2020 Ford Mach 1 Electric SUV: News, Rumors And What It Could Look Like

Ford has struggled with recent perception that it’s not previewing enough future products through concept cars and technical innovation. Arguably, too much emphasis has been put on mobility and connectivity, with very little about the vehicles themselves.

Fortunately for blue oval fans and shareholders, there was a glimmer of hope at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year; with brief teasers for Baby Bronco, Mustang GT500 and most importantly, an electric SUV tentatively-named Mach 1.

However, we’re non-the-wiser about which direction Ford will push its electric SUV design. So how about we speculatively fill in the gaps and illustrate what might come to fruition.

Post-Kinetic Design

Remember the stunning Ford Evos concept car from 2011? Back then, it previewed Ford’s future design ethos and served as inspiration for current Fusion and Mustang. But that was a long time ago and now a new design direction is needed to keep things fresh.

So how do we change things up? Well firstly, this study introduces a new ‘masked’ front fascia, which incorporates an imposing trapezoidal grille flanked by glossy-black surrounds and dominant C-shaped LED lighting – feel free to call them “lobster claws” for the front end. In taking a leaf out of Jaguar’s design book, the grille redistributes air up and through the hood for improved aerodynamics.

Frameless windows give the greenhouse a sleeker appearance, whilst the roof follows the current two-tone black on body color trend other manufacturers are exploiting. Sheet metal-surfacing is crisp and technical in execution, whilst still being an evolution of Ford’s previous Kinetic design DNA.

Electrified Powertrains

Arguably, you could blame former CEO Mark Fields for hobbling the company’s path into hybrids and full electrification. Whereas competitors have moved forward with this technology, Ford haven’t come up with any new electrified products in years – no wonder investors weren’t happy.

Yet with Jim Hackett now at the helm, we’re still in the dark about what type of system Ford will use in terms of electric motors and battery technology. Will the electric motors be built and designed in-house or be outsourced? What type of battery technology be utilized?

What we do know is that the range needs to be significantly higher than what most current BEV’s offer. Shifting to solid state battery technology could be the magic bullet in terms of rapid charging times, performance, range and thermal safety benefits, however there are still some commercial viability obstacles to overcome before that technology becomes widespread.

Amped SUV Rivals

By the time 2020 arrives, there’ll be a plethora of electrified SUV offerings from rivals like Tesla, Hyundai, Volkswagen and General Motors to name a few.

Jaguar’s I-Pace is already available

South Korean heavyweight Hyundai already offers the Kona EV with a range of 250 miles, and Volkswagen’s I.D. Crozz is tipped hit the market in 2020 with 300-plus horsepower and a 300 mile range. In terms of luxury alternatives, Jaguar already offers the iPace EV and BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi will also have their electrified compact SUV’s to market by 2020.

Hopefully Ford’s EV SUV will be previewed in conceptual form within the next 12 months – and if so, expect that to debut at a major auto show.

Share your thoughts on this study in the comments below.

 

Photo renderings copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes ©

  • Mynameis Taylor

    Cool, a Ford Volkswagen Audi 🙂

    • Bo Hanan

      Lincoln needs a high performance SUV to go after the Germans.

  • Chris Van Der Merwe

    Lord, is this the new Ford corporate face?

    • Six_Tymes

      nah, just someones bad render

    • Mynameis Taylor

      I hope not. AUDI want’s their face back!

    • C172fccc

      Not really. It only looks like a mix of the new Ford Edge ST with the Audi e-tron Sportback Concept.

    • dumblikeyou2

      We’re entering an era of Aztek. Pontiac is finally getting its vindication.

  • :/ Yurr

    If it looked like that I would be amazed.

  • LWOAP

    They could have used a different name other than Mach 1.

    • Craig

      How about ‘Boss 429’?! lol

  • ThisDecepticonWillFU

    Ford should just name this new Ford electric S.U.V. the Ford Tempo EX.

    • Honda NSX-R

      I got another suggestion, the Ford EUV

  • Bash

    Like the idea, hate the usage of that name.

    • LWOAP

      Yep. And here I was holding out hope for the return of the Mustang Mach 1 sometime in the future. I guess that’s not happening.

      • Bash

        First and Eclipse SUV, then a Mach 1 SUV, what next? FCA to bring back the Cuda as SUV too…!!
        I just hope I’m not putting any ideas in someones head right now.

        • LWOAP

          Speaking of Cuda. The Barracuda was supposed to replace the Challenger but so far nothing has happened on that front.

          • Bash

            True, I read about that too.

    • Dennis Scipio

      That’s life sometimes. You can’t always have it your way. Not trying to sound mean but it’s the truth.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I agree. It feels purely like a boardroom decision to take advantage of suv sales, devoid of what enthusiasts might think or feel. But then again, it wouldn’t be the first time that a traditionally car-themed performance names has jumped from cars to SUV’s. But it still feels wrong lol in this particular case.

  • timii

    Hope it doesnt look like this lowkey.
    Gives you a good idea of what it might look like though.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think it needs way more Mustang influences to carry that name. The grille is fine wide, but a bit too tall. Making it shorter, or scaling it down altogether might make it look a little better. It’s a really cool render though, great job.

  • B Cuz

    Sexy concept. Wait til bean counters funk it up.

  • Language is pretty bleak if this is any indication. It’s somewhat clean, but by 2020? Ford has some work to do.

  • Paul Webster

    The rendering looks good. The concept is OK (although I reserve judgement on that point until Ford releases the weight of the battery pack and the charging technology). The name, however, is total blasphemy.

  • disqus_QYvLaKc1mj

    First Mitsubishi double kills the Eclipse name, now Ford wants to kill the Mach 1 name?!

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS WORLD?! WE NEED ANOTHER ASTEROID!!!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Why can’t they just name this the FLEX?