The all-new Escape to launch Ford’s local electric charge
Ford New Zealand has confirmed that the next-gen Escape here next year will feature a plug-in hybrid that will be the first electrified product of the Blue Oval to come here, but certainly not the only one.
This was explained by Ford New Zealand after announcing that the PHEV edition of the crossover, the second product of the C2 platform that underpins the newly arrived Focus, will arrive in 2020.
The brand’s first electric vehicle here is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine supplemented by an electric motor to produce 165 kW. Its electric range will be over 50 km, Ford said. CO2 emissions will then only be 29 grams per km.
The first detail of Escape’s exit plan was announced locally after Ford revealed internationally that it had 16 electrified products on the way. Local spokesperson Tom Clancy said the dispenser could potentially pluck much deeper than he did.
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“In short, we cannot confirm anything today but we can say that we are interested in everything.”
Of the products described so far, only one PHEV edition of the latest Explorer has been identified as being completely banned from right-hand drive markets.
Ford has also confirmed that it will have light hybrid, full hybrid, PHEV and fully electric variants of vehicles that New Zealanders are already familiar with.
The next-gen Fiesta, which will arrive soon in the sport ST format that Ford NZ previously indicated, will be the sole representative of this little hatch and will release as a mild hybrid edition over the next 12 months. And the Focus too.
These cars combine a 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost gasoline engine with an integrated 48-volt belt-drive starter / generator.
The Tourneo and its commercial counterpart, the Transit Custom van, are also set up for battery support. A fully electric version of the latter will be launched in 2021. The eight-seater Tourneo, meanwhile, receives a mild hybrid transmission.
Clancy says it’s fair to say that Ford NZ would be willing to consider any of the above, should they become available. And he doesn’t have to worry about what Australia wants – the two countries are completely autonomous when it comes to product selection.
“We don’t have to worry about what they want or their probate rules, which are stricter than ours – if that makes sense for New Zealand business, then, yes, we do. could potentially introduce it. “
This could also apply to Escape – or Kuga, as it is called in the right-hand drive areas outside of Australasia. While the gasoline-electric-powered PHEV is a dead cert, it could also consider sweet and full hybrid versions, the latter of which marry a diesel with an electric urge, Clancy says. In addition, Ford will continue to offer conventional gasoline and diesel versions. More information on the specific New Zealand range and its prices will only be known much closer to launch.
All the products advertised are, of course, appetizers to the main course, Ford’s all-electric passenger car.
It will be a sport utility with styling cues from the Mustang and will likely also use a name associated with the pony car: Mach E. It is also slated to go into production next year. Ford was shy to say too much about this car, except to impose that it will have a range of 600 km as part of the WLTP test cycle.
Ford NZ says the PHEV Escape will fit well into one of the more popular segments here, offering customers an advanced powertrain as well as greater functionality, improved cabin space, wrapped in distinctive style.
He was warmly greeted by Ford Australia and New Zealand President and CEO Kay Hart, a Kiwi who operates out of regional headquarters in Melbourne. Prior to her current role, Ms. Hart held a senior position in Detroit with the Ford Edison team, which oversaw the electric mobility strategy.