Despite Ford accidentally leaking the majority of the specs for its new Mustang Mach-E SUV, there’s still plenty of information to sieve through after its official reveal yesterday. So, while a lot of you are writing complaints about it being called a Mustang, let’s dive right into it.
As you know, it’s entirely electric with two powertrains – RWD and AWD – and two battery options available. The base trim ($43,895) comes only in RWD with 75kWh/254bhp or 99kWh/281bhp drivetrains and has an estimated 280-mile range for the former, and 370 miles for the latter – a very impressive figure.
To gain this larger range, Ford has limited torque to just 306lb ft, but spec an AWD version and the torque will jump to 429lb ft alongside the 254bhp. This removes 20 miles from its overall range, but choose the 332bhp powertrain and you’ll still get an estimated 335-mile range on the WLTP cycle. Batteries are sure to degrade, but Ford guarantees ‘acceptable’ performance for 8 years or 100,000 miles.
Performance is fine for a car that weights 2.2 tonnes in its heaviest ‘First Edition’ spec, with the base model sprinting to 62mph in less than 8 seconds and the AWD version coming a second earlier. The GT version, which is said to be coming Summer 2021, will hit 62mph in under 5 seconds. So if you have an itch that can only be scratched by a fast Ford SUV, the GT could be worth the wait. Top speed is suggested to be around 111mph, however this is unconfirmed.
Ford will offer a Ford Connected 11kW Wallbox for rapid charging, but out on the public road the 75kWh car can take up to 130kW of DC input which will charge the battery from 10% to 80% in 38 minutes. The larger 95kWh car will soak up 150kW and will reach the same charge in 45 minutes.
Inside you’ll be greeted by a Tesla-like 15.5-inch touch screen in the centre console. Like a Tesla it will also feature one-pedal drive, and like a Tesla it will have a large frunk up front – 100-litres in fact. Also, like a Tesla, it can be unlocked via your smartphone, and will be updated ‘over the air’, like a Tesla. Did I mention it’s quite similar to a Tesla?
Using the same app that unlocks the car, you can immobilise it if it’s stolen, plus you’ll be able to control it via Amazon Alexa if you spec the Technology Pack. A 360-degree camera suite will also be included in the pack to help you manoeuvre the large car in tight and low visibility scenarios.
Bottom trims get 18-inch alloys over the standard 19, and lose the smart looking LED headlights, eight-way electric seats and red callipers. But if you’re fast and put a deposit down now, you can purchase the First Edition model and get a full-length panoramic sun roof, a powered tailgate, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, and a fancy colour by the name of Grabber Blue Metallic.
Now over to you. Do you think you’d like the car more if it wasn’t named a Mustang? The stats look like something we can all agree with, but maybe the Mustang moniker is a little too much…