It’s no secret that the country is turning to SUVs. From hauling families to sitting above the crowds while commuting on busy highways, crossovers and SUVs have taken over the market, representing at least half of all cars sold today. Ford is one of America’s first automobile manufactures, and Henry Ford transformed not just the automobile but manufacturing as a whole, with the development of the moving assembly line and a commitment to fair treatment for workers. Today, Ford continues to innovate. Not just content to make best-selling crossovers and SUVs, they are leading the way in electric vehicles. And not just any electric SUV: an electric Mustang SUV. Read on to see why your local Ford SUV dealer has not just a new ride with space for the family but a new ride that embraces new technology to make your everyday drives more comfortable and better for the world around you.
History and Performance
There is no question that no car says “Ford” more than the Mustang, embracing, as the company says, freedom, progress, fast performance – and a bit of rebellion. It’s only appropriate that after over five and a half decades, the Mustang makes its first major change by branching into electric SUV territory with the 2021 Mach-E. Ford’s current executive chairman, Bill Ford, channels Henry himself, saying, “At the first-ever Detroit auto show, Henry Ford said he was working on something that would strike like forked lightning… Today, the Ford Motor Company is proud to unveil a car that strikes like forked lightning all over again.” The Mustang Mach-E wasn’t developed in some anonymous Silicon Valley lab focused on facts and figures. It was built only blocks away from Henry’s first factory in Detroit, dedicated to driver desires and preferences and changing the automotive world as we know it.
The Mustang Mach-E comes in five trims, with the Select starting at $42,895. Across models, there are standard-range and extended-range battery options, as well as the choice between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. The base model with the standard range battery and rear-wheel drive has a range of 230 miles. With the extended-range battery, you can get a range of up to 305 miles with the California Route 1 trim. However, the exact range depends on the trim, with the performance-oriented GT coming in at around 235 miles.
But what the GT lacks in range, it makes up for off the starting line, going from 0 to 60 in just 3.5 seconds, which is comparable to the supercharged Mustang Shelby GT500. The Mach-E GT churns out 480 horsepower, with up to 634 lb-ft of torque in the Performance Edition. The rest of the line clocks in with between 266 and 346 horsepower, which is plenty even when passing at highway speeds. Driving the new Mustang Mach-E is a quiet, smooth ride, even on busy highways and bumpy backroads.
Comfort and Convenience
While the new Mustang Mach-E builds on the excitement and power of the Mustang, it brings comfort and convenience that couldn’t have been imagined back in 1964. It seats five, with at least 38″ of rear headroom and legroom and 53.2″ of rear hip room for your passengers. In addition, heated seats, a heat steering wheel, and a hands-free power liftgate are standard on the Premium, GT, and First Edition trims and an option on the Select. All trims come standard with a 15.5″ vertically-mounted touch screen for accessing maps and music through your smartphone, be it with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto. Using Ford’s SYNC4 user-friendly operating system, your Mach-E will receive new updates to the driving technology and built-in apps over the years.
While the Select and the California Route 1 trims come with a perfectly adequate six-speaker sound system, the Premium, GT, and First Edition come with a nine-speaker Bang & Olusfen audio experience. The Premium, GT, and First Edition also come with customizable ambient lighting to make driving a more immersive experience and a panoramic sunroof to connect you to the world outside. A 10.2″ digital instrument screen puts all the information right where you need it. The Mach-E also has nearly 30 cubic feet of storage space behind the rear seat – plus nearly five more cubic feet under the hood, where the engine would be in traditional cars. That front storage space is even waterproof and drainable, so you could fill it with ice and beverages to tailgate or snacks for a road trip.
Charging Your Mustang
All Mach-Es can charge on a standard 120-volt wall outlet, a 240-volt grounded outlet (like those powering your clothes dryer or refrigerator), or a DC fast charger. Extended-range batteries can get up to an 80% charge in just 45 minutes using a fast charger, making it easy to recharge while having lunch or running errands. When you purchase a new Mach-E, you’ll even get 250 kWh of free public charging through Electrify America’s fast-charging stations. There are over 13,500 charging stations in Ford’s network across the country.
A dual-voltage power cord is included with all electric Mustangs, and it’s possible to add a Ford Connected Charge Station to your garage. These professionally installed stations will give you up to 80 amps of power, which means an average of about 28 miles of charge per hour, perfect for topping off overnight. It comes with a 20-foot cord for plenty of connection access and weatherproof materials so that it can be installed outdoors if you don’t have a garage. Adjustable power levels and convenient cord storage add to the perks of this charging station.
When you get a Mustang Mach-E, you can use the FordPass app for an even deeper driver connection. This app will let you lock and unlock charge stations and keep tabs on your charge status and charge history on your phone. You can also use the app to plan your trip around charging stations and find the most efficient routes for your battery. You can also use FordPass to lock and unlock your Mach-E, and you can even use your phone as a key to enter and start your car, even without the key fob. Besides using the app to start your car on an as-needed basis, you can set a regular start schedule for your daily commute, one of those little conveniences that you don’t realize how much you’ll appreciate until you have it.
Safety and Security
The Mach-E comes with Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 2.0 package. This includes Reverse Brake Assist, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, and more. The Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist 2.0 package is also standard. It adds Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering and Speed Sign Recognition, Intersection Assist, and Evasive Steering Assist. On top of all of this, it’s also possible to get Active Drive Assist, allowing hands-free operation on your new Mustang Mach-E. Besides the fancy active safety features, the Mach-E comes with other standard safety features like an automatically dimming rearview mirror and a LATCH system so even your smallest passengers can be safe. Ford’s AdvanceTrac system is one of the most advanced stability control systems on mass-market vehicles, helping you stay steady in slick spots.
The Start of a New Era
The Ford Motor Company has always focused on integrity and competence. It’s no surprise that their first electric utility vehicle is an immediate industry leader when it comes to driver perks and environmental advantages. The much anticipated Mustang Mach-E was even named the 2021 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. With a sleek hood and signature tri-bar rear lighting, there is no doubt this SUV is a Mustang.
The Mach-E is not just an electric SUV, it’s an electric SUV with the heart and soul of America’s favorite muscle car, and that means plenty of horsepower and torque. The Mach-E gives you all that power plus all the comfort of a five-passenger SUV. Everyone can charge their device and enjoy their favorite playlists with a quality sound system and a quiet ride. When you’re looking for a comfortable way to drive through cities and along highways while also being as efficient and planet-friendly as possible, visit your local Ford SUV dealer and check out the new Mustang Mach-E.