Ford unveiled the highly anticipated all-electric crossover and the world’s first Mustang Mach-E on Sunday before the Los Angeles Auto Show. vehicle to come out of Team Edison, the automaker’s dedicated electric vehicle organization
Bottom line: the Mustang Mach-E is different from any other Ford vehicle without ignoring its roots. It’s undoubtedly a Mustang with its short nose and front overhang, headlights and muscular stance. But it also has a design suitable for an electric vehicle, as well as a completely new infotainment system and connected vehicle technology, plus some other interesting and new details.
Timing is important to Ford, which has historically backed hybrid technology. Not only does it represent the biggest change for the Mustang in its 55-year history, it is the first product to emerge from Ford’s $ 11 billion commitment to add 16 all-electric vehicles to its global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles through 2022.
“We knew we had to do something different and something exciting and something that only Ford could do,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford North America at a press event leading up to Sunday’s presentation.
This is not a compliance car – the types of vehicles produced just to meet the strictest emissions standards in some states, like California, a key market for automakers. Although the project initially started as one.
It is intended to be a vehicle that excites people; It should be fun to drive and have the performance Mustang fans expect. It is not a small task and a part of the business is considered a risk.
“I drove it and it’s a rocket,” Ford President Bill Ford said during Sunday’s event. “This is a Mustang for a new generation, but I also think longtime Mustang fans like me will love it too.”
And while there have been months of breakthroughs and even a major leak, presentation Sunday provided new details of the vehicle.
Ford will offer five variants of the Mustang Mach-E, including a standard version called the Select, a Premium version, First Edition, California Route 1 and a GT Performance Edition that aims for acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in mid 3- second. range and an estimated 342 kW (459 horsepower) and 830 Nm (612 pound-feet) of torque.
From $ 43,895
The most economical version of the Mach-E will be the rear-wheel drive “Select” trim that starts at $ 43,895 before the federal credit of $ 7,500 is applied. However, “select” will not be available until early 2021. The select rear wheel sight trim has a 75.7 kwh battery pack with a target range of 230 miles. For another $ 2,700, the select trim is also available in all-wheel drive.
The first limited edition will start at $ 59,900 and will be available in extended-range four-wheel drive, with red painted brake calipers, metallic pedal covers, contrasting seat stitching and a scuff plate marked “First Edition.” The first edition, which is targeting 0-60 in the mid-range of five seconds, has a 98.8 kwh battery that can travel 270 miles on a single charge.
The first edition and premium trims will be the starting Mustang Mach-E vehicles available in Fall 2020. The Premium version will start at $ 50,600.
The Performance GT, which starts at $ 60,500, will be available in spring 2021. The Performance GT comes with a 98.8 kWh battery pack with an EPA estimate of 250 miles.
Ford has opened a reservation page, where customers can deposit a deposit of $ 500 for either version. A configurator is also available that allows customers to design the version.
Like other electric vehicles on the market, Ford has given the Mach-E three drive modes. Whisper is, unsurprisingly, a quiet ride that’s been tuned for a comfortable ride. “Engage” is the mid-highway mode intended to provide what one Ford employee described as a “balanced” ride. For those who want maximum performance and improved driving, they can choose “Unbridled”. Each driving mode is tuned with specific steering controls, as well as ambient lighting and sounds.
Drivers who choose Whisper or Engage will get blue lighting in the instrument cluster and other points within the vehicle, while Unbridled has copper-hued lighting and a propulsion sound.
The Mach-E is also getting a next-generation version of its Sync infotainment system. The 15.5-inch vertical screen sits in the center and is where many of the important but non-essential functions for driving are located. Things like music, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. One feature that stands out is that the physical volume knob sits at the bottom of the vertical screen.
One cool feature is that the Mach-E’s controllers can run Apple Carplay or Android Auto while also displaying native maps on the screen.
Meanwhile, Ford kept the instrument cluster, where all important driving information is located.
Ford supplies all variants with a home charger that can be plugged into either 120V or 240V sockets. Ford will also sell a faster home charger. Pricing has yet to be revealed.
The company is partnering with Amazon Home Services to help with the installation.