For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang family. It is bringing the famous pony into the electric age with Mustang Mach-E, a new all-electric SUV born of the same free-spirited ideals that inspired the best-selling sports coupe in the world.
As one who recently drove the special edition 460PS V8 5-litre special Bullitt edition of the Mustang, I can only hope they create an artificial V8 hum in the all-new Mach-E.
This headline all-electric model symbolises the beginning of a new electrified era for Ford. One of 14 electrified Ford vehicles coming to Europe by the end of 2020.
Ford reminds us the Mustang represents freedom, progress, fast performance and a touch of rebellion. Now, Mustang is ready to reimagine these ideas for a powerful electric future, with space for customers’ growing needs and advanced over-the-air updates that continue to improve the vehicle.
Bill Ford, executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, says at the first Detroit auto show, Henry Ford said he was working on something that would strike like forked lightning.
“That was the Model T. Today, the Ford Motor Company is proud to unveil a car that strikes like forked lightning all over again. The new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s freedom. For a new generation of Mustang owners.”
Ford says it brought the Mustang Mach-E to life through a development process concentrated entirely on customer needs and desires. The result is a sleek, beautiful SUV that delivers spirited ride and handling, with state-of-the-art connected vehicle technology that makes Mustang Mach-E even better over time.
When it arrives in late 2020, Ford says the Mustang Mach-E will be available with standard and extended-range battery options with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powered by permanent magnet motors. It adds that if equipped with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, Mustang Mach E has a targeted pure-electric driving range of more than 370 miles, according to the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP ). In extended-range all-wheel drive configurations, Mustang Mach-E is targeting 337PS (248kW ) and 565Nm of torque.
Ford also will offer a special performance version. It claims the Mustang Mach-E GT is targeting 0-62mph acceleration in less than five seconds, as well as an estimated 465PS (342kW ) and 830Nm of torque.
Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe, says the Mustang Mach-E is one of the most exciting vehicles Ford has ever introduced.
“This purpose-built all-electric vehicle is unique, but still unmistakably a Mustang, and it’s coming at exactly the right time for customers in Europe.”
Mustang Mach-E promises to deliver three unique drive modes – Whisper, Engage and Unbridled – each offering finely tuned driving dynamics packaged with a distinct sensory experience. Features include custom-designed vehicle responsiveness such as sportier steering controls, ambient lighting, sounds tuned for an authentic all-electric experience, and dynamic cluster animations that are tied to driving behaviour.
When the vehicle launches, a new Mach-E 4 all-wheel drive system will apply torque independently to the front and rear axles to deliver impressive acceleration and improved handling over the rear-wheel drive model. Ford tuned this system to provide excellent traction on the road, rigorously testing the vehicle in wet and snowy terrain to help control for slippery conditions.
In addition to blistering acceleration, Mustang Mach-E will be available with Brembo’s all-new performance Flexira aluminium callipers, which maintain the functionality of a fixed calliper while being designed with the dimensions of a floating calliper. The Mustang Mach-E GT is also equipped with ‘MagneRide’ damping system, an adaptive suspension technology that lets drivers hug the road while delivering an exciting, comfortable ride.
Using Ford’s new all-electric architecture that places batteries inside the underbody, Ford engineers and designers were able to create a vehicle that is not only true to Mustang, but also maximises SUV space for five passengers and luggage.