Can an SUV be a Ford Mustang? More specifically, can a battery-electric SUV be a Ford Mustang? Ford Motor Company says the answer to both of those questions is yes and it’s hoping to prove it with the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, revealed this evening in Los Angeles.
Ford says the Mach-E started with a tiger team of Ford employees who started a project under the codeword “Edison.” Project Edison ultimately morphed into what is now the Mustang Mach-E, the company’s opening salvo into the world of battery-electric vehicles and a clear competitor to Tesla.
Just looking at the Mustang Mach-E, one can quickly conclude the design is effectively a Mustang SUV. The Mustang’s iconic rear lights and big hips are in tow. Up front Ford has pulled over the front clip design from the Mustang, removed the grille and juiced it up to look like a techy electric vehicle.
Speaking of electric, Ford is going to offer buyers several different options when it comes to powertrains. In base form the Mach-E is rear-wheel-drive, but buyers can opt for all-wheel-drive. The Mach-E will also offer two different battery pack sizes; the standard range model will feature a 75.7-kWh pack, while extended-range models will have a hefty 98.9-kWh pack that is good for an EPA rated 300 miles or more of range. Ford is not disclosing a range estimate for the base battery pack.
Ford also says the all-wheel-drive, extended-range version will generate 332 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. Power ratings for other variants have not been disclosed.
In typical Mustang fashion, Ford also revealed a Mach-E GT. Aside from design difference from the base model, the GT version will generate an impressive 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque, propelling the electric SUV from zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.
Inside, all Mustang Mach-E’s feature a simplistic interior design that features a Tesla-like massive touchscreen display in the center stack. However, unlike Tesla, Ford has retained an LCD panel in the gauge cluster area.
The massive displays feature an all-new version of Ford SYNC, which is the first iteration of SYNC that is cloud-connected. Customers will be able to speak naturally to the system and add new features to their Mach-E thanks to the 4G LTE connection.
Basically, the Mustang Mach-E is this weird lovechild of the traditional Mustang and a Tesla. Ford is acknowledging it is a risk to use an iconic badge like Mustang on this battery-electric SUV, but seems confident it is the right move. Time will tell if that ultimately validates.
Folks interested in the Mustang Mach-E can go online and reserve one for $500. Base versions should begin arriving next year, but Ford cautions deliveries of the GT version will not start until spring 2021.