Ford is getting ready to unveil its “Mustang-inspired” Tesla Model Y competitor on November 17, and so far, the only official media we have on the electric SUV is a silhouette.  But a fan forum has produced a render of the upcoming car, rumored to be named the Mach E, based on leaked CAD drawings, which shows a possible form that it might take.

Before we got the silhouette, we also saw a short video of a camouflaged mule doing winter testing in Michigan. In that video, the car looked rather boxy and perhaps a little uninspiring. But it was a test mule, and the camouflage is designed to throw you off, so we can’t really make much of that one video.

The more recent silhouette looks great though. It’s sporty, looks low, and definitely shows a Mustang-inspired design:

ford mustang inspired all electric suv crossover model y competitor

After this silhouette was released by Ford, an instagram account called “allcarnews” purported to have gained access to leaked CAD images showing the electric SUV’s body shape.  From these images, they produced a few renders showing the possible design of the car (click right arrow a few times to get to the CAD images):

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EXCLUSIVE: Ford Mustang Mach-E ⚡️ ______________________________________ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ [10/24/19] A super @Allcarnews Exclusive, this is 98% of what the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric performance SUV will look like! Today, Ford Performance, not Ford, has announced this special EV will be unveiled next month on the 17th…. but who wants to wait?? They also released a side teaser image too showing off the strong Mustang inspired lines, RWD characteristic cab back design and the signature mustang style lights! I made these renders based directly off exclusive CAD files along with great input from insiders! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🏁 @Allcarnews Spec sheet: Well we are expecting a 280-300mile range from a large floor mounted battery pack of an unspecified capacity. Larger battery options could take that up to 340miles or range! Expect over 400HP, RWD bias and high performance capability with technology derived from the GT350/GT500/Ford GT and other Ford Performance Products such as suspension, aero and handling characteristics. 🏁 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is an EXCLUSIVE view of the rear too as no one has yet seen what it will look like so here you all go! The rear clearly has “Mustang inspiration” with the triple LED taillights, that Mustang fastback style design all with a unique flair. Compared to my last rendition this is more refined with accurate bits. It will have Lincoln Continental style window trim door handles to keep the body sleek, muscular and smooth, and it will have a MASSIVE rear wing and i mean HUGE to aid in aero and cover up the sloping roofline. Pricing is expected to be from $40k-$60k in line with the Tesla Model Y though it will be a larger vehicle, closer to the Model X size! ________________________________________ ACN EXTRA: Super exclusive render here! The rear derived from CAD images and loads of input so thank you (you all know who you are)! (Also made those taillights from scratch!) ________________________________________ -Text by @allcarnews -Render ©Allcarnews #Ford #MachE #FordSUV #EV #Mach1 #Mustang #USA #murica #Tesla #SUV #carbon ||#powerful #performance #turbocharged #supercharged

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As for specs, the Mach E electric SUV is expected be available with around 300 miles of range and a performance-oriented design and powertrain.  Ford says the car will “go like hell,” a reference to a slogan they used during their racing campaign to beat Ferrari in the 1960s.

The rest of the specs in the embedded Instagram post above are otherwise all speculation. They aren’t outside of the realm of possibility, but none have been confirmed.

What we do know is that Ford is positioning the electric SUV as a Tesla Model Y competitor, because immediately after Tesla’s Model Y reveal, Ford tweeted out a teaser about the car.  That included a design sketch from the rear, looking very Mustang-like:

Mustang all-electric

And now, the burgeoning fan forum “Mach E Forum” has produced their own renders based on the available information, showing their take on what the design might look like.  Here they are, in three colors:


Ford’s normal Mustang is available in lots of colors, ranging from your standard white, black, and silver to more sportscar-like red, green, and bright yellow-orange. No word yet on which colors the Mach E will be available in, but we’re hoping some of those sportscar colors make the cut.

One piece of information Mach E forums used in their design was an ad Ford released a year ago touting their future vehicles. The ad included a shot of what, at the time, seemed to be a possible upcoming Mustang hybrid, but now we suspect it may have been the Mach E (screenshot enhanced to show more of car’s form):

ford mach e screenshot bryan cranston ad mustang hybrid

While none of this is a complete design reveal, with all this information, we’re getting pretty close to seeing what this electric SUV looks like.

In the EV space, Ford currently sells many “energi” low-range plug-in hybrids, and a has sold a retrofit Focus EV, so they don’t have much to show in the EV department so far. Despite that, Ford seems to be taking electric cars more and more seriously lately.

The company claimed last year that it’s going “all-in” on EVs after a change in company leadership, and the new CEO Jim Hackett formed a new internal team, called “Team Edison,” to oversee electric car programs.  Earlier this month they announced big EV charging plans in partnership with Greenlots and Amazon, and earlier this year Ford invested $500 million into Rivian after the startup electric truck stole last year’s LA Auto Show.

They’ve also moved some combustion engine investment into electric cars, though their investments are still majority-combustion.  So they’re not quite “all-in” yet, at least not as far as, say, Daimler, who recently announced that they would stop developing internal combustion entirely.

In another display of their seriousness about increasing their green car cred, Ford agreed with California (along with BMW, Honda, and VW) earlier this year to voluntarily meet higher emissions standards in the face of federal efficiency rollbacks.  Much of the rest of the industry, including GM, FCA, and Toyota, recently came down on the side of more pollution.

Electrek’s Take

Obviously we haven’t seen the actual design yet, and will have to wait a few weeks for an unveiling. But between all these renders and hints we’ve seen, it seems like we’re getting a good picture of how the car will look.

And from what we’ve seen, Ford’s electric SUV could look great. And Ford’s recent overtures towards taking electric cars seriously are very welcome.

Beyond that, the Mach E is honestly one of the most exciting upcoming cars in our opinion. Ford has a classic, iconic car design in the Mustang, and lending that design to their first serious entrant into the electric car space makes a big statement.

The Mustang is synonymous with American Muscle. While Tesla has done a lot for the perception of EVs as performance-oriented cars, having one of the iconic car brands on board the electric train going full steam ahead is going to be huge.

We can’t wait to see it, and even more so, we can’t wait to drive it. See you on November 17th, maybe we’ll have a drive to show you.

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