The Blue Oval plans to launch a mini Mustang Mach-E Ford electric SUV in Europe in 2023, says a new report from AutoExpress. This would be the first Ford electric car made at the Cologne plant (Germany).
Ford did a series of announcements yesterday about its electrification strategy in Europe. The company plans to transform the Cologne facility into the Ford Cologne Electrification Center to manufacture electric vehicles this decade. It aims to put the first volume Ford electric car into production at this site in 2023. The British report indicates that the Ford electric SUV will be a smaller sibling of the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is technically a mid-size electric SUV, and its mini version would be a compact electric SUV like the VW ID.4. The plan is reportedly to build the mini Mustang Mach E on the same platform – the MEB. The Blue Oval hasn’t confirmed that it’s going to build passenger vehicles on the basis of the MEB platform yet, but reports are rife that expanding the scope of licensing for the German dedicated EV platform to include PVs is the long-term plan.
Last week, Automobilwoche reported that it already knew of Ford’s announcement about building electric cars in Cologne and that the company plans to use the Volkswagen Group-developed MEB platform to generate models. In yesterday’s announcement, Ford said that it is considering making a second EV at the Cologne factory, reportedly the mini Mustang Mach-E, that is due in 2023. According to the German publication, this model will be the next-gen Ford Fiesta (Ford Fiesta electric).
Murat Gueler, the chief designer of Ford’s European subsidiary, had hinted of a smaller EV with Mustang inspiration previously. “We’re really excited by what this (Mustang inspiration) brings to the electric car, and yes, we have already talked about expansion, to some sort of family,” Gueler had told Auto Express in 2019. He also said that the second EV’s profile would be different from that of the Mustang Mach-E, and so, maybe the coupe-like roofline won’t be dramatic.
The Blue Oval could offer the new Ford electric SUV with 58 kWh and 77 kWh battery pack options. The standard-range variant may come in 107 kW (143 hp) FWD and 150 kW (201 hp) FWD configurations. Customers going for the extended range variant may get to select between 150 kW (201 hp) FWD and 150 kW (201 hp) AWD configurations. In Europe, Ford could be aiming for a range of anywhere between 250 and 350 miles (WLTP).
Ford may launch the mini Mustang Mach-E in the United States a few months after it begins deliveries in Europe, probably in late 2023 or early 2024.