Ford’s MEB-based crossover to be officially unveiled on March 21, 2023
American automobile giant Ford Motor Company has plans to officially unveil the brand's first MEB-based crossover in March this year, the company’s European Design Director Amko Leenarts revealed.
According to Leenarts’ revelation, Ford will unveil its first MEB-based crossover on 21st of March. The upcoming electric crossover is one of the two EVs that the U.S.-based automaker has designed in partnership with German motor vehicle manufacturer Volkswagen (VW).
However, Leenarts insisted that its latest EV will have its own characteristic American design and will not resemble VW’s other MEB crossovers, such as the ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq. The crossover, which is yet to be named, will be assembled in Cologne, Germany. In Ford’s electric lineup, the upcoming crossover is expected to sit below the Mach-E battery electric compact crossover SUV.
When it comes to specs, Ford's MEB-based crossover is expected to be similar to the ID.4 compact crossover SUV as both EVs are basically the same underneath. While Ford has yet to reveal the specs of its first MEB-based crossover, the ID.4 is known to have a WLTP range of up to 328 miles on a single charge. It is available in both RWD and AWD versions.
It will be quite interesting to see if the American manufacturer offers a performance version, similar to the ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX. Equipped with a dual-motor, the ID.4 GTX produces 300 horsepower. It takes 6.2 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph. The figure may not seem quick when we compare it with the Tesla Model Y Performance and Kia EV6 GT electric models, but it is not bad at all considering the fact that the EV in question is a family crossover. The EV6 also comes loaded with DC fast-charging capability, which makes juicing up at public charging stations a quick and easy job.
To prepare its Cologne production plant for the EV age, Ford has made a huge investment of more than $1 billion. Currently, the German plant is producing only the Fiesta hatchback. However, that will be phased out by the end of 2025. From then onwards, the plant will produce only electric models.
Unfortunately, it remains unknown if Ford’s first MEB-based crossover will be sold in the U.S. market, as some recent reports claimed that it could be a Euro-only electric model. The Fiesta hatchback, the lone vehicle currently being built at the Cologne factory, isn’t sold in the U.S.