The Mustang has plenty of fans. And we know a lot who weren’t happy when it was first hinted that Ford’s electric SUV will actually be called a Mustang. With the official announcement of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, we don’t know how many of those people still feel the same way. What we do know is, this is easily one of the more exciting EVs we’ve seen this year.
An all-electric crossover, the vehicle manages to tick the right boxes in practicality and affordability, making it a great option for a first electric car for most consumers. Sure, it’s still priced at more premium range than the average cost of a car in 2019, but as far as EVs go, this may very well be the electric car for the masses that we’ve been waiting to see.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is offered in a variety of motor and battery combinations, so you can tailor the exact configuration to the kind of driving you’re planning to do. The standard combo is a 75.7 kWh battery and a single permanent magnet electric motor at the rear axle, which will put out 255 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque, all while giving the car a range of 240 miles. Opting for the all-wheel drive package adds a second motor to the mix, which increases both horsepower and torque, albeit lowering the range to 210 miles. There’s also an extended range version that combines a bigger 98.8-kWh battery with a more powerful motor that puts out 282 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque for the rear wheel drive version, all while upgrading to 332 horsepower and 417 pound-feet in the all-wheel drive model. Range is 300 miles for the rear wheel drive and 270 miles for the all-wheel drive.
At the top of the range is the GT Performance Edition, which produces 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. No clear word on battery or range for this particular model, although it will supposedly do a 0 to 60 in under four seconds. This model, by the way, will come standard with the same magnetorheological suspension found in the high-end Mustang coupes and convertibles.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a four-door five-seater with a roomy interior, so there’s plenty of headroom and leg room for driver and passengers alike, while the dashboard gets heavy on digital screens (there’s a 10.2-inch digital cluster and a 15.5-inch floating touchscreen), which is understandable for a car that’s looking towards the future. Along with the 29 cubic feet of cargo room in the boot, the vehicle gets a 4.8-cubic foot trunk under the hood, which is water-resistant, completely washable, and even has a drain, so all your dirty and muddy stuff has an instant place in the ride. Other standard features found on all models include LED lights and headlamps, a wireless phone charging pad, and Ford’s Co-Pilot360 system.
Pricing for the Ford Mustang Mach-E starts at $44,000. They’re taking orders now, but won’t be shipping until late 2020.