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Upcoming European Ford EV Spotted In Public For First Time

As it strives to transform its entire European lineup to all-electric vehicles by 2030 or sooner, Ford will launch seven new EVs by 2024 – a group that includes two new crossovers built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform – a mid-size model and a “sport” variant. Ford Authority first spotted a prototype of one of these forthcoming EVs back in April 2021, though it was covered up – quite literally – giving us just a glimpse at what to expect. Now, Ford Authority has spotted the future European Ford EV in public for the very first time.

This forthcoming European Ford EV looks very much like the previously-spotted prototype, however, with an overall shape that’s somewhat of a mashup between a crossover and hatchback. Unlike many other all-electric vehicles already on sale, this particular model sports a more angular, chiseled appearance, rather than the soft, curvy lines and “egg-like” look put forth by a number of other EVs.

Last month, Ford teased the upcoming “sport” version of these future MEB-based crossovers – which may be called the Explorer Sport. Like this newly spotted prototype, that model looks a lot like the original prototype from nearly two years ago. Both of these models will be produced at the Cologne Assembly plant in Germany following its transition to the Cologne Electrification Center, a process that’s currently underway following a billion dollar investment, though it will result in the loss of around 1,000 jobs, as Ford Authority recently reported.

As for timing, the sport EV crossover will enter production at the Cologne plant by the end of 2023 following its debut in March. A few months later, it will be joined by the other MEB-based EV, the medium-size crossover, and in 2024, the Ford Puma EV. However, The Blue Oval doesn’t currently plan on building entry-level EVs – as is the case with its cross-town rival, General Motors – at least until raw materials costs decline.

We’ll have more on Ford’s future European EV soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for non-stop Ford news coverage.

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  1. Tim

    Can you say electric Corsair. With out the need for an engine bayou would think the design would be more interesting..oh wait this is the new Ford Motor Company….aka Yawn Motors

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    1. John

      Agreed. You could throw any CUV badge on there and nobody would know the difference. Looks like any other CR-V clone.

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    2. RWFA

      In a low sitting car, unless you like wheelhouses in your footwells and crushed feet in a front end collision you kind of have to have a box in front of the passenger compartment around the wheels.

      Given these practical considerations, and unless you want a high sitting van, it’s unclear what innovation you think Ford could do between the A-pillar and bumper.

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      1. Drew Ford Retiree

        A pure BEV can have very different proportions. It can have a very low hood as pedestrian protection requirements don’t need clearance to a conventional engine. It can have a very long wheelbase with nil overhangs (BEVs free-up crush space that is otherwise consumed by the ICE in a crash).

        Quite simply, these spy photos show a very uninspired set of proportions. Look at a Tesla. The hood and cowl are very low. The overhangs are short. They aren’t perfect (strange greenhouse tumblehome). But BEVs are an opportunity for designers and engineers to rethink a lot of things. Do it.

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        1. RWFA

          Agreed but as I look at this car, I can imagine the frunk is being used to make up for a smallish cargo area (when the rear seats are occupied.)

          Maybe not in this car but I could see a 3rd row vehicle with a breadbox cargo area making up for that with a good size frunk.

          Go for tight packaging around the front wheels and you hive up all the goodness frunkishness brings.

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    3. Njia

      Or the Edge replacement at Oakville Assembly? Timing seems to coincide somewhat with the launch of that EV.

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      1. RWFA

        Was similarly thinking this car has the stubby proportions typical of the Edge.

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      2. Michael K

        The Edge replacement in Oakville is the “Explorer EV” and is a 3-row utility based entirely on a new Ford developed platform called GE2. Two Lincolns will also share it.

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  2. Michael K

    Definitely a style change for Ford in Europe, but it might be styled to accommodate a frunk. It would be quite a challenge to re-engineer the MEB to get a decent frunk up there however, so perhaps it’s just styled around the ID4 body plan which is boxier than the typical wedge-shaped Ford.

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    1. RWFA

      I think that’s a fair assumption.

      A big part of MQB and MLB was “common” cowl sections.

      It’s not clear to me if MEB forces that or if Ford was able to modify structure not affecting common EV “Baukasten” parts.

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      1. Michael K

        It’s not clear to me how much of the top-hat is Ford, obviously all of the body work is, but all the hard points under that body work are expensive to re-engineer so it would have be pretty important for Ford to re-engineer much of it.

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        1. RWFA

          Very much agreed.

          Given FoE’s 1G MEB based vehicles are a “Notlösung” intended to keep Ford in the game until a Ford-developed 2G solution is ready, it makes sense that the incentive to carry over hard points and hardware (thus reducing CAPEX and vastly increasing speed to market) would be big.

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