Ford’s news for 2020 are about electrification. But it was in the air, since Jim Farley, former head of new business (new forms of propulsion, software platforms, connectivity and artificial intelligence), from March the new Chief Operating Office with the task of taking care of all-round automotive activities and the goal of significantly increasing the company’s operating margin. Europe started the process massively: 14 electric or electrified models planned by the end of the year. And in Italy, a few weeks after its launch, the Puma hybrid is already the best-selling hybrid: for Ford, which estimates that the sales of hybrids will exceed those of petrol and diesel by 2022, a promising exploit.

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But now the commercialization of the Kugas begins, the plug-in hybrid (petrol) and the mild hybrid (diesel). The first mounts a 2.5 combined with an electric motor driven by a 14.4 kWh battery that promises 50 km of autonomy with zero emissions. It has 225 hp in total, the automatic transmission costs 38,250 euros (net of bonuses and promotions) and has various driving modes, including one that allows you to recharge the batteries using the thermal engine, so you can always count on maximum electrical autonomy even if an external charging system is not at hand.

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The mild-hybrid Kuga it uses a 2 liter 150 hp turbodiesel, aided by the electric motor in order to consume and pollute less, even if it does not have the possibility of moving only electrically. Manual gearbox and 28 thousand euros are enough. Towards the end of the year, the range will be completed with a full-hybrid, with the possibility of moving with zero emissions, limited to parking maneuvers and queues. The engine will still be the 2.5 petrol version of the plug-in. With this version the Kuga is Ford with more engine options.

Between May and June, hybridization will also affect Fiesta and Focus, which will adopt the Puma mild hybrid, consisting of the 125 bhp three-cylinder EcoBoost 1.0 engine, but not knowing whether the 155 variant will also be available. In the same period, directly from the USA, the Explorer plug will land in Italy -in hybrid. A 5 meter long, seven-seater crossover (or, alternatively, a load capacity over 2.2 cubic meters). The price has not yet been communicated (in the United States it costs the equivalent of 47 thousand euros, it should be around 70 thousand by us …), but it will not be a popular product since it is equipped with a 350 bhp 3.0 turbo-petrol V6 combined with an electric motor that adds 100, with the 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The 13.1 kWh battery should allow an electric journey of 40 km.

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Towards the end of the year, the Mustang Mach-E will also arrive in Italy, which despite bearing the name of one of the most famous American sports, an electric crossover of medium-large size (4.7 meters in length). Prices have already been made official (ranging from € 49,900 to € 66,850), but Ford has decided to postpone the distribution at the end of the year, when a larger number of high-potential charging stations should be available. The Mach-E, in fact, has very large batteries (75.7 kWh and 98.8) which require advanced systems to be refueled in a reasonably short time. But Ford also has a say in the infrastructure sector, since it is part of the IONITY partnership (together with BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen Group), which by the end of the year proposes to set up 400 stations in Europe with a capacity of 350 kW recharge, in addition to participating in other alliances that are spreading the presence of columns in thirty European countries.

This unusual Mustang now mounts engines from 258 to 337 hp and can have rear or all-wheel drive. But a sporty version of 465 hp has already been announced.

March 25, 2020 (change March 25, 2020 | 11:34 am)

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