Hot on the heels of the teaser images revealed towards the end of last month, Ford has finally revealed its all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, with first deliveries expected towards the end of 2020. Ford has also confirmed a faster GT model, due in 2021.
The new car was revealed at an event in Los Angeles. It’s Ford’s first electric car, and offers a claimed range of up to 370 miles.
From launch, there are three specs from which to choose: the base Mach-E, the Mach-E AWD and the Mach-E First Edition. Standard cars get 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise control that can stop and restart in traffic, and the ability to use compatible smartphones as a key
Stepping up to the Mach-E AWD adds matrix LED headlights, red brake calipers, power-adjustable front seats, 19-inch wheels and contrast-coloured heated door mirrors, while the First Edition includes a panoramic roof, a hands-free tailgate, active parking assistance and a 10-speaker B&O audio system. It’s worth noting that some features (such as a hands-free tailgate and advanced park assist) are available on lower trims if you spec the Extended Range models.
While part of the Mustang family, the Mach-E gets new styling touches not seen on the petrol-engined coupe. There are new, sharp headlights and a blank, body-coloured blank grille with a large Mustang badge. The lower air intakes are fared-in too, to improve aerodynamics and to highlight the electric powertrain. Both the bonnet and roofline are quite swoopy, to give the impression of a coupe like the regular Mustang, while the rear end sees a new interpretation of the classic three vertical tail-lights.
The Mach-E has a completely different, modern-looking interior to that of the Ford Mustang coupe. It looks more like a Tesla Model X than anything Ford has made before, with a silly-large 15.5-inch portrait touchscreen that seems to control most of the car’s features. The car is the first to use Ford’s latest SYNC 4 infotainment system, including connected satnav and ‘natural’ voice control - and it also gets FordPass Connect, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, local hazard information and Amazon Alexa integration. A slim 10.2-inch digital screen takes the place of traditional dials.
There are two battery sizes: 75kWh and 99kWh. The former offers 254hp, while there’s a choice of 281 or 332hp outputs on the car with the larger battery. Depending on the model, you can expect between 260 miles (AWD models with the 75kWh battery) and 370 miles (base RWD model with the bigger battery) of range between full charges.
Ford will supply two cables to allow charging from standard three-pin chargers and public chargers. You can also order a wallbox for 11kW charging at home, and all versions come with DC fast-charging capability as standard. The 75kWh battery can take up to 130kW, while the 99kWh battery can use chargers rated at 150kW. Recharging of the batteries from 10 to 80 per cent capacity takes 38 and 45 minutes respectively, for the two battery sizes.
With no engine under the bonnet, the Mustang Mach-E has a 100-litre front storage that’s washable and can be drained. The standard boot isn’t massive at 402 litres and is actually six litres smaller than the Ford Mustang coupe. Fold the rear seats down and 1,420 litres of space becomes available.