The company had previously confirmed the Mach 1 will be built on a dedicated EV platform and will have a range of 300 miles. The model has mostly been finalised and prototypes are expected to hit the road this year for development testing. The teaser shot shows the model’s Mustang-inspired rear lights.
Ford originally planned to launch a practical all-electric SUV but, to stand out from the market, the brand changed tack and decided to launch it as a performance model instead. Ford’s aim is to “infuse” the SUV with the image, performance and style of the Mustang.
Performance details on the Mach 1 SUV are yet to be announced. However, we do know it will use lithium-ion battery technology, with Ford bosses confirming that production will take place at one of Ford’s facilities in Mexico.
The decision to produce a performance SUV first was partly down to a new division within Ford called Team Edison – a group of around 200 people established mid-way through 2018, tasked with creating and developing Ford’s autonomous and electric vehicles.
Ford recently doubled its investment in electric vehicles to $11 billion (roughly £8 billion). Darren Palmer, Team Edison’s global product development director, expects this outlay to bring 16 fully electric vehicles into a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles by 2022.
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