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Ford teases new off-road SUV as product plans revealed

Ford teases new off-road SUV as product plans revealed

The Blue Oval says it's "going all-in on hybrids", including versions of the F-150 truck and Mustang sports auto. By 2020, Ford also aims to have high-performance SUVs in market, including five with hybrid powertrains and one fully battery electric model.

To prove its belief, the company is planning to slash two saloons from its U.S. line up and add no fewer than five SUVs in the next two years on its way to refreshing 75 per cent of its line up. It said the product blitz would reduce the average age of its fleet to 3.3 years from 5.7, giving it the industry's freshest lineup among full-line automakers. The automaker believes that by 2020, SUV sales will represent 50% of all vehicle sales.

"So every time we launch a utility in North America our intention is to have a hybrid", Farley explained. Ford is now No. 2.

"Hybrids for years have been mostly niche products but are now on the cusp of a mainstream breakout", Ford's global markets president Jim Farley.

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Meanwhile, Ford's F-series pickup trucks alone represent a $41 billion business - more than Coca-Cola or Nike. "This showroom transformation will thrill customers, drive profitable growth and further build toward our future of smart vehicles for a smart world". The Ford Ranger and new F-Series Super Duty models are scheduled to debut in 2019, followed by a new F-150 in 2020.

For the USA, we know there will be an update to the Ford Fusion mid-size sedan.

But what we are supposed to make of the all-electric, Mustang-styling inspired - their words not ours - SUV?

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In addition to this and the Bronco, Ford is also planning to replace its Escape (AKA Kuga) and Explorer SUVs before the end of next year. He added, "Both are for the growing trend of people wanting to simplify their lives.to get outdoors. and get away with their family and friends".

"For Jeep, that's rock crawling in Moab, for Ford, that's something different".

Ford's shift to taller vehicles will take on a decidedly off-road vibe, with the Bronco leading the charge. "They don't want SUVs that look like doomsday vehicles or have spartan, government-issued interiors". In 2017, two out of three cars sold in 2017 have been SUVs. The company did not provide details except to say that one version will have a hybrid powertrain.

Ford unveiled its new-product strategy.

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"Throwing a charger in the trunk of a vehicle and sending customers on their way isn't enough to help promote the viability of electric vehicles", said Sherif Marakby, vice president of autonomous and electric vehicles.


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