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19 Nov 19

Mustang Mach-E is Ford’s 600km-range reply to Tesla Model Y

Electric D-segment crossovers are still scarce, but that will change in 2020. Audi will bring the Q4 e-tron, BMW the iX3, Tesla the Model Y and Ford indeed the Mustang Mach-E. Don’t let the name fool you, this is not a coupé or a convertible, but a sleek five-door SUV-meets-sportscar with nothing but electric ponies.

A bit of clever marketing: taking the name of your most iconic model and hoping its aura electrifies those in search of a battery-electric vehicle. It’s not just any BEV, though. The standard model already puts 337hp on the rear axle, while the GT derivative adds another electric motor between the front wheels for a total output of 465hp.

600 km of range

Even more impressive is the Mustang Mach-E’s electric range. Ford announces a WLTP range of 600km if you opt for the 98,8kWh battery pack. The standard pack holds 75,7kWh and should get you some 450km from home.

Interestingly, the onboard charger can handle both single and three-phase AC to speed up the charging process. At a 150kW DC fast charger the e-Mustang can allegedly be topped up from 10 to 80% in under 40 minutes.

Tesla copycat

The nose of this new Mustang might remind you of a certain California-based EV maker, but wait until you see the interior: it is as if Ford just copied the Model 3’s dash, with its huge vertical tablet interface, and added a few features. At least Ford has had the good idea to add a driver display on top of the steering wheel for the basic driving info.

The infotainment system inaugurates Ford’s fourth-gen Sync platform, which comes with a virtual assistant (Hey, Ford?). If it’s anything like Tesla’s display, it should be intuitive to use – just like an iPad.

Also very Tesla-like is the announced suite of ADAS that would enable you to drive semi-autonomously on motorways. Will Ford put to practise what it has learned from its Argo AI experience? 

From €40k

The Mustang Mach-E will arrive in European showrooms by the end of next year. Prices start at approximately 40,000 euros excluding VAT, making it an attractive offer compared to the Mercedes-Benz EQC - which has less range, but is premium and more practical. Ford takes online reservations in exchange for a refundable deposit. A new trend in EV land?

 

Authored by: Dieter Quartier