Say Hello to the All-New 2021 Ford F-150

2021 Ford F-150 | Cooperstown NY
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Ford announced details for the 2021 Ford F-150, which will deliver more power, more work-friendly technology, and a new look to match. This new version is “built to be the toughest, most productive F-150 ever,” according to Ford.

Ford has redesigned the F-150 with a stronger body and a more distinctive, rugged appearance, including a fully-boxed frame made of high-strength steel and a body made of military-grade aluminum alloy. The new design also adds aerodynamics for better fuel economy and less drag.

The new F-150 also gets upgraded engine options, including a new 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ full hybrid V6 engine, making it the only full-size pickup to offer a full hybrid option. And with available Pro Power Onboard™, F-150 drivers get unparalleled electric power via four cargo bed-mounted 120-volt outlets.

In addition to these class-leading power options, the 2021 F-150 packs tons of convenient amenities that make daily driving and work trips easier, like class-exclusive Max Recline Seats, smart in-cab storage options, and the new Tailgate Work Surface with integrated rulers and device holder so you can get work done anywhere.

Ford has also equipped the F-150 with more infotainment tech than ever, including the all-new SYNC® 4 system, wireless smartphone integration, Waze navigation, and Ford+Alexa.

The 2021 F-150 will arrive sometime this fall, and we’ll have it for you to test-drive right here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, New York.

Jeep® Gladiator Adds Black-Accented Altitude Model

Jeep® is expanding its 2020 Gladiator truck lineup with the dark, handsome new Altitude trim.

The Jeep® Gladiator Altitude sports a blacked-out interior and gloss black exterior accents. The Altitude rides on 18-inch Granite Crystal aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires. Under the hood, it carries a 3.6-liter V6 engine with variable valve timing and an eight-speed automatic transmission, similar to the Gladiator’s other 4×4 trims.

Other comfort- and convenience-driven features on the Altitude include an available heated steering wheel, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for integrating your smart device with the Uconnect® infotainment system touch screen, and SiriusXM® services such as Guardian™ Connected Services, Traffic Plus™, and Travel Link. 

The Gladiator Altitude trim offers available active safety tech like Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, Blind-Spot and Cross-Path Detection, and a ParkSense® Rear Park-Assist System. You can also get available Trailer Hitch Zoom, Adaptive Cruise Control, and other tech that makes towing, hauling, and long-distance driving easier than ever.

“Our Jeep® Gladiator Altitude model is a direct response to customers who ask for a ‘blacked-out’ look directly from the factory. The Jeep® Altitude models continue to resonate with customers, and adding Gladiator completes this lineup,” said Jim Morrison, head of Jeep® Brand – FCA North America.

The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Altitude is available now to order, and we’ll be glad to help you out with that here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Owego, New York.

Ford Unveils Bold 2020 Edge ST-Line

If you’ve been eyeing the Ford Edge, make sure to check out the brand’s new Edge ST-Line. This variant offers the same sporty styling and technology of the Edge, with a bit less power and a more modest price tag than the Edge ST trim.

Craig Patterson, Ford’s SUV marketing manager, recently articulated the target consumer the company has in mind for the ST-Line. “Some customers want style and value and don’t need all of the horsepower. For them, Edge ST-Line hits the bull’s-eye,” said Patterson.

This new trim will build upon the success of the ST version of the model. For the past two years, ST models have comprised approximately 13 percent of overall Edge sales.

The Edge ST-Line has a starting MSRP of $38,100 — that’s significantly less than the top-of-the-line ST trim’s price of $42,265.* It delivers punchy performance that puts the fun back into driving, thanks to a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Ford has outfitted this performance SUV with the athletic aesthetic that fans have come to love about the ST trim. This variant incorporates body-colored bumpers, sporty lower cladding, and an ST-style beltline molding. LED signature lighting with a smoky dark bezel surround pairs with 20-inch gloss black aluminum wheels for a touch of drama.

Each drive will feel a bit shorter since passengers can tap into the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, as well as Ford+Alexa compatibility. The model also has Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist Plus, which includes Enhanced Active Park Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, and other tools to keep you safe and boost your confidence on the road.

Test-drive the 2020 Edge ST-Line for yourself here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, New York.

*MSRP for base vehicle. Excludes destination/delivery fee plus government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer processing charge, any electronic filing charge, and any emission testing charge. Optional equipment not included. Starting A, Z and X Plan price is for qualified, eligible customers and excludes document fee, destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Not all vehicles qualify for A, Z or X Plan. All Mustang Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R prices exclude gas guzzler tax. Vehicle image shown is for illustration purposes only and may not be base vehicle.

Ram Power Wagon and Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon Win Gold Winch Awards

The Fast Lane Truck recently gave the 2020 Gold Winch awards to the Ram Power Wagon and Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon. Each of these pickup trucks outperformed competitors in grueling tests throughout Colorado and showcased their impressive off-road capabilities.

TFLtruck named the 2020 Ram Power Wagon the Best Heavy Duty Off-Road truck of the year for its variety of trim offerings, impressive suspension and adventure-ready equipment. The truck features 17-inch machined-face aluminum wheels, locking front and rear differentials, a disconnecting front sway bar and a 2-inch factory lift. It even comes with a 12,000-pound winch to help you clear the path of large logs or rocks.

The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon earned praise for the top-down doors-off driving experience it offers along with its powerful performance. As the Best Mid-size Off-Road truck of the year, this model doesn’t disappoint. The truck features rock rails, electronic locking differentials and the Rock-Trac® 4×4 system to help you handle rough terrains. Plus, its 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Both the 2020 Ram Power Wagon and 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon make for fun drives on and off the road. Learn more about the features that make these trucks deserving of Gold Winch awards when you contact us at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Owego, New York.

Ford Debuts Prototype for All-Electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 Dragster

Ford is no stranger to high-performance vehicles, as evidenced by its legendary Mustang lineup and world-famous racing team. Now, its engineers are at it again, but this time with an EV. Recently revealed, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is a fully electric dragster that’s guaranteed to impress.

If you’re worried that the lack of an internal combustion engine will hurt the Cobra Jet 1400’s performance specs, guess again. The prototype was built to generate a staggering 1,400 horsepower and 1,100 lb-ft of torque. When all is said and done, it’s expected to cover a quarter of a mile in just eight seconds.

In regards to the project, Dave Pericak, Global Director of Ford Icons, said, “Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation. Electric powertrains give us a completely new kind of performance and the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 is one example of pushing new technology to the absolute limit. We’re excited to showcase what’s possible in an exciting year when we also have the all-electric Mustang Mach-E joining the Mustang family.”

Ford Performance will officially launch the all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 at a drag race later this year.

While you won’t be able to tear up the asphalt in the Cobra Jet 1400 for yourself, you can still experience Ford’s electric prowess at Kevin’s Royal Auto when the 2021 Mustang Mach E launches later this year.

Prep Your Car for Summer with These Emergency Items

Is your vehicle safely equipped for a breakdown or other roadside emergency? With the change in seasons, now is the perfect time to assess your readiness and stock the items you’ll need to handle summer misfortunes behind the wheel.

Hydration preparation

Make sure you keep your vehicle stocked with plenty of water — especially during the warmer months. That way, you and your passengers won’t run the risk of dehydration if you get stranded on a hot day. Prepare for a summer car emergency by stashing some bottled water in the trunk or buying emergency water pouches for the glove compartment.

Protection from the sun

Take steps now to limit your exposure to the sun if you get stuck on the side of the road. If you have to stay inside the vehicle, sun shades for the windows and windshield are essential. You may also want to consider purchasing a pop-up sun shelter for outside the vehicle. If there’s a first-aid kit in your car (and there should be), make sure it’s stocked with sunscreen.

Other essential emergency tools

Keeping the right tools on hand will make your summer emergency much less stressful. For flats or blowouts, make sure you have a car jack, lug wrench, and inflated spare tire. A portable charger can keep a dead battery from ruining your day. You should also have warning devices like flares or safety triangles so other drivers can more easily see your stranded vehicle.

Even if you’re prepared for a summer car emergency, keeping up with regular maintenance can help you avoid one altogether. If your vehicle is due for service, contact our service department here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Owego, New York.

Tips for Sanitizing Your Car

Recent world events have made it more important than ever to keep a clean environment. Frequent drivers may be especially concerned about their cars. To help, these are a few tips for sanitizing your car.

Use disposable gloves

If you think your car needs to be sanitized for the sake of your health, then you ought to wear gloves in the process. Use disposable gloves — not reusable ones — to protect your hands while you pick up trash and apply cleaning chemicals to the surfaces of your car. When you’re done, peel them off your hands — turning them inside out — and immediately wash your hands.

Clean high-touch surfaces

The areas of your car most in need of sanitizing tend to be the ones that you and your passengers touch the most. Focus on the steering wheel, shifter knob, door buttons, audio, and climate controls as well as the infotainment touch screen. Use disinfecting wipes to avoid damaging the electronics, and stay away from ammonia-based cleaning products when cleaning the touch screen, as these can damage its anti-glare coating.

Clean fabrics

Soft surfaces, particularly the carpet, headliner and fabric seats, are very good at absorbing germs. You’ll want to use the cleaning solution that’s appropriate for each of these surfaces, such as upholstery shampoo, leather cleaner or vehicle carpet cleaner. Bleach-free sprays and wipes should also do the trick. If you use a non-leather cleaner for your leather seats, make sure to use a conditioner afterward to prevent cracking. Don’t forget to clean the back of the seats as well. When your second-row passengers cough or sneeze, that’s where it all goes.

Kevin’s Royal Auto hopes these tips for sanitizing your car are helpful during these difficult times!

How to Care for Your Vehicle While It Sits Idle

It may sound obvious, but cars are meant to move. If they go too long without being driven, they can start to develop problems that range from mildly inconvenient to potentially dangerous. Thankfully, there are a few easy signs to keep an eye out for and some simple ways to care for your vehicle while it sits idle.

Potential issues

What issues your car develops while inactive depends in large part on how long it sits still. If you haven’t driven in a while, you may find that the battery is dead or the tires are deflating. The simplest way to prevent either of these issues is to take your car for a spin every week or two, if possible.

Over longer periods of time, more serious issues can crop up. For instance, if your car isn’t driven for long enough, some fluids can separate, and components that are meant to be lubricated can sustain lasting damage. Similarly, if your brake rotors don’t move for an extended period of time, they can start to accumulate rust and eventually permanently harm the brakes.

Simple solutions

The cure for nearly all of these problems is to keep your car in motion, preferably for at least 20 minutes every two weeks. Of course, if the issue is more serious, you can always bring your vehicle in for service.

If you want some more advice on how to care for your vehicle while it sits idle — or if you’re in need of repairs or maintenance — don’t hesitate to give us a call at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, New York.

4 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Ford

Warmer weather is the perfect time to show your vehicle some TLC. Here are a few spring cleaning tips for your Ford.

Wash the exterior

Handwash the exterior of your vehicle with a carwash product and sponge. Use a tire-cleaning spray and firm brush to scrub grime off of the tires. Rinse it clean with a hose, and make sure to hose off the undercarriage to eliminate any road salt and other debris that have accumulated during the colder months of driving.

Dejunk and clean the interior

Dispose of any trash that is cluttering up the cabin and relocate any unnecessary items you’re keeping in the vehicle. Vacuum the upholstery and carpets, then take out the floor maps to vacuum or hose them off, depending whether they’re carpeted or vinyl. It’s also a good idea to dust the air vents and other hard surfaces throughout the interior, especially if you’re sensitive to spring allergens and dust mites. 

Clean the headlights

If your vehicle’s headlights have grown hazy with film, it’s time to clean them. Save yourself some time and hassle by scheduling a maintenance appointment with us here at Kevin’s Royal Auto. You’ll also want to inspect the bulbs of your headlights, hazards, and turn signals to ensure that they are still working.

Replace wiper blades

Spring often means heavy rain showers. Make sure to inspect windshield wiper blades for signs of damage and deterioration in case you need new ones to ensure visibility during a new season of driving. If the wiper blades are still in good shape, wipe them clean with some rubbing alcohol to remove any residue to prevent them from leaving streaks on the windshield.

Call us at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown to have one of our experienced technicians give your vehicle a spring inspection.

Deluxe Jeep® High Altitude Trim Comes to Wrangler and Gladiator

Jeep® is known far and wide for its rugged, trail-ready trucks and exciting SUVs, and now you can add premium touches and sophisticated details to the list. At the recent Chicago Auto Show, the ultra-luxurious Jeep® High Altitude trim was unveiled for both the Wrangler and Gladiator.

The High Altitude versions of the Gladiator and Wrangler come with a bevy of exterior and interior upgrades. On the outside, you can outfit your vehicle of choice with 20-inch painted gloss-black aluminum wheels, matching body-color hardtops, door handles, bumpers, and more. You’ll also stand out wherever you go thanks to the exclusive Trail Rated® badge.

Inside, you’ll find yourself swaddled in luxury thanks to standard full-leather appointments like a leather-wrapped dashboard and center console, Nappa leather seating, and an available leather-wrapped steering wheel. You’ll also enjoy a standard suite of infotainment and connectivity features.

“We’ve taken the most capable SUV and midsize pickup on the planet and delivered a pair of truly unique vehicles, inside and out, so there’s clearly no compromise between luxury and capability,” said Jim Morrison, head of Jeep® Brand – FCA North America.

To get behind the wheel of the highly-sophisticated Jeep® Wrangler High Altitude or the Gladiator High Altitude, stop in at Kevin’s Royal Auto and take one out for a spin.