Mustang Mach-E


Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - December 19, 2019

Model Preview

After plenty of previews and some teasing, Ford has finally revealed the preliminary details for the newest addition to the Mustang family, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E. Here’s what we expect to see when this electric Mustang crossover hits showrooms.

Visually, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be a mashup of the legendary pony car and a crossover coupe. Up front, it will take inspiration from the Mustang with its wraparound headlights, grille close-off-panel surround, and the ridges on its hood. The backside will get the Mustang treatment in the form of the sequential taillights and concave fascia. In profile form, this sleek rig is all crossover coupe with its swoopy roofline.

The Mustang-meets-crossover design will continue inside with its double-cowl instrument panel gleaned from the pony car and spacious 29-cubic-foot cargo area. Need more space? Fold down the rear seats to unlock up to 59.6 cubes of cargo-hauling space. There will also be a 4.8-cubic-foot front cargo area that will double as a drainable cooler to keep drinks on ice.

This five-seat crossover will also boast plenty of luxury with its available panoramic sunroof, fixed rear skylight, and new-generation SYNC infotainment system. The latter will adjust to your needs and preferences over time and features easier-to-navigate menus, over-the-air updates, and a 15.5-inch touchscreen.

Mustang Mach-E

Underhood, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be quite robust with a handful of powertrain options featuring various ranges, outputs, and driveline formats.

At the base level will be the standard-range model that Ford expects to produce around 255 horsepower. With rear-wheel drive, Ford will aim for a low-6-second 0-to-60 time, while the automaker expects a mid-5-second range with optional dual-motor all-wheel drive. Ford expects the standard-range model’s 75.7-kilowatt-hour battery to deliver a 230-mile range with rear-wheel drive or a 210-mile range with all-wheel drive.

The extended-range Mustang Mach-E is estimated to deliver 282-hp, a mid-6-second 0-to-60 time, and a 300-mile driving range with its 98.8-kWh battery. With all-wheel drive, the power will jump to 332 hp, the sprint time will fall to the mid-5-second range, and its 98.8-kWh battery will deliver about 270 miles.

There will be two GT models, and both will boast 459 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. The base GT will come standard with all-wheel drive, will deliver a sub-4-second 0-to-60 time, and will travel about 250 miles on a charge. The GT Performance Edition will be a late arrival and will push the sprint time down to the mid-3-second range. There is no estimated range for the GT Performance model yet.

Charging will vary, depending on the type of charger you use, but Mustang Mach-E owners will have access to the FordPass Charging Network that includes DC fast chargers. On a 150-kW DC fast charger, the 2021 Mach-E can deliver up to 47 miles of EV range on just a 10-minute charge.

Safety remains uncertain in the Mustang Mach-E, but this should become clearer as we near its on-sale date. With this model boasting all the latest tech, we expect all its safety gear to follow in the same footsteps and offer all the safety tech the IIHS and NHTSA love.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no firm release date yet for the 2021 Mustang Mach-E, but Ford expects it to hit showrooms in late 2020. Premium models are expected to be the first available in late 2020 while Select and California Rt.1 Editions are expected in early 2021. The GT models will be a little behind the rest of the lineup with a spring 2021 arrival.

This electrified performance crossover’s MSRP will range from $44,995 to $61,600 (destination fees included). Interested buyers can now reserve their Mach-E for a refundable $500 deposit.

Looking for a Mach-E discount? Those eligible for Ford Plan Pricing should be aware that the model is now eligible for haggle-free savings. However, our analysis finds that the model's unique pricing structure means that the discount works differently compared to other Ford vehicles.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E will compete with the Tesla Model Y, Tesla Model X, and the Jaguar I-Pace.

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