Ford has released a teaser image of its first all-new battery-electric vehicle, a 'performance utility vehicle' that it says is "inspired" by the Mustang.
The all-electric crossover, dubbed Mach 1 in reference to its Mustang-derived styling features, has been confirmed as a globally engineered model to be revealed next year, with UK deliveries starting in 2020. Few other details of the car have been released at this stage.
Ford is also working on an electric crossover, codenamed CX430, which will be built on the C2 platform used for the new Focus. That machine has been in Ford’s product plan for several years.
The CX430 will be additional to the Kuga and, since it is based on the front-wheel-drive C2 platform, it is expected to be conventional hatchback-like, with a slightly raised driving position.
Ford has identified ‘white paper’ models like the CX430 to replace saloons and hatches in its US line-up. Further crossovers with Mustang design cues and front-drive chassis are a strong possibility because they combine “the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as high ride height, space and versatility”.
If the vehicles are sized appropriately, European sales are likely.
The end of the Fiesta in the US had been rumoured for some time, because fuel prices have dropped and the economy has recovered, allowing US buyers to return to their preferred larger vehicles.