stays firmly planted to the road.

The 2019 Ford Escape’s impressive three-engine lineup offers customizability for the types of adventures you expect to embark upon:

  • 2.5L I-4 Engine with Intake Variable Cam Timing. Sometimes, there’s just no replacement for displacement, and this is a great all-around no-frills engine that gets the job done.
  • 1.5L EcoBoost Turbocharged Engine. This versatile engine balances performance with efficiency to save you fuel while cruising and giving you bursts of power when you need it.
  • 2.0L EcoBoost Engine with Twin-Scroll technology. This is the top-tier engine in the 2019 Ford Escape lineup, boasting 245 horsepower (plenty for its size) and incredibly fast torque delivery. Twin-Scroll technology offers a unique advantage over a standard twin turbo setup, as they alternate their pulse energy to give you the same power much smoother and quicker. This engine option also accepts the Class II Tow Package and can haul up to 3,500 pounds with this equipment.


2019 Ford Escape Interior Features & Cargo Space

Every good captain on an adventure needs a co-pilot, and Ford SYNC 3 available on the 2019 Ford Escape fits the bill perfectly. Now integrated with Amazon Alexa, using your voice to access features is easier than ever. Ask for directions, play music, and more.

Also available is the built-in 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot, keeping you and your passengers better-connected while out exploring West Michigan. This also enables FordPass, opening up a host of connectivity features.

Any passengers looking up from their screens will be treated to the amazing scenery surrounding us through the available Panoramic Vista Moonroof – unless of course all of your adventure gear is mounted to the sturdy roof rails! Speaking of gear, the 2019 Ford Escape has 34 cubic feet of cargo area in the back, expanding to 68 cubic feet with the 60/40 rear-folding seats flipped down. If you frequently find yourself loading up your SUV with your hands full, with the Intelligent Access Key in your pocket a simple wave of your foot is all that’s needed to open the rear liftgate.


2019 Ford Escape Convenience & Safety

In the 2019 Ford Escape, as with the rest of the New Ford Lineup, they’ve struck a delicate balance between including a suite of driver-assist features that are helpful, intuitive, and will not distract you from driving. These convenience features (some standard and others with optional packages) include but are not limited to:

  • Standard Backup Camera & Optional Reverse Sensing System: While in reverse, the screen of your Ford SYNC system switches to show a real-time view of what’s behind your vehicle, with handy curve guides to help visualize your turning radius based on input from your steering wheel. The Reverse Sensing System helps further dial-in your parking by making a series of sounds that get faster and faster while approaching an obstruction.
  • BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert: Using RADAR to detect moving vehicles around you, the Blind-Spot Information System will alert you to vehicles in your blind spot by illuminating an icon on your side mirrors, and will even flash if you’re about to back out into unseen cross traffic.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: This feature behaves like normal cruise control, except that you set a speed and following distance to the vehicle in front of you, and the system will automatically maintain both variables.
  • Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support: Whether you’re using this feature with the Adaptive Cruise Control or not, the Forward Collision Warning will alert you to an obstruction in front of you and if necessary, attempt to stop the vehicle automatically. It’s no substitute for paying attention to the road, but it’s an incredibly helpful extra set of eyes.
  • Lane-Keeping System: Should you accidentally drift into the other lane, the lane-keeping system (when activated) will either vibrate the steering wheel, steer the vehicle back, or both.


There’s More to Explore on the New 2019 Ford Escape at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids, MI

If you’re gearing up for your next round of adventures in West Michigan, visit the Borgman Ford showroom in Grand Rapids today and check out the New 2019 Ford Escape. While we covered many of the more popular ones here, there’s still a wealth of exterior and interior features and options to explore, and our staff will be happy to give you the grand tour.

If you want to be sure that the 2019 Ford Escape is the right SUV for your needs, ask us about our Day Trader Program and extend your test drive to a full day. Upon your return to the showroom, our staff will gladly answer any questions you may have about the vehicle, but will never pressure you into a sale. Check out our current lineup of New Ford Escape SUVs here and come see why we’re the Best in the West!

Borgman How To: Pre-Spring Vehicle Checkup

February 7th, 2019


With the West Michigan winter weather’s ups and downs this season, we’re going to be seeing more and more potholes spring up around Grand Rapids. While drivers can learn to spot them and move around them, sometimes it just isn’t safe to do, or they’re hidden beneath puddles. Striking one of these isn’t subtle, and hitting enough of them will do damage to your wheels and suspension. Between this and the salt spread on the roads, winter can take its toll on your vehicle.

Hopefully spring is right around the corner, and the Borgman Service Center can help you get your vehicle ready for the warmer weather. Our highly-trained staff will inspect your vehicle for suspension damage, check your fluid levels, replace your ice-damaged wiper blades, align your wheels, and inspect your vehicle top to bottom for other winter-related concerns. In this Borgman How To, we’ll cover some easy things you can do yourself to scrub the salt from your vehicle inside and out, and explain how to tell if you need to bring it in for more than a checkup.

Hit a Pot Hole? Here’s What To Watch For:

Potholes are formed when water seeps down between the cracks in the pavement and washes away the soil beneath. When the water re-freezes, it expands and breaks up the pavements making pits. Since there has been a lot of this going on this season, you’re bound to see a few of them while out driving in West Michigan. While making sure your tires are properly inflated and your suspension is aligned can help protect your vehicle if you hit one, it’s still best to avoid them if at all possible.

There are a few components they get the worst of it when you hit a big one or at high speeds, and those are your tires, wheels, and suspension. The sharp edges of a pothole can strike the tire at angles they’re not designed for, causing sidewall breaches or separating the treads. Rims can become dented and let air out if the tires aren’t fully inflated, and suspension components can become bent or misaligned.

Spotting the first two issues is pretty straight-forward: if the tire doesn’t go flat you’ll be able to see a dent in the rim by crouching down to look. Be sure to check both sides very carefully, and sometimes it helps to move the vehicle a little bit to rotate the wheel. When in doubt, Contact the Borgman Service Center as soon as possible for an expert inspection.

Catching suspension damage is a little more nuanced, as sometimes it manifests itself gradually. Symptoms of damaged or misaligned suspension include uneven tire wear, squeaking or clunking while turning, a rougher ride, or just “something feeling off” about the steering. These issues can lead to even bigger, costlier issues if left ignored, so if you suspect something isn’t right Schedule an Appointment right away.

How To Remove Salt and Winter Buildup From Your Vehicle Body

Salt, and compounds like it are torturous to vehicles, but they’re necessary to keep motorways free of ice in the winter time. Unfortunately the treated water works its way into the underside of your vehicle and promotes rust. Frequent car washes guard against this, but what they can’t do is remove contaminants from the paint job itself. Little bits of dirt and gunk work their way into tiny scratches in the clear coat and will eat away at it until they’re removed. Once the weather warms up, this is something you can do yourself.

After washing the car, use a detailing clay kit on every inch of the body work to pull this stuff out before buffing and shining. Spray an area with clay lubricant and rub the clay back and forth across this spot to pull the contaminants out. Once you stop feeling resistance, that spot is clean. Rework the clay and move on to the next spot. Follow the directions on the box carefully, as you’ll also need to seal the paint when you’re done with a good waxing.

How To Lift Salt Stains From The Interior Carpeting

Unfortunately those of us with black carpeting in our vehicles notice it first, but the salt water we track in with our shoes will dry, leaving unsightly salt stains behind. These aren’t easy to remove, but it’s not impossible to do yourself. All you need is some white vinegar, a scrub brush, a spray bottle, and some water. Remove the carpet floor mats from the vehicle first, as there may very well be stains below them too. Spray the affected areas with the vinegar/water mixture and gently brush the stain. Blot the area with a dry towel to pull the salty water out, repeating as necessary. Remember not to scrub too hard as you’ll damage your carpet.

Vinegar works really well here but if you’re put-off by the smell, there are a number of different carpet cleaners in the automotive section of the supermarket. Follow the directions on the can, but they usually involve spraying foam onto the area, loosening the stain with a brush, and vacuuming up the residue when it dries. It often takes about 2-3 times to get it out, but your mileage may vary. If you’d like to permanently skip the floor mat step of this yearly ritual, visit Borgman and ask about all-weather floor mats for your vehicle.

Wipers, Fluids, and Other Components That Need To Be Inspected

Windshield wipers are usually the first thing you’ll notice need replacing in early spring. They’ll streak, squeak, and if the winter ice has really done them in, they’ll split and crack. Don’t wait for more rain or sleet to let you know it’s time for new ones, and visit the Borgman Service Center for a fresh set. Having us replace them ensures you’re getting the exact size your vehicle needs, and they’ll be replaced with high-quality Motorcraft wipers.

While you’re here, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have our technicians check all of your fluid levels, change your oil if it’s getting to be about that time, and inspect all of your belts and hoses for cracks or signs of wear. After our inspection is complete, we’ll give you a full run-down of the condition of your vehicle, including the tires, brakes, battery health, possible leaks, and more. Check out our latest Service Coupons, Schedule Your Appointment Online, and come see why We’re the Best in the West!

See the Ford Lineup at the 2019 Michigan International Auto Show

February 1st, 2019

West Michigan’s extreme winter weather hasn’t put a damper on this year’s Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place. Borgman was impressed by the turnout, and loved chatting with enthusiasts and casual shoppers about the latest and greatest additions to the Ford lineup! With Grand Rapids Public Schools being closed for the week, kids of all ages and their families crowded the venue to check out cool cars like the 2019 Mustang GT Convertible or go for a “spin” on the Ford Forza Simulator.

Below, we’ve rounded up a few of the New Ford Cars, Trucks, and SUVs you can see on display at the auto show, and if you’d like to test drive them please drop by for a visit anytime! Our staff will be more than happy to help you.


The All-New 2020 Ford Explorer

Taking center stage at Ford’s sprawling display was the prototype of the upcoming 2020 Ford Explorer SUV, due out in mid to late summer this year. This latest version is clad in a stunning, newly-redesigned exterior and bears an overwhelming number of new or updated features. Under the hood, the 3.0L turbocharged EcoBoost® V6 engine promises this will be the most powerful Ford Explorer to date, and holds numerous improvements to the Terrain Management System as well.

Visitors peered into the cabin of the new model at the impressive 10.1″ portrait-mounted touch screen on the center console as well as the high-quality fit and finish of the upholstery and accents. Read more about the All-New 2020 Ford Explorer reveal here and be on the lookout for the new model this summer at Borgman Ford.

Below are more exciting models you can see at the 2019 Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place this weekend:


The All-New 2019 Ford Ranger Pickup

Complete with its own scenic display, the gleaming-white 2019 Ford Ranger sat a just few paces away with another gray model close by. The return of the Ford Ranger has been hotly anticipated by West Michigan truck fans, and many took the opportunity to get in and look around the cabin.


The New 2019 Ford F-150 Lariat

On the more premium end of the Ford F-Series is the 2019 Ford F-150 Lariat. Featuring a sleek chrome grille, leather-trimmed, heated and ventilated 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and an 8″ LCD productivity screen makes this the perfect truck for work or play in West Michigan.


The New 2019 Ford F-150 STX

This 2019 Ford F-150 donning the STX appearance package comes complete with a sporty black mesh grille, machined aluminum wheels, a number of interior upgrades, and SYNC® 3. This package also includes body-color bumpers, privacy glass and STX badging.


The New 2019 Ford Mustang

The legendary Ford Mustang has been a fan favorite for decades, and you can see two of them on display here. Sit behing the wheel of the 2019 Mustang Convertible or the 2019 Mustang Coupe and visit us to experience the raw power of their 5.0L V8 and the smooth shifts of the 10-speed automatic transmission – faster than a manual!


The New 2019 Ford Edge ST

This is the first Ford SUV built by Ford Performance, producing 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque – all thanks to the powerful 2.7L V6 turbocharged EcoBoost® engine under the hood. The 2019 Ford Edge ST also features a host of driver-assist features like wireless charging, Intelligent AWD, and more.


Check Out The Rest of the Impressive 2019 Ford Lineup

There are plenty more Fords to explore at the Michigan International Auto Show, and if you see something you like, check out our Online Inventory and reserve your test drive at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids today! Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff are here to help you find the right Ford Vehicle for your needs and budget. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, but will never pressure you into a sale. Read about our dealership history and “Red Coat” traditions here and come see why we’re the Best in the West!

Other Fun Exhibits with Fords at the Michigan International Auto Show

If you make it downtown to the show, there are other fun Ford models to check out on the concourse too!


Ford Explorer – Kent County Sherrif’s Office

Uniformed officers from the Kent County Sherrif’s Office stood near a Ford Explorer Interceptor Utility, answering questions about the vehicle with kids and grownups alike!

1957 Ford Custom 300 Police Car – Gilmore Car Museum

This 1957 Ford Custom 300 was built specifically by Ford Motor Company for the needs of the police fleet. Referred to as a “Police Interceptor,” it was equipped with a 312 cu. in. 300 hp supercharged engine, and included non-standard seat belts as part of the police safety package. Visit the Gilmore Car Museum website here.


1999 Ford Ranger EV – Gilmore Car Museum

This fully electric-powered Ranger pickup was actually only offered as a lease to fleets and Ford employees and only about 1,400 were ever produced. It was donated to the Gilmore Car Museum by a Ford Design Team member involved with EV project. Visit the Gilmore Car Museum website here.

Ford F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab – Fire Truck

Built by firetruck builder HME Ahrens-Fox, this Ford F-550 features a 4×4 chassis with a GVWR of 19,500 lbs and a 300-HP engine producing 660 lbs ft-lbs of torque. Read more about them here.


About the Michigan International Auto Show

See the finest traveling displays with new vehicles – including sedans, vans, SUV’s, trucks, hybrids and sports cars. Not only is the Auto Show the BEST place to shop and compare options for every day vehicles, it is also the first opportunity for West Michigan residents to see many of the most recently released or “soon to be released” models! Presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association. Visit for more information.

Ford Becomes First Automaker to Use Gravity Sketch for Vehicle Design

January 31st, 2019


Borgman Ford would like to share an exciting bit of news with Ford fans in West Michigan: Ford has become the first automaker to use Gravity Sketch, a virtual reality design tool which will help them craft the next generation of Ford Vehicles.

As we reported previously, Ford is making big investments into streamlining their design process, and this latest development is currently being tried out at five different Ford facilities. What this tool has allowed Ford Designers to do is essentially skip the 2D drawing process altogether and begin “sculpting” the vehicle in mid-air. This is made possible by employing controllers and a VR headset, with the Gravity Sketch software rendering the designer’s movements like brushstrokes. Read the rest of this entry »

Find Your Next Ford with Borgman at the Michigan International Auto Show

January 29th, 2019


DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, January 31st – February 3rd, 2019

The 21st Annual Michigan International Auto Show begins this weekend, and Borgman Ford can’t wait to show you all of the exciting new features of the 2019 Ford lineup! Come and see us at the DeVos Place in Downtown Grand Rapids on Thursday, January 31st from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and we’ll give you the grand tour of all of the New Fords on display.

The majority of the New 2019 Ford Lineup will be there, including the mighty 2019 Ford F-150, the powerful 2019 Ford Mustang, selections from the capable Ford SUV Lineup including the 2019 Ford Explorer, and much more. If you have any questions about the Ford Vehicles you see on display, our team will be there on Thursday and will be happy to answer them.

MAS-1There will be plenty of other fun activities and exhibits to enjoy at the show as well. Check out the popular Million Dollar Motorway, explore a selection of vintage cars from the Gilmore Car Museum, try for the best track time in the Ford Forza Racing Simulator, and be on the lookout for Gizmo the Robot wandering the show floor! For more information, visit We hope we see you at the show and stay tuned for more updates!

Upcoming Explorer ST and Hybrid Models Allow High-Performance Adventuring in West Michigan

January 18th, 2019

Coming off the heels of the jaw-dropping 2020 Ford Explorer’s reveal last week, Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids is pleased to share more details of the upcoming Ford Explorer ST and Hybrid models! Both of these vehicles offer a more specialized take on the 2020 Ford Explorer, with the ST being more performance-focused and the Hybrid offering improved fuel economy without sacrificing adventure-readiness.

A recent article in the Official Ford Media Center describes each exciting variant of the upcoming 2020 Ford Explorer – available in West Michigan later this year. Take a look at some excerpts from the article below:

All-New Ford Explorer Goes Faster And Further With Performance-Tuned ST and No-Compromise Hybrid

Completing its broadest-ever lineup of Explorer SUVs, Ford revealed two all-new models that will take Explorer drivers faster and further than ever before.

“This new generation of Explorer recognizes that every family – and every driver – is unique,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, product development and purchasing. “With an all-new ST and an all-new hybrid, there truly is an Explorer for every adventure.”

ST thrills continue with all-new Explorer ST

Continuing the expansion of the ST brand, the all-new Explorer ST is the most powerful and fun-to-drive Ford SUV ever.

Engineered by the Ford Performance team, Explorer ST uses a specially tuned 3.0-liter EcoBoost® engine projected to achieve 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. A top speed target for track drivers stands at 143 mph.

Explorer Hybrid offers no-compromise efficiency

Ford is reinventing the standard for hybrids – introducing an entirely new generation of vehicles this year that bring out the best in hybrid capability with great performance and the freedom to go further.

The all-new Explorer Hybrid, which features a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain, is projected to produce a combined system 318 horsepower. An EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles between gas station fill-ups is targeted for the rear-wheel-drive model.

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The New 2020 Ford Explorer ST and Hybrid: Arriving at Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids Summer 2019

The hotly-anticipated 2020 Ford Explorer ST and Hybrid SUVs will be available at Borgman Ford sometime during the summer. If you’re planning your next exciting adventure in West Michigan this year and need a vehicle to match, Contact Us or visit our showroom and ask about the upcoming New Ford Explorer. When pre-orders open, we’ll help you build and configure yours so it arrives ready to roll.

Our customer service is what has set us apart for nearly 60 years. Check out our selection of New Ford SUVs and visit us anytime to go for a test drive. Our friendly and courteous sales staff is here to help you find the right vehicle for your needs, but will never pressure you into a sale. Come see why we’re the Best in the West!

Check Out The Upcoming New 2020 Shelby GT500 – The Most Powerful Production Ford Ever

January 17th, 2019

Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids is excited to share this sneak peek of the upcoming 2020 Shelby GT500 with auto enthusiasts in West Michigan! Boasting over 700 horsepower and a 0-60 time of around 3.5 seconds, this is the most powerful production Ford ever built – and it’s street legal.

Stealing the spotlight at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Shelby GT500’s arrival in the fall will mark the first time it and it’s little sibling (the Shelby GT350) will be available at the same time. However, while previous versions of this monster have been more suited for the drag strip, the 2020 Shelby GT500 promises to do double-duty with enhancements for the track too. Check out the video from Ford Performance below, and read more about it in this latest press release from Ford: Read the rest of this entry »

Get Your First Look at the Incredible New 2020 Ford Explorer SUV

January 10th, 2019

Photo of the newly-announced 2020 Ford Explorer on a West Michigan trail.
Borgman Ford is excited to share the newly-unveiled 2020 Ford Explorer with SUV shoppers and enthusiasts in Grand Rapids and West Michigan. The upcoming 2020 model is the result of the latest Ford tech available being implemented around painstaking market research.

A tremendous amount of effort went into making sure SUV shoppers get everything they’ve wanted to see in a modern Ford SUV. With many new and class-exclusive features and a reorganized trim structure, there’s a 2020 Ford Explorer for everyone. Whether it’s keeping kids entertained on family road trips, rugged off-road adventures, or any West Michigan outing in between, the 2020 Ford Explorer is up for the task.

Ford recently published a lengthy press release all about the stunning New Ford Explorer on their Media Center, as well as the unveiling at Ford Field in Detroit. Borgman has gone through and selected some excerpts to give you a feel for what’s in store when it arrives at our dealership later this year – check it out below! Read the rest of this entry »

Ford Cites Backseat Driving and Road Rage As Two Behaviors That Make The Naughty List

December 19th, 2018

Borgman Ford would like to wish everyone in Grand Rapids and West Michigan a very happy holiday, and that they arrive at their destinations safely this season. With many, many people traveling to see relatives or out doing some last-minute shopping, slick weather conditions and urgency can combine to make people feel a little less than jolly. With tensions higher than normal, some of us might succumb to getting angry with other motorists, or passengers speaking …abruptly with their drivers.

In a recent study, Ford found that these two things are the biggest contributors to added stress while driving. If you’ve ever driven up and down 28th Street, the East Beltline, or Alpine Avenue during the holidays you know all-too-well that more stress from inside the car is the last thing you need. While it’s on us to restrain ourselves when holiday traffic puts us a little over the edge, Ford looked at the data and found much of these troubles stemmed from being distracted – whether it’s a vehicle around you or the person who’s driving you. Read the rest of this entry »


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