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Firm’s European restructuring heralds electrified Focus and Fiesta; Mustang-inspired Mach 1 EV arrives next year

Ford will begin the extensive electrification of its European range next year with a raft of new models, including mild hybrid versions of the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus, a new plug-in hybrid Explorer, a fully electric Ford Transit van and the launch of its Ford Mustang-inspired Mach 1 full-electric performance SUV. 

The string of electrified models is part of Ford’s major overhaul of its struggling European business. Starting with the new Kuga, the firm will offer a mild hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric version of every new model. Ford’s European engineering boss, Joerg Beyer, said the “nuanced powertrain strategy” was necessary because “every customer’s circumstances are different”. 

Mach 1 teaser

The Mach 1 electric SUV has been previously confirmed by Ford, but the firm has revealed it will launch next year with a WLTP-certified range of 370 miles. 

A new seven-seat Explorer SUV will return the nameplate to Europe with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, featuring a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor to offer 444bhp and 619lb ft, with an electric-only range of around 25 miles. 


The Fiesta and Focus, perennially two of the UK’s best-selling cars, will gain mild hybrid versions, using a 48V belt-driven start motor mated to the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, from next year. Ford says the Fiesta has an expected fuel economy of 57.6mpg, with the Focus offering 60.1mpg. Those models join the Mondeo, which is already offered as a plug-in hybrid

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As part of its European restructuring plan, Ford is putting a major focus on its commercial vehicle business. It is developing a fully electric Transit, due to launch in 2021, with a plug-in hybrid version launching this year. Ford will also launch a Tourneo Custom plug-in hybrid MPV later this year. The eight-seater’s front wheels are driven purely by an electric motor, with a 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine serving as a range extender. Ford claims a zero-emission driving range of up to 31 miles, with a total range of 310 miles. 

New tourneo

Ford is also tipped to confirm the launch of the Fiesta-based SUV seen testing recently. The small crossover will sit alongside the Ford Ecosport in Ford’s small SUV range and is likely to gain its own nameplate taken from the Blue Oval’s past. 

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Before first joining Autocar in 2017, James spent more than a decade in motorsport journalist, working on Autosport,, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, covering everything from club rallying to top-level international events. He also spent 18 months running Move Electric, Haymarket's e-mobility title, where he developed knowledge of the e-bike and e-scooter markets. 

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xxxx 3 April 2019


..when they do please tell us.