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New 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E gets pricing tweak

Small drop in price for the long-range, rear-wheel-drive Ford Mustang Mach-E means that it now qualifies for the government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant

Ford has tweaked its UK pricing of the Mustang Mach-E ahead of order books opening later this year. The changes mean that the long-range, rear-wheel drive version of the all-electric SUV now dips below £50,000 – qualifying the model for the £3,000 plug-in car grant.

The price drop is only small, with the former £50,190 tag adjusted to £49,900, and only affects the long-range model. However, this means that when orders officially begin, customers will be in effect saving £3,290 as cars priced at over £50,000 are ineligible for the grant.

The first Ford Mustang Mach-E models are expected to reach UK dealers towards the end of 2020. Prices will start from £40,270 for the entry-level rear-wheel-drive version, climbing to £56,950 for the most powerful four-wheel-drive variant. The range-topping First Edition models will be priced from £58,000. These prices are currently indicative according to Ford, with final prices “available in 2020 once the vehicle enters production phase.”

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The long-range, rear-wheel drive model is fitted with a 99kWh battery, enabling a range of 370 miles between charges – the most of the new Mustang Mach-e family, and significantly more than rivals like the Jaguar I-Pace. The standard-range model uses a smaller 76kWh battery, and in four-wheel drive form has the shortest range at 260 miles.

The Mustang Mach-E is slightly longer than the Jaguar I-Pace – measuring 4.7 metres – and sports a relatively low and aggressive roofline. Despite this, there’s space in the cabin for five adults, while the SUV’s front and rear storage compartments offer a combined luggage capacity of more than 500 litres

Its styling and layout have caused some contention with Mustang devotees – but they both fall into line with the current trend towards taller vehicles, and are required to accommodate the Mach-E’s battery pack mounted in its thicker floor.

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The crossover features a range of obvious Mustang design cues, sharing the muscle car’s low nose, long bonnet, flared haunches and grille shape. The EV’s rear also makes a nod to the firm’s iconic muscle car, borrowing its tri-bar light design and lift-back boot-lid. Like the muscle car, the famous Mustang emblem is located on the car’s nose and rear.

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Murat Gueler, chief designer for Ford of Europe, said the firm is optimistic that doubters will be won over by the final shape. “We wanted to make this an EV with soul,” he told us. “The Mach-E is definitely inspired by Mustang, and that’s a vehicle that only Ford could do.”

The Mach-E’s profile is disguised by a thick extra roof section – shown in contrasting black paint on the car in our images – which fools the eye into thinking the SUV’s roofline is more coupé-like than it really is. It has a wheelbase of 2,984mm with relatively short overhangs, but its bonnet sticks out further than the Jaguar I-Pace’s. 

Ford’s electric SUV also does without conventional door handles. Instead, there are buttons on the B- and C-pillars which pop the doors open. Rear passengers open their doors by pulling on the panel itself, while front-seat passengers get a small lip below the button which acts as a door-pull. The latter system was implemented after Ford’s research showed passengers felt uneasy putting their hands into the gap between the front and rear doors.

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The car will be accessed via a smartphone key, which Ford says will be able to learn the user’s routines (such as the recurring time they arrive at the vehicle for their morning commute) and pop the door open automatically on their approach. There’s also a keypad in one of the B-pillars in case the driver’s smartphone battery is flat.

Ford Mustang Mach-E: powertrains and range

Mustang Mach-E buyers will be offered a range of all-electric powertrains. The entry-level rear-wheel-drive model will feature a 75kWh battery pack, a 255bhp electric motor and a targeted WLTP range of 280 miles. A more potent rear-wheel-drive variant will also be available, with 282bhp, a 99kWh battery, and a claimed range of 370 miles – which is more than any model in the SUV’s class.

Charge-times are equally competitive. When plugged into a 150kW IONITY charging station, Ford says the Mach-E will recover 57 miles of range in just 10 minutes. The standard-range 75kWh Mustang Mach-E will recover a 10 to 80 percent charge in around 38 minutes when plugged into a commercial DC fast-charger, while a domestic 7.4kW wallbox charger will add an estimated 38 miles of range per hour to the 99kWh rear-wheel-drive model.

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Both entry-level Mach-E models develop a maximum torque figure of 415Nm and both offer a 0–62mph time of “less than eight seconds.” For comparison, the equivalent entry-level Tesla Model 3 has 252bhp and covers the same sprint in 5.3 seconds.

The four-wheel-drive Mach-E – which carries the complex “Mach-E 4X” nameplate – can be had with the entry-level car’s power output and battery pack, which delivers a range of 260 miles between charges. Buyers can also opt for a 99kWh battery and more powerful electric motor, which develops 333bhp and 582Nm of torque.

Currently, Ford’s most powerful four-wheel-drive model offers a claimed 0–62mph time of around seven seconds – and all Mach-Es, regardless of their power output or battery capacity, will have a top speed of 111mph.

Later in the SUV’s lifespan, Ford plans to introduce a performance-oriented “GT” edition with a targeted 0–62mph time of “less than five seconds and a maximum output of 458bhp and 830Nm of torque. Gueler also told us that the more focussed variant will sport a lowered suspension setup and a more aggressive styling pack than its standard issue stablemates, saying “we still have plenty of ‘Mustang spice’ that we can add to the mix.” 

Ford Mustang Mach-E: interior and infotainment

The Mach-E’s dashboard is dominated by an enormous 15.5-inch portrait touchscreen, which features an all-new interface. The system also uses a range of algorithms which use search data from your web browser or smartphone to suggest likely destinations or music – much like Google’s Android Auto system. It’ll also recognise the phone which was used to open the vehicle, offering tailored content to the user in question.

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The touchscreen is used to operate a wide range of the vehicle’s features. Important, regularly accessed controls, such as the heating and ventilation system, persist at the bottom of the screen for easy access. There’s also a traditional rotary dial, which is neatly integrated into the centre of the display’s lower shroud.

Naturally, there’s a 10.2-inch digital instrument panel in place of a conventional analogue gauge cluster – although Ford has decided against fitting a head-up display. The fabric section along the top edge of the fascia hides a home stereo-style sound bar from Ford’s audio partner Bang & Olufsen. The storage bin at the bottom of the dash also houses a wireless smartphone charger and pair of USB connectors.

The new model is easily the most practical car to ever carry the Mustang name – and it should be competitive in this area against many of its rivals. There are 402 litres of luggage space behind the rear seats – a figure which expands to 1,420 litres if you fold down the second seating row. In addition, the bonnet can be opened using controls on the central infotainment screen to reveal a washable load area with an additional 100 litres of space.

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Rear-drive Mach-Es will get 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, along with LED tail-lights, phone key access, adaptive cruise control and up to 150kW rapid charging. The Mach-E 4X adds larger 19-inch alloys, adaptive LED headlights, eight-way power-adjustable front seats and heated folding side mirrors.

In addition, Ford is offering a highly specced, limited availability First Edition model. It gets a full-length panoramic glass roof, 19-inch alloy wheels, a 10-speaker B&O sound system and exclusive exterior colours, including metallic Grabber Blue.

Q&A with Murat Gueler

Chief designer, Ford of Europe

Murat Gueler has worked on a number of key projects at Ford, including the recently launched Puma. He gave us extra insight into the thought processes that led to a Mustang becoming Ford’s first EV.

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Q: Was the Mustang always at the heart of the electric car that Ford’s ‘Project Edison’ was designed to produce?

A: “No, not at all. It was going in a completely different direction, in fact, and it wasn’t working out. It was a bit of a ‘eureka’ moment, at the end of 2016 or early in 2017, when we first started trying to inject some Mustang DNA into the project. When the first design popped up, it made the program. And it started us moving in a different way, because the principles that we had been working on couldn’t be applied on this car.”

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Q: Purists are probably going to complain about the idea of a Mustang being an SUV, let alone one that runs purely on electricity. Are you prepared for a backlash?

A: “I don’t see this as an SUV, really. When you look at the side profile of the car, I don’t think it’s a conventional SUV at all; it’s really a crossover that incorporates inspiration from Mustang, hopefully without us going overboard with it.

“As for the purists, I’m sure there will be some who never change their mind about it, but we know from some customer clinics that others have come round to this idea quite quickly.

“After all, only Ford Motor Company can make a Mustang. And Mustang-inspired design gives us a unique point of view when approaching this kind of car.”

Q: What were the big challenges in making the Mustang EV in this format? 

A: “There were a few areas we had to watch carefully. We worked very closely with the engineering team to make sure that we could deliver the right proportions for the car, because that’s the starting point. Then we focused on giving shape and muscle to it – but even then, it had to be carefully monitored. There is a lot of sculpture in this car but it’s well controlled, I think.”

Q: You’ve already confirmed a ‘GT’ Mach-E is on the way. Is there scope to make that car look more aggressive?

A: “For sure. We’ve said with this car that we’ve added some Mustang spice to it. There’s plenty of spice left that we can still add, I promise.”

What do you think of the new Ford Mustang Mach-E? Is it worthy of the nameplate? Let us know below…

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