British automotive news outlet Autocar purports to have details regarding Ford’s forthcoming performance-oriented electric crossover – a vehicle first announced at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit with the working name “Mach 1”. That moniker, borrowed from a certain high-performance model of the Ford Mustang, doesn’t seem likely to stick around, but the vehicle itself is a done deal.
According to Autocar, Ford’s performance electric crossover will assume the new, fourth-generation Ford Focus’s C2 platform – the same as the next-generation Ford Escape – and offer front-wheel drive. Internally, the new vehicle is codenamed “CX430”, and it’s apparently been a part of Ford’s product plans for several years. The new vehicle will be available globally, it seems, with deliveries slated to start in Europe sometime during 2020.
It’s still unclear whether the CX430 will be Ford’s only execution of a C2-based battery-electric crossover, or if it will follow a lighter-performance compact crossover to the market. Last year, Ford announced plans to build a pure-electric crossover with at least a 300-mile range, but we’re unsure whether that announcement refers to the same vehicle.
Ford’s performance vehicle lineup in North America is expected to diverge drastically from that of Europe due to the automaker’s choice to phase out “traditional sedans” in the market, replacing them with more crossovers and SUVs. The forthcoming CX430, which will take its styling cues from the Mustang – if not its powertrain configuration – could be seen as Ford’s attempt to bridge the “white space” between cars and crossovers, combining “the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as high ride height, space and versatility,” as the company said last month.