Ford unveils its Volkswagen-based electric crossover for Europe, the Explorer
- Ford has unveiled a new EV model for Europe called Explorer.
- This compact SUV will be manufactured in Germany and is based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform.
- There’s also an Explorer EV due in the US, but it will likely be much larger than this.
Ford promised that an electric version of the familiar three-row Explorer SUV would be coming to the U.S. sometime soon, but this isn’t that car. Instead, this Ford Explorer is a new, smaller electric crossover built in Germany and intended exclusively for the European market. It uses Volkswagen’s MEB platform as part of a partnership between Ford and VW and is scheduled to go on sale later this year.
Ford didn’t provide exact dimensions for this Explorer EV, but to us it looks like a compact SUV in the same vein as the Escape or Bronco Sport we get in the States. It has a modern look with no front grille, and a relatively low-profile display. – A low-slung but still boxy shape, and interesting details including a slatted design element on the C-pillar and chunky wheel patterns. Inside, it has a large 14.6-inch vertical touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster, in addition to a spacious center console and a lockable compartment behind the screen. It’s a two-row, five-seater, and Ford claims 17 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat.
We don’t know the Explorer’s powertrain specifications yet, but we think it will have similar-sized battery packs as the Volkswagen ID.4, which offers 58.0 kWh and 77.0 kWh battery packs. Ford says it will offer rear- and all-wheel-drive versions, so expect results to range from less than 200 hp for the base version to more than 300 hp for higher-end models.
The Ford Explorer will be produced in Cologne, Germany, and is scheduled to be produced only in Europe at this stage. Pricing starts at $48,000 and Ford is taking reservations now. We doubt we’ll see this model come to the US, but it may give us an idea of what future Blue Oval electric SUV models will look like. A second, larger MEB electric crossover is scheduled to arrive in Europe next year, and we previously expected that car to end up in the US.
Although he grew up on a steady diet of typical Honda and Toyota models — or perhaps because of it — Joey Caparella had an obsession with the automobile industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to start his first professional auto writing gig at Rice University. Car magazine. It was part of Car and driver Team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.