Ford Reveals 2020 Mustang Hybrid and Other Six Electrified Cars, Will Be Launched by 2020.
At the end of 2015, Ford announced its commitment to building thirteen new electrified vehicles that will be launched by the end of the decade. Last Tuesday, the American automaker finally revealed some details on seven out of the thirteen new models. Three out of those seven models are electrified version of outgoing models including Ford Mustang Hybrid, Ford F-150 Hybrid, Transit custom plugin hybrid. Meanwhile, the other four are a fully electric SUV, a high volume self-driving hybrid vehicle, and two hybrid police vehicles.
2020 Ford Mustang Hybrid Specs
It is safe to say that the first model, Mustang hybrid, is the most anticipated one in the lineup. This is because Ford has promised to give this car lower end torque and V8-like performance. Due to the “V8-like performance” statement, it seems like this hybrid car will not get a real V8 as its internal combustion engine. Instead, an inline-4 engine may be up for this task. Mustang hybrid will debut in 2020 in North America region.
#Updated: January 18, 2017: 2020 Ford Mustang Hybrid Could Come with V8 Power and Low-End Torque.
It’s finally happening. Ford Motor Company has finally confirmed that the hybrid version of the popular muscle car Mustang will be produced at Ford’s Flat Rock Plant in Michigan, and it is due in 2020. The company has not revealed any details regarding the highly anticipated hybrid Mustang, but now that the production has been confirmed, we can at least breathe a little bit easier.
Even though there is much hype about Mustang hybrid from so many enthusiasts, many questions are surrounding this model. Mustang is not the type of car that people just casually expect to get a hybrid version. When we think about hybrid, instead of Mustang, the first thing that appears in our mind is Prius and the likes of it.
Besides, there are some things we just naturally expect from a muscle car like Mustang. People like muscle car because of its roaring sound and the unrivaled experience we get when we are driving it. The ultimate question is, can a hybrid version of Mustang give us that familiar experience? Of course, there is the advantage of better fuel economy coming with the hybrid powertrain, but can it provide us with the experience that will live up to Mustang name?
The answer for those questions came from the executive vice president of the company. We believe that Mustang hybrid will be powerful because according to Raj Nair, Mustang is always all about performance. As a result, the hybrid car will come with V8 power and low-end torque.
Nair also let it slip that to make Mustang hybrid “a very, very fun hybrid to drive”, Ford will give the car an EcoBoost engine and more than one electric motors. Since we can expect two electric motors paired with the battery pack, the new hybrid Mustang could be an all-wheel drive car.
Moreover, besides fuel economy, there is another advantage of hybrid powertrain that will benefit Mustang hybrid even more. The combination of the battery pack and electric motor will result in instant off-the-line torque. As a consequent, Ford can give the hybrid version of Mustang larger turbochargers, hence the car will have more power.
So, even though at the end of the day Mustang hybrid will sacrifice some its muscle car characteristic, the additional power and increased fuel economy will make everything worth it.
However, just because the turbocharged engine can power Mustang hybrid, it doesn’t mean that it will have one. Several weeks ago, Nair confirmed that some of the hybrid version of Ford’s utility vehicles such as F150 and Transit Custom would come with the turbocharger. Unfortunately, Nair didn’t say anything about Mustang.
There is still other questions remain regarding the hybrid Mustang. One that sparks our curiosity the most is what kind of EcoBoost engine that will come under its bonnet.
Once again, Ford doesn’t want to spill any details about this so, at this point, we can only resort to some guesswork. It could be the 2.3 L Ecoboost inline-4 that belts out 310 HP and 320-pound feet of torque, but V8 Coyote engine is a good candidate as well.
Ford F-150 Hybrid Specs
The second vehicle is F-150 Hybrid that will be built at Ford’s Dearborn plant in Michigan. Besides its new hybrid powertrain, the most noteworthy and highly anticipated feature in this hybrid truck is its impressive towing and payload capacity that will live up to F-150’s original reputation. Moreover, it also will be able to operate as a mobile generator. In 2020, F-150 will make its first debut in North America and the Middle East before heading to other regions.
Ford Transit Custom Plugin Hybrid Specs
Moving to the third model, Ford serves us with Transit Custom in a plugin hybrid form. This car will take pride of its low operating cost and eco-friendly features. This is the ultimate low-cost vehicle for people who have to deal with congested traffic on a daily basis. Transit custom plugin hybrid will be launched in Europe in 2019.
Ford Electric SUV Specs
The fourth model is a fully electric SUV with 300 miles range. This vehicle will be manufactured in Flat Rock plant and will hit North America, Europe and Asia market once it debuts. Other than that, there are no further details yet regarding this all-electric SUV.
Ford Self Driving Hybrid car Details
Next in line is the self-driving hybrid car that will be launched sometime in 2021. It is reported that in the beginning, this autonomous driving car will be introduced as a ride-sharing vehicle. Meanwhile, the sixth and seventh cars are both police hybrid vehicles. While the first police hybrid car will be produced in Chicago plant, there is no information yet regarding the second one.
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All thirteen vehicles in this project will be Ford’s first cars that featured electric powertrain along with EcoBoost petrol engine. This is a perfect combination that will result in better efficiency, performance and fuel economy.
Furthermore, these electrified vehicles will not only satisfy Ford’s loyal customers but also help to create more job opportunities in the USA. To make the Flat Rock Pant more eligible for such a huge vehicle electrification project, Ford has invested $700 million for the plant’s improvement. It is reported that this project also creates around 700 new job opportunities and secure 3,500 jobs in the USA.
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