At least it won't be called the Mach 1 anymore.
It's been nearly a year since Ford released a teaser for its upcoming Mustang-inspired electric SUV, but the Blue Oval automaker has been quiet about it ever since. However, a Ford spokesperson has confirmed to The Detroit Bureau the public will get a "first sneak peek" at the SUV in November.
It isn't clear if this means Ford will release a more revealing teaser, reveal a concept, or present the final production model. The LA Auto Show happens to be in November, so a reveal of either a concept or the production model looks likely. This would also support a previous report the new Mustang-inspired SUV will break cover before the end of this year.
Ford's Mustang-inspired SUV will form part of Ford's new Icons Group that will design models associated with historic names like the Mustang, Raptor and Bronco. "We're rallying the company around the iconic products," said Amy Marentic, director, regional product line management at Ford Icons. "We have to make sure they're around for another 55 years," she added, noting the long-running success of the Mustang.
Originally, Ford's Mustang-inspired SUV was going to be called the Mach 1 as a homage to the iconic performance-focused Mustang of the same name, but negative fan backlash has prompted the Blue Oval automaker to rename it. Trademark filings suggest it will be called the Mustang Mach-E.
The Mustang Mach-E is expected to go on sale in 2020 and deliver a 300-mile driving range, allowing it to compete with the Tesla Model Y. Let's just hope the Mustang's styling translates well to an SUV body. The teaser image shows it will have a muscular body and taillights akin to the Mustang's.
Dave Pericak, director of enterprise product line management at Ford Icons, also added that Ford's new Icons division will remain committed to manual transmissions. "We intend to continue to give them the manual transmission," Pericak said. "We do not intend to walk away from it. I can tell you that."