It may borrow from another EV platform.
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E stormed into the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show with its electric ponies blazing. The GT Performance model will offer 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft with a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds. Some people may be angry that an electric crossover can never be a true "Mustang" but the Mach-E certainly performs as a Mustang should.
Ford will produce more EVs in the future, which will likely include an expansion of the Mach-E lineup. Speaking with Auto Express, Ford of Europe's Chief Designer, Murat Gueler said:
"The Mustang influence wasn't considered until an earlier direction with the car wasn't really working. Once we introduced Mustang as inspiration, it came together quickly. We're really excited by what this brings to the electric car, and yes we have already talked about expansion, to some sort of family."
This family will likely include a smaller "baby Mach-E," which would use a platform borrowed from Volkswagen. Ford and VW agreed to a partnership earlier this year to share electric platforms, autonomous technology, and possibly pickup truck platforms. The VW MEB platform already underpins the European ID.3 hatchback and will be used on a variety of upcoming models in the US. For Ford to take this platform and built a Mustang-inspired vehicle on top of it, a lot of design work will need to be done.
"It's key that we have enough flexibility, and it's important to have enough differentiation and the kind of performance you expect from a Ford. A lot of that was done in the early part of the negotiations with VW. The parameters that we've seen, we can make a great Ford," said Ted Cannis, Global Director of Electrification at Ford.
Gueler said a smaller Mustang EV would not have the same side profile as the Mach-E but it would certainly be a crossover. This rules out any possibility of Ford building an electric Mustang coupe or sedan. The MEB platform was built to accept either rear- or all-wheel-drive and a Mustang EV based on this platform could theoretically produce around 302 hp and have a 300-mile range. Details are still non-existent about when such a model could arrive.
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