When Ford killed off the Fiesta in Europe, the corporate made no secret about what would substitute it: Electrical crossovers, constructed on Volkswagen’s MEB platform. Now, with a tweet from European Mannequin E boss Martin Sander, the blue oval has proven off a sneak peek of its subsequent electrified mannequin. And people, it positive is a boxy crossover.
Automotive Information speculated that the upcoming crossover can be referred to as the Explorer Sport, however this preliminary tease doesn’t present a lot Explorer DNA within the new automotive’s styling. It’s extra compact than its greater brother, and the general form — and that physique line that dips beneath the headlight — extra intently resemble one other non-American Ford: The Everest.
Certain, the headlights aren’t an ideal match, however take a look at the remainder of the physique. The Everest and this new, unnamed EV share a equally lengthy, low greenhouse and tall, squared-off entrance finish. Think about an Everest dropped to the bottom like that Cosworth-inspired Maverick, and you will have a fairly good estimation of how this new EV will look.
As a substitute for the Fiesta, an Everest-inspired EV is… disheartening. In fact, the push in the direction of electrification is one from which we’ll all profit, however changing one of many business’s most charming and entertaining subcompact automobiles with an even bigger crossover performs into the ever-quickening arms race of ever-growing commuter automobiles that proceed to do extra hurt than good.
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Ford’s upcoming EV will certainly promote, with confirmed mechanical underpinnings and on-trend, off-road-inspired styling. It can possible, in a vacuum, be a really fascinating and handsome automobile. However as a Fiesta substitute, is it the automotive we’d like?