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Ford Mustang Mach-E unveiled as electric muscle-SUV

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The new Ford Mustang Mach-E will be officially launched next year
The new Ford Mustang Mach-E will be officially launched next year
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For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang line-up with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E
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For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang line-up with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E
The Mustang Mach-E will add something new to the Mustang lineup: a four-door SUV that rides purely on electrons
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The Mustang Mach-E will add something new to the Mustang lineup: a four-door SUV that rides purely on electrons
The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is targeting 60 miles per hour in the mid-3-second range
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The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is targeting 60 miles per hour in the mid-3-second range
The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is equipped with MagneRide Damping System and a unique grille fascia
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The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition is equipped with MagneRide Damping System and a unique grille fascia
The new Ford Mustang Mach-E will be officially launched next year
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The new Ford Mustang Mach-E will be officially launched next year
Equipped with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, the Mustang Mach-E has a targeted EPA-estimated 300 miles of range as a minimum
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Equipped with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, the Mustang Mach-E has a targeted EPA-estimated 300 miles of range as a minimum
In extended-range all-wheel-drive configurations, the Mustang Mach-E is targeting 332 horsepower and 417 ft-lb of torque
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In extended-range all-wheel-drive configurations, the Mustang Mach-E is targeting 332 horsepower and 417 ft-lb of torque
The Mustang Mach-E is instantly recognizable as a Mustang, with designers preserving the Mustang’s rear-haunch design and trademark tri-bar tail lamps
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The Mustang Mach-E is instantly recognizable as a Mustang, with designers preserving the Mustang’s rear-haunch design and trademark tri-bar tail lamps
Ford is offering a Ford Connected Charge Station that will be able to add an estimated average range of 32 miles per charging hour with a 240V outlet
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Ford is offering a Ford Connected Charge Station that will be able to add an estimated average range of 32 miles per charging hour with a 240V outlet
Making its debut in the Mustang Mach-E is the next-generation SYNC communications and entertainment system and its 15.5-inch screen
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Making its debut in the Mustang Mach-E is the next-generation SYNC communications and entertainment system and its 15.5-inch screen
Ford plans to offer the Mustang Mach-E in several variants, including a standard (75.7 kWh) and extended range (98.8 kWh) option and with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive
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Ford plans to offer the Mustang Mach-E in several variants, including a standard (75.7 kWh) and extended range (98.8 kWh) option and with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive
“The Mustang Mach-E wholeheartedly rejects the notion that electric vehicles are only good at reducing gas consumption,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer
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“The Mustang Mach-E wholeheartedly rejects the notion that electric vehicles are only good at reducing gas consumption,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer
The Mustang Mach-E is open for reservation online
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The Mustang Mach-E is open for reservation online
The Mach-E has a clear sport activity vehicle (SAV) design as its motif, akin to that found in the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe models and the BMW X4
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The Mach-E has a clear sport activity vehicle (SAV) design as its motif, akin to that found in the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe models and the BMW X4
Phone as a Key technology makes its debut in the Ford lineup with Mustang Mach-E
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Phone as a Key technology makes its debut in the Ford lineup with Mustang Mach-E
When the Mustang Mach-E launches in late 2020, a new all-wheel-drive system (eAWD) will be available that can apply torque independently to the front and rear axles
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When the Mustang Mach-E launches in late 2020, a new all-wheel-drive system (eAWD) will be available that can apply torque independently to the front and rear axles
The rear trunk is outfitted with 29 cubic feet of space. With the back seats down, the Mustang Mach-E boasts 59.6 cubic feet of space
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The rear trunk is outfitted with 29 cubic feet of space. With the back seats down, the Mustang Mach-E boasts 59.6 cubic feet of space
The Mach-E's drainable front trunk storage unit has 4.8 cubic feet of storage space
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The Mach-E's drainable front trunk storage unit has 4.8 cubic feet of storage space
Mustang Mach-E will be available in both Standard Range (75.7 kWh lithium-ion battery) and the Extended Range (98.8 kWh battery)
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Mustang Mach-E will be available in both Standard Range (75.7 kWh lithium-ion battery) and the Extended Range (98.8 kWh battery)
Ford went with a modern, minimalist-sleek design motif for the Mustang Mach-E's interior
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Ford went with a modern, minimalist-sleek design motif for the Mustang Mach-E's interior
In the interior, a floating, flip-up armrest doubles as a place to store purses or bags
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In the interior, a floating, flip-up armrest doubles as a place to store purses or bags
Traditional Mustang design cues like the double-cowl instrument panel also round out the Mustang Mach-E's interior
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Traditional Mustang design cues like the double-cowl instrument panel also round out the Mustang Mach-E's interior
SYNC 4’s premium 15.5-inch screen and adaptive dash card interface utilizes touch, swipe and pinch controls
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SYNC 4’s premium 15.5-inch screen and adaptive dash card interface utilizes touch, swipe and pinch controls
From left, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, actor Idris Elba, Ford President of New Businesses, Technology and Strategy Jim Farley, Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Jim Hackett, Ford Chief Product Development Officer Hau-Thai Tang and Ford Enterprise Product Line Director for Global Electrification Ted Cannis at the reveal of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV
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From left, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, actor Idris Elba, Ford President of New Businesses, Technology and Strategy Jim Farley, Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Jim Hackett, Ford Chief Product Development Officer Hau-Thai Tang and Ford Enterprise Product Line Director for Global Electrification Ted Cannis at the reveal of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV
Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, left, and actor Idris Elba next to Ford Motor Co.’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E GT SUV at Jet Center Los Angeles in Hawthorne, California
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Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, left, and actor Idris Elba next to Ford Motor Co.’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E GT SUV at Jet Center Los Angeles in Hawthorne, California
The full Ford Mustang family in one photo
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The full Ford Mustang family in one photo
Launching in late 2020, the Mustang Mach-E will be available in several variations, including an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive option
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Launching in late 2020, the Mustang Mach-E will be available in several variations, including an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive option

Two vehicle monikers at Ford have heavy cache: Mustang and Mach. Often put together throughout the past half-century, the names always denoted fast ponies. Ford has again put the names together, this time on an all-electric offering called the 2020 Mustang Mach-E.

Teased last month, the vehicle will add something new to the Mustang lineup: a four-door SUV that rides purely on electrons. The Mach-E is slated as a 2020 model and will enter showrooms late that year. The new electric vehicle has muscle to match its iconic names, and enough range to make it useful. It’s also rear-wheel drive by default, an unusual trait for an EV.

Upon its unveil, it was clear that the new Mach-E was designed with two ideals: living up to the Mustang name and matching visual cues with the performance promised therein. The Mach-E has a clear sport activity vehicle (SAV) design as its motif, akin to that found in the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe models and the BMW X4.

Ford plans to offer the Mustang Mach-E in several variants, including a standard (75.7 kWh) and extended-range (98.8 kWh) option, and with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The standard AWD model will have 332 horsepower (247.5 kW) and will be quicker, Ford claims, than the Porsche Macan series. Performance variants of the Mach-E will include a GT model aimed at sub-4-second 0-60 mph (97 km/h) times and a GT Performance Edition with a mid-3 0-60 (459 hp / 342 kW). Ford compares all of these to Porsche models like the Macan Turbo and the 911 GTS, making it clear who it plans to target with the Mustang Mach-E.

In extended-range all-wheel-drive configurations, the Mustang Mach-E is targeting 332 horsepower and 417 ft-lb of torque
In extended-range all-wheel-drive configurations, the Mustang Mach-E is targeting 332 horsepower and 417 ft-lb of torque

Featured in the Mach-E are options such as the all-new Brembo Flexira aluminum brake calipers and Ford’s MagneRide suspension damping system. Drive modes include Whisper, Engage, and Unbridled (similar to “Comfort, Sport, and Track” in the Mustang coupe). Ford has utilized its interior sound damping and enhancement expertise in the Mach-E, adding "sounds tuned for an authentic all-electric experience."

Inside the new Mustang EV is a large tablet-sized infotainment interface that showcases Ford’s new-generation SYNC system. SYNC’s 15.5-inch screen utilizes machine-learning technology for improved user experience over time, over-the-air updates, and tablet-like control with gestures.

If any of that sounds familiar, it’s because something much like it has been featured in one of Ford’s competitors located not all that far from the Los Angeles-area unveiling site for the Mach-E.

The Mach-E's drainable front trunk storage unit has 4.8 cubic feet of storage space
The Mach-E's drainable front trunk storage unit has 4.8 cubic feet of storage space

The Mustang Mach-E features both a coupe-style hatchback cargo space and a frunk under its hood. The former has 29 cubic feet of space (rear seats up) and 59.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded (821 and 1,688 liters). The frunk has 4.8 cubic feet (136 liters) of space in a drainable tub that can house more than just luggage. Ford says it can be used as an ice box for ice and drinks when headed to the game or the beach.

The vehicle will also use Ford’s Phone As a Key technology, allowing a connected smartphone to act as a set of keys for the car. This is backed up by an on-screen code that can be entered should the phone’s battery die mid-trip.

Charging times for the new Mustang EV will range from 22 to 32 miles (35 to 51 km) per charging hour (240-volts) with the on-board charging unit or Ford-recommended home charging unit. The home unit is a team-up with Amazon Home in order to make installation easier. Ford states that the total range per charge is an EPA-estimated 210 miles (338 km) for the standard model with AWD, 230 (370 km) for the RWD, and 210 to 300 (482 km) for the Premium model with standard vs extended range, respectively.

The Mustang-E also accesses the FordPass Charging Network with more than 12,500 stations (over 35,000 plugs) in the US, including DC fast chargers. With a 150-kW charging rate available, the Mach-E can receive up to 47 miles (76 km) of range in 10 minutes, or go from 10-percent to 80-percent charge in 38 minutes. Should the need arise, the automaker has trained 2,100 Ford dealerships and 3,500 technicians nationally to support EVs like the Mustang Mach-E.

The Mustang Mach-E is open for reservation online. Deposits sit at US$500 and can be made on a special limited First Edition model featuring extended range and AWD and special badging and trim cues. The GT models will be available in early 2021. Ford has not announced pricing, but promises that will come closer to the vehicle’s launch date in 2020.

Source: Ford

9 comments
christopher
That's not a SUV - it's a regular sedan.
Gearhead
I'm sure it's very nice, but that could be any car from any manufacturer. I see nothing that relates to the Mustang or Mach performance/muscle heritage (except maybe the taillights). What an odd way to treat such an iconic brand!
Mzungu_Mkubwa
Nice to see another electric option, and a pretty stylin' one at that! Although I'm not a fan of the recent trend of long, bulbous hoodlines. It should be going in the opposite direction on electrics, IMO.
MikeDalton
A swing and a miss from a branding standpoint. There is nothing about Mustang in that vehicle. It was a chance to introduce a truly new model, but it appears they were afraid not to anchor it to a successful product. I would think the marketing guys could have done a bang-up lifestyle promotion with a new model, like the original Mustang introduction in 1964. Kind of ironic, no?
ei3io
@Mzungu you are spot on about the hood massiveness which reduces driver vision increasing wind resistance. @Gearhead bingo on no Mustang relationship as designed. They may have wisely chosen to use their lead wild horse spirit into the next phase beyond ICE but an actual Mustang vision would seem better..
Fairly Reasoner
Because of the taillights?
Indiver716
Looks like a lowered Ford Edge or a Subaru Crosstrek. The only stand-out Mustang-like features are the horse on the front and the tailights. Pretty dilutive for the brand and outside of the Mustang badge pretty Plain Jane. I can't wait for the Chevy Camaro Z28-E to come out!
Indiver716
There's a reason Porsche did not introduce their Cayenne as a 911-E. This appears to be the result of a team being dispatched to create the next high performance electric vehicle and not talking to anyone else while they developed it. Mustang = a good performance sporty 2+2 coupe , not an SUV that you can pack up your 4-5 person family in to go to Disney. Fine to have a high performance SUV but call it something else for goodness sakes!
Username
Naming it an Explorer would have made more sense