Ford's first electric SUV has every chance of being a massive sales success.
Ford gave us a preview of its upcoming SUV onslaught with the world debuts of the all-new 2020 Ford Escape and 2020 Lincoln Corsair. We also know that the Blue Oval automaker is preparing to launch its first fully electric SUV. Originally, the Mustang-inspired crossover was going to revive the Mach 1 moniker but backlash from fans of the iconic muscle car has prompted Ford to come up with a new name. While the name of Ford’s electric SUV hasn’t been officially announced yet, trademark filings suggest it could be called the Mustang Mach-E.
The styling also remains a mystery. So far, Ford has only shown a section of the SUV’s rear in a shadowy teaser image, but these render images by Kolesa gives us a better idea what the Mustang-inspired SUV could potentially look like. And if it looks as good as this, it’s safe to say the Mustang translates surprisingly well to an SUV body style.
As you would expect, the rendered SUV adopts a sporty design incorporating elements from the pony car, including large fenders, Mustang-derived front and rear fascias and a sleek fastback-style silhouette. The final model won’t have tailpipes since we know it will have an electric powertrain, so we can only assume this was an oversight by the render artist. Given the popularity of coupe-style SUVs, the Mach-E has the potential to be a massive sales success if it looks as stylish as this.
Ford has confirmed the Mustang-inspired crossover will go on sale in late 2020 and will boast a driving range of 370 miles and a fast charging process that is an "effortless experience at home and on the road.” If this claim is true, Ford’s electric SUV could be a serious rival to the Tesla Model Y.