During yesterday’s reveal of the 2018 Ford Expedition, further details of Ford’s SUV plans trickled out by way of Reuters. According to their sources, Ford plans to nearly double its SUV lineup to nine models by 2020, while Lincoln will increase its SUV lineup to four model as sales of utilities show no sign of waning.
Ford’s SUV offensive is starting with the launch of the new Expedition this fall, which will go head-to-head with Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. Additionally, it sounds like it and GM will also gain further competition in the segment from Fiat-Chrysler with the Jeep Wagonner and Grand Wagonner.
The Expedition is an addition to five other models that are reportedly planned for the Ford brand. As part of the five will be the EcoSport, which will be imported from India starting in mid-2018, the recently-confirmed Bronco in 2019 and a battery-powered compact crossover Ford has confirmed for 2020.
While three of the five are known, the other two are still a mystery. Supplier sources are suggesting that the other two will be compact in size, but details are scarce at this time. One is said to be based on the Ford Focus sedan, while the other one may be based on the sub-compact Fiesta.
These new models will pair with redesigns of all of Ford’s existing crossover and SUV nameplates between now and 2021, according to suppliers.
In addition to the Ford models, suppliers have also confirmed a new SUV for the Lincoln brand. Lincoln is expected to gain a mid-size SUV based on the next-generation Explorer in 2019. Often referred to as the “Aviator,” this model has long been rumored for the Lincoln brand.
Below is a chart outlining the timeline of Ford and Lincoln’s SUV offensive.
|Ford Expedition||2018 MY|
|Lincoln Navigator||2018 MY|
|Ford EcoSport||2018 (launch)|
|Ford Bronco||2019 (launch)|
|Lincoln “Aviator”||2019 (launch)|
|Ford EV SUV||2020 (launch)|