Ford Is Replacing 75 Percent Of North American Lineup By 2020

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Of the eight SUVs in its 2020 line-up, five will be hybrid and one will be battery-electric.

Among these is the as-yet-unnamed compact SUV pictured above.

In a presentation Thursday, Ford teased the launch of a new, yet-to-be-named rugged small SUV, in addition to the previously announced return of the Blue Oval's iconic off-roader, the Bronco.

Ford was rumored to be working on something after the Edge ST was announced earlier this year, and the Explorer ST is the follow up model.

Ford's says its new hybrid system is created to be more efficient and less expensive than previous generations.

Ahead of this month's New York International Auto Show, Ford released some info about its plans to adapt to the changing world of transportation. Ford and Toyota - which also offers its Safety Sense standard on virtually everything - are tied as the country's No. 2 OEM, according to Statista. Ford says that "70 percent of each vehicle's engineering will be driven from this approach, with 30 percent-grilles, hoods, doors and more-customized for each vehicle".

Meanwhile, Ford's F-series pickup trucks alone represent a $41 billion business - more than Coca-Cola or Nike.

We heard from two different sources that one of CEO Fields' first acts on taking over in July 2014 was to cancel all work on several future hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

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"For Mustang, we'll amp things up by delivering V8-like performance from a hybrid powertrain".

Additionally, Ford plans to build hybrid variants of the F-150 pick-up truck, Mustang, Explorer, Escape and Bronco. Using the popular F-150 line as an example, the hybrid trucks will feature a mobile generator and low-end torque for towing.

Ford estimates it will sell more hybrid vehicles in the 2021 than Toyota Motor Corp., the current leader. "After recently introducing an all-new model at each end of the SUV spectrum - the subcompact EcoSport and full-size Expedition - Ford's next push is in the highest volume SUV segments".

The two hard-core off-roaders will be joined by more compliant road-friendly SUVs that make part of Ford's revised platform architecture direction that consists of commercial, front and rear-wheel drive unibody designs, and body-on-frame and battery-electric platform vehicles.

But we'll have to wait another two years for them to appear in showrooms; roll-out isn't due until 2020.

Ford will extend production of its aging E-Series cutaway and stripped chassis into the 2020s.

Beginning this fall with the 2019 Ford Edge and Edge ST, the so-called "Ford Co-Pilot360" package on Ford vehicles will include forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and automatic high beams.