IT MAY have adopted the name of America’s classic muscle car but the Ford Mustang Mach-E ushers in a whole new era for the Blue Oval.
What is the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Ford Mustang Mach-E marks a huge departure for the quintessential muscle car name. It’s not only the first time the pony car has come with pure-electric power but also the first time its legendary badge has adorned the boot lid of an SUV.
While that may boil the blood of die-hard Mustang fans , the end result could prove to be a fairly promising — and fun — family car. It’ll be available with a whopping electric range, too.
How fast is the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E?
Though not as quick as the V8-powered Mustang GT coupé, the Mach-E is nevertheless a pretty brisk machine. Ford claims the rear-wheel drive cars (with 306 lb ft of torque and, depending on the battery pack fitted, 255bhp or 282bhp) can go from 0-62mph in under eight seconds, and quotes a sub-seven seconds 0-62mph for the all-wheel drive cars with 417 lb ft and 255bhp or 333bhp.
By far the fastest Ford Mustang Mach-E of all will be the performance-focused “GT” version. The car maker says the production-ready vehicle should produce up to 459bhp and a Shelby GT500 muscle car-aping 612 lb ft of torque, which the company claims is good for 0-62mph in under five seconds.
Despite the various power outputs and acceleration times, every Ford Mustang Mach-E variant has the same top speed, as all versions will be limited to 111mph.
How far can the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E go on a charge?
Ford is quoting some fairly impressive ranges for its pure-electric SUV. Based on its own tests, the car maker is quoting an estimate 280 miles per charge (on the WLTP test) for the rear-wheel drive car with the 75.7kWh “standard range” battery pack, and 370 miles when the larger, 98.8kWh “extended range” battery is fitted.
Assuming those ranges are indicative of what production-spec cars will be capable of, that means the 98.8kWh Mustang Mach-E will have one of the best single charge ranges of any production car to date.
While the all-wheel drive models can’t go as far on a charge, the quoted ranges are 260 miles and 335 miles for the two battery sizes, with the sporty Mach-E GT rated at 310 miles. For reference, a similarly sized Jaguar I-Pace is rated at up to 292 miles on a single charge, and the Mercedes-Benz EQC up to 259 miles.
How fast does the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E recharge?
Comprehensive charging times will be revealed closer to launch, though Ford has released estimate speeds for various charging points. A wallbox can top up the batteries with around 27 miles worth of range every hour, with publicly available 50kW rapid charging points able to replenish up to 185 miles of range in the same time.
For really rapid top-ups, the Mustang Mach-E can accept a 150kW rapid charge, which is good for up to 350 miles per hour. Charging points with that sort of power are still very rare in the UK at the time of writing, though they are being rolled out.
What tech will the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E have?
Perhaps the most obvious piece of new tech on the Mustang Mach-E is the huge 15.5in infotainment interface on the centre console. There’s more to the touchscreen than its size, Ford says: it’s underpinned by a new version of the SYNC infotainment system, and comes with built-in voice recognition and cloud-based connectivity features, including over-the-air software updates.
Other standard-fit features include heated and power-adjustable front seats, heated door mirrors, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree parking cameras, wireless smartphone recharging capability and a 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen premium sound system.
Buyers will also be able to specify blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, speed sign recognition and a panoramic sunroof, among other features.
How practical is the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E?
Ford claims the Mustang Mach-E has lots of interior space for passengers and their luggage.
The 402-litre boot isn’t especially big, considering how large the car is (the current Ford Kuga crossover has a 406 litre boot), it is still a decent enough amount of room, and the car maker says this can be expanded to 1,420 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
The Mustang Mach-E also has 100 litres of storage space up front, in a storage compartment underneath the bonnet. Because the front boot (froot?) comes with a drainage plug, Ford says it’s ideally suited for stowing items such as muddy walking boots.
Passenger shouldn’t be wanting for space. According to Ford, the Mustang Mach-E has head room, shoulder room and leg room roughly on par with the taller and boxier Ford Edge SUV, meaning five adults can fit “comfortably” inside.
How much will the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E cost?
The Mustang Mach-E range will start at £40,270 for the rear-wheel drive version, and £46,570 for all-wheel drive cars. Specifying the extended range battery pack raises prices to £50,190 for rear-wheel drive Mach-E’s, and £56,950 for all-wheel drive models. The all-wheel-drive-only Launch Edition variant will set buyers back £58,000.
UK prices have yet to be announced for the performance-focused GT version, which is expected to be the range-topping Ford Mustang Mach-E variant. Using provisional USA pricing as a base, it’s expected the Mach-E GT will cost between £60,000 and £65,000.
When will the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E go on sale?
Ford hasn’t revealed when the UK on-sale date for 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E, though it is now accepting pre-orders. Deliveries of customer cars will begin sometime in late 2020, with the car maker confirming Launch Edition-spec models will be prioritised over the regular versions.
What are the 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E’s rivals?
Other pure-electric SUVs already on the market include the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz EQC, though these are all more expensive than the Mustang Mach E (as you’d expect, perhaps). There’s also the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric, which offer long ranges for less money, though these are smaller than the Ford.
The market is expanding rapidly, though. Competitors we know are on the way include the BMW iX3, Polestar 3 and Tesla Model Y, and mass-market car makers such as Skoda, SsangYong, Subaru and Toyota have confirmed they’re developing their own, similarly-sized pure-electric SUVs.