A good manager utilizes your strengths, and knows how and when to push you to get your best performance. A bad manager, like the one I had at an unnamed business years ago, did nothing but sit on his ass in the office watching The Big Bang Theory on his laptop while shovelling the company’s products (and profits) down his gullet, only briefly pausing to wipe Big Mac sauce from his cheek. You know the type—short sleeve button up shirt done up to the neck, pocket protector, and a beard that stretches from his neck to his jaw-line. Ford isn’t a big fan of poor management, and believes that it really isn’t (or shouldn’t be) that difficult. That’s why they introduced Ford’s Terrain Management System. This isn’t for pencil-necked pencil-pushing geeks, this is for adventurers, for people who don’t believe in words like can’t or shouldn’t. This is for Albertans who drive their vehicles—not from the farmers market to their condo, with a toy poodle sitting on their lap, but to the Rocky Mountains, so they can let their huskies run wild and free while they wrestle with bears. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the latter, then read on and learn more about Ford’s Terrain Management System.
The best part about the Terrain Management System is how easy it makes tackling varied terrain. A simple turn of the console mounted switch and you can bounce between four different modes, and a press of the Hill Descent Control button takes you down steep grades without your performance and control going downhill. When you switch between one of the four modes, your Ford will balance out your engine, transmission, four-wheel drive, and traction control systems, to handle the different terrain you encounter. Those four modes are:
There’s nothing normal about the performance of your Ford, even in Normal Mode. Ideal for everyday driving conditions, especially dry pavement, this transfers torque to the front wheels (and only to the rear wheels when necessary) for smooth, fuel efficient driving.
Feel like getting a primo spot on the beach? Maybe you’re taking your Ford to Drumheller for some good old fashioned dinosaur hunting. Whatever the case may be, swap to Sand Mode for maximum torque to your wheels.
Personal life stuck in a rut? Happens to the best of us. Ford’s Terrain Management System can help you out of literal ruts, with Mud and Rut mode. Higher throttle response combined with lower stability control lets your tires spin more freely, and lets you keep moving.
Hill Descent Control
Lets you cruise down hills, brake free, for a safer driving experience. Remember that movie The Descent? Yeah, your descents won’t be nearly as terrifying.
This is what you came for, isn’t it? There’s no tougher (or more common) terrain trouble in our fair city than when Old Man Winter decides to unleash his wrath on us for 8 months of the year. Thankfully, with Snow Mode —in addition to your winter tires— you’ll be laughing in his weathered old face as you plow through the white stuff like it’s dry pavement. Limited torque means less slippage, and upshifted gears means improved traction. Gee, it’s like it was made for Alberta winters.
Whether you’ve wanted to take your Ford off-roading (but felt confused or nervous about how to go about it), found yourself in a scenario you didn’t plan for, or are an experienced off-roader, Ford’s Terrain Management System makes managing your vehicle’s performance a breeze. Check out the Terrain Management System in the Escape, Explorer, or all new Ford Raptor, at Edmonton’s favourite dealership, Team Ford.