What to Expect This Auto Show Season From Ford
We’re rapidly approaching the Los Angeles auto show, now called AutoMobility LA for… reasons. This is the official start of the car show season, and you’re probably wondering what to expect — and not expect — from the Blue Oval this time around. Since we cover mostly trucks and SUVs here, we’ll stick with those in our predictions. We do have both good and bad news.
How about we just go ahead and get the bad news out of the way first? There won’t be a new Bronco shown this auto show season. Yes, we do believe a new Bronco is in the works — since it’s been all but confirmed from Ford at this point — but we aren’t expecting to see it this season. Why? It’s simply not ready to be revealed. Production of the C-Max and Focus is still happening at the Michigan Assembly plant, and it’ll take several months to retool after the production ends. We all know you’re anxious to see it, drive it, and buy it. You’re just going to have to wait a bit longer.
The same applies to the Ranger for the same reasons. Yes, it’s a truck that’s on its way. No, it’s just not ready to be shown. Of course Ford could surprise us and show off both vehicles, it’s just not something that we expect to see yet for another year at the very least.
So what are we expecting to see?
First off, totally expect to see a new diesel-powered F-150 to debut in either Detroit or Chicago. Ford tends to favor the Detroit show for their big reveals, since its their home town and everything, but the Chicago show has a history of being a truck-oriented auto show. While we can’t say for sure which show the truck will appear at, definitely expect to see it. Why? Because we’ve already seen spy shots of the truck and it appears to be nearly production-ready. While its emissions need to be ultimately certified by the government before it can go on sale, Ford is probably already on its way to getting it done.
There’s also a chance we’ll see a new, aluminum-bodied Ford Expedition at one of the shows. There have been spy shots of a big Fords being tested, and it makes sense to build the new vehicle out of the material that adorns the F-150 and new Super Duty. While Ford offers up the current Expedition as a modern vehicle, it is really in need of solid refresh and with SUVs selling well, now is the time.
Speaking of big Ford SUVs that are in desperate need of a refresh or rework; how about the Ford Excursion? I recently saw one in police guise and it looks a generation or two older than it should. While many law enforcement agencies are going with the Explorer Police Interceptor, I can definitely see people going for the biggest of the big with Blue Oval SUVs.
Lastly, there’s a chance we’ll see a crossover that sits below the Escape. Honda and Mazda play in that segment and I expect Ford to as well.
What do you think?
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