Over the next three years, Ford lovers are going to have a lot more choice when it comes to their SUVs. That’s because the company has a plan. Ford plans to electrify its fleet of vehicles on offer over the next three years, and by 2020, expects to add a whopping six new SUV models to its current lineup to bring the count to 13 models overall. The announcement comes as exciting news, both for customers and for those employed at vehicle assembly plants.
Production Already Approved for Several Models
The best news about these new SUV models is that production has already been approved for at least three of them over the past two years. This will mean that each year, there will be enough production to fill more than three vehicle assembly plants.
In 2016, SUV production increased its market share to nearly 40% of all vehicle sales in the U.S., a 7.4% increase from 2014, according to a Reuters report.
With Ford leading the way with its new SUV models, other automakers have also been inspired to direct more production capital to SUVs and trucks, which may result in more competitive pricing for consumers.
Getting to Know Ford’s New Additions
The four additions to Ford’s SUV lineup are the Expedition, Escape, Edge, and Explorer, So, without further ado, here are Ford’s all-new SUV models, all which will be coming soon to Bloomington Ford dealers near you.
The 2018 Expedition
Ford has redesigned its Expedition, with the 2018 model set for release in the fall. This versatile and spacious offering will provide room for cargo and eight passengers, as well as impressive towing capability. The Expedition will also be available as a larger Expedition MAX, which adds almost a foot to its overall length, as well as 16.8 cu. ft. of cargo space.
For more refined tastes, there’s the Expedition Platinum model, which features 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome grille, and plenty of luxury to be found inside. This model also includes the 3.5L EcoBoost engine for a more responsive performance on the highway.
The 2018 Escape
The Escape received a lot of updates for 2017. However, bigger and better changes are coming for 2018. The same fresh styling will be available, but with upgraded features and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. As well, the Escape will retain its sporty look, and there will be new color offerings, a large grille, and a sleeker look overall.
Inside the 2018 Escape will be a more spacious center console, as well as the new steering wheel that 2017 owners have come to know and love. Driving will be even more pleased with a transmission shifter that’s less intrusive, and a button-operated parking brake.
The 2018 Edge
The 5-seater that captured the imagination of SUV lovers everywhere in 2015 is coming back with a vengeance with its 2018 model. This latest offering will include four model choices, all which will be available at Bloomington Ford: the entry-level SE and mid-level SEL, both with 18-inch alloys; the Titanium with 19-inch standard and 20-inch alloys optional; and the Sport, with standard 20-inch and optional 21-inch alloys.
The Titanium will feature a leather interior. In addition, the 2018 Edge has gotten a transmission upgrade and freshened styling. All models will feature the Sync 3 interface with a possible change in touchscreen size.
The new Edge will have a 9-speed automatic transmission, which serves to boost the already-impressive drivability and fuel economy. Autonomous emergency braking is another feature which the 2018 Edge will carry.
The 2018 Explorer
Ford’s 2018 version of the Explorer will be a stylish take on the traditional SUV, and continue to confidently straddle the broadest model range in its class. New touches to its styling, as well as an expansion of safety features are what will define the 2018 model.
The new Explorer will have five models on offer: the base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. The base, XLT, and Limited will all have the option of choosing the V-6 or turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the Sport and Platinum will feature the EcoBoost V-6 with AWD.
What Else Is Coming Down the Line?
There are also some pleasant surprises being planned by Ford in terms of other new releases by 2020. These include the EcoSport and Bronco.
The 2018 EcoSport
Ford was excited to announce their new sport utility vehicle called the EcoSport. The new compact SUV offering will soon make its debut at car dealerships in Bloomington and is certainly creating a lot of buzz.
This new compact crossover SUV will feature a turbocharged 3-cylinder or 4-cylinder engine with front wheel drive and optional AWD. The EcoSport will be made available in S, SE, SES, and Titanium versions, with other details yet to be released.
The New Bronco
Customers said they wanted a new generation of vehicles that were both fun to drive and capable of handling anything. Ford has answered with its new Bronco, scheduled for a 2020 release. This new addition will be a midsize 4×4 that’s perfectly suited for those looking for an away-from-home adventure.
It will feature an old-school body on frame. However, it will not be based on the Ford Everest; it will only share the same chassis seen in previous incarnations. Ford has left much to the imagination with the new Bronco, leaving many questions about whether it will be a 2- or 4-door model. However, there’s no doubt that this new addition will feature strongly on the market.
The new Bronco will be a nod to its predecessor, which was last produced in 1996. It’s been rumored that the new model will be as comfortable off-road as it will be on suburban streets, and that it will compete directly with the 4-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
An All-Electric Crossover
This completely new offering will be fully electric and able to travel at least 300 miles on a single charge.
This range is significant, because it addresses the hesitation felt by many consumers when purchasing electric vehicles from used car dealerships in Bloomington, Indiana: that they need to be near a charging station or home to ensure they always have enough juice to get them where they need to go.
The number was also based on Ford research conducted on over 30,000 owners of electric vehicles. It found that 88% of the time, owners were driving 60 miles or less per day. It also found that four out of every five owners was charging their vehicle once daily. This electric SUV will be built at Ford’s Flat Rock plant in Michigan starting in 2019.
An Autonomous Ride Sharer and Hybrid F-150
Ford also plans to release an autonomous commercial vehicle in 2021 which will allow for ride sharing or ride hailing. This hybrid offering will be built at the Flat Rock, Michigan plant.
The company’s incredibly popular F-150 will also be getting a hybrid overhaul. This incarnation will be available by 2020 and will operate as a mobile generator, in addition to having solid payload capacity and powerful towing capability.
Getting on Board
Ford’s goal is to follow the increased interest in electric and electrified vehicles and become a leader in providing these solutions to consumers. This is based on the company’s belief that gasoline-powered vehicles will be exceeded by electrified vehicles in fewer than 15 years.
The strength of the Ford brand lies in its high-volume performance SUVs and commercial vehicles. By electrifying these popular models, Ford will increase their productivity and capability, while making them more fun to drive than ever.
Bloomington Ford dealers are impressed that the car maker has invested $4.5 billion in its electrifying strategy. $700 million of that is going toward expansion to its Flat Rock, Michigan assembly plant, which will result in 700 new jobs.
Ford Motor Company continues to lead the EV revolution, developing new and significant technology to increase the ease and enjoyment of their use by customers, causing us to look to the near future with great anticipation.