Ford has unveiled its new Mustang Mach-E as an all-new electric SUV that aims to compete against the new Tesla Model Y.
As Ford’s first standalone E, the new Mustang Mach-E is an exceptionally important model, and it’s the first time the Mustang nameplate has featured on an SUV.
The new machine will arrive in late 2020, and features an electric motor producing 254bhp and 565Nm of torque as standard, with outputs of 281bhp and 332bhp also offered. A more powerful ‘GT’ option is set to be introduced in future, with this version producing 459bhp and 830Nm of torque, which enables a 0-60mph time of five seconds.
It sits on a new dedicated platform for electric cars, while buyers will be able to choose between having their car with rear- or all-wheel-drive. Two battery options are available – 75.7kWh and 98.8kWh on the extended-range option – with ranges varying between 260 miles and an expected 370 miles, which will give the Mustang Mach-E one of the longest ranges of any EV.
One of the other big differences on the new model is the new infotainment system, which is worlds apart from the system fitted to other Fords today. Adopting a huge Tesla-like screen measuring a massive 15.5 inches, the system aims to offer a smartphone-like feel and offers cloud-based connectivity and conversational voice recognition.
In terms of the Mach-E’s styling, the model features a similar sloping roofline to the regular Mustang, while also adopting similar front and rear lights to the famous muscle car.See Available Ford deals
To ensure the Mach-E is easy to charge, Ford announced a series of charging solutions earlier this year. These include a ‘Ford Connected Wallbox’ designed for buyers that can plug in at home – with an overnight charge likely to top the batteries up to full. Through the FordPass app, drivers will also be able to access 125,000 public charging stations across Europe, too. It will also be available with 150kW rapid charging.
There will be nearly a year before the Mustang-E arrives in the UK – likely at a similar time to the new Tesla Model Y, a key rival for Ford.
Official pricing has not been unveiled, but Ford is expecting prices to start from around £40,000, rising to £58,000 for the range-topping model. Pre-orders are now being taken on the firm’s website, following a £1,000 deposit.