Ford has taken some surprising decisions in recent months by announcing plans to discontinue production of the Fiesta in 2023 while the larger Focus will retire in 2025. Replacing this iconic nameplate will see a new wave of electric vehicles starting with the “Medium.” – Size Crossover” was teased earlier this year. To be assembled in Cologne, this EV is showing some skin ahead of next year’s European launch.
Top teaser published on LinkedIn by Martin Sander, general manager of the Ford Model e Europe team, while the preview below is released Twitter by Ford Europe marketing boss Peter Zillig. Details about the EV are shrouded in mystery, other than the fact that it will use the MEB platform developed by the Volkswagen Group. As a result, some technical specifications are expected to be in line with ID.4.
This “Mid-Size Crossover” will be placed above the all-electric version of the subcompact crossover Puma which Blue Oval aims to make in Romania and which will go on sale in 2024. The Dearborn-based marque also promises a “Sport Crossover” positioned among the tempting models in here and the already available Mustang Mach-E. Coming in 2024 from the same German factory, which will also use the MEB architecture and possibly Ford’s equivalent of the VW ID.5. As a result, expect a slightly lower SUV with a swoopy roofline.
From what we can see so far, Ford’s upcoming EV will have a more rugged styling than the VW ID.4. It seems to have a square design while the Wolfsburg electric crossover has a round shape. Judging by the teaser images, the design team has done its job to give the electric SUV a distinct visual identity.
The “Mid-Size Crossover” has been confirmed to offer a range of 311 miles (500 kilometers) on a single charge, possibly on a WLTP cycle. As for the “Sport Crossover”, you can get a dual-motor setup from the ID.5 GTX with around 300 horsepower. The tie-up between the two refers to a combined volume of 1.2 million vehicles for both models over a six-year period.