Ford has finally realised that even its most iconic model is facing an electrically-powered future and the result is its new Mach-E.
At the 2019 Los Angeles auto show the most American of automotive brands will reveal a car that few of its followers could have predicted.
The star fo Ford’s Los Angeles auto show presence be Mustang in name, but very different than any of the brand’s previous Pony cars.
With a crossover body style and powered by batteries instead of a V8 engine, the Mustang Mach-E is a very bold design by Ford.
Mach-E is the future of Mustang
Ford’s Mustang range has always been a two-door coupe, but the Mach-E could not be more different. This Mustang variant has four-doors and enough ground clearance to run comfortably on gravel roads.
Although traditional Mustang fans might baulk at the direction Ford is heading with its Mach-E, there has been no compromise in terms of performance.
Like all Ford vehicles which have ever carried the Mustang name, this battery-powered version has potent performance. Power peaks at 342kW, supported by 830Nm of torque. Those numbers are good enough for 0-100kph in 3.5 seconds.
Ford will be offering two versions of the Mustang Mach-E, in both drivetrain configuration and battery size.
Mustang Mach-E will be available in rear- and all-wheel drive, with the latter option sure to be popular with owners who often must drive in inclement weather, where additional traction is a safety feature.
There will be two battery sizes too. A 75.7 kWh battery will be the standard configuration whilst a larger 98.9 kWh will deliver 480km of driving range.
An interesting aspect of Ford’s marketing nous with the Mustang Mach-E is that there will be no difference in performance between the smaller and larger battery packs – they only influence driving range.
The Mustang Mach-E cabin also features a radical new digitized architecture, including a huge centrally mounted infotainment tablet and the ability to troubleshoot and remedy potential issue with the vehicle by using over the air updates.
Ford is expected to start a global distribution of the Mustang Mach-E, to select markets, by the end of 2020.