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Is its sleek silhouette and muscular curves enough to make any enthusiast drool? Asking for a friend.
The iconic heritage lives on—only this era, it’s electrified. The Blue Oval has a history of exceeding expectations, but adding another horse to the stable is taking it to a whole new level. Ford’s classic hushed, bits-and-pieces information strategy had enthusiasts on pins and needles for nearly a year before they finally revealed the electric mustang-inspired SUV.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in 55 years, Ford is growing the prestigious pony’s family with the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV.
Given the increasing demand for crossovers in the US, this was a smart move for Ford. The surprise factor, however, lies in the fact that is will be all-electric. Why? Well according to Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer, Hau Thai-Tang, “The Mustang Mach-E wholeheartedly rejects the notion that electric vehicles are only good at reducing gas consumption. People want a car that’s thrilling to drive, that looks gorgeous and that can easily adapt to their lifestyle – and the Mustang Mach-E delivers all of this in unmatched style.”
A thrilling car to drive indeed. The Mache-E Select will be offered in rear and all-wheel drive. With 255 horsepower and an estimated range of 230 and 210 miles, Ford’s approximation capitalized on the fact that the rear-drive version will run 0 to 60 mph in the low 6-second range. Impressed? Well, the AWD version will do it in 5 seconds… so there’s that. And not only that, Ford is making big promises on the battery capability, stating that this battery can be replenished from 10% to 80% in 38 minutes on a DC fast-charging station. Can we get an iPhone charger to perform at this level, Apple?
The Premium version, which will start at around $51,500, will be available in Extended Range (98.8 kWh battery), stretching its capability to 270 to 300 miles. The rear-drive version will have 282 hp, and the AWD variant will have 332 hp.
The Mach-E GT version ($61,500) boasts 459 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. (The Mustang GT V8 has 460 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque.) Ford is targeting a 0 to 60 mph time in the mid-3-second range. The Mach-E GT Performance Edition is fitted with an adaptive suspension to react to road conditions, optimizing for comfort and handling.
The Mach-E features three driver-select modes that adjust various systems, such as steering and the motors, to create different dynamic personalities: Whisper, Engine, and Unbridled.
The interior does not disappoint either. Maybe that’s because it reminds us of a Tesla–extravagant technology displays embedded in a minimalists dream is how we might describe it. Take a look for yourself.
No need to check your glasses for a smudge, your eyes do not deceive you. That is a 15.5-inch vertical screen that is home to the automaker’s next-generation Sync infotainment system. Most functions are accessed through this screen, and the automaker says that most operations can be done with one touch rather than digging through menus.
We love the way Consumer Report said it, “The Mach-E will learn from the driver’s behavior,” yes, that includes adapting comfort, navigation, and entertainment based on individualized experience. “It uses a phone-as-key ability allowing operation from a connected phone, rather than relying on a traditional key or keyless fob. The phone can notify the Mach-E that it’s about to be driven, and the SUV will then precondition the cabin as needed by providing cooling or heating before the driver gets inside.”
You’re familiar with Alexa and her good pal, Google. Well, it’s time to meet their big brother. The SUV will respond to “Okay, Ford,” following with further instruction. This feature will assist the driver with route guidance, song changes, and the burning questions that keep you up at night.
And last, but not least, under the hood, where an engine would usually be located, is a front trunk with 4.8 cubic feet of space; a drainable space that Ford offers “could be used to hold ice, say for a tailgating party. No seriously. We’re not kidding.
Seem like your jam? Good news: Customers can now make a $500 reservation deposit for the Ford wonder by visiting the Mustang Mach-E reservation site.