Ford Teases Mustang-Inspired Electric Crossover... and It Looks a lot Like a Mustang
EV Could Be Called the Mach 1
At the 2018 North American International Auto Show, Ford announced it would be bringing a fully electric crossover to market by 2020. The vehicle would feature Mustang-inspired styling and performance in an SUV-shaped package, as well as a targeted 300-mile range per charge.
Today, the company released a teaser for the as-yet-unnamed electric SUV—armchair critics very loudly opposed Ford’s plan to call it the Mach 1— and it looks a lot like the Mustang, at least from the rear. The machine was teased in a Medium blog post from Darren Palmer, the global product development director for Ford Team Edison (the company’s battery-electric task force).
The teaser reveals an obvious fastback shape, but it’s clear the machine will have a rear hatch in place of the Mustang’s conventional trunk aperture. It’s also clear the crossover will have a taller stance and higher bodysides, though it still looks quite sleek and sporty.
Palmer, who led development of the next-generation Mustang and is an owner of a Shelby Mustang GT350R, claims the electric SUV will fit in well with its muscle car brethren.
“As my team and I quickly found out, the new generation of electric vehicles is just as exciting—only different,” Palmer says. “Different can be good. Very good.”
According to the Medium post, the electric SUV’s development team has been hard at work evaluating the future of the automotive market, looking at how people might use their cars now and in the future. This human-centered approach should help the team improve the customer experience, according to Palmer.
Curiously, the Mach 1 (or whatever it ends up being called) will be based on a front-wheel-drive platform, likely shared with the next-generation global Focus compact car. We sort of wish Ford had repurposed the next-generation Explorer and Lincoln Aviator for the electric SUV, as that rear-drive platform should have more aggressive proportions and better dynamics from the outset.
But still, Palmer’s confidence in the all-electric SUV is clear: “I, for one, can’t wait to have one — side by side — with my Shelby GT350R.”
Source: Ford via Medium