November 17th 2019 Ford Motor Company unveiled the long awaited Mustang Inspired SUV, a next-gen electric vehicle from Dearborn. This event happened just days ahead of the L.A. Auto Show and the live streamed unveiling is available here.
We’ve known the Mustang as a two door, rear wheel drive sports car for more than five decades, so what does an electric SUV wearing the Mustang name mean for its heritage? Ford Motor Company says the Mustang Mach-E provides a dynamic driving experience despite its liftback design and having incorporated a frunk.
Varied configurations offer a spread of 230 to 300 total miles of EPA rated range, pushing Mustang Mach-E well into the realm of reality in the EV marketplace. Although DC fast charging is critically important, the 150 kW charge rate is not as high as we’ve seen from Tesla, or recent Audi products for instance. Electrify America offering CCS (Combined Charging System) with outputs up to 350 kW brings a surprise that an automaker would offer charging on the lower end of the DC charging spectrum, especially at the introduction of an all-new product.
Mustang Mach-E brings a series of firsts to the Mustang lineup. This is the first bout of electrification for the Mustang, the first time we’ve seen an all-wheel drive pony, and not to mention the first Mustang with more than two doors!
The Mustang Mach-E design language clearly takes cues from Mustang heritage, including the iconic pony badge at the nose, but offers a very unique flair.
A next-gen Mustang doesn’t stop at just an electric propulsion system, but also a new infotainment logic. Ford Sync now has the availability to adapt to individual driver profiles, and adjusts with either the key fob, or “phone as a key” tech as the driver approaches the vehicle. Live charging data and charging suggestions along the route is something we’re excited to see, especially as Tesla has seemed to have mastered this in the user interface. Over the air updates will allow Mustang Mach-E to become comprehensively more impressive as time and technology goes on.
A stop at a 150kW DC fast charger enables 47 miles of range in a quick 10 minute stop. Mustang Mach-E GT trim provides 459 horsepower and 612 lb/ft of torque, figures that should satisfy even the most loyal of petroleum burning Mustang enthusiasts. As reduction of fossil fuels and carbon emissions become increasingly more imperative, this all new Mustang Mach-E dedicated electric vehicle certainly holds the potential to leap over hurdles. Reservations for the Ford Mustang Mach-E are available here.