GT: The half-million-dollar supercar will take one last victory lap before production ends sometime next year. As Ford and supplier Multimatic wrap up the 1,350 GTs promised to a select group of customers, expect a few final special editions, such as the Heritage Edition introduced this month.
EcoSport: Ford’s entry-level vehicle will be upstaged this year by the Maverick compact pickup, which will have a starting price of $21,490, including shipping, making it $150 less expensive than the base EcoSport. How that will affect Ford’s subcompact crossover, which hasn’t caught on in the U.S. as in other parts of the world, remains to be seen. For now, Ford plans a next-generation EcoSport out of India that would debut in the U.S. in 2024.
Mustang Mach-E: The new electric crossover is quickly becoming a key pillar in Ford’s lineup. The company has sold 15,829 in the U.S. this year through July and says that 70 percent of buyers are from outside the Ford brand. It’s helping establish Ford as a legitimate player in the electric vehicle space while taking precious market share from Tesla. GT and GT Performance Edition variants just launched, starting at $61,000 and $66,000, with shipping. Ford said the Mach-E GT delivers 480 hp and 600 pound-feet of torque with an estimated 0-to-60-mph time of 3.8 seconds. The GT Performance Edition is even more powerful, boasting 634 pound-feet of torque and a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds. Ford plans to move the Mach-E to its Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario in 2026, when it will be redesigned on a new platform.
Escape: After a delay following battery fires in Europe, Ford finally launched the Escape plug-in hybrid this year. That could help slow the slide in overall Escape sales, which have fallen 9.5 percent in the U.S. this year through July amid the global chip shortage. The compact crossover is due for a freshening late next year and could be redesigned in late 2025.
Bronco Sport: The Bronco’s smaller sibling is performing well in showrooms. It’s helping to build the budding Bronco subbrand as well as allowing Ford to claw back some market share in the all-important small utility segment. Through July, Ford has sold nearly 63,000 Bronco Sports in the U.S. this year. A hybrid is expected to debut in 2024.
Edge: Ford will kill the Edge at the end of its current life cycle, in 2023, when it will convert the Oakville plant, where the midsize crossover is built, into an EV facility. Ford has stressed that it wants to focus on iconic products that evoke customers’ passion. With the popularity of the Bronco Sport and Escape, which is still one of Ford’s highest-volume products despite its sales drop, keeping a third two-row utility in the lineup made less and less sense.
Explorer: It’s safe to say the Explorer has recovered from its bungled launch. U.S. sales are up 10 percent this year through July, despite the chip crisis pinching production.
Ford is launching a new off-road trim, the Timberline, in the coming months. The variant will start at $47,010, including shipping. It features steel skid plates and unique shocks, springs and stabilizer bars that, along with all-terrain tires, boost the large crossover’s ride height by 0.8 inch over the base model. ST and ST-Line performance variants also will launch by the end of this year. The gasoline-powered Explorer will continue to be built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.
Although Ford has mostly kept mum about its future EV plans, CEO Jim Farley said this year that the Explorer was next in line to get battery power. Ford will launch an electric Explorer in 2023 from its Cuautitlan, Mexico, plant, which also builds the Mustang Mach-E.
Bronco: Ford’s highest-profile launch this year has been stymied by roof issues, but the automaker still expects big things from its off-road SUV. Once it works through the kinks in production, Ford plans a number of Bronco variants, including a Raptor performance version next year. The SUV is expected to be updated with a hybrid variant in 2024 to compete with the Jeep Wrangler 4xe.
Expedition: Before its 2018 redesign, the hulking family-hauler hadn’t been updated in nearly two decades. Ford won’t make that same mistake again. Its largest SUV is expected to be freshened early next year for the 2022 model year, likely focusing on software upgrades, including over-the-air-update capability, Sync 4 and Ford’s BlueCruise driver-assist system. The automaker also plans to add a more rugged Timberline variant. Expect a redesign in 2024 that would add a hybrid option.