They say lightning doesn’t always strike in the same place twice. That is certainly not the case for Ford as they announce plans to jolt its SUV lineup with multiple electrified variants. And a recent report details what we can expect from future Ford Explorer, Expedition, Bronco, Bronco Sport, and Mustang Mach-E SUVs. This should come as no surprise, seeing as Ford Motor Company plans to go all-electric by 2030 in some markets, and has committed to spending an incredible $30 billion in electric vehicles through 2025. $7 billion of which is said to have already been invested before February 2021.
Ford Explorer EV On The Way
According to an Automotive News forecast, several exciting things are happening to the Ford Explorer as sales increase by 10 percent on the year, despite the chip crisis. The 2022 Explorer family was recently announced, and included a new ST-Line trim to complement the more rugged Explorer Timberline, as well as a RWD Explorer ST. But by 2023, a Ford Explorer EV could make itself known, as CEO Jim Farley once said that the three-row SUV is next to go full electric in the Ford portfolio. This would in turn slot above the existing Ford Explorer Hybrid.
Ford Expedition Refresh: Hybrid And Semi-Autonomous Tech
The largest SUV in the Ford Motor Company fold is expecting a refresh for the 2022 model year to better take on newer entries from General Motors and Stellantis. The 2022 Ford Explorer Refresh is expected to focus on software upgrades, adding Sync 4, over-the-air-update capability, along with the new BlueCruise semi-autonomous driving system. Eventually, we can expect to see a hybrid variant of the Expedition by 2024, according to the AN forecast.
The Ford Bronco Family
Ford’s highest profile launch this year has had some setbacks and certainly didn’t go as planned for the company, or the customers who placed their orders. However, once Ford has straightened out the Bronco’s kinks, new variants are planned, including the 2022 Bronco Raptor sometime next year. The Ford Bronco is also expected to receive a hybrid variant in 2024 to compete with the Jeep Wrangler 4xe. Which by then Jeep should have a Wrangler EV on the market. A Bronco EV is eventually planned to happen.
Downmarket, the Bronco’s smaller sibling has been performing well, and it’s pretty easy to spot one or two on the road now and then, selling over 63,000 Bronco Sport SUVs in the US market this year. The Ford Bronco Sport is expected to receive a hybrid option in 2024 along with its bigger sibling, and the Expedition.
Mustang Mach-E Updates
Last but certainly not least, the Mustang Mach-E has been giving Ford a chunk of the market share dominated by Tesla. They’ve sold over 15,800 Mach-E’s in the U.S. this year. Ford has also launched the Mach-E GT for $61,000, which delivers 480 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque with an estimated 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. The Mach-E GT Performance Edition has also launched at $66,000 with 634 pound-feet of torque and an estimated 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. Range and power upgrades are expected to happen with the Ford Mustang Mach-E via OTA updates and new model year rollouts.
By 2026, the next-generation Ford Mustang Mach-E will be on the market, says the forecast. And production is expected to move from its currently plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico (north of Mexico City), to Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
The future is electric for Ford, and it seems like it’s striking multiple times in 2024, which gives customers a chance to get some better fuel economy for their beloved SUVs.