[June 30, 2020 update: Mustang Mach-E gets power & torque upgrade]
For the first time in Mustang’s 55 year history, an all-electric version has joined the famed pony lineup. What’s more interesting is that this is not a 2-door fastback, a coupe, or even a convertible. The Mustang Mach-E is a coupe-SUV, because the world can’t seem to get enough of SUVs. In the United States, the Mach-E will be fighting against none other than the Tesla Model Y which made its debut earlier this year.
The usage of the brand ‘Mustang’ might seem a sacrilege but it has been used for the very same reason Porsche used the ‘Turbo’ for the Taycan. Nonetheless, the Mach-E is a pretty-looking SUV with swoopy smooth surfaces and enough curves that’ll please everyone. It might not look anything like the Mustangs we know so far; however, it does borrow some of the design cues such as the headlamp design, rear haunches, and tri-bar taillamps. The overall design might also remind you of the latest Ford vehicles such as the Kuga and Puma.
The interior design is minimal and of course, a gigantic 15.5-inch SYNC infotainment screen is what grabs all the attention. Unlike the aforementioned Tesla’s 15-inch screen, the Mach-E’s screen has a portrait orientation. The SYNC system’s machine learning quickly learns drivers’ preferences, and gets even better over time, thanks to over-the-air updates. You can also notice another small display for the driver.
The system also comes with natural voice recognition and game notifications. There’s also a physical rotary knob to control the volume and set the temperature.
Options include a panoramic fixed-glass roof with infrared protection, and Bang & Olufsen audio system. The B&O speakers are neatly integrated above the air vents.
Safety and assistance systems include Ford Co-Pilot360 which is available with Active Park Assist 2.0 and a 360-degree camera. Other options include Co-Pilot360 2.0 which includes Pre-Collision Assist with Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Information System, Cross-Traffic Alert, and Lane-Keeping Assist. The Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 comes with Adaptive Cruise Control and Evasive Steering Assist.
With the front trunk or “frunk” in addition to the 29 cubic feet (821 litres) rear trunk, the Mach-E boasts 59.6 cubic feet (1,688 litres) of luggage space (with the rear seats down).
As for the business end of the story, the Mustang Mach-E will be available in both standard-range (75.7 kWh) and extended-range (98.8 kWh) lithium-ion battery packs. In RWD configuration, Ford is targeting an EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles or just over 480 km. The batteries are liquid-cooled to optimize performance in extreme weather and to improve charging times.
In the extended-range AWD variant, the Mach-E is estimated to pack 248 kW (337 metric hp) and 565 Nm (417 lb-ft) of torque. Ford will also offer two special performance versions. The GT is targeting 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in under 4 seconds while the GT Performance Edition is expecting a mid-3-second time. Both GT configurations are targeting an estimated 342 kW (465 metric hp) and 830 Nm (612 lb-ft) of torque. Download the spec sheet here.
As for charging times, the included charger is claimed to add an estimated average range of 22 miles (35 km) per charging hour on a 240V outlet. The car is DC fast charging capable as well with a peak charging rate of 150 kW. Here, the standard-range Mach-E is estimated to charge from 10% to 80% in approximately 38 minutes.
The Mustang Mach-E will be available with Brembo’s new Flexira aluminum calipers. The GT Performance Edition is equipped with MagneRide damping system.
Base MSRP starts at $43,895; Ford is accepting reservations for a deposit of $500. Reservations can be done here. A limited First Edition will be available in extended-range AWD, with red-painted brake calipers, metallic pedal covers, contrast seat stitching and a scuff plate marked First Edition. Mach-E GT deliveries will start in spring 2021.
Congratulations on the Mach E! Sustainable/electric cars are the future!! Excited to see this announcement from Ford, as it will encourage other carmakers to go electric too.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2019
Elon too is very much impressed!