Ford is finally entering the long-range EV game with the introduction of its highly anticipated, Mustang-inspired crossover. A special event took place last Sunday before the start of the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The godfather of all pony cars and a few muscle cars has legions of purists and die-hard enthusiasts that must be completely losing their minds right about now. Those who like big power can still turn to the Shelby GT350 and GT500, but the more important product going forward will be the 2021 Mustang Mach-E.
Aesthetically, some of the Mustang’s signature cues are present, like the galloping horse on the grille, the triple-slat taillights in the rear and the fastback-style roofline. The rest is quite different. In fact, under the hood is… a trunk!
The Mustang Mach-E can be powered by either a single- or dual-motor system. Some variants send their power to the rear wheels only, while others rely on all four. In top-line GT Performance trim, expect 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque, good enough to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in about 3.5 seconds. No other Mustang is quicker than that, by the way.
The motors draw energy from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery developed by Ford. The standard battery boasts a capacity of 75.7 kWh and a range of 375 kilometres, while the bigger battery is rated at 98.8 kWh and makes it possible to travel just over 480 kilometres, according to Ford’s testing.
When using a DC fast-charging station with up to 150 kW of power, the Mustang Mach-E will regain 76 km of range in 10 minutes or charge from 10-80 percent in 38 minutes.
Inside, there is no shortage of cutting-edge technology, obviously. A massive 15.5-inch vertical touchscreen dominates the centre stack and a 10.2-inch horizontal display sits behind the three-spoke sport steering wheel. Wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android is included, as well. And just like Tesla, Ford will offer over-the-air software updates.
Speaking of which, the Mustang Mach-E’s most direct competitors will be the future Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID. 4.
As for pricing, we already know how much it will cost. The base Select trim starts at $50,495 and will be eligible to a rebate of $8,000 from the Quebec government. In GT Performance trim, prepare to pay at least $82,995.
The Mustang Mach-E Premium and First Edition models will arrive toward the end of 2020. The others will follow in the spring of 2021.