Unpopular Carpinion: The Ford Mustang Mach-E doesn't look that bad at all
Who's ready to throw hands over this?
Before you burn me at the stake, allow me to set the rules of engagement. We're looking solely at the styling of the Mustang Mach-E, one of the hottest-yet-controversial cars to have launched in recent years. Forget about the Mustang namesake which is an admittedly brilliant marketing ploy sure to arouse fear in diluting the Mustang sub-brand. Additionally, toss out any concerns about the driving experience which has proven itself to be a more enjoyable performer than any family crossover has any right to be. This Carpinion isn't about what we can feel, but rather what we can see.
It's kind of a handsome thing. There, I said it. The Mustang Mach-E is a good if not a great-looking machine, and it makes use of its Mustang genes to surprising effectiveness.
The long hood and fastback roofline accentuate its Mustanginess (by the power of Noah Webster invested in me, that is now a word), aiding it in appearing lower and sleeker than anything else with a hatch. The roof slopes only a tad bit to avoid looking like an eggy Model Y or BMW X4 while still retaining usable cargo space.
The Mustang lights, faux-grille, and tri-bar taillights are pleasantly aggressive in a sea of awkwardly-styled SUVs that are purposely made gaudy in order to stand out. Granted, they're not perfect as I believe the tri-bars look a little goofy when looking directly at the rear fascia. However, none of this really screams for attention like a Tesla would. It's eyecatching but not shouty. The Mach-E stands out by blending in, occasionally winking at any passerby who takes notice.
In fact, I'd even like to see that shape of grille scaled down to fit the upcoming S650 Mustang, and the headlights can carry over just as they are. Renders exist on the internet of traditional Mustangs with Mach-E styling traits, and good Lord, they are good.
An upcoming GT performance model will add more Mustanginess to this Mustang. Yep, I still used that word.
The upcoming GT bolsters the Mach-E's sportiness with a fresh track suit complete with bigger wheels, body-colored flares, lower ground effects, and a contrasting "grille" that's sure to piss off Mustang purists even more. The GT will also come available in lovely Cyber Orange (pictured above) and the supreme Gigachad of all Ford colors, Grabber Blue Metallic.
The interior slaps pretty hard as well. It's a less in-your-face Tesla interior. There's still an iPad-style screen that dominates the mostly straight-edged dashboard, but the SYNC 4 interface appears more user-friendly especially with that big, inviting knob. Unlike a Tesla Model 3 or Y, they don't slap you in the face either by not including a separate display for speed and range.
The whole cabin looks as airy and coddling as you'd wish from an electric crossover, although the lack of color variety can make it look a bit bland. At least skip the black and go for gray to make some attempt at breaking up the monochromatic mundanity.
What a horrific atrocity that has befallen the Mustang family. I'll take one in Iconic Silver, please.
So there. The Mustang Mach-E grew on me quite a bit. As a Mustang, it isn't one. But as a family crossover, it's not too bad of a looker, and I hope to experience one for myself one day. Now come at me. Anyone? I know you're out there. Show yourselves, cowards.