Ford might be planning to make more than just an electric crossover based on the Mustang’s iconic design.
We know that Ford is getting in on electric powertrains, and we know that their first foray into the world of battery-electric vehicles will be a crossover with styling based on the iconic Mustang sports coupe. We know that it will likely be called the Mach-E (after the famous Mach 1 Mustang), and that’s about it. We have no idea when such a crossover will arise or what its powertrain will ultimately look like.
Oh, and we know that Ford wants to focus on performance with their electric vehicles too.
However, a new report from Motor Trend says that an electric crossover isn’t the ONLY Mustang-inspired crossover that Ford is in the process of making. According to their April issue (and by way of The Drive), Ford will also make a series of sporty crossovers based on the same platform as the new Lincoln Aviator and 2020 Ford Explorer.
This is a little surprising in that it’s the first we’ve heard of it and that Ford already has a pretty packed lineup of crossovers and SUVs. One would think it makes a bit more sense to just make a sporty version of the Explorer or something so as to not dilute the Mustang nameplate. But whatever, we don’t work for Ford.
The report also states that Ford initially had a plan to use the same platform for “a range-topping Lincoln sedan—presumably a competitor to the Cadillac CT6,” but that was kiboshed pretty early on. Probably around the same time that Ford decided to get out of the car market entirely.
A report claims the Lincoln Aviator—Ford Explorer platform could spawn a bunch of sporty Ford Mustang crossovers:https://t.co/d1vTm4sIRN— The Drive (@thedrive) February 28, 2019
So what will these sporty, gas-powered Ford crossovers look like? Think BMW X4, but more like a Mustang than a tall and stretched out 4-Series. It’ll have four doors, sit on big, chunky wheels, and have the same power as the non-GT350 trims as the Mustang. That likely means the 5.0-L Coyote V8 of the Mustang GT with 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.
We wouldn’t complain to see the 2.3-L EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder in the crossover, or the 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 of the Ford Raptor.
As for when we might see such a crossover, that we don’t know. Maybe later this year, maybe next year. Ford is looking to make a lot of new vehicles though, so probably sooner rather than later.