As Ford Authority first reported last summer, a European Ford EV built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform is one of several new models stemming from a partnership between the two automakers. Back in April, we shared some spy photos of this forthcoming Ford MEB EV partially covered, as well as some exclusive details about the model, shortly after which news leaked out that Ford was considering a second European EV built on VW’s MEB platform. Now, even more details regarding the first MEB-based Blue Oval electric vehicle have leaked, courtesy of Autocar.
As Ford Authority previously reported, the new EV is slated to enter production in 2023 at the Ford Cologne Assembly plant in Germany. According to Autocar, the European Ford MEB EV will share its underpinnings with the Volkswagen ID.4 – not the smaller ID.3, as well as a similar profile. That also means boxier styling than the larger Ford Mustang Mach-E, as we’ve previously reported. According to Autocar, it will represent “a significant departure” from the Mach-E in that regard.
The interior of the MEB-based EV will reportedly borrow heavily from the recently-revealed China-only Ford EVOS, which has a rather large infotainment screen that spans nearly the entire width of the dash, another big departure from the Mach-E’s 15.5-inch vertically-oriented screen. Autocar notes that the future model might be among the first to feature Ford’s new Google Android-based operating system.
The MEB-based Ford EV will likely be similar to the ID.4 in terms of powertrains and battery configurations as well. Autocar claims that a standard 52 kWh battery will offer around 213 miles of range, with an extended range 77 kWh unit providing up to 300 miles of range or more. Rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations are expected, as well as 148, 204, and high-performance 300 horsepower versions.
It isn’t currently clear what this future Ford EV will be called, but Autocar points out that there’s a possibility that it might continue Ford’s recent trend of reviving historical names for new models, a la the Mustang Mach-E and Ford F-150 Lightning. The MEB-based EV is expected to be revealed in the first half of 2022 and launch for the 2023 model year.