Ford’s business model will see drastic changes in the coming years. The car maker has confirmed that all sedan models will be dropped including top selling models like the Fusion. This according to the Blue Oval is help the company focus on new vehicles that will be released in the US. Ford management is looking to fill every possible crossover, SUV and pick-up slot.
However, there’s a bright spot as the halo model – the Mustang – will be retained and reworked to make the model more competitive.
What are the plans then? Well, Mustang’s chief designer, Darrel Behmer has promised that design of the car will not be ‘bastardized’ as the future model shifts to a new AWD-enabled platform.
In its engineering portfolio, Ford has five modular platforms and the platform on which the Explorer is made is most suitable for the pony car. By switching to a modular platform, engineers will be able to incorporate all-wheel-drive option similar to the new AWD Dodge Challenger.
“Mustang is still going to be a strong, well proportioned vehicle,” said Mustang chief designer Darrel Behmer. “The modular architectures will still give us flexibility; it’s not going to bastardize Mustang.”
Meanwhile, a Mustang design-inspired electric SUV that Ford plans to launch in two years will not be called Mach 1 as proposed earlier as the name received thumbs down in a consumer survey.