Ford Mustang Mach-e all-electric SUV set to take on Tesla Model Y

Ford Mustang Mach-e all-electric SUV set to take on Tesla Model Y
Ford Mustang Mach-e all-electric SUV set to take on Tesla Model Y

Ford has made its entrance into the world of all-electric SUVs with the revealing of the Mustang Mach-e.

It’s the first time in 55 years the Mustang has been used on anything other than a sports coupe or convertible and Ford says it’s a car for a new generation of Mustang owners.

Unlike every other previous Mustang, the Mach-e is an all-electric, four-door five-seat SUV with a raised ride height, big boot and the option of all-wheel-drive.

But like the traditional Mustang, the Mach-e will still be available in rear-wheel-drive form, offer impressive performance and come in regular and high-powered versions.

Ford says the Mach-e will spearhead an electrification programme that will see it offer 14 electrified models by the end of 2020.

Ford Mustang Mach-e
The Mach-e will have a range of up to 370 miles, depending on battery and drive configuration (Photo: Ford)

It is Ford’s first all-electric model and is positioned to take on the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla’s upcoming Model Y in the growing electric SUV market.

When it launches in late 2020, the Mustang Mach-E will be available with a choice of battery sizes and drive configurations.

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Entry level cars will come with a 75kWh battery and rear-wheel drive, offering around 280 miles of range. A larger extended range 99kWh battery increases that to 370 miles on the WLTP cycle and both battery options will also be available with four-wheel-drive. In extended range, all-wheel-drive setup, Ford says the Mach-e will have 333bhp and 414lb/ft. Shortly after launch a high-performance Mustang Mach-E GT will join the line-up with 458bhp, 612lb/ft and a sub-five second 0-62mph time.

Ford Mustang Mach-e
A high-performance GT version will reach 62mph in under 5 seconds (Photo: Ford)

The Mach-e will charge at up to 150kW, potentially adding 57 miles of range from a 10-minute charge.

Three different driving modes – Whisper, Engage and Unbridled – will alter the car’s characteristics, including adjusting steering controls, ambient lighting, sounds and dynamic cluster animations.

“Whether you want to really feel its performance capability or are looking for the quiet experience that electric vehicles can offer, the Mustang Mach-E harnesses the power of electrification to create a unique driving experience while retaining that unmistakable Mustang feeling of freedom,” said Ted Cannis, Ford enterprise product line director, global electrification.”

Ford Mustang Mach-e
The Mach-e’s 15.5-inch touchscreen is the main interface for the latest version of Ford’s Sync infotainment system (Photo: Ford)

While it’s clearly an SUV, Ford says the Mustang Mach-e has been designed to remain “true to Mustang”. Its long bonnet echoes the stretch front of the coupe (and hides a drainable 100-litre luggage space) and there’s a deliberate line flicking up from the rear door to emulate the coupe’s rear arches. The front is dominated by the iconic Mustang badge and at the rear the Mach-e gets its own take on the Mustang’s trademark tri-bar rear lights.

Instead of traditional door handles, the Mach-e features buttons on the B and C pillars and drivers will be able to unlock the car using their mobile phone or a keypad on the B pillar.

Continuing the high-tech theme inside, the dashboard is dominated by a 15.5-inch portrait touchscreen. This is home to the next generation of Ford’s Sync communications and entertainment system which offers live mapping of public charging points, over-the-air updates and wireless smartphone pairing for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Directly in front of the driver, a 10.2-inch digital screen houses all the instrumentation.

Ford Mustang Mach-e
Ford says the Mustang Mach-e will seat five adults (Photo: Ford)

Using the benefits of its purpose-built EV architecture, Ford says the Mach-e offers space for five adults and 400+ litres of luggage in a relatively small on-road footprint.

“The Mustang Mach-E is one of the most exciting vehicles Ford has ever introduced,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. “This purpose-built all-electric vehicle is unique, but still unmistakably a Mustang, and it’s coming at exactly the right time for customers in Europe.”

Ford Mustang Mach-e
The Mustang Mach-e is one of 14 electrified models Ford will have on the market by the end of 2020 (Photo: Ford)

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