Morgan's new 3 Wheeler will be powered by a Ford-sourced three cylinder engine.
After Morgan discontinued the 3 Wheeler and marked the end of its production with the limited-edition P101 last year, the British automaker confirmed the eccentric three-wheeler will be replaced by a new model. Less than a year later, testing for the successor has begun. Previewed in teaser images, the new 3 Wheeler will boast "an all-new design, adventurous character, and significant engineering advancements."
Heavy camouflage disguises the new 3 Wheeler's redesigned front end, but Morgan says the new model will be "instantly recognizable from its predecessors." Photos show the new 3 Wheeler will retain the old model's rear wheel design, round headlights, and triangular grille.
The biggest change will be found under the hood, however. It won't be electric, however. Since Morgan scrapped plans to develop an all-electric version, the new 3 Wheeler will still be combustion-powered like its predecessor. Powering the new 3 Wheeler will be will pack an inline three-cylinder naturally aspirated engine sourced from Ford. No other technical details are provided, but it will likely be the same 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that powers the Fiesta ST. This should give the new 3 Wheeler a considerable power boost over the old model, which generated around 80 hp from a 2.0-liter V-twin motorcycle engine.
With turbocharging, the Fiesta ST's 1.5-liter unit produces 197 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. In the old 3 Wheeler, power was sent through a five-speed gearbox from a Mazda MX-5 Miata. While the engine was exposed on the old model, but it looks like the new Ford engine will be enclosed in the new version. The old 3 Wheeler's signature side exhausts have also been removed.
"We are thrilled to confirm plans for an all-new three-wheeled Morgan, a model that continues an incredible story dating back to 1909," said Steve Morris, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Motor Company. "The outgoing 3 Wheeler was adored by customers and enthusiasts alike, and will inspire this next generation. "
The upcoming model is an all-new ground-up design and the first whole vehicle program to be completed under the stewardship of Investindustrial. Morgan's team of engineers and designers have considered everything that the company has learned from the decade of building and selling the previous model. We look forward to sharing more about this exciting new vehicle in due course." With testing now underway, we should find out more details about the Morgan 3 Wheeler's return soon.