Early design proposals show us what Ford's designers were originally planning.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E represents a new era for Ford, unleashing the first dedicated EV platform from the American automaker and polarizing the automotive world for a number of reasons. Not only is it an EV, but it's been given the Mustang name, and it's been designed as a crossover - a double-shot of blasphemy for muscle car and Mustang fans. But as the first deliveries on the horizon loom and we find out more details about increased power outputs from the electric pony car, we've now been given an inside look at the Mach-E's design process. The Mach-E Club has given us insight into the early proposals and given us a glimpse as to how different the Mach-E could've looked, posting a range of slides from a recent live stream with the Mach-E's design team.
In the images we see Ford designers opted to follow three trains of thought before deciding on a final look. The first was a sleek, futuristic look that followed a typical EV concept car approach with sharp angles and sleek lines. The second effort followed a minimalist theme, with fewer creases and a focus on key design highlights like the headlights and grille. But with the Mustang name in the ring, the designers naturally had a go at a third effort which would be heavily inspired by design traits from the current Ford Mustang GT - with more traditional-looking elements that translated well as a 'Mustang SUV' but didn't quite highlight the platform's electric nature.
Ultimately, all three design languages would play a part in the final design, with elements like the Mustang grille, tri-bar taillights, and Mustang racetrack-style rear design carrying over from the heritage-inspired option, while the futuristic and minimalistic design options heavily influenced the lines of the body overall.
Much of the design was also influenced by proportions, and without the need to house an engine and gearbox under the hood and in the transmission tunnel, designers had free reign to pretty much pen whatever they wanted. The dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform allowed for a longer wheelbase and a lower nose, but it also meant the cab could be brought forward to maximize internal volume.
While we're still unsure about the use of the Mustang name for an electric SUV, what we can all agree on is that the designers managed to strike a brilliant balance between the three initial design proposals, and that all three look miles better than the very earliest designs for the Ford EV SUV.