2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV revealed: price, specs and release date
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has the longest range of any electric SUV and a high-tech interior. Here's everything you need to know about it...
On sale: Autumn 2020 | Price from: £40,000 (est)
When it comes to living up to a name, the new Ford Mustang Mach-E has one of the greatest. You see, the original Ford Mustang was such a hit that almost 22,000 of them were sold on the day it was unveiled at the 1964 World’s Fair. Buyers loved the idea of a family car with a big engine that didn’t cost the Earth to buy or run – and those attributes have contributed to the Mustang becoming one of the best-selling nameplates in the world. The Mach-E, however, is a very different type of Mustang.
2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E power and range
For one thing, it’s electric. It will be offered with a choice of two battery capacities and three power outputs, plus the option of four-wheel drive. Entry-level models come with a 75kWh battery and 255bhp, while the 99kWh model offers 282bhp as standard but can be boosted to 333bhp. How far you’ll get on a charge depends on which version you go for, but the Mustang Mach-E’s anticipated WLTP range varies from 260 to 370 miles. If you go for the bigger battery and stick with rear-wheel drive, then, the Mustang Mach-E should have the longest official range of any electric SUV.
As well as a long range, Ford is also promising performance that befits the Mustang badge, with the Mach-E able to reach 62mph from a standing start in less than seven seconds. Buyers wanting even more performance won’t have long to wait, either, because Ford has confirmed that a high-performance GT model will be coming later. For now, every Mustang Mach-E model is limited to 111mph.
Ford says the Mustang Mach-E’s regenerative braking – which harvests energy normally lost as you slow down and feeds it back into the battery – can be set to such a level that you can drive the car using one pedal.
The Mustang Mach-E can be charged at a rate of up to 150kW, meaning a 10-80% top-up could take as little as 38 minutes. Charging via an 11kW cable at home will take much longer. Ford is partnering with the NewMotion network of charging points, which currently offers sporadic coverage of the UK, to allow Mach-E owners to pay for charging using a single account.
2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E interior
The Mustang Mach-E’s dimensions put it into the same field as the more premium Jaguar I-Pace, Audi E-tron and Mercedes EQC, and like those cars it offers seating for five. Inside, a 15.5in tablet-style infotainment system – which incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring – dominates the dashboard, while a separate 10.2in digital instrument panel sits in front of the driver. Wireless updates will bring new features to the Mustang Mach-E without you having to visit a dealer.
Other technology includes the ability to use your mobile phone as a key, and for extra security, a small keypad is hidden in the car’s middle pillar, so you can unlock and even start the car using a personalised code.
The main boot has a 402-litre capacity – larger than what you’ll find in a conventional Ford Focus but far less than in its rivals. There’s an additional 100-litre space – enough for a couple of soft bags – under the bonnet, where you’d normally expect to find an engine. The front space is also waterproof and features a drain plug for deep cleaning.
2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E price
The Mustang Mach-E won’t be available to buy through traditional Ford dealers. Instead, it will only be sold only through Ford’s website – a process that’s likely to make haggling difficult. Prices are expected to start at around £40,000, before the Government’s £3500 electric vehicle grant is taken into account.
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The best electric cars, and the ones to avoid
If the idea of Ford's new electric SUV has got you thinking about going green with your next car, then you'll want to know which electric models deserve a place on your shortlist. Well, below and over the next few pages we've named the best electric cars currently on sale – and revealed the ones to avoid as well.
10. Tesla Model X
On paper, Tesla's all-electric family SUV seems to be the dream all-rounder, combining the luxury of a Range Rover Sport with the green credentials of an electric car. In practice, its low running costs and practical interior are hard to fault, and even entry-level versions aren't short on pace, but parts of its interior do feel a little cheap given the price.
The Zoe’s main strength is that it feels like a conventional, stylish, nippy small car, and just happens to cost pennies to run. The electric motor has enough shove for the Zoe to lead the charge away from traffic lights, and the interior has room for four to sit in reasonable comfort. Even the boot is larger than you’ll find in many regular small cars; it's easily big enough for a family's weekly shopping. The Q90 version managed 132 miles in our Real Range test.
8. Nissan Leaf
This second-generation Leaf is a much better all-rounder than the original model. It’s faster, more sophisticated to drive, bigger inside and, perhaps most importantly of all, capable of longer distances between charges. Just make sure you resist the temptation to go for the e+ version; it may have the biggest range of any Leaf yet, but it's also expensive and hard-riding.
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