Ford Motor Co. of Dearborn unveiled its 2020 Mustang Mach-E SUV, an all-electric model that will be available next fall, on Sunday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says the new Mustang will appeal to performance enthusiasts as well as environmentalists.
The vehicles will be made in Cuautitlan, Mexico, with a price tag starting at $44,995. Potential buyers are invited to visit the Mustang Mach-E reservation site here to make a refundable $500 reservation deposit.
A limited First Edition will be available in extended-range all-wheel drive, with red painted brake calipers, metallic pedal covers, contrasting seat stitching, and a scuff plate marked First Edition.
“At the first-ever Detroit auto show, Henry Ford said he was working on something that would strike like forked lightning,” says Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford. “That was the Model T. Today, the Ford Motor Co. is proud to unveil a car that strikes like forked lightning all over again. The all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s freedom. For a new generation of Mustang owners.”
When it arrives in late 2020, the automaker says the Mustang Mach-E will be available with standard and extended-range battery options with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powered by permanent magnet motors.
Equipped with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, Mach-E has a targeted EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles, about the distance a gasoline-powered vehicle can go on a single fill up. In extended-range all-wheel-drive configurations, Mach-E is targeting 332 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque – with the standard all-wheel-drive variation targeting quicker times to 60 mph than the base Porsche Macan series.
Ford also will offer two special performance versions. The GT is targeting 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds, making it faster off the line than a Porsche Macan Turbo. The GT Performance Edition, meanwhile, is targeting a comparable 0-60 mph in the mid-3-second range to a Porsche 911 GTS. Both GT configurations are targeting an estimated 342 kW (459 horsepower) and 830 Nm (612 lb.-ft.) of torque.
Potential Mach-E GT buyers can make reservations now for deliveries starting in spring 2021. GT models will start at $61,600.
“The Mustang Mach-E wholeheartedly rejects the notion that electric vehicles are only good at reducing gas consumption,” says Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer. “People want a car that’s thrilling to drive, that looks gorgeous, and that can easily adapt to their lifestyle – and the Mustang Mach-E delivers all of this in unmatched style.”
Mustang Mach-E delivers three different drive experiences – Whisper, Engage, and Unbridled – each offering finely tuned driving dynamics packaged with a distinct sensory experience. Features include custom-designed vehicle responsiveness such as sportier steering controls, ambient lighting, sounds tuned for an authentic all-electric experience, and dynamic cluster animations that are tied to driving behavior.
When the vehicle launches, a new Mach-E 4 all-wheel drive system will be available that can apply torque independently to the front and rear axles to deliver impressive acceleration and improved handling over the rear-wheel drive model. Ford tuned this system to provide excellent traction on the road, rigorously testing the vehicle in wet and snowy terrain to help control for slippery conditions. Mach-E is the first production vehicle to be tuned by the Ford Performance team utilizing Ford’s racing simulator in North Carolina.
“Whether you want to really feel its performance capability or are looking for the quiet atmosphere that electric vehicles can offer, the Mach-E harnesses the power of electrification to create a unique driving experience while retaining that unmistakable Mustang feeling of freedom,” says Ted Cannis, enterprise product line director of global electrification for Ford.