“Ford hybrids” is going all-in on
Ford has big plans to revamp its cars and trucks by 2020. The automaker announced that it will replace some 75 percent of its current vehicle lineup and introduce four new trucks and SUVs, all within the next two years.
“Ford is going all-in on hybrids,” the maker said, citing plans to add hybrid-electric powertrains to “high volume, profitable” vehicles like the F-150, Explorer, Escape, and the yet-to-be-introduced Bronco as a “hedge against higher gas prices.”
Ford plans to add a 3.0L Power Stroke diesel to the F-150 and update the Raptor in 2018; bring the midsize Ranger back to the lineup and debut new Super Duty trucks for 2019; and introduce a new F-150, including a model with a hybrid powertrain and mobile generator, for 2020.
On the SUV side of the business, Ford will offer eight distinct models by 2020, five of which will have hybrid powertrains and one that will be battery electric. Included in the mix will be the new Bronco, teased in the photo under the muddy cover, and a “yet-tobe-named off-road small utility,” the one pictured in the dark.
“We’re ready to reclaim our rightful place as the off-road vehicle leader,” said Jim Farley, Ford president, Global Markets.