Ford on Thursday released a teaser photo of a new electric crossover due to be revealed in early 2023.
The crossover is the model Ford is developing on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular platform designed for mainstream electric vehicles, made possible by a deal hammered out between the two automakers in 2019.
The MEB platform is found in several vehicles including the Volkswagen ID.4 compact crossover, which the Ford will likely be closely aligned with. Both the teaser and early spy shots of a clay model in transport point to the Ford featuring a boxier design than the VW.
Volkswagen ID.4 built at Chattanooga
Like the ID.4, we can expect the Ford to offer the choice of rear- and all-wheel drive. It isn’t clear how big the battery will be but the ID.4 comes with 62- and 82-kwh battery options, and the MEB platform supports a number of additional battery sizes.
Don’t look for the crossover to be sold in the U.S. Ford has only announced plans to sell it in Europe, where it will be built. Production will be handled at Ford’s plant in Cologne, Germany. The site is where Ford’s European headquarters is located, and where Ford is investing $1 billion for for EV and battery production.
Ford will eventually launch a second crossover in Europe based on the MEB platform. It’s described as a sport crossover, and will likely end up as being a more coupe-like version of the first crossover, similar to how VW offers the ID.4 and ID.5 siblings.