Ford has expanded the Mustang lineup for the first time in 55 years with the unveiling of the much-anticipated Mustang Mach-E.
The new all-electric SUV made its debut in a glitzy media preview event held a few days before the 2019 L.A. Auto Show and everyone was talking about the new pony in town!
Iconic American Muscle Car
The iconic Ford Mustang first hit the streets in 1964 and has held a special place in the hearts of muscle car fans ever since. And some of these fans were initially horrified when they learned that the Mustang name would be given to an SUV of all vehicles. But Ford did sweeten the deal by giving the EV some redeeming family features –such as a long hood, a black rooftop (no matter what the color of the vehicle), and taillights that spread out horizontally giving the perception of width. In addition, Ford designers even tossed in some sound effects –the Mach-E, unlike most electric cars, makes a noise. According to Ford, the new electric crossover Mustang will appeal to both performance enthusiasts and environmentalists.
Look Out, Tesla!
Who knew an SUV could be so cool? And the Mustang version will certainly stand out in what’s becoming a crowded field of EVs. Between the price, performance, and range, the Mach-E will be in direct competition with Tesla’s upcoming Model Y SUV. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk took it well, and even sent out a congratulatory Tweet to his new rivals, saying, “excited to see this announcement from Ford, as it will encourage others carmakers to go electric.”
The Mustang Mach-E -available in 2020
They will be available in late 2020 with standard and extended-range battery options, and either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The performance model Mach-E comes with an estimated 459 horsepower and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in the mid-3-second range. The Mach-E battery should last between 210 and 300 miles before needing a charge. The Mach-E starts at around $44,000 and will be available at dealerships in late-2020, with other models in 2021.
The most expensive version is the Mach-E GT Performance Edition, starting at around $60,000.It appears Ford electric vehicles still qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit and buyers should be able to receive the full tax credit for the first year it’s available. The new Mustang Mach-E SUVis part of Ford’s commitment to spend $11 billion on electric cars by 2022.