Two vehicle monikers at Ford have heavy cache: Mustang and Mach.
Often put together throughout the past half-century, the names always denoted fast ponies. Ford has again put the names together, this time on an all-electric offering called the 2020 Mustang Mach-E.
Teased last month, the vehicle will add something new to the Mustang lineup: a four-door SUV that rides purely on electrons. The Mach-E is slated as a 2020 model and will enter showrooms late that year. The new electric vehicle has muscle to match its iconic names, and enough range to make it useful. It’s also rear-wheel drive by default, an unusual trait for an EV.
Upon its unveil, it was clear that the new Mach-E was designed with two ideals: living up to the Mustang name and matching visual cues with the performance promised therein. The Mach-E has a clear sport activity vehicle (SAV) design as its motif, akin to that found in the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe models and the BMW X4.
Ford plans to offer the Mustang Mach-E in several variants, including a standard (75.7 kWh) and extended-range (98.8 kWh) option, and with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The standard AWD model will have 332 horsepower (247.5 kW) and will be quicker, Ford claims, than the Porsche Macan series.
Featured in the Mach-E are options such as the all-new Brembo Flexira aluminum brake calipers and Ford’s MagneRide suspension damping system. Drive modes include Whisper, Engage, and Unbridled (similar to “Comfort, Sport, and Track” in the Mustang coupe). Ford has utilized its interior sound damping and enhancement expertise in the Mach-E, adding "sounds tuned for an authentic all-electric experience."
Inside the new Mustang EV is a large tablet-sized infotainment interface that showcases Ford’s new-generation SYNC system. SYNC’s 15.5-inch screen utilizes machine-learning technology for improved user experience over time, over-the-air updates, and tablet-like control with gestures.
If any of that sounds familiar, it’s because something much like it has been featured in one of Ford’s competitors located not all that far from the Los Angeles-area unveiling site for the Mach-E.