Ford Motor Company is planning to produce two new midsize battery-electric crossovers at an assembly plant near Detroit. The plans correlate with previous announcements about the automakers electrification plans and may signal the lack of future for the Lincoln Continental.
Citing three different sources, Automotive News reports Ford will produce the two new crossovers at the company’s Flat Rock Assembly plant. The company has told suppliers both crossovers will commence production in late 2022 or early 2023 as 2023 models. One model will be for the Ford brand, while another will be for Lincoln. Both crossovers will be built on Ford’s new dedicated electric vehicle platform.
Originally both crossovers were slated to go into production at Ford’s Cuautitlan, Mexico plant. The report claims Ford has changed production to Flat Rock, reaffirming previously-announced plans to produce battery-electric vehicles at the Michigan facility.
Flat Rock currently produces the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental. Suppliers have indicated Ford will end Continental production in 2021, freeing up some of Flat Rock for new models. Continental production is expected to continue on in China, but it is unclear at this time if Ford will import the car to the U.S. or drop it from the U.S. lineup entirely.
Ford has been aggressive in making electrification announcements, including confirming plans to invest $11 billion in electrification by 2022. Despite the announcements, details regarding future electric vehicles have been scarce. So far Ford has officially confirmed plans for a Mustang-based crossover, electrified F-150 and an unknown electric vehicle based on Rivian’s EV architecture.