- A new leak has found that Ford’s highly-anticipated EV based on the MEB platform could be a small SUV or a crossover.
- Ford is expected to launch its first EV based on the MEB platform in Europe by 2023, with the EV expected to go into production at the company’s facility in Cologne, Germany.
- This EV will reportedly have the same wheelbase as the Volkswagen ID.4 with 52kWh and 77kWh battery pack options.
Volkswagen’s renowned modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform is expected to be used by Ford as part of its plans to electrify its fleet of cars in Europe. It is known that the first Ford EV running on the MEB platform will break cover in 2023 following the conclusion of a $1 billion investment in its facility in Cologne, Germany.
Autocar has now accessed spy photos of a covered Ford clay model, believed to be of the upcoming MEB Ford EV. By the looks of it, this will be an SUV/crossover carrying a design somewhat new for Ford’s EV business, which is at its nascent stage.
It’s worth pointing out that this covered model looks pretty similar to the Kia EV6 and the Hyundai IONIQ 5. However, we may be in for a couple of more surprises on the design front when the EV is ultimately revealed sometime next year.
This upcoming Ford MEB EV will be limited to the European markets, which will make the landscape quite interesting given that it will go up against Volkswagen’s MEB cars, including the upcoming ID.4 GTX and the ID.5.
Autocar points out that this Ford electric crossover will likely have the same wheelbase as the ID.4 (2765mm), while battery pack options should include 52kWh and 77kWh with up to 323 miles of range. This Ford EV could also be offered in rear and all-wheel-drive options.
Ford of Europe has said that it plans to bring around 600,000 MEB electric cars to the continent in the next few years. It is believed that while the first model will go into production, a second one is still being considered. As for the U.S., Ford currently has its hands full with the Mustang Mach-E, which has shown plenty of promise so far.