Ford unveiled the Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV on Sunday night following months of teaser images, years of hype about a $11 billion push into EVs, and a last-minute leak that spoiled a good amount of the details about the vehicle. It’s the first vehicle to come out of Team Edison, the automaker’s dedicated electric vehicle organization. It’s not only the first electric Mustang, it’s also an SUV.
When compared to a lot of the electric competition from automakers like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, or Jaguar, the Ford Mustang Mach-E will be offered in a slew of variants and trims. Ford will sell versions of the five-seater SUV that can travel 210 miles on a full battery, and also ones that go 300 miles. One of the Mustang Mach-E options will beat most sports cars from 0 to 60 miles per hour, while others will just barely edge out a Chevy Bolt.
The Mach-E is built from the ground up to be a pure electric vehicle. It’s an all-new EV platform that places the batteries in the floor, with space for lots of battery packs to increase range. The Mach-E will be available with rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, but not front-wheel-drive. The smaller front-mounted motor in the all-wheel-drive configuration will deliver about 25% of the power of the larger rear motor, so the vehicle will always be rear-biased.
Ford went an entirely new direction with the door handles on the Mustang Mach-E. The doors seem to be lacking handles at all. A closer look though reveals illuminated buttons on the B and C pillars. The front doors also have a small, protruding handle located just under the button to grab onto.
In the interior, the cabin is dominated by a 15.5-inch infotainment touchscreen. In front of the driver, a short-wide screen handles information duties. Ford has updated the Sync system to work with all this new screen, so that every function is within two touches from the home screen. There will be an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system. The Mach-E won’t have a head-up display option. There’s also wireless charging in the console and one each of both USB and USB-C ports for the front seats.
The Mach-E also offers 29 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats, and a 4.8 cubic foot “frunk” where the engine used to be. The frunk is all plastic, with a drain. You can fill it with ice and use it as a cooler, or it will hold one overhead-bin-sized roller bag.
None of the variants are exactly cheap. The most affordable one starts at $43,895. But buyers of Ford’s electric and hybrid vehicles are still eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. Depending on the state people live in, government incentives could help reduce the ultimate cost by around $10,000 in the US.
Here’s the starting price breakdown for all the different versions:
- Mach-E Select — $43,895
- Mach-E Premium — $50,600
- Mach-E California Route 1 — $52,400
- Mach-E First Edition — $59,900 (only a limited quantity are available)
- Mach-E GT — $60,500
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is expected to arrive in dealers in late 2020 as a model year 2021 vehicle. However, you can reserve your Mach-E today with a small deposit.