Can You Guess Which Of These Sketches Will be Transformed Into The Next Morgan Three-Wheeler?
Images: Morgan Motor Company
Whenever Morgan does something “new,” it means that there will surely be a reference to its storied past…and as we are more bothered about the past and our automotive heritage, Morgan’s latest will more often than not be an exciting reworking of one of its classics. Thus, when Morgan Motor Company sent us a press release showcasing the design direction of its all-new three-wheeled model, with the release of a series of never-before-seen design sketches, we thought it was worth sharing with our readers.
Taken from the drawing boards of Morgan’s design team, the illustrations demonstrate the aesthetic intent of the new model, as well as the inspirations that underpin it. The press release explains that no single sketch in isolation reveals the exact look of the new model, “yet in culmination they demonstrate some of the key design features that will be revealed in full when the new three-wheeled model is launched in 2022.”
Sketches show a technical front end trailed by a fluid form, with the vehicle “visually towed” by its leading front wheels. The visual mass resides behind the centre line of the front wheels and never on top of them, a theme that has remained prevalent from the earliest sketches. Further design tenets include the celebration of mechanical honesty and the communication of function through design hallmarks of previous Morgan three wheelers.
As demonstrated in the sketches, the design of the new model is bold and eccentric, taking inspiration from mid-century jet planes, motorcycles, historic Morgan models and modern industrial product design—images of which adorn the walls of Morgan’s design and engineering offices.
Complementing this personality will be an extensive list of specification items and accessories available from the outset, making it Morgan’s most configurable vehicle ever. The model can be tailored to assume multiple identities and cater for every adventure.
Steve Morris, the Chairman and CEO of Morgan Motor Company, was quoted as saying: “Morgan was founded on the production of three-wheeled cars, and when the three-wheeler was re-introduced in 2011 it became a firm pillar of the company’s product range. We recognise the importance of evolving this bloodline and continuing to provide our growing community of enthusiasts with new, exciting, and unforgettable motoring experiences. Creating the all-new three-wheeled model has been a ground-up project, throughout which safety, durability, and character have been at the forefront of our focus. It has been an absolute joy seeing the new vehicle take shape, and we cannot wait to present it to the world next year, continuing the legacy of the model.”
The illustrations shown follow the previous information released in September, confirming the car’s all-new design, defined by significant engineering enhancements and a spirit of adventure. In case you were wondering, the model will be powered by an internal combustion engine at launch; specifically, an inline three-cylinder naturally aspirated engine from Ford, continuing Morgan’s relationship with Ford which began in 1933. It won’t be electric…phew!
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