The upcoming Ford electric crossover will be built in Mexico.
This is likely unsurprising to a lot of people as North American car manufacturers have been moving their manufacturing to Mexico for years to take advantage of the cheaper labor market. Ford is trying very hard to make it sound like the US is getting the better end of the deal, however, as they’re putting dollars and jobs on investments made to manufacturing plants in Michigan.
According to Ford’s latest press release, the Mustang-inspired electric crossover will be built in Cuautitlan, Mexico. It will have Model Y rivaling performance and arrive at around the same time in 2020. It’s said to be built on Ford’s next-gen battery architecture, which is rumored to be a modified version of Volkswagen’s MEB platform used in the Audi E-Tron and Volkswagen I.D. electric concepts.
While Mexico will get the bulk of the jobs, Flat Rock, Michigan will enjoy an $850 million investment over 4 years to manufacture the battery platform. It’ll also add a second shift and some of the estimated 900 additional jobs coming to Southeast Michigan.
Part of that $850 million is also being used to upgrade the facility for the new Mustang, although Ford didn’t provide ratios.
“We’ve taken a fresh look at the growth rates of electrified vehicles and know we need to protect additional production capacity given our accelerated plans for fully electric vehicles,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president, Global Operations. “This is good news for the future of southeast Michigan, delivering more good-paying manufacturing jobs.”
Ford is also investing in its Autonomous Vehicle Center, which is busy making autonomous software and hardware for driverless delivery vehicles and ride-hailing services.
Also buried in the press release is the fact Ford will begin manufacturing the Transit Connect small van at Hermosillo, Mexico. Ford pointed out this will certainly add to the American and Canadian economies as previously the Transit Connect was only made overseas and parts will be sourced to Mexico thanks to NAFTA and the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).