Ford's new UAW contract reveals some juicy new details about its future models including the new Bronco.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is just the start of the automaker's electric onslaught. In the next four years, the assembly plants building some of Ford's most popular models will start producing a slew of hybrid and all-electric models, as well as new versions of current models. Thanks to detailed investment plans in Ford's new four-year contract with the UAW uncovered by The Detroit Free Press, we now have a good idea of what to expect for Ford's future product plans.
Ford's Dearborn truck plant is expected to be the launch plant for an all-new F-150, with production possibly starting in 2020. The lineup will include a hybrid version in 2020 followed by the first all-electric F-150 in 2021.
Batteries for the electric pickup will also be built at the Dearborn plant along with a new version of the Ford F-150 Raptor. In total, Ford is investing $700 million into the Dearborn plant. Ford will also spend $250 million to build a new version of the Mustang at the Flat Rock plant, including new derivatives such as the Bullitt and Shelby Cobra. One of those could be the new Ford Mustang Mach 1, which is rumored to launch in 2021 to replace the Ford Mustang Bullitt. We'll have to wait and see if the Mustang Mach-E will pave the way for more body styles using the Mustang name.
As part of a $400 million investment, Ford's highest output assembly plant in Kanas City will build an electric version of the Transit van as well as the next-generation F-150. Hybrid and electric versions of the popular pickup won't be manufactured here, however.
Ford's Kentucky Truck plant, on the other hand, will build new versions of the highly profitable F-series Super Duty pickups as well as hybrid versions of the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition as part of a $1 billion investment.
Ford's largest plant investment, however, is reserved for its Michigan Assembly plant at $1.1 billion. This is where the production of the highly anticipated new Ford Bronco will begin in early 2020. According to the contract, this plant will also assemble "swinggates" for the Bronco, which suggests it will have a rear gate hinged at the side like the Jeep Wrangler rather than opening down like a pickup or up like a minivan.
Surprisingly, an all-new version of the Ford Ranger is slated to arrive in 2022, which is sooner than we expected considering the current version only went on sale this year. The Michigan plant will also make body stampings for the new Mustang, customize Rangers and Broncos and modify some Ford vehicles for autonomous driving.
Ford is investing $900 million to build new versions of the F-series chassis cab trucks and a mystery new model in 2023 at the Ohio Assembly plant. To prepare for Ford's electric onslaught, new parts will be produced at Ford's component plants including a new transmission for EV models in Livonia, electric motors and transaxles in Van Dyke, and batteries for hybrid models in Rawsonville.