Back in 2020, Ford and Volkswagen signed off on a partnership agreement that has since resulted in multiple collaborative efforts and new models, one that will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. The two companies are mostly focused on pooling resources in the commercial and all-electric vehicle space, and that agreement is also playing a big role in Europe, where The Blue Oval has long planned on offering two crossovers that are underpinned by VW’s MEB platform. The first – the Ford Explorer EV – debuted this past March, and now, the second as-yet-unnamed model has been potentially spotted testing by Ford Authority.
That much is clear from the prototype’s styling, even though it’s completely covered from one end to another with heavy camouflage. Regardless of that covering, which obscures the model’s finer styling details, its overall shape looks quite similar to the Explorer EV, and the exposed headlights seem to provide more clues as well. The other notable feature we can see here is the pretense of a “coupe-like” rear hatch, which is slanted rather than the more upright look of the Explorer EV.
It’s unclear what this new model will be called – though a prior report suggested that it may resurrect the beloved Capri nameplate and do so with a cost of around £40,000 ($49k USD), offer up to 310 miles of charge, and do 0-60 in 6.4 seconds, with 300 horsepower coming from its electric motor(s). Previously, Ford revealed that the Explorer EV would be the “sporty” crossover of the duo, while this “five-seat mid-size crossover,” as the automaker calls it, was originally slated to enter production at the Cologne Electrification Center in Germany in 2023, though those plans have since been delayed.
As Ford Authority reported back in September, the Explorer EV was slated to enter production at the Cologne plant in early 2024, but The Blue Oval recently announced that it was pushing back its plans to build 600k EVs next year in total, and that news was accompanied by a six-month delay for the Ford Explorer EV, which CEO Jim Farley blamed on thermal propagation of the crossover’s battery.
However, Martin Sander, general manager, Ford Model e Europe, later explained that this delay stems from a desire “to wait for a new generation of Volkswagen battery technology to be available,” and he also added that the second MEB-based crossover is slated to enter production a few weeks after the Explorer EV next summer. Powertrain and battery pack spec have yet to be revealed for the Explorer EV, however, including output and range estimates, though we do know that the new model will be available in two trim levels – Explorer and Explorer Premium – and that it will start out at around €45,000 ($48,513 USD).