Report: Ford Has No Current Plans To Build A Mustang Mach-E Derivative On VW’s MEB Platform (Updated)

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Ford issued a comment disregarding this rumor.

An earlier rumor from Auto Express contends that Ford is working on a smaller version of the electric Mustang Mach-E crossover. However, Ford issued a statement Monday, December 30 that their plans do not include a VW-derived EV:

“There are no plans to offer an all-electric Mustang based on VW’s MEB architecture. We remain on track to offer one MEB-based fully electric car for our European customers and are considering a second vehicle. Beyond that, we don’t comment on speculation about future products.”

Report: Get Ready For A 'Baby' Ford Mustang Mach-E, This Time Based On VW's MEB Platform

The Ford Mustang Mach-E itself hasn’t made its way into production just yet, but it did manage to cause a stir at this year’s LA Auto Show. Apart from expanding the Mustang name into three previously unexplored markets — electric cars, all-wheel drive cars SUVs — now Ford is reportedly thinking about taking the idea even further to appeal to a wide range of buyers. That said, the company does not comment on future products, so it’s tough to say at this point exactly what their plans are.

Report: Get Ready For A 'Baby' Ford Mustang Mach-E, This Time Based On VW's MEB Platform
The Volkswagen ID. 3 is the brand’s first model on the MEB platform. [Photo: Volkswagen]

Understanding Volkswagen’s MEB platform

The German automaker’s MEB platform is a wholly electric modular platforms built under all VW Group brands. Right now, the only model in current production is the ID. 3 hatchback, though we’ll eventually see this platform make its way to the U.S. in the ID. Crozz (tentatively called the ID. 4 ). Ford could potentially adapt the platform to suit their needs, but does not currently have plans to do so.

Ford has not outright confirmed another electric Mustang-based crossover yet. However, the company’s global electrification director told Auto Express: “It’s key that we have enough flexibility, and it’s important to have enough differentiation and the kind of performance you expect from a Ford. A lot of that was done in the early part of the negotiations with VW. The parameters that we’ve seen, we can make a great Ford.”