Ford unveils the mustang mach-E electric SUV

by Julia Wald

ford has expanded its mustang family, bringing the famous pony into the electric age with mustang mach-E, an all-new, all-electric SUV. it marks the first time since the mustang name and badge has been used on a vehicle other than the two-door pony car since it debuted in 1964.

slated for release in 2020, mustang mach-E will be available with standard and extended-range battery options with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powered by permanent magnet motors. equipped with an extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, mach-E has a targeted epa-estimated range of at least 300 miles. in extended-range all-wheel-drive configurations, mach-E is targeting 332 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque – with the standard all-wheel-drive variation targeting quicker times to 60 mph than the base porsche macan series.

ford also will offer two special performance versions. the gt is targeting 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds, making it faster off the line than a porsche macan turbo3. the gt performance edition, meanwhile, is targeting a comparable 0-60 mph in the mid-3-second range to a porsche 911 gts.3 both gt configurations are targeting an estimated 342 kW (459 horsepower) and 830 nm (612 lb.-ft.) of torque.

a new mach-E 4 all-wheel drive system is available that can apply torque independently to the front and rear axles to deliver impressive acceleration and improved handling over the rear-wheel drive model. using ford’s new all-electric architecture that places batteries inside the underbody, ford engineers and designers were able to create a vehicle that’s not only true to mustang but also maximizes SUV space for five passengers and cargo.

there’s also an all-new next-generation sync communications and entertainment system, a sleek and modern interface that uses machine learning to quickly learn drivers’ preferences, and gets even better over time thanks to advanced over-the-air updates. the settings can be controlled via the 15.5-inch screen and simple interface ditches complicated menus, making it easier to access features with touch, swipe and pinch controls that every smartphone owner will be comfortable using.

the mach-E is instantly recognizable as a mustang, thanks to signature elements such as its long, powerful hood, rear haunch design, aggressive headlights and trademark tri-bar taillamps. clever design and engineering delivers surprising rear-seat roominess and ample cargo space. providing 4.8 cubic feet of storage space, the front trunk is large enough to comfortably store the equivalent of a carryon luggage bag.

finally, getting in and starting the vehicle is easy and effortless with phone as a key technology, which makes its debut in the ford brand lineup in mustang mach-E. using bluetooth, the vehicle can detect customers’ smartphones as they approach, unlocking the mach-E and allowing them to start driving without getting their phones out of their pockets or using a key fob. a backup code can be entered on the center touch screen to start and drive the vehicle in the event a phone battery dies.

mustang mach-E will be available in both standard-range (75.7 kWh lithium-ion battery) and extended-range (98.8 kWh battery), which has a targeted EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles in rear-wheel-drive configuration. these advanced batteries feature 288 lithium-ion cells in the standard-range version and 376 lithium-ion cells in the extended-range.

mustang mach-E will be available in both standard-range (75.7 kWh lithium-ion battery) and extended-range (98.8 kWh battery), which has a targeted EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles in rear-wheel-drive configuration. these advanced batteries feature 288 lithium-ion cells in the standard-range version and 376 lithium-ion cells in the extended-range.

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