Ford Planning To Launch Hybrid Versions Of The Expedition And Navigator

Ford’s hybrid and electric vehicle lineup has been largely overlooked but the company is hoping for greater success in the future thanks to the addition of several new models.

According to Automotive News, the automaker is planning to launch at least four new hybrid models in 2019. While most of the company’s previous hybrids have been based on sedans, these new vehicles will be based on crossovers and large SUVs.

The report suggests Ford will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the Escape as well as a hybrid version of the Expedition. The Lincoln lineup is also slated to go eco-friendly as there will reportedly be a plug-in hybrid variant of the MKC as well as a hybrid version of the Navigator.

The models will eventually be joined by hybrid versions of the Mustang and F-150. These six vehicles will make up nearly half of the electrified vehicles the company plans to launch by 2020.

Some of the other vehicles remain a mystery but the company has already announced plans for a Transit plug-in hybrid and as well as two hybrid Police Responder vehicles. We can also expect to see an electric crossover with a range of approximately 300 miles.

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  • nastinupe

    As a husband of a soccer mom, if a company could offer an all electric SUV around the size of the Acura MDX with a range of about 100 miles it would be gold. Soccer moms don’t really have to drive far, they are just running errands and need the size to transport kids and groceries and shopping bags from the mall as well as stuff they bought from the furniture store without asking or even telling their husbands.

    • MarketAndChurch

      That would be nice, but it would also probably be very expensive. 100-miles would also be very anxiety-inducing for a family, and is meant more for a dedicated green-car devotee, like a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt owner.

      The perfect package right now exists only in the Tesla Model X. An all-electric Volvo XC90 would be pretty sweet… but again, it would probably be very expensive.

      • Benjamin B.

        The Volt has a gasoline 1.5L engine.

    • Benjamin B.

      Maybe a minivan? Why a crossover SUV? The Honda Odyssey is badassmotherfucker. I’m all in favor of minivans coming back in style. I actually like the Mazda 5 actually-mini minivan.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Here’s the engineers trying to work out where to fit the electric motor into the cars…

  • DBP

    I am surprised FoMoCo is not going to offer the diesel option that is currently slated for the F150. That would sell a ton and greatly increase the fuel economy for these large vehicles. Weathering the certification storm for new diesels is not easy seems they would want to put it in as many applications as possible.

    • Benjamin B.

      Maybe the supplier (Land Rover) is afraid of competition from Ford and Lincoln SUVs. Mind you, the engine is actually a Ford design.

  • eb110americana

    A hybrid Mustang does not sound like a good idea. At least until batteries get lighter.

    • nastinupe

      Yeah, the P1, NSX, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 really suck. Their failures all prove that hybrids could never be proper sports cars, especially with those heavy batteries and all, their handling really suffered as a result.

      • eb110americana

        All those cars cost well over $100K, some of them more then ten times that, and they use carbon fiber to offset the weight. When you have a larger steel frame car with a back seat that has to be based off a chassis sold in the $20K range, you wind up with either a mild hybrid, or a car that is fast in a straight line for a short while, and weighs too much to handle. Or have you forgotten about the CR-Z?

        • Benjamin B.

          Well over $100k?? Well over $1m lol.

      • Benjamin B.

        Wow you realize the P1, LaFerrari, and 918 are some of the fastest hyper cars ever made? Are you being sarcastic?

    • Benjamin B.

      Supposedly it’s going to use the 5.0L Coyote engine with an electric motor used as a generator, but I could also use the 2.7L or 3.5L EcoBoost engines. According to Ford, all I know that is confirmed, is that the hybrid drivetrain in the F-150, Mustang, and Expedition/Lincoln Navigator will offer V8 performance. Having a generator hybrid system sounds like a cool idea for a work truck. It’s probably going to be a 48 Volt mild hybrid system, which is what most all cars (European models especially) are going to be soon. The midsize Transit Custom being driven in London has a similar setup I believe. It’s not technically a full hybrid. I wonder if FoMoCo is planning to sell the Transit Custom here in the USDM. It competes with the Mercedes Benz Metris directly.

    • Cobrajet

      It can be a mild hybrid, the electric motor will work only as a booster.

  • brn

    A hybrid large SUV and pickup? I feel like GM tried that. Maybe they were too soon.

    • Benjamin B.

      GM offered a mild system where an electric generator motor assisted GM’s pushrod V8 engine. Actually the technology in the GM truck was pretty good. The 48 Volt battery (as opposed to a 12 Volt one) in the new Audi A8 is probably what Ford is going to offer in the F-150. Let’s face it: the 12 Volt car battery is doomed.

  • Cobrajet

    I want a V8 in this thing.

    • Benjamin B.

      Expedition and Navigator make more torque than the 6.2L in the GM SUVs.

      • gary4205

        But at they have to work harder to do it.

  • gary4205

    Chevy did this with Tahoe and Suburban over a decade ago. No one wanted them.

    People who buy big trucks want big power too.

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