Everything you need to know about the new all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E
Will this take EVs into the American mainstream?
After years of waiting, Ford’s finally announced its first all-electric car – the Mustang Mach-E. Here’s everything you need to know about this Mustang-based electric SUV.
You have a choice of 2WD or AWD
As we’ve come to expect from higher performance EVs, the Mach-E is available with two motor configurations and a pair of battery options.
First up, you can have the car in a performance-focused and grippy all-wheel-drive spec, or sacrifice a bit of all-weather ability for more range with the rear-wheel-drive option.
Then there are two battery choices: the standard 75kWh battery, or the extended range 99kWh. Ford says that the extended range, rear-wheel-drive version will travel 370 miles on a single charge under Europe’s tough WLTP testing regime.
Power levels are decent, but not outrageous
The entry-level Mach-E will be rear-wheel drive with a single electric motor putting out about 257hp with the 75kWh battery, and there's a 289hp option with the larger 99kWh battery – these will let you travel around 280 and 370 miles respectively. In extended range, AWD spec the car will be putting out around 337hp and 565Nm of torque, for a range of about 335 miles.
In terms of performance, the rear-wheel-drive models will do the 0-60mph sprint in under eight seconds, while the AWD models will drop that by about one second. You'll be able to charge most variants of the Mach-E on a 150Kw fast charger.
The Mach E comes with three driving modes: whisper, engage and unbridled. It’s a horse pun, geddit?
Each driving mode changes the throttle response, interior ambient lighting colours and the engine sounds – although Ford’s remaining tight lipped on what the car will actually sound like.
But there’s a powerful GT model on the way
The petrol-powered Mustang only gets the 5.0-litre V8 once you hit the GT spec, and so the Mustang Mach-E only really turns into a performance machine in GT trim – where you’ll get approximately 465hp, a whopping 830Nm of torque and a sub five seconds 0-60mph time. It’ll also be the only model to come with Ford’s Magneride adaptive damper system, which will allow you to switch between firm and soft suspension settings on the go.
Which, all together, should be enough to leave Mustang GT owners far behind in a cloud of their line-lock tyre smoke.
The interior is dominated by the new infotainment system
That screen dominates the interior of the car
The Mach-E is the first car in the Ford range to get a brand-new, portrait-orientation infotainment screen. It’s a Macbook-shaming 15.5-inch screen, and the new software promises to use machine learning to adapt to your lifestyle on the fly. Darren Palmer, Ford Global Director for Battery Electric Vehicle Product Development says: “It can suggest going to the gym if it learns Mondays are workout days or calling home if you do that every day after work.”
Yup, your car is basically going to shame you into going to the gym.
On a kinder note, it’ll give you over-the-air updates and conversational voice recognition. You’ll also be able to use an app on your smartphone to lock and unlock the Mach-E through Bluetooth. And if your phone battery dies, you can use a keypad built into the B pillar to get into the car, and then tap a code into the infotainment system to drive away.
Other cool features include an optional B&O sound system, which runs above the air vents on the dashboard a bit like a soundbar under your TV at home.
You can wash out the front trunk
The Mach-E has a pretty useful 402-litre boot, but because there’s no engine up front Ford’s managed to carve out a 100-litre frunk that’s big enough for a carry-on bag. But there’s a hidden trick – you can drain the frunk, which means it’s the ideal place to stash muddy walking boots or rain-soaked tents after a damp camping trip.
Ford Mustang Mach-E price and release date
It’s good to see Ford joining the EV battle – but it hasn’t officially announced prices for the Mustang Mach-E yet, although we can expect entry-level ones to cost from around £45,000, up to £65,000 for top-spec models. It's available to pre-order now, with first deliveries expected in the UK by October 2020.
Would you have one?