2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Style

The Ford Mustang Mach-E was designed as a halo car for the company’s big electric-vehicle plans. To break new ground, Ford used its iconic Mustang nameplate. Of course, that raises questions about the ideal design features to include in an electric SUV deserving of the Mustang name.

Not everybody sees the resemblance with classic Mustangs, even with signature features like a long hood, raised rear haunches, and the trademark tri-bar tail lamps. The dashboard’s double-brow that dips in the middle has Mustang written all over it.

Although a relatively roomy SUV, it still feels like a chunk of American muscle. The A-pillar is pulled back, giving the arching hood more length. It drops abruptly to form a shark nose. The lines carry front to back via a sweeping roof rail. The blacked-out part of the roof makes that rail seem thinner than it is. The visual energy builds to the back with bulging body creases above the rear wheels.

There is one design feature that might problematic from a practical perspective. In a step toward better aerodynamics, Ford dropped traditional door handles. Instead, there are push-buttons with a door pull in front. Time will tell how drivers like using the pull every day. We anticipate that passengers in the back will find it awkward to push the button and just grab the side of the door.

A limited First Edition of the Mach-E will be available in extended-range all-wheel drive, with red-painted brake calipers, metallic pedal covers, contrasting seat stitching, and a scuff plate marked “First Edition.”

Performance

The Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition, due a bit later in spring 2021, will deliver zero-to-sixty performance in the mid-3-second range. That’s based on using two powerful motors, one on each axle, for an estimated 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque.

The Mach-E Premium versions, the first ones to arrive in late 2020, will take between about five and six seconds to reach 60 mph. That’s still plenty fast for a sizable and spacious five-passenger SUV.

Ford is using newly built electric motors, the most powerful in its history. While the discontinued Focus Electric had a 110-kilowatt motor, the Mach-E’s electric mill is rated at 210 kilowatts. Two of them go into the GT version, which also features an adaptive suspension.

Drivers can choose the level of performance and efficiency based on three modes: Whisper, Engage, and Unbridled. Go with Unbridled to get a faster throttle response and sportier steering controls. At the same time, the various levels will generate different appropriate ambient lighting, graphics on the cluster screen, and sounds piped into the cabin. The vroom-tones can be turned off to create the type of quiet cabin only offered by an EV.

All-wheel-drive versions of the Mach-E can apply power to the front or rear axle for enhanced driving dynamics—as well as better traction on wet or snowy roads.

Efficiency/Range

The Mustang Mach-E will be offered with two choices of battery packs: 75.7 or 98.8 kilowatt-hours. Depending on the rear-wheel or all-wheel configurations, the distance on a single charge will range from 210 to 300 miles. Of course, the less powerful, single-motor options will grant more range.

The battery packs are liquid-cooled to ensure optimal range despite weather conditions.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Charging

The Mach-E’s onboard charger is rated at 10.5 kilowatts, which is a state-of-the-art speed for Level 2 home charging. Use the “Ford mobile charger,” which is included at no extra cost with the vehicle, to add about 22 miles of range for each hour plugged into a 240-volt outlet.

Ford partnered with Amazon Home to facilitate easy customer home installation by a licensed electrician. With or without Amazon, it’s an easy process for most EV drivers to add a home charger.

For an extra fee, Ford will sell you a so-called Connected Charging station that can add an estimated average range of 32 miles per charging hour on a 240-volt outlet, based on the extended-range, rear-wheel-drive configuration.

The company is championing its FordPass Charging Network as the largest public charging network in the country with more than 12,500 charging stations. We’re still uncertain about the advantages compared to using existing charging networks. These networks are not yet reliable for indicating when a station is operational and available.

What’s more important is the Mach-E’s fast-charging rate of 150 kilowatts. The number of CCS charging stations able to charge at 150-kW is growing every day. Ford describes this rate as able to add 47 miles of range in about 10 minutes. Well, that depends on a lot of factors, most notably how depleted the battery is before you start the charge and the size of the battery pack.

Perhaps a better description of the Mach-E’s charging rate is a highway pitstop that can take you from nearly empty to about 170 miles in around 40 minutes. That’s for the standard-range versions offering 210 to 230 miles of total range.

Passenger/Cargo Room

Let’s start with arguably the Mach-E’s most novel feature. As you know, a front-engine compartment is not needed in a purpose-built electric vehicle. So that space can be utilized for storage. Ford added a drainable opening to the Mach-E’s 4.8-cubic-foot “frunk.” So it can not only be used for carry-on luggage but can be packed with ice and taken to a sporting event or beach outing. When the party is over, open the drain.

On a practical day-to-day basis, the rear trunk offers 29 cubic feet of space, as well as the big 59.6 cubes of space provided when the rear seats are down.

The Mach-E doesn’t compromise on passenger space. The high-riding Mustang offers 40.5 inches of headroom and 41.7 inches of legroom. The second row provides lots of room, even for tall occupants. Five passengers will be comfortable even on road trips. The Mach-E’s panoramic fixed-glass roof lends a sense of space.

Getting in and starting the vehicle is done with your smartphone. A backup code can be entered on the center touch screen to start the car if your phone battery dies.

Borrowing a page from competing EVs, Ford placed an oversized, vertical 15.5-inch screen in the center dashboard. A big, round, audio volume knob is positioned directly over the lower part of the screen. The interface uses Ford’s next-generation SYNC and flat info structure for easy access to infotainment and apps. Ford will push over-the-air updates to the screen.

A second smaller screen, a digital instrument cluster, is positioned behind the steering wheel. The graphics reflect the driving mode, intensifying with greater acceleration.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Price

Mach-E reservations are open for a $500 deposit. The first vehicles arrive in late 2020, with follow-up models reaching customers throughout 2021.

The Ford Mach-E Select starts at $44,995, including a $1,100 destination charge. This entry-level model is not available until early 2021. A $7,500 federal tax credit drops the entry-level price to $37,495. It comes standard with 255 horsepower and a 75.7-kWh Standard Range battery pack providing 230 miles of driving range. The all-wheel-drive adds $2,700 to price while reducing the range to 210 miles.

The first two available models, coming in late 2020, are more expensive. There’s the Mach-E Premium, which starts at $51,700. It also comes standard with the Standard Range 230-mile battery pack and rear-wheel drive. You can add an all-wheel-drive for $2,700, although you lose 20 miles of range. The all-wheel-drive also boosts performance to 332 horsepower. Or go big with the 98.8-kWh, 300-mile battery pack for an additional $5,000.

The Mach E First Edition, starting at $61,000, will be produced in limited quantities. It also arrives in late 2020. The First Edition is only available with the Extended Range 270-mile battery and all-wheel drive. It comes with First Edition badges and red brake calipers.

The Mach-E portfolio continues in early 2021 with the California Route 1 version starting at $53,500. This is the long-range variant. It has the extended range battery with strictly rear-wheel-drive to provide 300 miles of range. Special 18-inch aerodynamic wheels are on board, and it’s not available with all-wheel drive. It arrives in early 2021.

Finally, the most traditionally Mustang version is the $61,600 Mach-E GT. This is the high-performance EV with dual motors granting a total of 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. With one motor on each axle, it’s strictly an all-wheel-drive affair. Zero to 60 mph is in the mid-three-second range. The Mustang Mach-E GT goes on sale in spring 2021.

Ford Mustang Mach-E specifications

Availability: 2020
Base MSRP: $45000
Est. tax credit: $7500
Technology: Electric Vehicle
Body type: SUV
Seats: 5
EPA Range: 210 miles pure electric
Battery size: 76 kWh
Charging rate: 10.5 kW

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