Ford is expected to add a 2.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine by the 2015 model year.
C-Max: The C-Max compact five-seat minivan — which some Americans may view as more hatchback than minivan — will come in hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants, but no gasoline-powered version. Ford has ditched a seven-passenger gasoline version. The plug-in version will carry the C-Max Energi name. They are expected to arrive in rapid succession, if not simultaneously, in 2012 as 2013 models.
Escape: A redesigned, sleeker Escape based on a version of the next-generation Kuga compact crossover developed in Europe likely will hit the United States for the 2013 model year. Ford showed a design concept of it called the Vertrek at the 2011 Detroit auto show. It will be on the compact car platform the Focus shares.
Ford has not commented on the future of an Escape Hybrid, but the close-in-size C-Max Hybrid may rule one out.
Edge: Ford reskinned the Edge in 2011. A redesign is expected in the 2014 or 2015 model year. It will be smaller and use Ford's global mid-sized platform.
Explorer: The redesigned Explorer went on sale late last year. Look for a refresh in the 2014 or 2015 model year.
Flex: The crossover will get a minor freshening for the 2012 model year, including a new grille and headlamps. Those who have seen it say the new look waters down the aggressive face on the current Flex. Expect a reskin for the 2015 model year.
It's still uncertain if the Flex will join the Explorer and Taurus and get the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine in 2013. The 2011 Flex offers the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine.
Expedition: Ford could freshen or reskin the Expedition SUV for the 2012 or 2013 model year, giving it a redesigned grille and some of the same powertrains as the F-series pickups. Those could include a 3.5-liter V6 for improved fuel economy, and the 5.0-liter V8 currently in the 2011 Mustang, replacing the Expedition's current 5.4-liter V8.
Ford may discontinue the extended-length Expedition EL in the 2012 or 2013 model year because of poor sales.
F-150: The F-150 will be redesigned for the 2015 or 2016 model year and switch to a new platform called the P552. Ford replaced the pickup's powertrains this year.
F-series Super Duty: Ford launched a freshened 2011 Super Duty with a new in-house diesel engine and a 6.2-liter V8 last year. Look for another freshening in the 2014 model year.
Transit Connect: In December 2010, Ford launched the electric version of the Transit Connect compact van. Look for a redesign around 2013.
Econoline: A replacement vehicle for the Econoline is possible in the 2014 model year as a derivative of the next-generation Transit, which is sold outside North America. Ford has given some test Transits to U.S. drivers for feedback.
Ford likely would replace the van then only if the automaker needs a more fuel-efficient replacement to meet tougher fuel-economy rules.
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Thanks to Obama car companies are getting on the right track.
You're kidding, right? Obama didn't do ANYTHING to help Ford. Ford didn't participate in the "bribe unions to get votes" bailout program. Ford took care of themselves in spite of everything the Democrats have done over the years to croak the U.S. auto industry and U.S. corporations in general.
Is anyone really surprised that under Obama's failed policies that there were ZERO new jobs added in this country in August and the unemployment rate is still over 9%? Obama has done everything he can to make sure corporations are afraid to add jobs in the U.S. by creating so much uncertainty and burying them in new financial, environmental, and health care regulations that are sucking all of the oxygen out of a recovery.
I think we have to face it, gas is never going to be 30 cents a gallon again and if the engineers can make a car that gets one to and from anywhere efficiently their doing good. Hopefully someone is working on alternate fuels that are also environmentally friendly and easy to produce without destroying any area they are produced in or polluting the environment. The proposed gov't regulations are pushing them along. With the sad state of and the rising cost to maintain the nations highways and byways and now many states making some major use highways toll roads something needs to happen. I think eventually the country will need to develop a serious high speed public transportation system. I note now many cities are bringing what today is called light rail on line, think that used to be referred to as "street cars" so I'd ask are we as a world running in cycles. Something has to happen in this area whether people like it or not. Personal vehicles may eventually be relegated to local travel because of costs to operate and maintain the highways..
It's really too bad that our Government has to intervene and influence the way manufacturers design their cars. Although this has been going on for years I wonder what the cars would look like if they had free reign on design and powerplants. Look at how the return of the muscle cars have been so succesful for the Big Three. If it wern't for the mandated gas mileage requirements, we would soon have naturally aspirated V8s that make 600 hp and get 28 mpg.
In regards to other fuel sources, we already have an almost limitless supply of natural gas but the government won't support the infrastructure, therefore the car manufactures have no incentives to go that route. But if you look at Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) they already have contracts for a lot of our public transportations vehicles (look for the CNG sticker). We can do it but the government won't be helping out unless they change their views.