Apparently, the news piece yesterday about Hyundai testing a family of standalone, dedicated Toyota Prius-fighting hybrid models could be reused today, albeit replacing Hyundai with Ford.
A story in Automotive News cites two sources who say Ford’s hybrid will be the company’s first effort not adapted from a traditional vehicle, unlike the current hybridized versions of the Fusion and C-Max, where conventional engines are also available, at least in other markets.
The as-yet-unnamed model, which is called C240 internally, will reportedly use Ford’s upcoming C2 architecture, also slated to underpin future versions of the compact Focus and Escape. And also like the Prius, Ford is expected to offer a range of different body-styles and potentially a plug-in version to broaden its appeal.
The sources said Ford would probably adapt some of its existing hybrid components, like batteries, electric motors and controllers, but that the optimized model would have far greater fuel efficiency and range than its current hybrids.
Production is expected to start in late 2018 at the Wayne assembly plant in Michigan, with expected annual output of around 120,000 vehicles.