On November 17, Ford revealed its brand-new Mustang Mach-E electric SUV—the car manufacturer’s first all-electric vehicle.
The Mach-E is also the first Ford SUV that will bear the Mustang moniker and will deliver fake engine sounds through the speakers when accelerating.
Not Your Typical Ford Mustang
Although the Mach-E looks nothing like the traditional two-door Mustang that drivers are accustomed to seeing, it doesn’t lack in performance. The electric SUV will sport a 255-horsepower engine and will travel a distance of 230 miles before needing to be charged.
Currently, the top-end option will cost just over $60,000, while the entry-level model comes in just below $38,000 after applying the $7,500 federal tax credit. Although Ford’s website details the different prices and features of each of its models, the more affordable options won’t be available until early 2021.
The Bells and Whistles
According to Ford, the Mach-E is packed with key features:
- 18-inch wheels
- “phone-as-key” technology
- Ford Co-pilot 360 driver-assist technology
- Sync and LED lights
- Three extra color options of red, white and blue
- “ActiveX” high-end synthetic seating material
- 15.5-inch infotainment screen
Although most of these features will only come at an additional cost—all-wheel-drive is an extra $2,700—the sleek design and standard options are still very appealing. In fact, all models will lack traditional door handles requiring drivers to press a button in order to open the door.
Appealing to a New Type of Customer
Although the higher-end GT Model will reach 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds, the engineers didn’t build the Mach-E with the specific goals of flying around the track. The customers that Ford believes will purchase their all-electric SUV won’t care about this level of performance.
They suspect that owners will want a vehicle that can quickly and easily accelerate on a highway on-ramp in order to merge with oncoming traffic. Rather than taking their vehicles to the track, Ford expects owners to use the Mach-E for commuting to work, traveling, and running errands.
Ready to get your all-electric Ford Mustang SUV? According to CNET contributor Sean Szymkowski’s, “Ford will take a refundable $500 deposit today before the first Mustang Mach-E SUVs are delivered next year.”