Take a Glimpse Into the Future of Ford
If you’re reading this right now, odds are you own a Ford truck. What about the other people in your family, though? Perhaps your wife drives an Explorer or your son drives a Focus. Maybe you’re thinking of getting a Blue Oval vehicle, but you’re a little trigger-shy because you’re wondering if it’s worth waiting for the next-generation version of it. If that’s the case, you’re in luck. Automotive News has broken down the near future of Ford’s product portfolio.
A lot of it – the stuff pertaining to the 2016 F-150 Limited and Explorer Platinum models – we’ve already covered here; when the redesigned aluminum (and magnesium?) Super Duty rolls into the Texas State Fair late next month, we’ll cover that, too. (We’ll be sure to let you know if Ford indeed drops its current 6.2-liter gas V8.)
AN has some interesting coverage of its own. For instance, regarding a new U.S.-market Ranger, it says, “Executives have acknowledged they are studying the small pickup segment and watching how General Motors is doing in it.” The company has some other vacancies to fill as well. It doesn’t have a vehicle along the lines of the Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V, so it might start importing the subcompact EcoSport (with a different name) from India. If Ford goes through with that, it probably won’t do it until a few years go by.
The Escape is due for a refresh for the 2017 model year; it’s likely a new version of it, equipped with a 1.5-liter I4 and a nine-speed transmission, will debut in 2019.
Its bigger brother, the Explorer, is expected to be designed in 2019 as well.
Remember the Flex? Given its aged underpinnings, it probably won’t make it to another generation, but it looks as if Ford will keep the current iteration of it in production until late 2018 because it’s surprisingly profitable.
The Expedition and its Lincoln Navigator cousin will switch to aluminum bodies as the F-150 did. However, the twins might not make that move until mid-2017.
We all know the Shelby GT350 and GT350R bruisers are headed this way, but here’s a nice surprise: In 2018, when the regular Mustang will supposedly get a new front end and a 10-speed auto, a new Mach 1 should be roaring onto the scene.
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