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Ford launches hybrid, electric vehicle blitz

Ford launches hybrid, electric vehicle blitz

Today the company detailed its future product plans, including offering up the company's first official look at the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco and the announcement of a new compact, off-road themed SUV.

Much of the emphasis will be on refreshing or revamping the entire lineup of SUVs while adding gas-electric hybrid powertrains, two new off-road SUVs and two new trucks. On the one hand, Ford says its customers are asking for more SUVs and trucks, drawn to outdoor lifestyles and wanting consumer-friendly versions of vehicles that would once have been the preserve of business users.

Ford's yet to be named small SUV will be a true off-roader and fit under the Bronco in the brand's lineup.

Ford's aging lineup has had trouble appealing to US customers.

Ford is planning an SUV-driven product blitz over the next two years that includes a redesigned Explorer, a hybrid-powered Bronco and an all-electric high performance utility now codenamed Mach 1.

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Ford unveiled its new-product strategy. As seen in the gallery above, Ford also showed off the front-end of its Mustang Shelby GT500.

Similar safety functions will be added to Ford's F-650/750 and E-Series trucks, the latter of which will continue production into the 2020s.

Three years of strong sales and steady profits - and the bestselling vehicles in the USA, the F-Series - pickups haven't moved the needle on the company's stock price, which has lagged the broader markets, crosstown rival General Motors, and upstart Tesla. The auto maker has also indicated the Mustang is moving away from V8 power for its hybrid version, saying it would deliver "V8-like performance with more low-end torque". The F-150 will get more low-end torque for towing and a mobile generator, and utility vehicles will be able to conserve fuel. However, he also reveals that there'll be another new small off-roader, so-far unnamed, which will slot in under the Bronco come 2020.

"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. A Ford representative told me that "We already do OTA updates for SYNC 3, and, beginning 2020, new vehicles will be capable of OTA updates for the key modules and systems such as the powertrain and body control modules". Next year, Ford will also bring a new Transit van to the U.S., and it says advanced driver-assistance systems, like automatic emergency braking and others, will be added to future commercial vehicles like the future E-Series, F-650, F-750, and F59-based vehicles.