Ford reveals its electric Mach-E

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Words: Nile Bijoux
18 Nov 2019

Following on from a last-minute leak, Ford has officially revealed the all-electric Mustang Mach-E.

Turns out the leak was pretty accurate, with the Mach-E coming in five guises (Select, Premium, California RT.1, First Edition and GT).

The GT tops the line-up, and is said to have a mid-three second 0-60mph (97km/h) time. Battery range will vary from 338km to 482km, depending on spec. Buyers can opt for a ‘Standard Range Battery’, with a 75.7kWh capacity or an ‘Extended Range Battery’, which is rated at 98.8kWh. As a ballpark figure, expect the Mach-E to have between 167kW and 248kW, depending on the variant. Torque will be rated as high as 582Nm. Ford says the Mach-E can add 75km for every ten minutes of charging, although it doesn’t specify at what output.

Inside is Ford’s newest version of Sync which, along with a massive 15.5-inch touchscreen. It now has artificial intelligence to help drivers navigate places, keep track of calendar entries and adjust various vehicular parameters, like seat position and radio station. There’s a healthy 821 litres of cargo space behind the rear seats, which expands out to 1687L when the rear seats fold down. The frunk has 136L.

You’ll notice a distinct lack of door handles on the exterior. Instead, there are small retractable door pulls on the front doors and buttons on the interior. There is a small button up on the rear pillar which we guess allows entry to the back seats. You can also play a great game of “spot the pony logo”, with Ford sticking it on the grille, steering wheel, wheel centre caps and on the rear hatch of the base model.

Just the Premium and the California Rt.1 will be available at first, the former available in either rear- or all-wheel drive and with one of two battery packs. The Cali Rt.1 only gets the Extended Range battery and all-wheel drive.

The base Select model is coming in 2021 with RWD/AWD and the standard battery, while the GT will arrive roughly a year after that in either standard GT or GT Performance Edition guise. These hi-po Mach-E models will have a more aggressively styled nose, 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and a GT badge on the rear. Additionally, they will get MagneRide suspension.

Pricing in American will range from just above $US40,000 to the mid-$US60,000s. We’re waiting on word from Ford to confirm whether or not New Zealand will get the Mach-E.

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