In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 10 years, the future of the automotive is decidedly electric. It’s big business on the new car market and it makes financial sense for car buyers too, so manufacturers are jumping at the opportunity to electrify their range. Ford has got a huge amount in the pipeline as they hope to get ahead of the rest of the pack.
Ford Kuga PHEV
First up is the new Kuga PHEV which has just gone on sale with a starting price of £27,245. This is a brand new model of the Kuga featuring Ford’s latest design cues and technology. Interestingly the Kuga will be available with an electric motor combined to one of three engines - one of which is actually a 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine. This engine setup won’t allow the car to be run on electric-only mode but will return a stellar 55 mpg. There is also a 2.0-litre petrol hybrid model which returns 55 mpg. At the top of the range, however, is a 2.5-litre petrol hybrid model which Ford says will return a staggering 201 mpg while emitting just 26 g/km of CO2… quite unbelievable.
This is the most heavily redesigned model of the Kuga since it was launched back in 2008 and it is certainly something to look forward to.
Ford Fiesta EcoBoost Mild Hybrid
It was only a matter of time before the most loved car on British roads turned to a hybrid. The Ecoboosted Fiestas are already excellent on fuel and a real joy to own, as the tens of thousands of owners will testify, but things are only going to get better for the fizzy little Fiesta in 2020. Ford will be adding a ‘mild hybrid’ system to the 1.0 litre Ecoboost engine. The mild-hybrid system will use a belt-driven mechanism instead of an alternator, allowing power to be generated during braking and coasting and then applied during acceleration to help achieve an exceptionally high rate of fuel economy.
No word on pricing or maximum miles per gallon just yet but this is something we’re looking forward to in 2020.
Ford Focus EcoBoost Mild Hybrid
And just like the Fiesta, the Focus will also be getting a mild-hybrid powertrain option at the start of next year. It makes sense that the Fiesta’s elder sibling also gets similar technology and Ford anticipates that the Ecoboosted Mild Hybrid setup will put out just 106 g/km of CO2 while returning a very agreeable 60 mpg on the WLTP test cycle. No word on the pricing just yet but we expect to hear more news on this in the coming months.
Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV
This brand new electric SUV is making its way to the Ford lineup. The manufacturer says this model is inspired by the Mustang sports car, which you can see from the front grille and styling. The Mach-E will be an all-wheel-drive model that can be switched to rear-drive-only to save fuel, with an electric range of up to 370 miles. Drivers will also benefit from a 0-60 sprint in under 5 seconds. This is all part of Ford’s plan to ensure that just because you’re driving an electric car doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
So - which takes your fancy? The new Kuga looks epic, the Fiesta and Focus will undoubtedly be extremely popular and there is plenty to get excited about regarding this Mustang Mach-E SUV.