This is how Ford can reinvent the Focus ST.
Ford is well on its way to finishing its first EV based on VW's MEB architecture. Its been spied under wraps and in clay model form. But today we've rendered the new electric vehicle, with everything we know from reports and rumors. And as you can see, it looks pretty cool.
So we know the new Ford is likely to share its wheelbase with the Volkswagen ID.4. That means a size of about 109 inches from axle to axle. That's a little bigger than the last Ford Focus. We've based this mini Mustang Mach-E on the Puma ST sold in Europe, as that's exactly the type of car this will be. We're hoping it serves as sort of a replacement for the high-performance Focus ST.
As for the powertrain, it will likely use one of VW's ID.3/4 setups meaning 58-kWh and 77-kWh battery packs offering a range of up to 350 miles, and a choice of rear- and all-wheel-drive powertrain layouts. If outputs match up, we should see about 150 hp and 200 hp setups. But we don't see why Ford couldn't turn up the wick to create the high-performance ride we really want. In the VW, that battery takes about 30 minutes of charge to get 199 miles back. We'd expect something similar here.
As of now this is all slated for Ford European operations, which are headquartered in Cologne, Germany. The site is currently undergoing a $1 billion upgrade to become the brand's Electrification Center, where these first vehicles will come from.
This all stems from Ford and Volkswagen's agreement made last year that includes working together on commercial vans, a mid-size truck for VW with Ranger underpinnings, and a new Ford EV riding on VW's MEB modular architecture.
For the front of the render, we've used mostly Mustang Mach-E cues in the "grille" and the headlights, but we've taken the lower foglights and intakes from the great-looking Puma crossover. From spy shots we know that the new vehicle will be a little boxier than the Mach-E, so we've squared off the rear end with a gentler-sloping roof as opposed to a more fastback look.
If this vehicle did come here to the US, we could see it using the powertrain from the ID.4 GTX as an option, which makes 302 hp, sent to all four wheels. That sounds like something we could get behind and something that makes the most sense for our American tastes. The vehicle will be launched in 2023, which means we'll probably see a preview late next year.