In Europe, Ford has introduced a new Explorer EV.

The Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform serves as the foundation for this German-made compact SUV.

The US version of the Explorer EV, which will most likely be much bigger than this one, is also in the works.

Ford has pledged to bring an electric version of the popular Explorer three-row SUV to the United States in the near future, but this is not that vehicle. This Ford Explorer, on the other hand, is a brand-new, smaller electric crossover made in Germany for the European market alone. It will be on sale later this year and is built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform thanks to a collaboration between Ford and VW.

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Although Ford hasn’t released official measurements for the Explorer EV, it appears to be about the same size as the Escape or Bronco Sport compact SUVs sold in the United States. It has a slatted design element on the C-pillar and chunky wheel patterns, two modern touches, and a face that lacks a grille, giving it a futuristic appearance. The inside features a 14.6-inch vertical touchscreen, digital gauges, a roomy centre console with a lockable storage area, and plenty of legroom. Ford claims there is 17 cubic feet of storage space behind the second-row seats.

Neither of us is privy to Explorer powertrain details just yet, but we can surmise that it will include battery packs of a similar capacity to those found in the VW ID.4, which range between 58.0 kWh and 77.0 kWh. As Ford has promised both rear- and all-wheel drive variants, we may safely assume that power outputs will range from well under 200 hp at the low end to well over 300 hp at the high end.

The Ford Explorer will be manufactured in Cologne, Germany, and is currently only intended for the European market. Ford is already accepting bookings for the vehicle, which starts at the equivalent of $48,000. Although we don’t expect to see this model sold in the States, it may help us envision the Blue Oval’s future electric SUV offerings. We’ve hypothesised before that Ford’s second, larger electric crossover based on the modular electric architecture development platform (MEB) could make its way to the United States when it debuts in Europe next year.

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Joey Capparella had an unhealthy fixation on automobiles despite being fed a diet of cheap Hondas and Toyotas as a boy growing up in Nashville, Tennessee. During his time at Rice University, he wrote about automobiles for the school newspaper, which led to his eventual relocation to Ann Arbor, Michigan and his first professional auto-writing job for Automobile Magazine. He moved to New York City in 2016 to join the Car and Driver crew.