Calling the four-door, electric crossover a Mustang wasn't an easy decision.
The Mustang name has history, and the decision to call its four-door electric crossover the same didn’t come lightly at Ford. However, once Ford decided to call it a Mustang, the team worked hard to create a product that lived up to the iconic nameplate. Ford documents the Mach-E's design process – from the rightfully cancelled compliance car to the final, electrified, four-door product.
The Mustang name influenced every part of the Mustang Mach-E design process, starting with the exterior. The team could pull from over 50 years of design history to turn Ford’s compliance EV into something special. Every detail and decision was scrutinised, including the use of the iconic Pony emblem. Ford is taking a risk with the name. It has history and baggage and it brings certain expectations with its performance and driving experience.
The same careful thought process dictated the interior, too, as Ford designers blended iconic Mustang cues like the double-brow dashboard with the high-tech interior EV customers expect. There’s a massive touchscreen display dominating the centre console with software unlike anything Ford’s revealed before.
The performance was another area that needed to meet the Mustang standard, and the Mach-E delivers with the GT trim. It offers 459 bhp and 612 pound-feet of torque. The range is 250 miles with a sprint to 60 miles per hour happening in the mid-3-second range.
Gallery: 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Not all Mustang models are fast, though, with the entry-level model delivering 255 bhp and 306 lb-ft of torque and an estimated 0-60 time that’s slower than the all-new Toyota RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid’s 5.8-second sprint. Ford will offer the Mach-E with an assortment of power outputs and ranges.
The decision to call its first four-door fully electric SUV a Mustang is a gutsy one, but one Ford did not make lightly. We won’t know how the name will affect the new model. We’ll have to see if consumers flock to it because it’s a Mustang or because it’s a crossover. But you can bet Ford is proud of the name.
FORD DEBUTS “MAKING THE MUSTANG MACH-E” DOCUMENTARY, A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE NEW ELECTRIC MUSTANG FAMILY MEMBER
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21, 2019 – Ford introduced the world to the newest member of the Mustang family – the all-electric Mach-E – and now it is sharing the story of how the all-new SUV came to be in a new short documentary film, “Making the Mustang Mach-E.”
Ford’s first long-range electric vehicle was not originally going to be a Mustang, but after Jim Hackett took over as the company’s president and CEO in May 2017 and created a dedicated electric vehicle team – Ford Team Edison – the team shifted gears to create what would be the Mustang Mach-E. The team spent months meticulously crafting the vehicle based on Mustang’s half-century of heritage while also arming it with technology for the next generation.
The 20-minute film is narrated by members of the team and Mustang owners and was created by Ford and London/Detroit-based creative production company Chrome Productions. The film was executive produced by Chrome Managing Director Joel Mishcon and Gez Medinger, produced by Melly Cook, directed by Jamie Crawford and edited by Alessandro Dordoni at Chrome London.
Customers can now visit the Mustang Mach-E reservation site to make a $500 reservation deposit.1 Deliveries begin in late 2020.