Ford Performance and ARB Developing Winch-Ready Bumper for Ranger

Ford Performance and ARB 4×4 Accessories have announced that they’re teaming up to build off-road accessories and parts for Ford vehicles, which can only mean plenty of great things to come if you love getting down and dirty. The first of those great things: a winch-ready bumper for Ranger pickups, which you’ll be able to have installed right here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford starting next year.

For just $1,495 MSRP, you can purchase a winch-capable bumper for the Ford Ranger from Ford Performance Parts. Built using 3/16-inch-thick welded sheet steel and featuring an Integrit® powder coat finish, the bumper mounts directly to the chassis mounting points of the Ranger and works with bumper-mounted safety accessories.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Ford and ARB will team up for future parts and accessories for Ford trucks and SUVs. Here’s hoping that will include the new Ford Bronco, which is set to break cover at last next spring.

“The goal of the relationship between ARB and Ford Performance is to provide Ford customers premium and functional off-road accessories that inspire personalized vehicle customization, improve off-road capability, and empower customers to feel comfortable using their vehicles —  even in remote areas,” said Lachlan McCann, ARB chief operating officer.

If you’re in need of a capable and stylish midsize pickup truck, check out the all-new Ford Ranger at Shults Ford Wexford.

winch-ready bumper for Ranger

Ford’s Liftgate Technology

Ford's Liftgate TechnologyAccessing your vehicle’s trunk shouldn’t be a hassle, and with Ford’s liftgate technology it doesn’t have to be. Full hands and heavy items are no longer an obstacle when you own a Ford vehicle equipped with a liftgate. Here’s a little more information about Ford’s liftgate technology from us here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

Ford’s hands-free liftgate allows drivers to access the cargo area without setting down items. Ford’s electrical systems engineers say that the technology is similar to that found in motion-control video games.­­­­

The technology was extensively tested to ensure that the liftgate wouldn’t open unintentionally. The system uses two sensors to detect when a shin and foot enter and leave the electronic field. It then tries to detect the key fob and opens the liftgate is successful.

The system is perfectly calibrated to detect a kicking motion alone. The liftgate won’t open during other encounters, such as encountering a rolling ball, dogs, and rain. Since everyone’s knee bends at a different point depending on height, the technology had to be tested and calibrated accordingly.

A sample of shorter women and taller men with different knee heights, some up to two feet of difference, were used to show how the system detects the kicking motion. The advanced liftgate system has since been perfected and has been available in Ford vehicles since 2013.

 

Ford Technology and Performance vs Competitors

Ford technology

You may have heard of Ford’s proudest accomplishment—the F-150 has been America’s best selling truck for 40 years. That accolade is thanks to a standard for continuous improvement and development that isn’t matched in other brand. Ford vehicles beat out competitors like Nissan, Hyundai, and General Motors in more ways than one. The entire Ford lineup is home to some of the best technology and performance on the market.

Some of the best Ford technology is centered around Ford’s SYNC® 3 infotainment system. Available in most of the Ford lineup, the SYNC® 3 system offers hands-free access to tons of important tools and entertainment features using natural voice command control. Access navigation, traffic information, and your favorite smartphone apps using an intuitive interface.

Compared to systems like NissanConnect or Hyundai Blue Link, SYNC® 3 is an effortless and versatile system. Let’s not forget to acknowledge the generous and intelligent safety features offered in each of the Ford vehicles. You won’t find active and passive securities as plentiful or as thoughtful in other vehicles.

Ford also tends to beat out competitors with its performance. Even just the mid-size SUV, the Ford Explorer, can tow up to 5,000 pounds, doing so safely thanks to features like Hill Descent Control™ and Adaptive Cruise Control. Take a closer look at the details of each Ford vehicle and its competitors, and you’ll see that the Ford brand wins nearly every time. You can find the Ford for you here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.