The Ford Mustang Mach-E has made its official debut, potentially sparking a major shift from traditional cars and crossovers to sporty, fully electric crossover vehicles like the new Ford offering.
From launch, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E will come standard with a 75.7-kWh battery, rear-wheel drive and a 255-horsepower electric motor, delivering a 0-60 mph time in the mid-6-second range. A 98.8-kWh Extended Range battery will be available as well, bringing range to “at least” 300 miles with rear-wheel drive. The extended-range model with RWD will also have slightly more power at 282 horses, although the 0-60 mph time will remain in the mid-6-second range.
All-wheel drive will also be available as an option. In standard-range models, AWD will bring the total system output to 255 horsepower and will lower the 0-60 mph time to the mid-5-second range. Equipped with the Extended Range battery, AWD models will make 332 horsepower and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in the mid-5-second range. Standard-battery models with AWD will have a range of around 210 miles, while extended-range models with AWD will be able to travel about 270 miles on a single charge.
Then there’s the two performance versions. The AWD Mustang Mach-E GT is “targeting” a 0-60 mph time of under four seconds, Ford says, and will be able to travel about 235 miles with the 98.8-kWh battery fully charged. Meanwhile, the Mach-E GT Performance Edition will hustle from 0 to 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds and should have a similar amount of range. Both models will produce around 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque.
As for charging, Ford says the Mach-E will be offered with a ‘Ford Connected Charging station’ for use in owners’ garages, which can add 32 miles of range per hour when running off a 240V outlet. Meanwhile, the included Ford mobile charger can add 22 miles of range per hour on a 240V outlet. The vehicle has a peak charging rate of 150 kW and can add around 47 miles of range in 10 minutes when plugged into a DC fast charging station. That means a standard-range Mach-E will be able to charge its battery from 10 to 80 percent in around 38 minutes using a DC fast charger.
Ford appears to have drawn inspiration from Tesla and other electric vehicles when designing the interior, with digital screens taking up a significant amount of cabin real estate. The Mach-E debuts the next-generation SYNC in-car entertainment system, which Ford says will ditch “complicated menus” and make it easier to navigate with responsive swipe and pinch controls. Future Ford vehicles with the next-gen SYNC system will also be available with the 15.5-inch, tablet-style in-car display screen that debuts in the Mach-E. This latest version of SYNC enables over-the-air updates as well.
The Mach-E has seating for five, along with a front trunk and sizable rear trunk. With the rear seats down, the vehicle has 59.6 cubic feet of storage space – enough for “luggage, camping gear or whatever else you may want to move around,” Ford says.
The Mustang Mach-E is available to reserve online for $500, with deliveries expected to commence in late 2020. However, only the $59,900 First Edition model and $50,600 Premium model can be reserved right now, with the $43,895 Select base model not available until spring 2021. The performance-focused Mach-E GT is expected to start at just over $60,000 when it goes on sale.
The Mach-E GT may be representative of the direction the auto industry is heading in. With regulations forcing automakers to build more electric vehicles and consumers leaving cars behind in favor of crossovers, sporty electric crossovers like this may one day represent the core of the market. General Motors is working on its own sporty electric crossover in the way of the new Cadillac EV crossover, although it will likely be positioned above the Mach-E in the marketplace due its status as a luxury vehicle.
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Source: Ford Authority