All-electric, Mustang-inspired Ford Mach 1 SUV spied

22 Aug, 2019 9:45am Luke Wilkinson

A development mule for the upcoming Ford Mach 1 all-electric SUV has been caught on camera for the first time, sporting heavy camouflage

Ford’s forthcoming all-electric Mach 1 SUV has been caught on camera for the first time, ahead of an anticipated reveal towards the end of 2019. When it goes on sale next year, the Mustang-inspired EV will boast a range of 373 miles.

The Mach 1’s claimed 373 mile range would place Ford’s all-electric SUV well ahead of upcoming rivals such as the Audi Q4 e-Tron, and even the range-topping version of the Tesla Model X. What's more, Ford claims that it's a figure targeted under WLTP rules.

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This development mule wears heavy camouflage but, under the cladding, we can make out a coupe-esque roofline, a long bonnet and four doors. Also, this mule’s body and wheelbase looks respectively taller and longer than conventional SUVs such as the Volvo XC60 and Land Rover Discovery; presumably to mimic the Mustang’s styling.

Ford recently released a shadowy teaser image of the Mach 1 SUV, which detailed the EV’s rear bumper and tailgate. Judging by the teaser shot, we expect the production car will feature a set of tri-bar rear lights and a lift-back boot-lid, similar to the units fitted to the current Mustang.

Ford originally planned to launch a practical all-electric SUV but, to stand out from the market, the brand changed tack and decided to launch it as a performance model instead. Ford’s aim is to “infuse” the SUV with the image, performance and style of the Mustang.

The decision to produce a performance SUV first was partly down to a new division within Ford called Team Edison – a group of around 200 people established mid-way through 2018, tasked with creating and developing Ford’s autonomous and electric vehicles.

Performance details on the Mach 1 SUV are yet to be announced. However, we do know it will use lithium-ion battery technology, with Ford bosses confirming that production will take place at one of Ford’s facilities in Mexico.

Ford recently doubled its investment in electric vehicles to $11 billion (roughly £8 billion). Darren Palmer, Team Edison’s global product development director, expects this outlay to bring 16 fully electric vehicles into a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles by 2022. 

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