A "Mini" Ford Bronco Confirmed for 2020

Ford's upcoming small off-road crossover SUV

More than that, Ford says it's making a big push into electric vehicles in general, including plug-in hybrids for the forthcoming Bronco, Escape, Explorer, F-150 and the Mustang.

Ford's yet to be named small SUV will be a true off-roader and fit under the Bronco in the brand's lineup. You may have heard that Ford has already confirmed the return of the Bronco for 2020.

Along with its S.U.V. plan, Mr. Hackett said, Ford is also working to slash costs by streamlining how it develops vehicles and reducing the number of sets of basic components - known as architectures - that it uses to create different models.

Ford claims the Mustang Hybrid will offer "V8-like performance with more low-end torque".

Expecting 50 per cent of its home market sales to be SUV based in two years, the blue oval has relocated $9 billion in development funds from vehicle to SUV production and will replace more than 75 per cent of its current lineup within the same time.

Researchers test the user experience with many new technologies at Ford's VIRTTEX driving simulator in Dearborn and run new systems through a battery simulations built from more than hundreds of thousands of miles of testing across the country.

Leading up to the event there were murmurs that Ford was going to position itself as a truck company, building on their 41 years of leading sales in the pickup market. The company also says there will be six electric vehicles by 2022 and a charging strategy for them.

Levine said the suite would be more advanced than standard packages on GM, Nissan, Honda and Toyota.

As we can see in the shadowy image above, the baby Bronco has similar boxy lines to the Bronco, with a Raptor-like "FORD" grille, projection headlights with LED trim rings, high-positioned wheel arches over off-road-ready tires and a relatively wide, low stance. "However, this trend is far from a secret, and by the time 2020 rolls around, Ford's new vehicles will have a lot of stiff competition". Redesigned Escape and Explorer crossovers are coming next year, with the off-road bruiser Bronco arriving in 2020.

"They take care of everybody from small businesses to huge corporate fleets", Farley said.

"Connectivity allows fleet customers to monitor driver behavior and fleet maintenance needs", Hinrichs said. He acknowledged that it will be a challenge, but that their new platform based production plans and streamlined development have been created with this goal in mind.

The addition of more safety features will eventually extend to its light vehicles also.

There will be four technologies offered as part of Ford Co-Pilot360: Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System, Auto High Beam, and Reverse Camera.