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This Is The Ford 'Mustang-Inspired' SUV Caught Almost Totally Undisguised

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It’s a little unclear what the hell Ford is talking about when it calls its first all-electric SUV “Mustang inspired,” especially seeing as how it’s an all-electric family crossover whereas the Mustang, well, is not. But maybe seeing the thing in the flesh, caught almost completely uncovered, might help clear things up.

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The front fascia of this car, rumored to be called the “Ford Mach-E,” screams more Mazda than Mustang, but once you move past it, you certainly can see some little Mustang-ish(?) styling elements. There’s the scalloped side, meant to evoke the Mustang’s traditional very fake side scoops, and the triple tail lights on each side, which are there.

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Illustration for article titled This Is The Ford Mustang-Inspired SUV Caught Almost Totally Undisguised
Photo: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde

But if we move Ford’s self-inflicted forced “Mustang-ish” branding on it, it actually doesn’t look too bad, as an SUV. It’s got a sloping roofline, kind of like an Audi Q8? I dunno, I’m trying to be charitable. It looks like a Mazda CX-5, if I’m being honest. But it’s at least a start to Ford’s $11 billion investment in electric cars, which the company plans to turn into 16 different Ford and Lincoln models.

Illustration for article titled This Is The Ford Mustang-Inspired SUV Caught Almost Totally Undisguised
Photo: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde
Illustration for article titled This Is The Ford Mustang-Inspired SUV Caught Almost Totally Undisguised
Photo: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde
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Illustration for article titled This Is The Ford Mustang-Inspired SUV Caught Almost Totally Undisguised
Photo: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde
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Photo: Brian Williams/Spiedbilde
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Okay so yeah, this thing looks like a family crossover. It’s got the taillights though, I suppose.

Deputy Editor, Jalopnik. 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross.

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jordmaniac
Jordmaniac

“Mustang-inspired” involves grafting a Ford Edge front end onto an Escape, apparently.