Ford has revealed that its upcoming Mach 1 electric crossover will have a WLTP-certified range of 600km (370 miles) between charges.
The brand's first all-new battery-electric vehicle, a 'performance utility vehicle' that it says is "inspired" by the Mustang, is set to make its debut later this year. Named in reference to its Mustang-derived styling features, the Mach 1 has been confirmed as a globally engineered model, 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, and is a model that has been in Ford’s product plan for several years.
The CX430 will be in addition 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 sedans 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”.
And if the vehicles are sized appropriately, European sales are likely.
Ford's push into EVs followed news that Ford is dropping the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Taurus from its North American line-up. The end of the Fiesta in the US had been rumoured for some time now, and it's due to the fact that fuel prices have dropped and the economy has recovered, allowing US buyers to return to their preferred larger vehicles.
In the Indian market, Ford has begun working with Mahindra to develop a new SUV that will share its platform and underpinnings with the next-gen XUV500. The upcoming model, which will slot below the Endeavour in Ford India’s range, will be built at the Mahindra’s Chakan plant.