From the skin, the styling traits are very Ford-like, whereas concurrently being utterly alien. The entrance grille and headlight meeting really bears a placing resemblance to later mannequin yr Ford Explorers and F-150s, though the dimensions seems to be extra harking back to the Ford Escape.
Equally, the small mattress and general environmentally pleasant mini-truck vibe postpone by the Mannequin U is not less than partially seen in at this time’s Maverick, though with out the bonus of hydrogen energy.
The inside seems like considerably like a cross between a health care provider’s workplace from 1975, and the seating of a passenger airplane, however that might be forgiven because it was new and hip a full 20 years in the past. The rear-hinged doorways and modular inside would have made it a reliable seaside cruiser, not in contrast to the Honda Aspect.
Nonetheless, it might have been too quirky for a mass market. Moreover, hydrogen remains to be in its relative infancy 20 years later, so it is uncertain Ford would have been capable of encourage any massive scale adoption. Ford would attempt once more in 2007 with the Airstream Idea, although it suffered an analogous consequence to the Mannequin U.
That stated, it appears that evidently Ford has not deserted the know-how solely. Earlier this yr, Ford launched a analysis undertaking into additional developments of hydrogen gasoline cell know-how through a fleet of hydrogen-powered Transit vans in the UK.