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Ford Expands Deal With VW To Include a New Sporty Crossover EV

Ford is about the reap the gains of its new partnership with Volkswagen, with growing programs to use VW’s MEB electric powered auto platform to deliver many new designs as the automakers ready the very first solution of that partnership for its 2023 launch. The initial new EV is a car or truck we have known about for years, with Ford laying the foundations of this program again in 2019. But murmurs of a second MEB-based mostly model have borne fruit, and a different new EV will adopt those VW bones.

To sum up, that helps make two Volkswagen-dependent crossover SUVs coming to Europe in the following few yrs. We assume the initially to borrow the ID4’s all round shape and MEB system variant, with Ford-precise styling and attributes. If you would like a clue as to what to count on, 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 close up sharing a system variant, they may possibly be a further illustration of cross-brand differentiation.

Specifics on the next Ford MEB product are even sketchier, with Ford labeling it only as a “Sport Crossover” and indicating creation would not commence till 2024. With the recent reveal of the European-only ID5, the ID4’s rakish and sportier cousin, intelligent dollars is that this other Ford MEB product will acquire inspiration (and like a profile) from the ID5.

Each types will arise from the firm’s Cologne factory, which Ford has extended explained would be the internet site on which its VW-centered cars would be made.

Meanwhile, the Ford Puma—a sporty modest crossover with an readily available hybrid powertrain—will get an EV model in 2024. And Ford introduced that several of its European business vehicles—the Tourneo, Transit, Transit Connect, etcetera.—will spawn whole-EV variations as very well. It would seem not likely that any of these items (help save, most likely a Transit Link EV down the line) will make it stateside.

The EV force is aspect of Ford’s prepare to offer 600,000+ autos in Europe by 2026. Ford hopes to market a full of 1.2 million EVs manufactured at the Cologne plant about the future 6 decades.