Blue Oval manufacturer has big plans for its Mustang Mach-E electric crossover. We already wrote about it, its trim levels and possibly the forthcoming pickup truck. However, the list goes on with the new “Baby” Ford Mustang Mach-E. This model will represent a smaller crossover, and it will ride on Volkswagen’s new electric vehicle architecture.
Of course, the ultimate goal is to deliver the Mach-E model to a wider range of customers. The same platform will underpin a new VW ID.3 model as well. Let’s find out what Baby Mach-E has to offer once it arrives.
According to Auto Express, Ford met with Volkswagen last month in order to discuss how Blue Oval could use VW’s platform. It is a Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform for new electric vehicles. A couple of months earlier, two giants expanded their partnership, and the first result can be expected next year.
Ford feels the “Baby” Mustang Mach-E crossover is a perfect candidate for this piece of architecture. The Chief of Ford Europe Murat Gueler said: “Mustang’s influence wasn’t considered until its introduction. Mach-E is using Mustang as an inspiration, and we are really excited by what this model brings to the electric car. We already talked about expansion to some sort of family.”
Ford Mustang Mach-E Uses MEB Platform
As we already said, the new MEB platform will underpin the forthcoming I.D family. Modular Electric Drive Matrix. Volkswagen will use this piece of architecture in a variety of classes. Moreover, the new platform can reach ranges of up to 300 miles and more. According to a German manufacturer, this platform will fundamentally change electric cars and other electric vehicles.
Of course, that includes crossovers and SUVs. Additionally, Modular Electric Toolkit dumps all the ballast of the fossil age. That means the architecture is designed consistently for electric vehicles. As a result, this will affect other fundamental changes in body design, powertrain characteristics and interior design as well.
What About “Baby” Ford Mustang Mach-E?
Blue Oval plans to offer Mustang Mach-E to a wider range of customers, and its “Baby” variant is just a beginning. The biggest issue for Blue Oval was the windscreen or its base. Volkswagen positioned front bulkhead and cowl far forward. Thanks to that, the gap between the steering wheel and the base of the windscreen has been lengthened. Ford can’t borrow the same technology and will need to change something.
The head-up display is far from the steering wheel, so “Baby” Mach-E will provide a shorter hood. On the other hand, Blue Oval will still deliver Mustang’s stance, profile and the roofline.
“The key is that we have enough flexibility and enough differentiation that you expect from Ford. We’ve done a lot in the early part of the negotiations with Volkswagen. The parameters that we’ve seen, we can make a great Ford.” Ted Cannis, the global director of electrification at Ford, said.
As you can see, Ford is serious about turning Mustang into a whole new brand. Moreover, its plan for electric cars sounds impressive. There is no timeline as to when we’ll see the new “Baby” Mustang Mach-E. Blue Oval is still in talks with Volkswagen about the platform.