Ford has invested £36.7 actor in advancing its accumulation ability in Valencia, Spain for the addition of amalgam versions of the S-Max and Galaxy.
As allotment of the investment, the branch will accretion two new accumulation curve for the accumulation of lithium ion array packs for the electrified MPVs and mild hybrid, amalgam and constituent amalgam variants of the new Kuga SUV.
The new versions of the Galaxy and S-Max will use the aforementioned powertrain as the Kuga, alliance a 2.5-litre Atkinson aeon four-cylinder petrol agent to a 48v electric motor and an underfloor array pack. Power is beatific to the advanced auto through an eight-speed automated gearbox.
Performance capacity are unconfirmed, but Ford claims the MPV duo have a ambition achievement of 197bhp and 155lb ft and will afford about 140g/km of CO2. Both will be able of active in electric-only approach for abbreviate journeys.
Regenerative braking will abduction up to 90% of usually ashen activity to allegation the battery, while electrically assisted steering, air conditioning, cooling and exhaustion systems are said to abate ache on the engine.
The S-Max will abide to be accessible in five and seven-seat configurations, while the Galaxy gets seven as standard. The amalgam models can be accepted to command a exceptional over their commonly fuelled counterparts, which alpha at £30,490 and £33,210 respectively.
The hybrids will go on auction in 2021, afterward the achievement of the Spanish array accumulation facility. They’re allotment of Ford’s charge to acquaint 14 electrified models to its European agency by the end of 2022.
Ford’s European admiral Stuart Rowley said: “With electrification fast acceptable the mainstream, we’re accretion our advance in Valencia to accommodate alike added electrified models and powertrain options for our customers. By authoritative it easier than anytime to alteration into an electrified vehicle, we apprehend the majority of our commuter agent sales to be electrified by the end of 2022.”
The Ford Mondeo, which is currently produced at the Valencia plant, is accepted to be reinvented in 2021 as a bunched crossover to sit aloft the new Puma.
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