New Ford Transit Options and Engine for E-Series Cutaway Coming Later this Year

Ford’s commercial vehicles will see some serious upgrades for the 2017 model year.Ford Fleet Vehicles - Ford Transit New Ford Transit options will include ergonomic enhancements, while the E-Series stripped chassis and cutaway models will be available with a 6.2-liter V8 engine.

Based on customer feedback, Ford has added more customization options to the Transit van series, so it now has a whopping 64 configuration options as opposed to 2016’s 58. Some of the improvements on the already class-leading Transit series are options for a low-profile center console, power running boards, and a standard 3.7-liter engine that lowers the base price.

The 2017 Transit will also have various ergonomic upgrades to make operating electronic equipment and other features easier for the driver. A lower center console makes it easier to install computers and walk between the front and back of the cab. The Transit Connect gets plenty of tech upgrades this year, including SYNC 3, the most advanced Ford infotainment technology yet.

The E-Series’ new V8 engine has previously been used successfully Ford’s F-Series Super Duty trucks and has flex-fuel capabilities, so it can accept different kinds of fuel.

Check out the Two Rivers Ford Fleet Department for more information on these upgrades.

When to Take Off Your Winter Snow Tires

Take off your snow tiresWinter is nearing its end, and that means it’s almost time to start de-winterizing our cars. If you switched out your all-season tires for winter tires last year, you might be wondering when it’s time to take off your snow tires.

Winter tires don’t perform well in warm weather, so it’s definitely important to switch them back as soon as the weather is consistently warm. Note the word consistently, though—don’t jump the gun if you have a warm couple of days. If there are still cold fronts coming through and snow is still a threat, keep the winter tires on a bit longer.

You want to make sure the temperature is above freezing at night as well as during the day, since low temperatures can harden your tires and reduce traction. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to switch them out if you feel like it’s warm enough. A cold morning in the middle of a warm streak or a light snow won’t be too much for your all-season tires to handle.

If you aren’t switching out your tires on your own, schedule an appointment at Two Rivers Ford.