Beneath the lately unveiled subsequent-era Ford Focus is an structure that stands to proliferate by means of the Ford ranks, underpinning fashions as giant because the Ford Edge.
Whereas American shoppers gained’t see the brand new Focus till the latter half of 2019, nicely after consumers in Europe and China (the place the U.S.-sure mannequin might be constructed), the unnamed platform, which barely obtained any sort of billing through the mannequin’s reveal, stands to convey Ford’s entrance-drive automobiles into the third decade of the twentieth century.
Chatting with Automotive Information, Joe Bakaj, Ford of Europe’s head of engineering, touted the brand new entrance-drive platform because the “holy grail.” It’s the primary of 5 deliberate platforms that may form the way forward for the Blue Oval lineup†ó and one which stands to assist the automaker save $four billion in engineering “efficiencies” within the subsequent few years.
The place will the platform seem? It’s versatile sufficient for automobiles as small because the Fiesta (not that People can anticipate to see one other era of that mannequin), in addition to the Escape and midsize Edge. “It’s very scalable,” stated Bakaj.
The present Focus rides atop the automaker’s international C platform, which varieties the idea of the Lincoln MKC, Transit Join, and shortly-to-be-utterly-lifeless C-Max. In the meantime, the Edge makes use of Ford’s CD4 platform, shared with the likes of the Lincoln MKX (Nautilus for 2019), MKZ, Continental, and Ford Fusion. The Chinese language-market Taurus†ó a wholly totally different vehicle than the getting older and endangered U.S. mannequin, additionally shares this structure.
Key to saving Ford cash over the close to time period is the becoming of sure elements (like air con techniques) that the shared platforms permits. Bakaj references widespread exhausting factors and dimensions, just like the size between the ball of the driving force’s foot and the entrance axle, that makes this setup value-efficient.
“You gained’t use each module from the underside to the highest, however you’d attempt to reuse as many modules as attainable,” he stated.
The opposite 4 architectures in improvement by Ford embrace a unibody, rear-drive platform†ó debuting with the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator†ó together with a physique-on-body truck/SUV platform, unibody van, and electric vehicle.
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