Ford Model E: Everything We Know Right Now About the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

 

The last time Ford was going to make a major change to the Mustang, its fans made such an uproar they ended up changing their plans and creating a whole new car called the Probe. The Mustang continued on as the muscle car its fans wanted.

The Mustang Mach-E is another milestone in the Mustang's storied history but this change will keep its fans happy. Let's look at what's coming in the Ford Model E Mustang.

The Ford Model E Mustang - Its First Crossover SUV

The Ford Mustang Mach-E's design is based on the Mustang and it offers similar performance to the popular muscle car but that's where the similarities end. The Mach-E is an entirely new design and is the first crossover SUV to carry the Mustang name.

Not to mention the first electric vehicle (EV) to be called a Mustang.

Mustang Mach-E Models

The Mach-E will be available in four trim levels:

·         Premium

·         First Edition

·         California Route 1

·         GT

The Premium and First Edition models will be the first to hit the showroom in late 2020 with the California Route 1 and GT models to follow.

Mach-E Premium

The Mach-E Premium will be available in all-wheel drive (AWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD) configurations. It's estimated to have a 300-mile range with the optional extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive.

The Premium will have a 0-to-60 time in the mid 5-second range. The standard-range configuration will offer 255 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque while the extended-range setup will offer 332 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque.

The Mach-E Premium has an estimated MSRP starting at $50,600.

Mach-E First Edition

The Mach-E First Edition is a limited edition model with 3 special exterior colors including Grabber Blue Metallic. Long-time Mustang fans will recognize the Grabber Blue name from the original Mach-1 Mustangs. The First Edition also offers special contrast stitching in the interior, First Edition scuff plates, brushed aluminum pedals, and red brake calipers.

The First Edition Mach-E will be available with AWD and is estimated to get 270 miles on a charge with the optional extended-range battery. It offers the same horsepower and torque output as the Premium models and has an estimated 0-to-60 time in the mid 5-second range.

The Mach-E First Edition has an estimated MSRP starting at $59,900 and the early-bird reservations are already full.

Mach-E California Route 1

The Mach-E California Route 1 is a rear-wheel drive model with a range of up to 300 miles with the extended-range battery. It will generate 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque, with a mid 6-second 0-to-60 time.

The California Route 1 has an estimated MSRP starting at $52,400.

Mach-E GT

The Mach-E GT lives up to the Mustang GT name in every way. It's an AWD setup with the same power output as the California Route 1 model. The addition of AWD drops the 0-to-60 time into the mid 3-second range, making it faster than the Porsche Macan Turbo.

The GT will have an estimated 250-mile range on a charge and has an estimated MSRP of $60,500.

Mustang Mach-E Driving Modes

The Mach-E will have three different driving modes to choose from:

·         Whisper

·         Engage

·         Unbridled

Each of the three modes offers different steering tweaks, pedal feel, gauge cluster graphics, and sound. Electric vehicles don't have a gas engine to generate those muscle car sounds naturally so Ford has developed customized sounds to mimic them. They've even gone so far as to develop sounds to match the cars in Blade Runner and Batman's Tumbler Batmobile.

Whisper mode offers more relaxed steering, a less aggressive throttle, and more subtle instrument graphics and interior lighting. Engage mode is more balanced and feels the closest to a traditional Mustang. It tightens up the steering and provides a more aggressive throttle.

Unbridled mode offers the most aggressive steering and throttle and has a "throatier" sound that kicks in about 30 mph and sounds like a traditional Mustang V-8 engine.

Potential Cost Savings of the Mach-E

A lot of people think electric vehicles are more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts but that isn't necessarily the case. If you compare the different Mustang Mach-E models to the equivalent in the regular Mustang lineup, you'll find they're not that different.

But the up-front cost is only part of the equation. Where you'll see the difference is in the operational cost of the vehicle. Ford estimates you'll get a potential cost saving of $13,390 over five years.

This includes the $7,500 Federal Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit, a $285 annual savings on maintenance costs, and a $893 annual savings on fuel costs.

The $7,500 tax credit is a big advantage of the Mach-E over competing vehicles like the Tesla Model-Y. This tax credit is available on the first 200,000 EVs sold by a particular manufacturer. Once they reach that threshold, the credit starts to decrease until it hits $0.

Because Tesla has already sold it's allotment, the credit is considerably lower on the Model-Y than it is on the Mach-E. This will change as the Mach-E sells more units but when it's first available, this is a big advantage in price.

Charging the Mach-E

The Mach-E will fully charge overnight with Ford's Connect Charge Station, which provides up to 32 miles per charging hour on 240V power. With a regular 240V plug, you'll get 22 miles per charging hour, and a 120V plug will provide 3 miles per charging hour.

3 miles per charging hour doesn't sound like much but it means you can charge on any standard power outlet in a pinch.

When is the Mustang Mach-E Arriving in Showrooms?

The Ford Model E Mustang is expected to arrive in showrooms in late 2020. The Premium and First Edition models will be the first available with the California Route 1 and GT to follow in 2021.

If you're in the market for a Mustang, Steve Marsh Ford can help you get behind the wheel of your dream car. Check out our current Mustang inventory on our website or get in touch with us to arrange a test drive today.
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