Ford has revealed full details of the all-new Mustang Mach-E battery-electric crossover, including two battery sizes, two drivetrain options and a special launch edition.
The range will open with the standard Mach-E, in rear-wheel drive with a choice of 75kWh/254bhp or 99kWh/281bhp drivetrains. The former offers an estimated 280 miles of driving range while the 99kWh option delivers around 370 miles. That’s extremely impressive if it translates to the road – which it doesn’t for other BEVs we know.
Torque in this model is restricted to 306lb ft, helping it achieve the longest range of any Mach-E. Its more expensive brother is an AWD version with 429lb ft from the same 75kWh/254bhp driveline, at the cost of 20 miles of range. The AWD car can also be specified with a 99kWh/332bhp flagship power combination, good for 335 estimated miles on the WLTP cycle. All batteries will be guaranteed for eight years or 100,000 miles, but we don’t yet know how much performance loss over time will be ‘acceptable’.
The Mach-E will be quick enough to impress most buyers. The basic model will crack the 0-62mph sprint in less than eight seconds for both models, while the AWD car does it in less than seven. Those numbers are still to be confirmed, but top speed for all Mach-Es will be 111mph. A GT version that hits 62mph in under five seconds will arrive summer 2021.
Charging can be done via domestic AC input, if you have literally all week to wait. Better is to order a Ford Connected 11kW Wallbox for timely overnight charges. In the public sphere, the Mach-E can take up to 150kW of DC input (130kW for the 75kWh battery packs) which boosts you from 10 per cent to 80 per cent charge in 38 minutes (75kWh) or 45 minutes (99kWh).
Kerb weights for the car will sit at just under two tonnes for the entry model and just over 2.2 tonnes for the heaviest – the special Mustang Mach-E First Edition, essentially an AWD car loaded with every single optional extra and the most powerful output as standard. Its 4712mm length, 1881mm width and 1597mm height are the same as the regular car’s, making it around 15cm shorter and nearly 11cm taller than a Mondeo – known as the Fusion in the US.
It’s not clear whether these technologies will be standard on all models, but Ford tells us of a 15.5-inch Tesla-style central touch-screen interface, one-pedal drive capability similar to that already seen on the current Nissan Leaf, a 100-litre frunk and the facility to use your smartphone as a key. Better hope you don’t lose your phone, then. Again, inspired by Tesla it seems, software updates will be delivered ‘over the air.’
Handy are the powered tailgate and the ability to remotely immobilise the car via app if it’s stolen. There’s Amazon Alexa functionality, a 360-degree camera suite and all the usual safety systems to keep you in lane and out of hedges. These are part of the Technology Pack option.
The cheapest trim grade sits on 18-inch alloys instead of 19s and doesn’t get the full LED headlights, eight-way electric memory front seats or – gasp – red brake calipers. Opt for the First Edition and you’ll get a full-length panoramic glass roof, the powered tailgate, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo and the option of a trim-specific colour; Grabber Blue Metallic.
The other colour options are business-spec boring; a black, two whites, a silver and a grey, at least punctuated with a blue and a red, the latter of which is known from a leak last week. We do know, however, that orders will only be possible through an online portal.