Spy photographers in Europe have snapped Ford’s forthcoming Volkswagen-based electric SUV as part of a partnership between the auto giants that has also produced the Ford Ranger and VW Amarok Ute Twins.
US auto giant Ford’s upcoming electric SUV for Europe – based on Volkswagen’s MEB-specific electric car architecture – was spied ahead of its unveiling in March 2023.
It’s underpinned by Volkswagen’s MEB electric platform, which is shared with the VW ID.4 – as part of a technical partnership between the auto giants that has produced the next vans, the VW Transporter and Ford Transit Custom, as well as the new Ford Ranger and VW Amarok Ute Twins.
However, a spokesman for Ford Australia said drive There is “no news to share” about a local launch of the VW-based Ford electric SUV, which will be built at the Cologne factory that makes the soon-to-be-discontinued Fiesta city car.
drive understands that the Mustang Mach-E will be prioritized for Australian showrooms instead. Ford has yet to confirm those plans.
Previously only seen in dark teaser images – and a glimpse of its headlight late last year – spy photographers have now caught the new Ford on the road in Europe, sporting a boxy shape meant to hint at US-market Ford Allrad . moves.
The distance from which the photos were taken – and the camouflage wrap on the car – makes it difficult to tell if any body panels on the new Ford are shared with an equivalent Volkswagen.
However, it appears that the new Ford SUV borrows door handles from a number of new-generation Volkswagen vehicles, including the petrol Golf and ID.3 electric hatchback.
The differences between the models under the Ford and Volkswagen partnership range from bumpers, lights, wheels, badges and software in some vans for the European market to bespoke bodies with only a few parts in common in the Ford Ranger and VW Amarok twins.
The wheels are similar to those found on mid-size US-market Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickups, but it’s unclear if this design is just for testing or will make it into production.
This new Ford SUV is said to be one of two vehicles with the blue oval on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, alongside a second electric SUV which is expected to have a sportier focus and a lower roofline.
Ford has previously dubbed this second vehicle, to be built at the same German factory, a “sports crossover,” compared to the “medium-size crossover” tagline given to the car spied in these images.
As previously reported, the use of Volkswagen’s MEB electric platform allowed Ford to accelerate the launch of the new SUV by two years.
“The cooperation with Volkswagen is great and works. By using the MEB, we saved at least two years of development time,” Mr. Sander told the German publication automobile week.
The US auto giant has indicated plans to make its range of cars and SUVs in Europe fully electric by the end of this decade.
Ford’s new electric SUV is set to be unveiled in March 2023, before the first European showrooms arrive by the end of the year.
Ford Australia has yet to confirm if it will be offered locally, but the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV is expected to be offered here sometime before the end of 2024 instead.
The automaker has announced plans for at least five hybrid or electric cars on-site by the end of 2024, but has only confirmed the identity of three: the E-Transit and E-Transit Custom electric vans, and the plug-in hybrid Escape PHEV family SUV .
In addition to the three confirmed vehicles drive understands the Mustang Mach-E is lined up for local showrooms alongside a plug-in hybrid version of the Ranger-Ute due in 2024.
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