The Blue Oval plans to launch a mini Mustang Mach-E Ford electric SUV in Europe in 2023, says a report from Auto Express. This would be the first Ford electric car made at the Cologne plant (Germany). According to a more report from Autocar, it could get a legacy name like its big brother Mustang Mach-E.
Murat Gueler, the design chief at Ford’s European division, told Autocar that the company could use its past nameplates for its future EVs so that customers can find an emotional attachment with them. Gueler didn’t say which historic model names are under consideration, though. Many had reservations about Ford using the Mustang name for the model we know as the Mustang Mach-E today. However, the strong demand has proved now that it was the right business decision.
Ford did a series of announcements in February 2021 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. Manufacturing a second EV there is under consideration. Either of these two models could be the new electric SUV.
Segment & Platform
The report from Auto Express indicates that the new Ford electric SUV will be a smaller sibling of the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, which is a mid-size model. It should 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.
Gueler 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.