History of the Ford Bronco

History of the Ford Bronco | Inverness, FL
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The adventure-ready Ford Bronco is an American icon with a history dating back to 1966. One peak at the evolution of the Bronco through five generations and you’ll see how this 4×4 grew into its Built Wild™ legend.

1st generation

From the beginning, the Bronco was designed with advanced capability made for exploring off road. The first generation came in three models: Roadster, Sport Utility, and Wagon. With its removable roof and doors, the first generation Bronco Roadster was an instant hit for adventurous spirits.

2nd generation

For its second generation, the Bronco increased in size. These models had many similarities to the F-Series truck, but kept their off-road capabilities as well. 

3rd generation

With a smoother ride both on the pavement and off, the third-generation Bronco was suited for all types of driving. It also had improved fuel economy and new luxurious features, all while maintaining its rugged performance.

4th generation

Starting in 1987, the fourth generation of the Bronco was restyled to feature smooth, aerodynamic lines in favor of a boxy style. By adding new safety features, the Bronco became even more confident.

5th generation

The fifth-generation Bronco ran from 1992 to 1996. It was known for its handsome design, complete with chic updates both inside and out, as well as updates to its safety systems.

The Bronco is making its triumphant return for the 2021 model year. You can reserve the latest Bronco model at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, FL.

Check Out the Ford Bronco Podcast

Check Out the Ford Bronco Podcast | Nick Nicholas Ford | Inverness, FL

As the legendary Ford Bronco prepares to make its triumphant return, you can brush up on automotive history with some fun facts about this iconic model. The Bring Back Bronco podcast, hosted by NPR auto reporter Sonari Glinton, is an eight-part series that showcases the ups and downs in the Bronco’s untold story.

Want a taste of what the podcast has in store? The Bronco’s journey began in 1966, when the Ford Motor Company set out to make a vehicle that was suited to both work and play. The Bronco was originally codenamed “the G.O.A.T.” since it could “go over any terrain.” That old nickname lives on today in the Bronco’s rugged G.O.A.T. Modes™, which help it handle everything from mud and ruts to sand and snow. 

The iconic model was brought to life by a trio of Ford legends: product manager Donald N. Frey, engineer Paul G. Axelrad, and designer McKinley Thompson. Frey eventually became a Ford division president, while Thompson holds the honor of being the company’s first African American designer,

The popular Bronco quickly became a star. It appeared in countless films and television shows, ranging from “Green Acres” and “Hawaii Five-0” to “Three Days of the Condor” and “The Eiger Sanction.”

With the introduction of the 2021 Ford Bronco, the model’s history lives on. Reserve your Bronco today at Nick Nicholas Ford.

All-New 2020 Ford Escape Picks Up Two Awards

2020 Ford Escape | Inverness, FL

Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness is excited to carry the all-new, all-exciting 2020 Ford Escape. We’re clearly not the only ones enthralled by the stylish new compact SUV: The experts at J.D. Power and WardsAuto both honored the 2020 Ford Escape with awards this summer, solidifying its standing as one of the best on the road.

The 2020 Ford Escape was the top-ranked compact SUV in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study. The annual APEAL Study ranks vehicles based on drivers’ emotional attachment and excitement, and it’s no surprise that the dynamic, fun-to-drive Escape has resonated so strongly.

It’s easy to forge a connection with the Ford Escape thanks to its modern, intelligent interior. Backing this up is WardsAuto, who named the 2020 Escape to its 2020 Wards 10 Best User Experiences list. Judges tested a 2020 Ford Escape Plug-In Hybrid and praised it for its crisp 12.3-inch digital information display, SYNC® 3 infotainment interface, and intuitive Ford Co-Pilot360™ technologies.

“If you are a so-called ‘visual’ person, this vehicle is a sure draw, particularly for the richness of its displayed imagery, from navigation maps to gauge readings to the high-definition back-up camera,” writes WardsAuto Senior Editor Steven R. Finlay.

These awards are only scratching the surface of what the 2020 Ford Escape can do for you. If you love driving and want every trip out to feel like an event, the Escape delivers with a big-league look, a comfortable and convenient interior, superior technology standard, and plenty of options when it comes to performance. Check out the new 2020 Ford Escape, in stock now at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, Florida. When you’ve found the perfect Escape for you and your family, give us a call to set up your test drive.

Customize Your Ford Ranger with Three New Appearance Packages

2020 Ford Ranger | Inverness, FL

Ford announced that its Ranger will be getting three new packages that enable more customization and capability. Named simply the Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Performance packages, they are available on 2019 and 2020 model Rangers with four-wheel drive.

The Ford Performance Level 1 package includes a leveling kit for off-road capability, Ford Performance-tuned FOX 2.0 Performance Series monotube shocks, 17-inch wheels in Dyno Gray, and Ford Performance graphics. It will cost $2,495 before installation.

Another $2,000 gets you the Ford Performance Level 2 package. It offers a recalibration of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that boosts the horsepower by 16 percent to 315 horsepower and the torque 20 percent to 370 lb-ft of torque. It also adds BFGoodrich KO2 tires, blue tow hooks, and rigid off-road fog lights.

The last one, the Ford Performance Level 3 package, costs $8,995 but gives you everything Level 1 and 2 offer (except it replaces blue tow hooks with red ones). It also includes a rigid 30-inch LED lightbar kit, a Ford Performance sport exhaust, Ford Performance chase rack, and a front bumper that’s winch-capable.

The three performance packages will be available this August.

Want to get in on the action? Get a Ranger at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness, FL.

Will the Ford Ranger Get a Plug-In Hybrid Variant?

2021 Ford Ranger | Inverness, FL

There’s a lot of speculation on the future of Ford trucks — and it looks like the new Ford Ranger is at the center of some exciting rumors. According to CarExpert in Australia, an all-new Ford Ranger plug-in hybrid should debut in Australia in 2022. The yet-to-be-seen 2022 Ford Everest is also in line for the available upgrade. The PHEV systems combine with the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder for both trucks for the first time in Ford history. And the outputs are what you would imagine — it’s expected to offer 362 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque.

However, the Ford Motor Company hasn’t confirmed or denied these rumors. A report came out a couple of months ago that the next-generation F-150 is supposed to have a PHEV version, but that was quickly debunked. It’s also important to keep in mind that a PHEV Ranger may not come to the American market. The current Ranger Raptor isn’t currently slated to be sold in the American market.

But if speculations do come true, there’s a lot to look forward to in Inverness, FL. The next-generation F-150 reveal will bring with it a possible all-electric version. A new off-road truck based on the Bronco is a possibility. And there are rumors of a smaller pickup called the Maverick in the works. All in all, it’s exciting news.

If you’d like to get behind the wheel of a Ranger, check out our inventory at Nick Nicholas Ford.

The Electric Mustang Cobra Jet Boasts Stunning Numbers

The innovations of Ford electric vehicles recently delved into the realm of the legendary Mustang. Although the Mustang Mach-E is powerful, Ford wanted to show that an electric Mustang can still dish out mind-blowing numbers. Thus, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 was born.

The electric Mustang Cobra specs put other supercars to shame. You thought the Shelby GT500 or even last year’s Mustang Lithium concept was powerful? The new Cobra Jet 1400 was named for its horsepower output. That’s right, it delivers a whopping 1,400 horsepower. And it has a staggering 1,100 lb-ft of torque. All of that, and it barely makes a sound when the driver pushes down the accelerator.

On the racetrack, it provided a quarter-mile in the low eight seconds with a top speed of 170 mph.

Ford wanted to show its most advanced technology with the heritage of the Mustang name. What better way than through an electric Mustang Cobra. Unfortunately, the concept is not to go into production or even participate in an official race. You’ll be able to see it in action at a drag event later this year.

Thanks to the collaboration with MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV, and Cascadia, we can see how powerful an all-electric Ford vehicle can be.

To see the latest Ford innovations, check out our dealership lot at Nick Nicholas Ford in Inverness.

2021 Ford Bronco is the Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020

2021 Ford Bronco is the Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020 | Inverness, FL

The 2021 Ford Bronco is officially the most anticipated vehicle of 2020, according to a study of Internet search ratings by PartCatalog. Here’s how those figures break down.

Top Google Results

Ford enthusiasts may not be able to get their hands on the 2021 Bronco yet, but they are admiring the vehicle from afar. According to PartCatalog, an auto and truck accessories website, Google searches of the new Bronco have been the most popular car searches in the Midwest, from the upper plains down to Texas, as well as the states of Pennsylvania, Maine, Virginia and Michigan. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E also made the list of most searched vehicles as well, making Ford the only automaker to appear on the list twice. PartCatalog started tracking Internet car searches a few months ago, and decided to continue the practice as a monthly feature.

Putting on the Brakes

The 2021 Ford Bronco was originally set to be unveiled on St. Patrick’s Day, but the novel coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of that event. Ford has yet to reschedule the reveal, but it will undoubtedly happen when it can be done safely for customers and staff alike.

Want to learn more about the latest Ford models? We’ll be happy to keep you informed — just contact us at Nick Nicholas Ford.

Ford Helps Teens with the Driving Skills for Life Program

Ford Driving Skills for Life 2020 in Inverness, FL

From advanced driver-assist features to community programs, Ford is dedicated to making the roads and their drivers safer. Young teen drivers are one of the biggest groups of people to be involved in crashes, so to combat this Ford started a program called Ford Driving Skills for Life. The program is now in its 17th year of working to provide new, young drivers with the skills and proficiency they need to be safe behind the wheel.

Ford Driving Skills for Life 2020 started its 80-stop tour this past January at the Manheim Auto Auction in Orlando. The program travels all over the country, with stops in 18 different states, from Alaska to Texas.

The program aims to teach teens to be safer through real-world training. Young drivers in attendance to the Ford Driving Skills for Life program will take classes on the dangers of distracted driving, as well as vehicle handling and how to recognize hazards on the road.

Ford Driving Skills for Life 2020 will have stops in states throughout the country, including Florida. Those who are unable to make an in-person course can take advantage of the online element which is designed to help both parents and teens.

Want to find the perfect vehicle for your teen driver? We have a wide range of safe new and used options that you can browse online at the Nick Nicholas Ford website.

The Best Brunch Spots Around Lady Lake

The Best Brunch Spots Around Lady Lake | Inverness, FL

Looking for a relaxing way to spend a lazy weekend morning? Lady Lake has plenty of delightful brunch spots that are perfect for a relaxed date or meeting up with your friends. Here’s a look at three of Lady Lake’s finest brunch cafes.

First Watch

Renowned for its breakfast menu, First Watch is a great place to enjoy breakfast with your friends and family. Its menu runs the gamut from healthy options, like avocado toast and turkey-and-egg-white omelets, to rich, decadent favorites like Vanilla Chai Latte pancakes. With so much variety, there’s bound to be something for everyone. If you’re feeling hungry, you can visit First Watch, located in The Villages on Bella Cruz drive.

Brooklyn Water Bagels

Unless you’ve been to the Big Apple, you probably haven’t tasted anything quite like a Brooklyn Water Bagel. This unique brunch spot, located on US-441, uses specially treated water to give their bagels an authentic-tasting twist. Plus, you can give yourself a morning boost with one of the joint’s famous Cubsta iced coffees, which is chilled with coffee ice cubes.

Keke’s Breakfast Cafe

Keke’s Breakfast Cafe offers small-town charm with an upscale twist. Located along US-441, this restaurant’s decadent menu includes paninis, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads, and 11 types of waffles, alongside a vast menu of omelets, pancakes, stuffed French toast, and poached eggs.

At Nick Nicholas Ford, we’re proud to be a part of the Lady Lake community.

2020 Ford Ranger Awarded Truck of the Year Title by Free Press

2020 Ford Ranger Awarded Truck of the Year Title | Nick Nicholas Ford Blog | Inverness, FL

The Detroit Free Press named the 2020 Ford Ranger its Truck of the Year at the end of December, citing its “combination of value, features, and capability.” The 2020 Ranger small pickup truck is the first production model of the beloved truck since Ford suspended its run in 2012.

Starting at just $24,410, the new Ranger is more affordable than the second- and third-place trucks of the year, according to the Detroit Free Press. The Ranger comes with the advanced 2.3-liter turbocharged engine, which puts out 270 horsepower and paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, allowing it to tow up to 7,500 pounds.

DFP also complimented the abundant features on the Ranger, including Trail Control, which makes off-road terrain easier to cross with electronic throttle control, as well as advanced collision alert with automatic braking. These features make the Ranger safer and make it easier for you to enjoy your ride.

The 2020 Ranger offers a range of packages, too, so you can customize it to your exact wants and needs. The FX2 Package, for instance, adds off-road tires and a rear-locking differential for better off-road performance, and the SXT Appearance Package gives the Ranger even more style. Other available packages include the Trailer Tow Package, Bed Utility Package, Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology package, and the FX4 Off-Road Package.

Want to drive home in a winner? You can test drive the 2020 Ford Ranger at Nick Nicholas Ford.