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.”
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.
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.”