It's a fast electric horse.
Ford unveiled the battery-powered Mustang Mach-E utility vehicle on Sunday night, marking the first time the Mustang name has been used on a model other than a two-door sports car.
Like Ford's first purpose-built electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E is a compact tool that is about the same size as the Ford Escape, but has a sportier appearance with plenty of Mustang-influenced styling signals. The Mexican-made vehicle is believed to be the first of 16 electric vehicles Ford will launch worldwide by 2025.
A selection of five Mustang Mach-E models with a mix of driving range and performance will start rolling out late next years with two battery-size options and a variety of rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Starting rates range from $ 44,995 to $ 61,600 before state and federal electric vehicle tax credits are used.
All Mustang Mach-Es have the same four-door hatch with seating for five and a water-repellent luggage compartment under the hood that compliments the rear loading area. A digital instrument cluster sits behind the wheel while a 15.5-inch touchscreen dominates the center of the dashboard and is equipped with Ford's next-generation Sync4 infotainment system.
Depending on the configuration, the Mustang Mach-E may travel from 210 miles to 300 miles between charges, with rear-wheel-drive versions equipped with an extended battery pack that delivers the longest distance. California Route 1 appears to be the cheapest of these at a base price of $ 51,500.
The top of the GT line is aimed at delivering the kind of muscle-like performance the Mustang name evokes. It is powered by a four-wheel-drive system rated at 429 hp and 612 pounds ft. Ford says it can accelerate to 60 mph in the middle of three seconds, making it almost as fast as the speed of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and putting it in the same league as the most powerful version of the upcoming Tesla Model Y Ford estimates, however. the GT will have a range of 235 miles, compared to 280 miles for the Model Y, which is similarly priced at $ 62,125.
Unlike Tesla, Ford does not promise any future driving performance for the Mustang Mach-E, but it offers a driver assistance system electronic driver assistance system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-centering assistance. It is also compatible with Ford's Phone as Key feature that allows drivers to open and launch the vehicle with a smartphone app.
Ford has started taking a $ 500 deposit to reserve a place when the order books open next year. It has not said how many Mustang Mach-Es it expects to sell, but will launch it with a limited availability of the $ 61,000 feature-packed First Edition model and a 332hp full-wheel drive which is good for 270 miles range.
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