Official: this is the new Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV

18 November 2019

Ford just pulled the wraps off of the Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric SUV that promises Mustang performance with far more practicality. It is the company’s first long-range electric car and the only other Ford vehicle to ever be called a Mustang — the latter of which already has people riled up.

The styling strongly links the EV to the regular Mustang, reflected in features such as the badge, front and rear lights, as well as several lines along with the bodywork.

Murat Güler, Ford’s European design chief said: “The approach was to put this car in a unique spot: only Ford can do Mustang. In the next few years, there will be hundreds of EV nameplates, but with Mustang we can load up with emotion and drama.”

"It is not an SUV, it is not a hatchback – it is something different – a little bit like a shooting brake", Güler said.

The hatchy-SUV silhouette is most apparent in the side profile and reflects the electric car's skateboard architecture whose batteries require a taller car, yet one whose footprint is more coupe-like.

 

The Mustang Mach-E does come in a few different flavours

Several different options will be available but for the time being, consumers can only choose from two options beginning in 2020: Premium and First Edition.

The First Edition model comes with the extended range battery pack and all-wheel drive as standard, as well as unique visual treatments like red brake callipers, metallic pedal covers, and unique badging.

Those hoping to get the more affordable Mach-E will have to wait until 2021 when the base Mach-E Select arrives. This model offers a standard-range battery pack and either rear or all-wheel drive. The more-powerful California Route 1 model, which comes exclusively with extended range and all-wheel drive, will only be available at the beginning of 2021 as well. The range-topping Mach-E GT Performance – the most powerful of the group, at least for the time being – will only come on sale later in 2021.

 

Mach-E comes with two lithium-ion battery pack options

The standard-range version uses a 75.7 kWh, 288-cell battery pack, sending power to a large rear motor, while the extended-range option uses a larger 98.8 kWh battery pack with 376 cells, sending power to both a motor at the front axle and rear. All this power gives the Mustang Mach-E a maximum range of 370 miles per charge – under WLTP regulations, on certain trim levels – when equipped with the optional extended-range battery pack and rear-drive layout.

 

Trim Battery Type Drive Type Range (EPA estimated)
Select Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 230 Miles
Select Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 210 Miles
California Route 1 Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 300 Miles
Premium Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 230 Miles
Premium Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 210 Miles
Premium Extended Range Rear-Wheel Drive 300 Miles
Premium Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 270 Miles
First Edition Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 270 Miles
GT Performance Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 250 Miles

 

Ford is supplying all variants with a home charger that can plug into a normal 120V or 240V outlets. Ford will also sell a faster home charger.

The Mustang Mach-E is screen-forward, but yet not too minimalistic. It has a lot of interior space, headroom and legroom considering how the overall size of the car is, actually fairly small as far as SUVs goes. There are table stakes features – at least for techies – like USB TypeC ports & a wireless charging mat. Considered touches like the big front trunk, deep storage space in the doors and centre console is also a plus.

 

The Mach-E has no door handles

Instead, there are pillar-mounted buttons that pop the doors open upon pressing them, and a pull handle on the front driver and passenger sides. The rear doors come without a pull handle. The wheels don’t carry over from the coupe, each version of the Mach-E gets its own 18, 19, or 20-inch wheel designs.

 

The Mach-E's interior is all-new

The animal-free cabin uses high-quality materials like synthetic "Sensico" leather on the seats and steering wheel – a brand-new material for Ford – as well as Premium Black Onyx or Space Gray cloth on the dash and speakers – the latter of which looks ripped from an Amazon Alexa or Google Home unit.

The dash - meanwhile – has a shape reminiscent of the first Mustang, which is a neat touch.

 

What will the Ford Mach-E rival?

Comparisons to Tesla are hard to avoid when it comes to electric cars and the Mustang Mach-E is no exception.

It is hard not to immediately size Ford’s EV up against the forthcoming Model Y, which has similar specs and will be released on a similar schedule, as well as the higher priced i-Pace and VW ID.4 EVs. These all-electric crossovers give you an idea of the car’s marketing position.

 

How much will it cost?

The Mustang Mach-E is being built in Mexico and is available to order now and will be sold exclusively online, with first deliveries expected around October next year. Prices are not yet confirmed but will start at around £40,000, rising to about £60,000 for the First Edition version.

 



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