Overview

       

Maybe you've heard the buzz about Ford's all-new electric SUV, the five-passenger Mustang Mach-E. Since crossovers have become all the rage in the automotive market, and electric vehicles (EVs) have arrived as the future of the industry, Ford is taking this trajectory seriously not only by combining those elements but by basing the resulting vehicle on their iconic muscle car. Set to be a 2021 model, this superhero of an EV should show American drivers that alternative-fuel vehicles can be powerful, capable, and good in the snow. While some might say that electrified cars, for the most part, were made to favor efficiency over fun, there's definitely untapped potential in this vehicle.

        
   
   
       

   
   

Trims and Powertrain

   

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be available in five trim levels: Select, California Route 1, Premium, First Edition, and GT, with each getting separate release dates. There are two lithium-ion battery pack options: standard range and extended range. The standard range uses a 288 cell/75.7 kWh battery pack, while the extended range uses a 376 cell/98.8 kWh battery pack. Power varies greatly depending on the trim, drivetrain (rear- or all-wheel), and battery pack.

   

The low end of the power spectrum comes from the standard range, rear-wheel drive Select trim, which makes 255 horsepower and 306 pounds-feet of torque. It can go from 0 to 60 in nearly 5 seconds, though. The greatest output is made from the all-wheel drive, extended range GT, which churns out a whopping 459 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque and can reach 60 mph in around 3 seconds. To top it off, the maximum range for the Mustang Mach-E is 300 miles per charge, depending on the trim and drivetrain.

   
   
       

   
   

Features

   

The Select comes with LED signature lights and rear turn-signal indicators, LED headlights, state-of-the-art SYNC infotainment with navigation and a 15.5-inch touchscreen, and a wireless phone charger. The California Route 1 yields a panoramic glass roof, while the Premium and First Edition receive a hands-free liftgate, heated first-row seats and steering wheel, memory functions for the driver's seat and side mirrors, and a premium 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system. The GT loses the glass roof from the standard list, although it can be added back as an option. For all versions, a water-resistant front storage container adds a new level of convenience for holding your goods. Plus, your smartphone will now act as the key, and when you get close enough to your Mach-E with it, the seats, mirrors, radio, lighting, and instrument panel will adjust to your preferred settings.

   
   

Safety and Technology

   

All versions of the Mustang Mach-E will come with the Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 suite of driver aids. This active safety package includes pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, a rearview camera, automatic high beams, reverse brake assist, post-collision braking, and a rear sensing system. The Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 system is also standard for each, which adds intelligent adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, and navigation. Active Park Assist 2.0 and a 360-degree camera are standard with the California Route 1, Premium, and First Edition, although they're optional for the Select and GT.