Wheely ‘adventurous character’
Morgan Motor Company has confirmed it is working on an all-new vehicle to replace its outgoing 3 Wheeler.
An early glimpse of the model, pictured, shows a heavily disguised engineering prototype undergoing durability testing.
While a name has yet to be confirmed for the new three-wheeler, it will be defined by an all-new design, “adventurous character” and “significant engineering”.
The use of an internal combustion engine has been confirmed. It will be a naturally aspirated inline three-cylinder Ford, which continues the company’s long-standing use of the blue oval’s powerplants.
Orders for the previous Morgan 3 Wheeler, which started production in 2011, closed at the start of this year with production taking place throughout 2021.
This has included the final 33 P101s with a number of cosmetic enhancements to celebrate the end of the model’s 10-year run.
Morgan’s three-wheelers date back to the founding of the company in 1909 when its founder, HFS Morgan, built one to transport him around England’s Malvern Hills.
It immediately proved popular and spawned many variants over the following decades. In fact, it wasn’t until nearly 30 years into the marque’s history that it would start producing four-wheeled cars.
Steve Morris, chairman of Morgan Motor Company, says: “The outgoing 3 Wheeler was adored by customers and enthusiasts alike.
“The upcoming model is an all-new, ground-up design and the first whole vehicle programme to be completed under the stewardship of Investindustrial.
“Morgan’s team of engineers and designers has considered everything learnt from the decade of building and selling the previous model.”