Ford Unveils Electric Mustang Crossover
Ford Motor Co.’s all-new Mustang Mach-E electric crossover will be available in rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations with multiple battery and performance options to rival Porsche sport models.
The company unveiled the 2021 Mustang Mach-E on Sunday night in Los Angeles. Sales will start next autumn at a base price of $45,000.
Performance variants will be added in spring 2021, topping out with the $61,600 Mach-E GT.
Built on a 117-inch wheelbase, the crossover is about two inches shorter than the three-row Explorer SUV/crossover vehicle. Ford says the Mach-E stretches to 186 inches from bumper to bumper, making it more than a foot shorter than the Explorer.
The Mustang crossover borrows several design cues from its pony car namesake. These include a long shark-nosed hood, aggressive headlights, rear “haunches” and signature tri-bar taillights.
The traditional Mustang look is complemented by modern updates such as a panoramic sunroof and flush door handles.
Ford says the all-wheel-drive version of the crossover with an extended-range battery will generate 332 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. The GT performance edition is expected to boost output to 459 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque, and propel the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds.
Rear-drive models equipped with extended-range 98.8-kWh batteries—consisting of 376 lithium-ion cells—are expected to deliver a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-rated range of at least 300 miles. Ford didn’t provide a range for the standard 75.7-kWh unit, whose battery contains 288 cells.
Other available features include Brembo brakes and a MagneRide damping system. The crossover vehicle’s under-floor battery placement enables a near 50:50 weight distribution and low center of gravity to enhance ride and handling characteristics.
In addition to a 29-cu-ft rear trunk, the Mustang Mach-E is equipped with a front unit. The so-called “frunk” has a 4.8-cu-ft of storage and a drain that will allow owners to pack it with ice for use as a cooler.
The interior is highlighted by a 15.5-inch vertical infotainment display. Users will be able to access controls via the touchscreen, voice commands or hand gestures. Over-the-air software update capabilities will be added later.
The Mustang Mach-E also will be the first Ford vehicle that enables its operators to lock and unlock the vehicle with a phone rather than a key.
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