This 1968 Mustang-based SUV looks like really bad idea compared to the Mach-E

Are you upset that Ford used the "Mustang" and "Mach" badges on an all-electric crossover? Well, things could have been worse. Whether it should carry a Mustang badge or not, the Mach-E looks pretty cool. But we can’t say the same about a crossover based on the first-generation Mustang. Yes, we know that Ford never designed such a thing, but Instagram’s wb.artist20 just rendered this crazy idea, and it looks awkward, to say the least.

This 1960’s Style Mustang Mach-E is The Definition of Ugly

Designing a Mustang-based crossover is no easy task, but Ford nailed it with the Mach-E.

It combined headlamps, a grille, and fenders that look very close to the Mustang’s with the typical design features of a sporty crossover, like a coupe-style roof, subtle wheel arch cladding, and a taller body. But you can’t do that with the first-generation Mustang.

As this rendering shows, the proportions become really weird when a tall, SUV-style cabin is dropped onto a 1968 Shelby GT500 body. The increased ride height and the longer wheelbase make things a bit better overall, but a wagon-style roof simply doesn’t work with the muscular shoulders of the first-generation Mustang. The side vents, the quarter window louvers, and the rear spoiler, all iconic Mustang design cues, don’t look that great on an SUV.

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"What if Ford had introduced the Mustang with a crossover variant from the beginning? Maybe called it the "Mach G"? Would so many people dislike the Mach E still," the artist asked on his Instagram post. And those are interesting questions, even though 1968 Mustang SUV would have looked notably different. Do you like it more than the Mach-E, or is it just as ridiculous? Let me know in the comments section.

Personally, I think we should be thankful that Ford didn’t design a Mustang SUV in the late 1960s.

Ford Mach-E Performance
Battery Type Drive Type Performance Horsepower and torque
Select Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 306 LB-FT
Select Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 417 LB-FT
Premium Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 306 LB-FT
Premium Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 417 LB-FT
Premium Extended Range Rear-Wheel Drive 282 HP / 306 LB-FT
Premium Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 332 HP / 417 LB-FT
First Edition Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 332 HP / 417 LB-FT
California Route 1 Extended Range Rear-Wheel Drive 282 HP / 306 LB-FT
GT Performance Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 459 HP / 612 LB-FT

Source: wb.artist20 via Instagram

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