60 Years of Heritage has led to this: The All-New Mustang Mach-E!
It’s been two days since the launch and I am finally breaking my silence on the controversial Mustang Mach-E.
The Mustang. A car that no matter what you’re into triggers this deep and instinctive nostalgia for good ole American muscle!
Now, Ford first introduced the Mustang back in April of ‘64 with a starting price of around $2,000 to $3,000.
Fast Forward a few decades and it is now the world’s best-selling sports coupé with over 10 million sold worldwide.
Which in itself, is an achievement they should be proud of.
However, during our metaphorical time-travel, we have come up against a time of climate change, an era that’s in an almost irreversible energy crisis and a place where big V8’s are becoming the niche market.
So with that in mind, where does that leave us with the world's favourite muscle car?
Well actually, it leaves us with options. Ford has said that the mustang that we love and cherish will remain, however, what it’s done is bring home it’s hench, eco-friendly little brother.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Mustang Mach-E
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Now, I’ll be honest. I was bitter, heck, I was more than bitter I was ready to march down to the nearest Ford dealership and give them a piece of my purist mind. How dare they turn my childhood hero into something practical and righteous?
Well, I didn’t do that and here’s why.
Let’s remove the Mustang’s name from the Mach-E and talk about the car itself.
This is Ford’s very first all-electric SUV with capabilities that are competing with some serious names out there like Tesla, Jaguar, BMW and so on. It goes without saying that this car has a lot to live up too!
Image taken from: Ford.
The battery-powered SUV has been given the choice of two batteries. Depending on the amount of range required you will either go for the 75.7kWh or the 98.8kWh. You will also have the option of an AWD model or a RWD model and dependent on which combination you choose you will see a range of 260 miles or 370 miles.
Which actually, is pretty good if you compare it to the likes of Tesla's Model Y which is estimated at the very best scenario to give you 336 miles to a full charge.
The Mach-E will also charge from 10% to 80% in around 40 to 45 minutes providing you have access to a fast-charger which is a perfect amount of time if you're scheduled a break from on your long commute.
In addition to its efficiency, it’s also practical. With the rear seats down you have a generous 1,420 litres of space which is excluding the extra 100 litres you have at the front of the car.
Plenty of room for activities, I hear you say.
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And not only that, but I personally think, it's better looking than the Tesla. I mean, firstly, it’s obvious that it’s a part of the Mustang family with its raised and aggressive looking bonnet which has been made longer by the pillars being pulled back.
But as we move around the car, the most interesting part for me although it maybe is slightly gimmicky is the lack of door handles. Ford has mentioned this is to make it more aerodynamic, however, I feel that was a collateral factor to a design movement. Nevertheless, I like it.
So how do you get in? Well, you have two options. Ford is heavy at the moment on connectivity and they have mentioned that instead of using a traditional key fob you can use your smartphone to access the vehicle or like your smartphone there is a keypad on the B-pillar which by entering a code will unlock the vehicle and open the door for you.
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Moving into the car, you’re faced with a minimalistic yet modern space for you and your passengers and the first thing you're going to notice is the 10.2-inch information cluster and a massive 15.5-inch control center which is bigger than the laptop I'm writing this article on.
Image taken from Ford.
Updates to the car are simple and require minimal effort as they are cloud-based. With driver profiles added it means sharing the vehicle with your partner made simple and the inclusion of a rotary dial at the bottom of the screen... Well actually, I’m not sure why that’s there, it looks pointless to me.
So what makes this all-electric SUV with some flashy tech and no door-handles a Mustang?
Bill Ford mentions in his debut that a mustang is required to be fun, fast and and support the sense of freedom to its drivers. It’s got to make you feel young and alive (which are the same three ingredients to a midlife crisis, right?).
It’s got to have character and a sense of rebellion.
And that’s exactly what this car is going for... Well, that’s what I thought from watching the debut.
Each model is going to be restricted to 111 miles per hour and will be faster than 8 seconds to 60. Which by them standards means if you put it in a drag race with a cheap hot-hatch, you’re going to be left disappointed.
With that being said, Ford will be offering a GT edition that will be released later on next year that will be capable of achieving an impressive 3.5 seconds to 60, however, this is still to be confirmed. Shelby announced earlier today that they will be having a slice of the pie too, so this could get interesting.
Starting at just above £40,000 this car is sort of marmite. It’s relatively affordable in the prestigious electric vehicle market. It’s efficiency and practical are capable enough to hold its ground against the competition and the GT model makes it a fast and agile SUV.
But the real question is, can it be a Mustang? Can it join a family that shares no similarities?
Well, if I’m honest. I’m just not sure. It’s a great car by anyone’s standards and there’s no denying that electric vehicles are the next generation. But I can’t help to feel that an electric 2 door sports coupé or at a stretch a four-door sports saloon would belong more in this stable than the Mustang Mach-E.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!