Ford’s President of North America Kumar Galhotra revealed that Lincoln will make use of the EV platform employed by the Mustang-inspired SUV to create its own electric utility vehicle.
Galhotra pointed out that the two models will “absolutely” be distinct from each other at the Autonomotive News World Congress. More specifically Lincoln’s EV will retain the “quiet luxury” values of the brand, whereas the 2020 Ford electric SUV is expected to feature a more aggressive design.
“You can make beautiful vehicles in different ways,” Galhotra said. “The BEV technology gives us so much freedom to sculpt that vehicle exactly how we want it. We’re going to create elegant Lincoln BEVs.”
However, Galhotra didn’t say when exactly Lincoln is going to launch it in the market, adding only that it will feature a quiet interior and user-friendly controls.
“You have a lot more flexibility,” he said. “It’s not so much if we’re going to be aggressive or not. It’s how do we use all those pieces of technology to deliver on the brand essence of Lincoln, which will be understated, quiet luxury.”
Ford is planning to offer the Mustang-inspired electric SUV in 2020 with a driving range of over 300 miles (482km). It’s expected to focus on on-road performance and share some styling cues from the Mustang. Originally known as the ‘Mach 1’, the new electric utility vehicle is reportedly going to be based on a specially adapted version of the new Focus’ C2 architecture.