We’ve known for many months that Ford has been working on an all-electric SUV that will be directly inspired by the company’s iconic Mustang muscle car. The official public debut of the new utility model is fast approaching, with rumours pointing to a presentation at the Los Angeles Auto Show in late November.
Ahead of the reveal, Ford has published a few spy shots of the model in testing along with a short video.
The images don’t reveal everything, obviously, but we do learn, for example, that the rear lights are virtually identical to those of the Mustang, as is the overall shape of the back end, which appears transferred whole from the company’s iconic muscle car.
Previous spy shots that made the rounds online had already confirmed that several style elements of the Mustang were headed for this new electric SUV, for example the headlights, the angle of the windshield and the proportions of the vehicle’s nose. In general, we can expect Ford to follow the example of Chevrolet with its Blazer, the design of which was heavily influenced by the Camaro.
Ford was tight-lipped regarding any other details on its new EV. We know that its range will be in the neighborhood of 500 km, but that will likely be for an extended-range version, with a base model sitting below that in the product offering with a lower price and a shorter range.
As for the name, while early speculation was that the SUV would carry the Mach 1 moniker, that has apparently given way to the Mach E. We’ll know soon enough…
The new electric SUV is a centerpiece of Ford’s electrification strategy that calls for the introduction of 16 models powered by electricity by 2022 – though several of those will be for the Chinese market only. On our continent, we can expect to see an electric version of the F-150 truck, as well as an SUV closely resembling the Ford Escape. According to reports, the latter is currently in development.
The new Mustang-inspired electric SUV could also be produced as a reworked, more-luxurious variant within the Lincoln family.
We’ll be offering comprehensive coverage of all the launches and news at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20 and 21, including the full details on this vehicle, so crucial to Ford’s plans for the coming years.