Ford is about the enjoy the advantages of its new partnership with Volkswagen, with expanding plans to use VW’s MEB electric vehicle system to make several new types as the automakers completely ready the very first products of that partnership for its 2023 launch. The initial new EV is a auto we have regarded about for a long time, with Ford laying the foundations of this plan again in 2019. But murmurs of a second MEB-based mostly model have borne fruit, and a different new EV will undertake those people VW bones.
To sum up, that helps make two Volkswagen-primarily based crossover SUVs coming to Europe in the following pair many years. We be expecting the 1st to borrow the ID4’s general condition and MEB system variant, with Ford-distinct styling and features. If you’d like a clue as to what to hope, just seem to the other EV twins out there (or about to be)—the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra. If the Chevrolet Equinox and Honda Prologue conclude up sharing a platform variant, they may be another case in point of cross-brand differentiation.
Aspects on the 2nd Ford MEB model are even sketchier, with Ford labeling it only as a “Activity Crossover” and declaring generation will never begin right up until 2024. With the new expose of the European-only ID5, the ID4’s rakish and sportier cousin, smart dollars is that this other Ford MEB design will get inspiration (and like a profile) from the ID5.
Equally products will arise from the firm’s Cologne manufacturing facility, which Ford has long claimed would be the web page upon which its VW-based mostly motor vehicles would be generated.
In the meantime, the Ford Puma—a sporty tiny crossover with an obtainable hybrid powertrain—will get an EV variation in 2024. And Ford declared that numerous of its European commercial vehicles—the Tourneo, Transit, Transit Hook up, etcetera.—will spawn entire-EV versions as well. It looks unlikely that any of these solutions (conserve, possibly a Transit Link EV down the line) will make it stateside.
The EV press is component of Ford’s system to promote 600,000+ motor vehicles in Europe by 2026. Ford hopes to sell a overall of 1.2 million EVs generated at the Cologne plant more than the up coming six yrs.