The Mustang-inspired electric crossover Ford announced over a year ago is right around the corner. Stepping outside of the auto show circuit, the Blue Oval will introduce the model in Los Angeles on November 17, so you’ll have something other than politics to chat about while celebrating Thanksgiving. The model will wear the Mustang Mach-E nameplate, and it will go on sale as soon as it’s revealed, though deliveries won’t start until later. Here’s everything we know about it.
Ford published a brief teaser video on its official Facebook page to announce that its electric car offensive is around the corner. Ford has dabbled in EVs before; it sold a battery-powered Focus in many markets, and it experimented with an electric Ranger pickup during the 1990s, but these were low-volume vehicles based on existing, gasoline-powered models. The Mustang Mach E was developed with electric driving in mind from the get-go.
It’s important to make the distinction between Mustang-inspired and Mustang-based. Despite having “Mustang” in the name, there’s no evidence suggesting the Mustang Mach-E cars will share any major components with the actual Mustang. Ford’s video explained engineers are tuning the crossover with driving enjoyment in mind, and they’re using 3D simulators to dial it in, so this might be where the Mustang connection comes from. The design is expected to borrow styling cues from the emblematic pony car, too, though it won’t be a low-slung coupe.
Ford previously floated a 300-plus-mile driving range, though that figure corresponds to the extended-range model, and full technical specifications remain guarded. Blending Mustang genes and the instant torque delivered by electric motors should unlock brisk acceleration. Product planners even considered resurrecting the hallowed Mach 1 name for the crossover, though they allegedly abandoned those plans when fans of the original, V8-powered Mustang Mach I released in 1969 cried foul. Instead, the electric model is called Mustang Mach-E.
Documents erroneously published by Electrify America, a network of charging stations operated by Volkswagen, claimed the crossover will arrive with rear-wheel drive. Odds are that means the standard model will come with a single electric motor over its rear axle. Making it all-wheel drive will be as simple as adding a second motor over the front axle.
Why is a company affiliated with Volkswagen dishing out information about a Ford? Because Ford is relying on Electrify America instead of building its own network of charging stations. Owners of the Mustang-inspired model will have paid access to Electrify America’s network via the FordPass Charging Network, which groups 35,000 plugs at 12,000 stations owner by various providers across America. Using one of Electrify America’s 150-kilowatt charger will zap the battery pack with 47 miles of range in 10 minutes. Going from 10% to 80% will take approximately 45 minutes, according to Ford.
Moving inside the car, the video confirms Ford will place the infotainment system’s screen on top of the dashboard rather than embedding it into the center stack. It’s a layout that makes it possible for Ford to update the hardware without needing to fully redesign the center stack. The model could receive a bigger screen at some point during its life cycle, for example.
Ford will unveil the Mustang Mach-E on November 17, ahead of 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show media days. The full price of Ford’s electric crossover hasn’t been revealed yet, but customers will be able to place a $500 refundable deposit immediately after the reveal. The Mach-E will eventually be joined by an electric Ford F-150 pickup truck, and a model co-developed with startup Rivian. A Ford model based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform is also planned, but it may not be sold in the U.S.
Updated on November 14, 2019: Added confirmation of Mustang Mach-E name and opening of reservations.
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