For decades now, the class American icon known as the Ford Mustang, has gone mostly unchanged. Aside from a few minor refreshes and engine swap-outs, this pony is pretty much the same as it was back in the golden days. Well, not anymore! Introducing the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, the world’s first zero-emissions muscle SUV.
Your eyes are not deceiving you. This innovative vehicle features a classy Mustang-inspired design and is coupled with outstanding features and an electric powertrain. Headed to dealership lots by the end of 2020, you can go ahead and reserve your new Mustang Mach-E today.
This ground-breaking ride will be available in five trim levels. So you can find the exact one that’s ideal for your lifestyle. Making its first appearance at the 2019 LA Auto Show, this battery-powered SUV offers an impressive driving range, ample space, plenty of advanced systems, and more power than it’s competitors. The goal of the new Mustang Mach-E is to hit the sweet spot of the EV market while maintaining a reasonable price point.
With so many dull EV options available in today’s auto industry, Ford engineers began working on this project several years ago to combat the blandness of electric vehicles. At first, they thought about producing an EV hatchback model, but that idea was tossed out for the more exhilarating EV Mustang Mach-E!
While not all of the details have been released yet and things are subject to change as we move closer to the release date, here’s everything we know about this stallion.
The first thing that probably came to your mind when you read that Ford is releasing an EV Mustang is that it won’t be as powerful. Well, that is not the case.
Ford engineers knew that the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E needed to be mighty and impressive. They knew that producing a weak version of the Mustang was not going to cut it. So, they came up with an AWD system coupled with a single, rear-mounted fully-electric engine. This powerful combo ensures that the Mach-E can pump out an estimated 332 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque.
If you find that to be unbelievable, we are here to tell you that it is true. And that’s not all either. The GT and GT Performance Edition models are estimated to be able to generate 459 hp and a whopping 612 lb-ft of torque. Now that is what we like to call brute strength.
As for the power source, currently, there are two battery packs available depending on which trim level you decide on. The standard is a lithium-ion battery pack that has 288 cells and gives off 75.7 kWh. Next is the optional extended-range lithium-ion battery pack that offers a generous 98.8 kWh and contains 376 cells. Both come with an 8 year or 100,000-mile warranty. The extended-range battery will give you an outstanding 300-mile driving range. You don’t have to worry about range-stress ever again.
What is the Mustang best known for? Acceleration. Movies have been made surrounding the theme of leaving the competition in the dust via a classic Ford Mustang. The new Mach-E model is no different. In track tests, the GT Performance Edition performed beautifully by going from zero to 60 mph in just under 4 seconds. That’s something you probably thought you’d never hear. When equipped with the extended-range battery, even the non-GT models are targeted to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds, which is very impressive.
Now you’re probably going to ask about handling. Ford has that covered too. Using a low center of gravity and 50/50 weight distribution for near-perfect balance, the Mustang Mach-E handles corners and sharp turns like a breeze. It has an overall length of 186 inches, making it about a foot shorter than the Explorer. Its compact size is helpful in reaching top speeds and sailing through curves.
Electric vehicles are known for having one prominent disadvantage. They typically don’t have much room for storage. This is usually because of the larger batteries that have to be positioned at the rear of the vehicle. While the Mustang Mach-E does have its powertrain and battery in the back, that didn’t hurt the cargo area at all. In fact, with five passengers sitting comfortably, this ride offers 28 cubic feet of space. If you are riding alone and need more room, you can fold down the back row to expand the cargo area up to 60 cubic feet.
Another nifty storage feature on this innovative model is the frunk. That’s the front-trunk. It’s a surprise storage compartment located where the engine would traditionally be - under the hood. It measures just under 5 cubic feet and can hold carry-on luggage. This compartment is not carpeted like a conventional trunk would be. This one was designed to be easily cleaned out with a water hose. It is rumored that the engineering team at Ford is also currently working on a foam insert that can keep ice for up to 4 days.
Slipping behind the wheel, you will notice the infotainment screen. You can’t miss it. It’s huge. Measuring 15.5-inches, this touchscreen monitor displays the most advanced infotainment interface that Ford has ever developed. While it’s official name has not yet been verified, some have started referring to it as Sync 4. This intuitive system will learn about your behaviors while you are inside the vehicle. The features you tend to use most often will appear before you on the massive screen. This is meant to help get your day going much quicker. Instead of fiddling around for your perfect settings and whatnot, you can easily select them from the bottom part of the screen.
Ford didn’t forget about the music lovers. If you are an audio-head, you’ll be pleased to learn about the addition of a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system. It has a subwoofer, soundbar, adaptive volume, dynamic sound tuning, and surround sound for a studio-quality listening experience. For some drivers, this alone could be the main selling point.
Also included on the Mach-E is a luxurious panoramic fixed glass roof. That’s right. It’s not a sunroof. It’s an actual glass roof, and it has been coated to keep the inside of the vehicle cool during the summer and warm during the winter.
As for safety, Ford has cultivated a reputation for caring about its customer's wellbeing on the road. That’s why new Ford models all come with Ford Co-Pilot360. Now, the company is taking the next step in safety systems. The Mustang Mach-E will offer a wide range of functions under the term driver confidence technology packages. The first is the Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 suite. It adds BLIS with cross-traffic alert, reverse brake assist, a reverse sensing system, automatic high beams, post-collision braking, pre-collision assist with emergency braking, a rearview camera, and a lane-keeping system. The second package is the Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0. It includes intelligent adaptive cruise control, navigation, and evasive steering assist. Lastly, the top package is the Co-Pilot360 Technology suite. It adds a 360-degree camera system for eyes all around the vehicle and active park assist 2.0.
If you still aren’t sold on the electric Mustang SUV, you are probably hung up on the exterior. It does have an SUV body style, but several design elements from the traditional Mustang have been carried over. These include the three-chamber taillight design and A-pillars. However, the A-pillars have been pushed back. The hood is similar to the conventional model as well, but it has been raised slightly to improve aerodynamics on a crossover body style. At the end of the day, it still looks like a Mustang.
Here’s something cool about the exterior of the Mach-E. It doesn’t have any door handles. This vehicle features the E-latch system that recognizes you as you approach. Upon your arrival to the vehicle, an illuminated button will appear for you to push. This will cause the doors to open up about 4-inches. Then, you can reach for the hidden handle inside the lip of the door to pull it open all the way. This system also senses when you leave and will lock the vehicle by itself.
The five trim levels that you can choose from are the First Edition, Select, Premium, California Route 1, and GT. These various models are available in 7 luscious paint colors, including Space White, Star White, Shadow Black, Carbonized Gray, Metallic Tri-Coat, Iconic Silver, Infinite Blue Metallic, and Rapid Red Metallic.