Ford To Unveil First MEB-Based mostly Automobile This Spring

It’s not information that Ford intends to promote electrical vehicles in Europe which are primarily based on the Volkswagen MEB electrical automobile platform. What is information is that the corporate plans to disclose the primary such mannequin this spring. At a media occasion on the Ford Europe Design Heart final week, Martin Sander, head of the Mannequin E electrical car division at Ford, lifted part of the shroud masking a brand new automobile and stated, “Can’t look forward to 2023 to reach, once we will pull off the quilt of our first electrical passenger car coming from Cologne.”

What did that sneak peek inform us concerning the new, as but unnamed automobile? Little or no aside from it’s an SUV-style car primarily based on its form. Autocar says it’s evident that Ford’s new EV will probably be aimed squarely at vehicles just like the Toyota bZ4X, Nissan Ariya, and Volvo XC40 Recharge. It additionally says the styling of Ford’s future choices will probably be influenced by the corporate’s two hottest autos — the F-150 pickup truck and the Bronco.

A number of days in the past, Peter Zillig, the pinnacle of European advertising and marketing for Ford, posted his personal teaser picture (see above). Zillig stated all new Ford fashions will probably be designed in response to the Adventurous Spirit ethos, which is designed to assist Ford “join emotionally with shoppers who say they know we’re American, however don’t really feel we’re American.”

“Adventurous Spirit is significant as a result of it’s genuine. We’re not inventing one thing new. As an alternative, we’re channellng a energy that has helped outline Ford for quick approaching 120 years. We’re tapping into one thing intangible, however actual.” he added.

The brand new MEB automobile will type a part of the Lively Journey mannequin line, slotting in above the Kuga EV and under a brand new Sports activities Crossover that will probably be much like the Volkswagen ID.5, in response to Autoblog. There are three different ‘households’ on this new age, in response to Autocar — Wild Efficiency is for the Ford Mustang line, City Escape is for “statement-making fashions” just like the Ford Puma, and Final Outside is for hardcore off-roaders such because the Bronco and Ranger Raptor.

Ford’s new European EVs will probably be constructed on the Cologne manufacturing unit the place the Fiesta is at the moment assembled. That automobile will bow out in July 2023 to make room on the meeting line for the brand new  EV. Sander advised Autocar the time was up for the Fiesta and that it “needed to go.”

“We determined to construct our first high-volume electrical car right here in Cologne. There comes the purpose the place we want the house for building, as a result of we’re turning the Fiesta plant into a completely battery-electric plant. This is the reason we needed to decide that we have now to cease Fiesta manufacturing.”

The brand new EV — the primary constructed on the MEB platform — will carry a reputation that’s traditionally vital for Ford, though what that could be has been left unsaid. Let’s hope Ford isn’t planning to mud off the Falcon moniker!

Autocar says to anticipate a alternative of rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive powertrains with outputs starting from 146 hp to 295 hp, and a pair of battery choices giving round 210-300 miles of vary. In different phrases, very near the efficiency envelope of the Volkswagen ID.4, a automobile it’s going to share many parts with.

The Takeaway

Ford will depend on the Volkswagen MEB chassis for a lot of of its future electrical autos, a minimum of in Europe and perhaps different world markets. Ford has performed this card earlier than, basing the Jaguar S Sort on the lowly Mondeo. What precisely will distinguish a Ford primarily based on the MEB platform from a Volkswagen primarily based on the identical platform stays to be seen. When the brand new automobile is formally unveiled subsequent March, we could have a greater thought of what Ford has up its electrical car sleeve.


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