The first electric car Ford on the MEB platform of the Volkswagen concern will be a crossover, which will be located in the model range of the American brand one step below the Mustang Mach-E, says Autocar. According to the British newspaper, the car will be declassified in the first half of 2022.
It has already been officially confirmed that the model in question will enter the assembly line in Cologne in 2023: Ford will invest $ 1 billion to turn this enterprise into a so-called electrification center. At the same time, the plant will continue to produce Fiesta until 2024 or 2025 – later it will be replaced by an electric city SUV, also with Volkswagen stuffing.
The first model, apparently, will become a technical analogue of the Volkswagen ID.4, which is made in Zwickau. Thus, you can count on the appearance of rear- and all-wheel drive versions. Twin-engine, developing about 300 hp, can be designated with a GT nameplate – by analogy with “Electromustang”. In any case, Ford will definitely not use ST or RS badges, since in the minds of European buyers they are associated with completely different cars.
The body shape of the so far unnamed Ford will also resemble ID.4, although there will be no complete copying: the president of the European division of the brand, Stuart Rowley, promised in the spring of last year that the novelty “will look like a Ford, drive like a Ford, feel like a Ford and produced at the Ford plant. ” Now Autocar, citing the same Rowley, writes that the Blue Oval intends to use its status as the only American brand in the EU as a competitive advantage.
The top manager allegedly hinted that Ford is ready to apply design elements of US cars in new models for the Old World. In other words, the MEB electric crossover can be made similar, for example, to the Bronco Sport, which, as you know, will not come to Europe.
But the salon, allegedly, will be copied from the new Evos – a model developed primarily in China and for the Chinese market. The key element of its interior is a giant (1.1 meters) display. From 2023, Ford intends to transfer all of its cars to the new infotainment system on Android, and the Cologne electric car may be one of the first to get it.