Ford is in the midst of a major transformation as it aims to quickly expand its all-electric vehicle lineup, which already contains a trio of models – the Ford E-Transit, Ford F-150 Lightning, and Ford Mustang Mach-E. The automaker will launch a grand total of seven new EVs in Europe by 2026, in fact, though it’s also working on its second-generation models, which will ride on new, dedicated platforms. It’s unclear what sort of future vehicle we may be looking at here – which was recently spotted by Ford Authority outside of a Blue Oval facility in Dearborn – but it could potentially be some sort of design mockup for the next-generation Mustang Mach-E.
It’s difficult to tell what, exactly, resides underneath that heavy wrap, but it certainly looks like some sort of mockup or concept. There are no side mirrors present, and it’s wearing very thin tires, which could be clues that it isn’t any kind of road-worthy model, however. Up top, the roofline looks quite a bit like the one present on the Kia EV6, while the overall profile is very crossover-like, with a steeply sloping rear hatch area and a relatively flat, vertical rear end.
There are several possibilities as to what we might be looking at here, starting with the aforementioned next-gen Mustang Mach-E, which is due to arrive in 2026, as Ford Authority reported last month. Additionally, it could be the rumored Mach-E “coupe” model listed on a recent future product roadmap. Either way, the next-gen Mach-E is reportedly slated to enter production at the Cuauatitlan Assembly plant in Mexico on July 1st, 2026.
Alternatively, we could be looking at the next-generation Ford Escape, which is reportedly set to replace the existing ICE model with an EV that enters production at the Louisville Assembly plant on January 5th, 2026. The Escape EV will reportedly share FoMoCo’s new GE2.1 dedicated EV platform with the next-gen Mach-E, Ford Explorer, and Lincoln Aviator EVs.
Finally, this heavy cover could be concealing an upcoming Lincoln EV model. The luxury brand is set to launch four new all-electric vehicles by 2026 – despite not having on in its current lineup – each of which will ride on FoMoCo’s dedicated EV platforms.
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It looks like a tall Prius
That’s what I thought, too! 😳
Great photos! Looks like the next generation Mach-e is going to be a winner! Wait…what…oh yes…can’t see it yet…:-)
Just what we need, another Mustang variant while Lincoln is being starved of exciting product that we really want.
I like the Kammback and the tapered hips !
(This points to the aerodynamic led design Farley spoke of.)
This might actually be the rolling mockup of the rejected Mach E design, before it went back to the drawing board as a Mustang.
Agree it’s possible. But if so it might also be repurposed for a different segment and name plate.
I bet that this is a Lincoln MKZ. See the pictures at this link:
The tail is identical.
Wouldn’t it be nice if it were an ev edge
I was also thinking Probe when I looked at Mathe overall silhouette and production Probe when I looked at the sharp downward shotgun angles in the front.
It’s the new Thunderbird that was rumored to return. After all, the Thunderbird was 2 and 4 seater all the way to 6 passengers in the 1970’s. Offered a 4-door variant off the Mark III and went retro for a slow death from 2003. Why not a Thunderbird SUV? Purists rejoice! SUV everything! Can a Pinto SUV be next?
The front clip does not look like a Lincoln as some of the automotive sites have suggested but then the rear has vibes of the Model L100 concept. Could this be a “Corsair E”? Almost looks like a modern update of the Lincoln Quicksliver of the 1980’s.
They really need a Mach-E Convertable. Now that would be pretty cool!
Dream on…Ford doesn’t listen to what we want vs what we have to buy.