Details Of Ford’s Forthcoming High-Performance Electric Crossover Emerge : British automotive news outlet Autocar purports to have details regarding Ford’s forthcoming performance-oriented electric crossover – a vehicle first announced at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit with the working name “Mach 1”. That moniker, borrowed from a certain high-performance model of the Ford Mustang, doesn’t seem likely to stick around, but the vehicle itself is a done deal.
According to Autocar, Ford’s performance electric crossover will assume the new, fourth-generation Ford Focus’s C2 platform – the same as the next-generation Ford Escape – and offer front-wheel drive. Internally, the new vehicle is codenamed “CX430”, and it’s apparently been a part of Ford’s product plans for several years. The new vehicle will be available globally, it seems, with deliveries slated to start in Europe sometime during 2020.
It’s still unclear whether the CX430 will be Ford’s only execution of a C2-based battery-electric crossover, or if it will follow a lighter-performance compact crossover to the market. Last year, Ford announced plans to build a pure-electric crossover with at least a 300-mile range, but we’re unsure whether that announcement refers to the same vehicle.It’s still unclear whether the CX430 will be Ford’s only execution of a C2-based battery-electric crossover, or if it will follow a lighter-performance compact crossover to the market. Last year, Ford announced plans to build a pure-electric crossover with at least a 300-mile range, but we’re unsure whether that announcement refers to the same vehicle.
Ford’s performance vehicle lineup in North America is expected to diverge drastically from that of Europe due to the automaker’s choice to phase out “traditional sedans” in the market, replacing them with more crossovers and SUVs. The forthcoming CX430, which will take its styling cues from the Mustang – if not its powertrain configuration – could be seen as Ford’s attempt to bridge the “white space” between cars and crossovers, combining “the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as high ride height, space and versatility,” as the company said last month.*** Taken from Ford Authority......5/22.****
Mustang-styled crossover will debut relatively soon
Share this article in: Facebook Twitter Google PlusBy now, you’ve probably heard Ford is axing most of its cars here in the U.S. in favor of SUVs and trucks. Ford will offer a Focus Activ crossover hatchback, but the Mustang is the only true traditional car that will survive. Now the automaker is focused on capitalizing on the Mustang’s brand value by introducing an electric SUV that will borrow styling cues from the pony car. And while Ford hasn’t released many details on this vehicle, Autocar may have unearthed a few nuggets of information about the model’s underpinnings.
According to Autocar, the crossover will sit on Ford’s C2 platform that underpins the new Focus. Because it’s based on the front-wheel-drive C2 platform, it’s likely the new model will be hatchback-like with a slightly raised driving position, the U.K. publication says. Autocar does not cite sources for its info, so take this report with a grain of salt.
It’s unclear exactly what Ford will call this new model, but it teased the name Mach 1 at the Detroit auto show back in January. For now, its codename is CX430 and it is a globally engineered model. The crossover will debut next year, Autocar says. Ford hasn’t announced powertrain specs, but the model is being dubbed a performance SUV. Expect range to exceed 300 miles on a single charge. **TAKEN FROM MOTOR TREND**
Ford’s ‘Mach 1’ Performance Electric CUV Won’t Be Based On The Focus Platform : Earlier this month, British auto publication Autocar reported some details on Ford’s future performance-oriented battery-electric crossover – a model originally announced under the pseudonym “Mach 1”. The outlet alleged that the new BEV, which will borrow styling cues from the iconic Ford Mustang pony car, will ride on the same “C2” platform as the all-new, fourth-generation Focus compact car, the same as the next iteration of the Kuga (née “Escape”) petrol CUV.
Yet according to one Ford spokesperson, that’s inaccurate; Ford’s forthcoming performance electric crossover won’t be underpinned by any of the automaker’s front-wheel-drive petrol car platforms at all. Rather, as it announced back in March, the automaker is working on a new, clean-sheet architecture to support its future battery-electric offerings, and the 300-mile Mustang-inspired BEV will be the first to adopt it. This makes sense as the structural and packaging requirements of a purely-electric powertrain are entirely different from those of an ICE powertrain, and due to the relatively small size of electric drive motors, such an architecture could likely be designed to support front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive with ease.
Additionally, we’ve learned that the unnamed performance electric CUV is the very model Ford referred to in January of last year when it announced plans to introduce a battery-powered crossover with 300 or more miles of driving range. In other words: the “Mach 1” won’t be the performance edition of a more basic, less-sporty electric CUV. At launch, at least, it will be the only edition.The vehicle’s official name has yet to be announced, but Ford maintains that it never intended to sell the CUV as the “Mach 1”. Rather, the automaker says it used that moniker as a placeholder, selecting the name for its ability to communicate the intended “spirit” of the product. As the crossover isn’t due until 2020, we expect we’ll have to wait a bit before we learn what its actual production name will be. ***TAKEN FROM FORD AUTHORITY***