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Lincoln is planning a large crossover on the same platform as the next-generation Ford Explorer to fill a big hole in its lineup. It’s expected to revive the Aviator name, which was retired in 2005. Production is expected to begin in late 2018, though the vehicle may not reach dealerships until early 2019.Coupe:
Lincoln has promised two new vehicles by 2020, not counting the Continental. One of them is the Aviator. A Ford Mustang-based luxury coupe has been a longstanding rumor, and this is the most likely addition to round out the brand’s lineup. It probably would arrive around the same time as the next-generation Mustang in 2020.
Ford is eager to give GM a run for its money in the midsize pickup segment. It plans to start building a new version of the Ranger -- a nameplate killed in the U.S. five years ago but still going strong overseas -- at the Michigan Assembly Plant in 2018, after the Focus and C-Max move out. Key for Ford will be avoiding too much overlap with the larger and more expensive F-150, a tricky proposition given that the Ranger will have a steel body and only marginally better fuel economy.Bronco:
Within two years of the Ranger's return in 2018, Ford plans an SUV on the same platform. The target here is clearly the Jeep Wrangler, so expect a vehicle heavily focused on off-road capabilities and customization.Model E(/E's):
Ford fought Tesla for the rights to the Model E name. That's because it wants to use the name for what amounts to a family of compact vehicles with various levels of electrification. The Model E, available as a crossover as well as a car, will follow a strategy similar to that of the Hyundai Ioniq, which is to be offered as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicle. The EV version is expected to have a range of about 200 miles per charge, a target CEO Mark Fields confirmed Ford is shooting for to challenge Tesla and the Chevrolet Bolt. Production is planned for the spring of 2019 in Mexico.Explorer:
Significantly freshened in 2015, the Explorer is due for a redesign in 2019. It will move to Ford's flexible CD6 platform at that time.Flex:
The Flex, a boxy alternative to the Explorer, won't live to see a second generation, but Ford is in no hurry to kill it either because it's popular in California and profitable. It will keep lurking on dealer lots until 2018, disappearing just before the next Explorer enters the pipeline.
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