Ford gave Motorhub an online update on its new electric SUV the Mustang Mach-E today. With a range of up to 610km, from the rear wheel drive version, it certainly delivers impressive range. However it isn’t cheap, starting from circa €50,000 and rising to €65,000 for the all wheel drive versions (540km) but it does appear to offer a lot. 0-100 km/h takes as little as 3.7 seconds… stop, wait, why is Ford calling an SUV – no matter how it is powered – a Mustang?
The Mustang coupe is an icon! The World’s most popular sports car is fun to drive, fast and free like its namesake. We know this only too well having driven across Route 66 in a new convertible back in 2015. In London earlier this year we had a brief drive of a pre-production Mustang Mach-E and in truth were impressed. Since then Ford has been tweaking the car to get it ready for sale in 2021. Ford says the SUV now handles like a Mustang and feels solid and rapid. Battery power comes in two sizes 68kWh and 88kWh. Ford says its batteries consist of as few as 288 rising to 376 cells (88kWh) as opposed to the usual 4,000 to 8,000 cells you’d find in some rivals.
You can only buy the Mustang Mach-E online, and if you need a hand to do this or want to take a test drive, a specialist Ford dealership will help with both. Ford says this is because the car is so connected it is easier to sign up to services, set up the car and do the whole process online – its the future! Buyers create a personalised profile to save their favourite settings and frequent locations such as their place of work or a supermarket, and for added peace-of-mind identify nearby charging stations. There is an app also that can be used to do this. Ford says ‘Customers placing an order this year and into 2021 will receive five years of free access to the ‘FordPass’ Charging Network – that includes more than 155,000 charge stations.
Inside the cabin is full of Tesla rivalling tech and connectivity. Ford says think of its next generation ‘Ford Sync’ system as more of a pro tablet in terms of what it can do. The car has impressive AI ability and can learn your habits. E.g. if you regularly make a phone call home when you leave work it will prompt you to do this if you forget. Smart phone or key-fob entry is available. The car also features ‘intelligent range’ to help more accurately predict the driving range (via the cloud) and its charging needs. Ford’s latest ADAS assisted driving, parking and accident-avoidance technologies feature also. Like a Tesla, Ford’s new BEV will be able to get ‘Over-the-Air Updates’ – some will be free and some subscription.
Every Mustang Mach‑E will offer three drive modes: Whisper, Active and Untamed (‘Unbridled’ in the US) that do what they say. The Mach-E moves when battery power is transferred to an all-new, oil-cooled, rear-mounted AC motor to drive the rear wheels. There’s an additional front-mounted motor for models equipped with the all-wheel drive system. The permanent magnet, synchronous rear motor enables peak torque in 0.5 seconds for ultimate responsiveness. Mustang Mach-E rear-wheel drive delivers 269hp/430nm with standard-range battery, 294hp with extended-range battery. 0-100 km/h takes a shade over 6 seconds. The AWD Mach-E all-wheel drive has 269hp/580nm (standard-range battery) and 351hp/580nm with extended-range battery. 0-100 km/h takes 5.1 to 5.6 seconds. A limited ‘First Edition’ model will be sold. we particularly like the hot GT version with AWD, extended-range battery and 487hp and a whopping 860nm of torque. 0-100 km/h takes 3.7 seconds. Charging is done via a CCS connection (combo AC & DC) plug socket. Ford has its own charging wall-boxes (not a requirement) it will sell you with 7.4 kW and 11 kW versions. The wall-mounted charger can top up the Mustang Mach-E battery from 10 to 80% in approximately 6 hours.
“Mustang Mach-E’s balanced and responsive all-electric platform meant we could tailor the fun-to-drive experience whether on Norway’s twisty Trollstigen mountain road (ed. this is a great road – but watch out for Trolls), high-speed German autobahn or bumpy British B-road,” said Geert Van Noyen, manager, Vehicle Dynamics, Ford of Europe.
As a car the five seater has a boot that holds a modest 402 litres. Drop the rear seats down and there is 1,420 litres. There is a front trunk storage unit made with 81 litres of space. The ‘frunk’ is also drain-able, making it a convenient space to store wet or muddy stuff.
“The Mustang Mach-E is one of the most exciting vehicles Ford has ever introduced,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “This purpose-built all-electric vehicle is unique, unmistakably a Mustang, and with a leading-edge 610 km range is coming at exactly the right time for customers in Europe.” The Mustang Mach-E arrives in Ireland at the end of quarter two 2021. We’re looking forward to reviewing it fully soon.