Ford will begin the extensive electrification of its European range next year with a raft of new models، including mild hybrid versions of the Fiesta and Focus، a new plug-in hybrid Explorer، a fully electric Transit van and the launch of its Mustang-inspired Mach 1 full-electric performance SUV.
The string of electrified models is part of Ford’s major overhaul of its struggling European business. Starting with the new Kuga، the firm will offer a mild hybrid، hybrid، plug-in hybrid or fully electric version of every new model. Ford’s European engineering boss، Joerg Beyer، said the “nuanced powertrain strategy” was necessary because “every customer’s circumstances are different”. The Mach 1 electric SUV has been previously confirmed by Ford، but the firm has revealed it will launch next year with a WLTP-certified range of 370 miles.
A new seven-seat Explorer SUV will return the nameplate to Europe with a plug-in hybrid powertrain، featuring a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor to offer 444bhp and 619lb ft، with an electric-only range of around 25 miles.