In an unquestionably daring and brave move, their using of the truly iconic brand of Mustang to lead Ford’s electric charge into the full EV market. Ford have unveiled the Mustang Mach-E, a five-seater SUV, which will arrive here towards the end of 2020 at a price starting from €50,000.
The Mustang Mach-E is one of 14 electrified Ford vehicles coming to Europe by the end of 2020, a total of forty hybrid and electric vehicles by 2022. A Mustang SUV – it’s really happening.
Rear-wheel and All-wheel drive options
For the first time in the fifty-five years of Mustang, Ford’s decision to expand the Mustang family with Mustang Mach-E, cannot be under-estimated, no one loves Mustang more than Ford. This all-new, all-electric SUV, will be available with standard and extended-range battery options with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powered by permanent magnet motors – all without the whiff of 98-octane.
Equipped with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, Mustang Mach‑E has a targeted pure-electric driving range of up to 600km (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 and 565Nm of torque – power and push will not be a concern!
Ford special performance version, the Mustang Mach-E GT has an estimated 465PS and 830Nm of torque – licences are already quivering at the thought.
Mustang Mach-E will be available in both standard-range (75.7 kWh lithium-ion battery) and extended-range (98.8 kWh battery), which has a targeted WLTP driving range of up to 600 km (more than 370 miles) in rear-wheel drive configuration.
These batteries feature 288 lithium-ion cells for the standard-range specification and 376 lithium-ion cells for the extended-range specification. Designed to help maximise interior space and contribute to optimised driving dynamics with a low centre of gravity, the battery is located on the floor between the vehicle’s two axles – and tested at temperatures as extreme as minus 40 degrees Celsius.
The batteries are secured inside a waterproof battery case surrounded by crash absorption protection. The battery uses an advanced active liquid heating and cooling system to regulate temperatures for optimised performance in extreme weather and to improve charging times.
The Mustang Mach-E will come with three drive modes, Whisper, Engage and Unbridled, featuring alterations to the cars responsiveness, with sportier steering controls, ambient lighting and cluster animations that are tied to driving behaviour.
The new Mach-E’s 4 all-wheel drive system applies torque independently to the front and rear axles to deliver better acceleration and improved handling over the rear-wheel drive model.
Brakes & suspension
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, which is an adaptive suspension technology.
The next generation SYNC communications and entertainment system, makes its debut in the Mach-E, with a modern interface that uses machine learning to quickly learn drivers’ preferences, getting better over time, thanks to advanced over-the-air updates.
SYNC’s 15.5-inch screen and interface ditches complicated menus, making it easier to access features with touch, swipe and pinch controls that every smartphone owner will be comfortable using.
Featuring cloud-based connectivity and conversational voice recognition, the next-generation SYNC system brings twice the computing power of SYNC 3 to help make navigation, music and connecting a smartphone to the vehicle faster and easier.
The system also introduces wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and AppLink apps from smartphones and mobile devices.
The Mustang Mach-E has 100 litre drainable front trunk storage unit, large enough to store the equivalent of a carry-on luggage bag. And being drainable, it’s a convenient space to store wet or muddy sports clothing, hiking boots or beach gear.
Being of SUV-size proportions, with seating for five adults, the Mustang Mach-E,
in addition to the exterior front boot, the rear boot has 402 litres of space, expanding to 1,420 litres with the rear seats down.
Mach-E Audio sounds
An available premium B&O Sound System includes speakers integrated across the front, floating above the air vents like a sound bar. A floating, flip-up armrest doubles as a place to store purses or bags. Traditional Mustang design cues like the double-cowl instrument panel round off the interior.
An optional panorama fixed-glass roof has a special glass coating with infrared protection that helps the interior stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. In addition, an inner layer between the glass helps protect against ultraviolet rays.
Mach -E Limited First Edition
A limited First Edition will be available in extended-range, all-wheel drive configuration, with exclusive Grabber Blue Metallic paint, full-length panorama roof, contrasting seat stitching and a scuff plate marked "First Edition."
Getting in and starting the vehicle is easy and effortless with ‘Phone As A Key’ technology, which makes its debut in the Ford brand line-up in Mustang Mach-E. Using Bluetooth, the vehicle can detect customers’ smartphones as they approach, unlocking the Mustang Mach-E and allowing them to start driving without getting their phones out of their pockets or using a key fob. A backup code can be entered into a keypad on the B-pillar to unlock the vehicle, and a separate code into the centre touchscreen to start and drive the vehicle, in the event a phone battery dies.
Charging your Mustang Mach-E
As with other EV manufacturers, Ford anticipate that electric vehicle owners will do 80 per cent of their charging at home. They in turn offer a Ford Connected Wallbox solution, which delivers up to five times the charging power of a typical domestic socket, meaning customers can add an estimated average range of 62km (38 miles) per charging hour, based on extended-range, rear-wheel drive configuration. The Ford Home Charge Cable, included with the vehicle, can add an estimated average range of 14km (9 miles) per charging hour using a typical European domestic outlet.
The connected navigation system will identify up-to-date public charging locations during trips and prompt owners to charge at the most convenient points on each drive, thereby easing anxiety range concerns.
FordPass Charging Network
Ford also provide multiple home charging solutions by giving customers access to the FordPass Charging Network. In partnership with NewMotion and using connectivity delivered by the FordPass Connect on-board modem, the FordPass app will give customers access to Europe’s largest and fast-growing network of more than 125,000 public charging stations in 21 countries.
Customers will be able to utilise charging points across many markets, initiating and paying for charging services from a single account, getting rid of the need to have multiple ‘charge’ cards, for a more simplified ownership experience. A Ford Public Charge Cable is also supplied with the vehicle.
IONITY - A new name – a new power source.
Ford is a founder member and shareholder in the IONITY consortium that aims to build 400 high-power-charging stations in key European locations by end of 2020. This enables a significant reduction in charging times for all-electric vehicles compared with existing systems, ideal for long distance journeys.
With peak charging power of 150kW, the Mustang Mach-E with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive can add driving range of up to 93km (57 miles) within 10 minutes of charge time on a DC fast-charging station. The standard-range Mustang Mach‑E is estimated to charge from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in approximately 38 minutes while charging on a DC fast-charging station.