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Ford Mustang hybrid, F-150 hybrid, Transit hybrid confirmed

January 4, 2017

Ford has used the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show to make the surprise announcement that it will be adding hybrid versions of its Mustang, F-150 pickup and Transit as part of plans for 13 electrified vehicles before 2021.

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In addition, a fully-electric SUV is confirmed, with 480km of range, that will be built at the Flat Rock plant, Michigan, alongside Mustang and Lincoln Continental.

Other announcements include a hybrid version of the front-drive Transit Custom van for Europe in 2019, two hybrid police vehicles and the withdrawal of plans to invest US$1.6b into its Mexican plant, instead diverting $700m to a ‘Manufacturing Innovation Centre’ in Flat Rock. This comes after US president-elect Donald Trump has slated the automaker (as well as GM, others) for utilising Mexican factories and his intentions to abolish NAFTA.

A “high-volume autonomous vehicle” is planned for 2021 with ride sharing and ride hailing in mind, potentially precluding it from sales through dealerships. It will be hybrid-powered and only available in the USA to begin with.

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Powertrain details for the biggest two announcements (Mustang and F-150 hybrid) are scarce, other than to say the Mustang hybrid “will deliver V8 power and even more low-end torque”. Ford says the F-150 hybrid will offer “powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator”.

Although it’s too early to speculate about other details of their powertrains, four-cylinder power is a safe bet for both cars considering the Mustang already has one and the latest F-150 utilises a lightweight aluminium structure. But considering they will take a less central role in powering the vehicles, they could be smaller than today’s offerings.

We will bring you more CES highlights as they come to hand.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.