Ford's Mustang Electric SUV Teased as the Company Looks to Electrify its Model Lineup
【Summary】In a recent post, the Director of Ford's Team Edison leaked the first official teaser image of its upcoming electric compact utility vehicle.
In a recent post, the Director of Ford's Team Edison leaked the first official teaser image of its upcoming electric compact utility vehicle. The image comprises of a Mustang inspired SUV-esque rear end. Darren Palmer (Ford Team Edison Global Product Development Director), describes the underdevelopment all-electric compact utility vehicle as "our electric Mustang inspired utility".
The teaser image which looks like an early sketch of the Mustang-inspired utility vehicle reveals that the fully electric SUV will get the iconic vertical sequential taillights that we've seen across every generation of the iconic sports car. Flared wheel arches, tall stance, and SUV-esque roofline can also be seen in the teaser image. How much of this design will make it into the production model remains unconfirmed.
The company confirmed that it is working on a Mustang inspired electric vehicle back in May in its official Q1 report. Ford also announced that it will broadly concentrate on developing its electric and hybrid utility vehicle lineup.
The company said that it is committed to incorporating new electric and hybrid power units for the next generation of its popular models like Ford Explorer, Bronco, Escape, F-150, and Mustang. The company also announced that it will launch its fully battery-powered electric vehicle by the year 2020 and will go on to introduce a total of 16 battery-powered electric vehicles by the year 2022.
The Lincoln MKX
The electrification is not limited exclusively to the Ford lineup. The company's luxury sub-brand Lincoln will also get the same electrification treatment. This venture is being headed by Darren Palmer who assures that his team is working on developing electric vehicles which will match the expectation of the company's future clients and will also provide a flawless electric vehicle ecosystem.
Palmer went on to explain that the electric vehicle market is accelerating at an exponential rate and presents challenges which are exclusive and unique to that segment. Ford has invested $11 billion in funding to get Team Edison on its way. By the year 2022, Ford plans on building a 40 electrified vehicle portfolio. This portfolio will constitute 16 fully electric, battery-powered vehicles.
Even though the company did not reveal many details pertaining to its electrified future during the official release of its Q1 report in May, Palmer has disclosed that the upcoming electric CUV will get a 300-mile all-electric target range, which remained unconfirmed until now.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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