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New for 2009-Ford Trucks

New for 2009-Ford Trucks

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2008
Critical Knowledge:
  • Complete redesign for F-150 pickup

  • All-new, 7-seat Flex crossover introduced

  • Expedition adds more standard luxury and safety features

  • New Sport trim added to Edge lineup

  • More powerful engines for Escape

  • Explorer available with new Sport package; adds trailer sway control

  • Explorer Sport Trac pickup adds standard trailer sway control

  • E-Series van gets new interior, productivity-enhancing electronics

  • Taurus X is unchanged; likely to be in its final year
2009 Ford Edge
Ford's midsize crossover SUV gets a new trim level called the Edge Sport. The Edge Sport includes standard 20-inch wheels (with 22-inch wheels offered as an option); an 8-piece lower-body kit painted to match the sheetmetal; polished exhaust tips; and smoked headlight and taillight covers. Paint choices for the Edge Sport include Sport Blue, Ebony, Brilliant Silver and Redfire. The interior features dark grey leather seats with suede-like inserts and light-grey stitching as well as etched-metal trim on the instrument panel and center console. The engine and suspension are identical to regular Edge models.


2009 Ford Escape
Despite a substantial update in 2008, the Ford Escape sees important powertrain changes for 2009. The base engine is now a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with variable valve timing that produces 171 hp and 171 lb.-ft. of torque, 18 hp and 19 more lb.-ft. than last year's 2.3-liter engine. The optional 3.0-liter V-6 engine gets a boost in compression ratio which ups horsepower from 200 to 240. Both engines receive a new 6-speed automatic transmission in place of last year's 4-speed transmission. Other changes include improved aerodynamics, electric power steering, and low-rolling-resistance tires. Ford claims the new engine/transmission combos are not only more powerful than the combinations they replace, but are more fuel efficient: Both city and highway fuel economy estimates are improved by 1 mpg. The Escape will also adapt Ford's EasyFuel capless fuel-filler system.


2009 Ford Escape Hybrid
The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid gets an Atkinson-cycle version of the new 2.5-liter engine used in the non-hybrid Escape. Ford claims that improvements to the engine electronics and a new powertrain damping system are intended to make the transition between electric and gasoline operation even less perceptible, while changes to the braking system are expected to do the same for the transition between regenerative (electric) and normal (hydraulic) braking. The seats have been revised for better comfort and are built with soy-based foam rather than petroleum-based products. A new top-of-the-line Escape Hybrid Limited model includes polished aluminum wheels, chrome exterior accents, 6-disc CD changer, ambient lighting, heated leather front seats, a power moonroof and a retractable luggage cover.


2009 Ford E-Series
Ford's full-size van whizzes into the technology age with an all-new interior and a host of options designed to improve productivity. Among them: a navigation system with Sirius Travel Link, which provides real-time traffic and weather and fuel prices at over 120,000 stations; an in-dash computer with Sprint Broadband Internet connectivity and an available wireless printer; Tool Link, which can perform a real-time inventory of tools equipped with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology; and a Crew Chief fleet telematics and diagnostic system, which helps small fleet owners manage vehicles and vehicle maintenance. Also new: a not-so-high-tech Cable Lock system, developed in conjunction with Master Lock, which can be used to secure valuable equipment inside the van.


2009 Ford Expedition
Restyled in 2007, the Expedition remains Ford's largest SUV. With seating for up to 9 passengers, the Expedition gets more standard convenience and luxury equipment for the 2009 model year. These include a perimeter alarm, SOS-Post Crash Alert, a capless fuel-filler system, rain-sensing wipers, and second-row heated seating. The 5.4-liter V-8 engine adds Flex Fuel Vehicle (FFV) capabilities, offering additional choices at the pump. The new year also adds technology to the full-size SUV in the form of available Sirius satellite radio, Ford's Microsoft SYNC system, and the company's next-generation navigation system.


2009 Ford Explorer
Ford's venerable midsize SUV returns for 2009 with new safety technology, updated electronics, and an available sport package. The 7-passenger Explorer adds standard Trailer Sway Control this year. The system works in conjunction with the Explorer's stability control system to add additional safety while towing. The new XLT Sport package features charcoal black seating and white instrumentation inside, while the exterior adds sporty accents and a new step bar to differentiate itself from the standard models. Also new for 2009 is the next-generation navigation system with Sirius Travel Link.


2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Ford's Explorer Sport Trac-half SUV and half pickup-returns for 2009 with new safety technology and updated electronics. The 5-passenger Sport Trac adds standard Trailer Sway Control designed to work in conjunction with the stability control system. Together, these add additional stability and safety while the vehicle is towing. The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac also receives a next-generation voice-activated navigation system and Travel Link for the Sirius satellite radio.





2009 Ford F-150
The F-150 gets a complete revamp for 2009 with a stiffer frame, refined exterior styling, an interior designed for improved comfort and ergonomics, and a new top-of-the-line Platinum model. Functional improvements include an optional folding tailgate step, electrically-retractable bed-side steps, cargo management system, and lockable storage between the cab and bed. The new F-150 will initially be offered with a trio of V-8 engines; a turbodiesel engine and a turbocharged gasoline-direct-injection V-6 engine are expected to join the lineup for 2010.


2009 Ford Super Duty
All-new for 2008, Ford's F-250, F-350 and F-450 are larger, heavy-duty commercial-grade pickups while the popular F-150 is meant for light-duty work. The Super Duty models are offered with a choice of powerful gasoline or diesel engines and beefy transmissions that are designed with heavy towing in mind. Ford has not released any information on the 2009 models at this time.






2009 Ford Flex
The all-new Ford Flex crossover features the radical groove-sided styling first seen on the Ford Fairlane concept car. Inside, the 7-seat Flex offers features such as a small compressor-driven refrigerator and voice-operated navigation with Sirius Travel Link, which provides real-time traffic, weather and fuel prices at over 120,000 gas stations nationwide. The Flex is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and offers front- or all-wheel drive.





2009 Ford Ranger
Over the decade since its last major update for 1998, the Ford Ranger pickup has received several facelifts and improvements, the most recent occuring in 2006. For 2009, the Ford Ranger is a carryover with two engine choices: a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder, or a 4.0-liter V-6. According to Ford, the 4-cylinder Ranger is the most fuel-efficient pickup for sale in this country.






2009 Ford Taurus X
The Ford Taurus X is a 7-passenger crossover with 3 rows of seating. The standard engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. A choice of front- or 4-wheel drive makes the Taurus X a true all-weather vehicle, and a long list of standard safety features adds peace of mind. For 2009, the model is essentially a carryover from last year. Given the introduction of the similarly sized Ford Flex, we'd bet that the Taurus X is living on borrowed time.

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