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Ford Mustang ute imagined as Tesla Cybertruck rival

A ute version of the Mustang Mach-E has been envisaged, but will likely never make production. Image credit: Aksyonov Nikita.

Ford’s ground-breaking all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV might only be a week old, but that hasn’t stopped the world wondering what is next in store for the brand’s storied nameplate.

Overseas reports are pointing to more Mustang spinoffs, which could be turned into a performance sub-brand for Ford, but artist Aksyonov Nikita has rendered a ute version to tackle the recently revealed Tesla Cybertruck.

Of course, Ford is yet to confirm any sort of pick-up based on the Mustang Mach-E, and it likely never will given its rumoured plans for to introduce an electrified version of its popular F-150 full-sized truck, but the images show a rugged dual-cab ute ready to take on the great outdoors.

Seemingly merging the Mustang Mach-E’s front fascia with a Ford Ranger Raptor, the new pick-up sports chunky wheelarch flares, jacked-up ride height and beefy off-road tyres.

To our eye, the sleekness of the Mustang Mach-E’s frontend jars too much with the chunky aesthetic of a ute, but it could be argued that it is still better looking than Tesla’s Cybertruck.

All straight edges and angles, Tesla’s entrant to the pick-up segment was often met with both scepticism and fanfare when it was introduced to the world last week.

On paper, the Cybertruck has the theoretical Mustang Mach-E ute beat in specs, with a 0-60mph (97km/h) run in less than 2.9s, but the latter is certainly no slouch in top-spec GT grade, boasting the run in the mid-three-second range.

The largest battery fitted to the Mustang Mach-E is a 98.8kWh components, which enables a driving range of up to 483km.

On the other hand, the Tesla Cybertruck can travel up to 805km in flagship form.

While Ford will not build a direct rival to the Cybertruck anytime soon, start-up Rivian already has plans in place for an emissions-free ute to launch in the next three years.

Earlier this year, Ford invested $US500 million into the company, with the technology expected to for the basis for the Blue Oval’s electrified light-commercial plans.