DRIVELINES

“Ford hy­brids” is go­ing all-in on

4 Wheel & Off Road - - CONTENTS -

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.

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