Forget the new Focus and Mustang platforms.
Yesterday we reported that Ford’s upcoming EV crossover will not be built on the Mustang’s rear-wheel drive platform, which we originally assumed. Instead, the report indicated it will ride on the new C2 front-wheel drive platform that currently underpins the new Focus and, eventually, the next generation Escape. Turns out neither reports are true. Ford North America Communications chief Mike Levine has confirmed to us that “the Mustang-inspired battery electric performance utility will be built on a new dedicated architecture.”
Without question this is the right decision and, more than likely, makes most technical sense as well. Rumored to be called the Mach 1 (although that could change), the EV crossover will be Ford’s first fully dedicated EV, meaning it won’t just be an electrified version of an existing model. The Focus EV should immediately come to mind. And because Ford is pressing ahead with aggressive vehicle electrification plans, this new platform could, in theory, be further utilized down the road for more new EVs. Why spend all that development money on a state-of-the-art platform for just one model? Okay, sure, the Mustang is also built on a dedicated platform, but it’s an iconic model now being sold globally; its nameplate alone translates into big sales.
This new EV crossover, on the other hand, is entirely new. But its exterior styling will still be Mustang-inspired, as we’ve reported from the get-go. Although it’s set to go on sale sometime in 2020, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a concept version debut at LA in November or in Detroit next January.