In April of 2018, we responded with equal parts shock and resigned understanding when Ford announced it was killing basically all of its passenger cars by year 2020.
All, that is, except for Ford’s longstanding popular pony car the Mustang, which debuted at the World’s Fair in 1964 and has been a crown jewel in the carmaker’s portfolio since.
Ford’s plan, like those of most other automakers, is to focus on trucks, SUVs, and crossovers because, well, that’s what people are buying. But what if Ford could make some kind of super amalgam that brought the most exciting components of its cars – or, now, its car – and incorporated them into an SUV?
Enter the “Mach 1,” a vehicle that Ford began teasing at last year’s Detroit Auto Show. Jalopnik says the “Mustang-inspired” SUV will be basically limited to the design of the vehicle, which incorporates the car’s 3-bar tail lights and front horse badge. Besides that, the vehicle will be all its own and built on an electric platform. It’s recently been reported that Ford claims the Mach 1, which should be introduced later this year and become available in 2020, will offer a range of 300 miles per charge, which is on par with what Tesla offers with its Model X.
Jalopnik says that what we might expect will be sort of “an electric SUV dressed in a Mustang costume” but that might not be a bad thing. The International Energy Agency predicts we’ll see 125 million electrics on the road by 2030, so Ford is just developing its future line with some nice wrapping paper.