Everything We Know About Ford's Mustang-Inspired Electric Crossover
【Summary】Here's everything we know about the highly anticipated Mustang-inspired e-SUV.
The popularity of the compact crossover and utility vehicle segment coupled with the growing interest in the EV space has motivated several mainstream automakers to focus their efforts on developing electric SUVs, including the Ford Motor Co.
An ideal example of this would be Ford revamping its model range to focus primarily on trucks, SUVs and crossover models. However, the iconic Mustang will continue to stay in production and has inspired the company's much anticipated all-new electric SUV.
Initially, the moniker Mach 1 was being considered as the nameplate for the Mustang-inspired SUV. The plan did not land much traction with the loyal Mach 1 fan base and was soon scrapped.
Ford has not revealed any other working titles so far, but the automaker did confirm that its luxury subsidiary Lincoln will receive its own version of the electrified crossover. The The luxurious iteration from Lincoln will feature a completely different body design.
Judging from the spy shots appearing online, Ford fans assume that the Mustang-inspired EV will be around the same size as the outgoing Ford Edge. The new EV also features a sporty silhouette, which includes a short rear overhang and a long front overhang like the Mach 1 Mustang it's inspired by.
Photos of a heavily camouflaged prototype of the electric Ford Mach 1 have appeared online.
We expect Ford will probably offer its upcoming EV in both single and dual-motor layouts, with the latter receiving an all-wheel-drive setup. Expect to find a lithium-ion battery pack powering the electric powertrain.
So far, Ford has not issued any official statement detailing the specifications of the SUV's powertrain except that customers can expect the battery pack will deliver over 300 miles of range on a single charge.
A recent European report also suggested that the SUV might be capable of offering a 370-mile WLTP estimated all-electric driving range.
Industry insiders expect a sporty version of the electric SUV to join the lineup sometime later in the car's product life cycle. According to speculation, a production version of the car might take to the stands at the upcoming L.A Auto show this November, but Ford has not confirmed its plans to debut the car in Los Angeles.
If not in LA, it's likely that Ford will host some sort of preview for the much-anticipated offering sometime next month.
The upcoming EV will most likely be manufactured out of the American carmakers Cuautitlan, Mexico facility. The Mustang-inspired electric crossover was originally planned to be built in Flat Rock, Michigan, but Ford decided on Mexico instead.
Ford will start taking orders sometime next year and the deliveries of the sporty SUV will likely commence sometime in the second half of 2020.
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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