Ford Mustang Mach-E Could Be Best Mustang Ever Made
Ford Mustang Mach-E flexes its electric muscles
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is arguably the best Mustang yet – faster, more spacious, better equipped – and certainly an electric show of force
What is Ford’s condition at the moment? As one of the most recognized and trusted consumer automotive brands in the world, with an industrial presence in every territory of the world, the Blue Oval should be at the forefront of electrification. Still, browse through the company’s various portals and brands and you will find that pure electric vehicles are extremely rare. Ford’s newest dedicated electric vehicle is the Mustang Mach-E, a premium crossover that aims to unravel and redirect much of automotive history.
The Mach-E is presented as a Mustang. For generations, the Ford Mustang was the quintessential, affordable and beautiful American sports car. Introduced in 1965, it was a huge success. It is now in its sixth generation and more than ten million Mustangs have been sold.
While the Mach-E proudly bears the Mustang name and logo, it is a far cry from the muscular two-door coupe and original convertible. European buyers can still get their hands on the Mustang GT or what Ford calls the âtrack capableâ Mustang Mach 1. These cars are brutal and loud and positively revel in their politically incorrect, which is probably why people still buy them. But the numbers that matter tell a different story. A Mach 1 uses a 5.0-liter V8 to hit 62 mph in 4.4 seconds. The next Mach-E GT does it in 3.7 seconds, with an infinitesimal fraction of the sound and the fury.
Mustang Mach-E – the best Mustang yet?
By these metrics, the Mach-E has the right to be the best Mustang ever made. Sacrilege for aficionados, but frankly the original was not a particularly good car, certainly not by European sporting standards. The Mustang models that followed went through various stages of obesity and decline, before Ford cleaned up its act with the fifth and sixth generations, which launched in 2005 and 2015 respectively. The newer Mustang is pretty good, if you like that sort of thing, but the Mach-E is faster, more spacious, more maneuverable, better equipped and better looking.
Yes, there are hints to the curvaceous sides and outrageous musculature of the original, but the transition to the four-door is efficient and elegant. The dashboard follows the Tesla model based on a big screen, but it’s complemented by a secondary display so as not to be too distracting. Space and practicality are well above par, and the longer range option offers over 300 miles, which should leave range anxiety in the dust.
Does that mean that all of Ford’s future electric vehicles will carry the Mustang name, or is it something reserved for special models? The former is quite unlikely, given Ford’s global reach and the many models and variants it supplies to different markets around the world.
There are 13 models listed on the company’s UK website, another six unique to the US, unique cars for the Chinese and Indian markets, etc. And that’s before you counted the sub-brands like Lincoln and the myriad of trucks and utility vehicles that carry the Ford name.
Comparison of Kuga plug-in hybrids
Ford’s Kuga plug-in hybrid is capable but dated compared to the Mach-E, inside and out
We also sampled a plug-in hybrid version of the Kuga, the conventionally powered equivalent of the Mach-E. It’s pretty decent (and a lot more affordable than the Mach-E), but the styling smacks of compromise.
For decades, the company’s European design team has circled its American counterparts, creating small cars like the Fiesta, Focus, and Ka that are cleverly packaged and beautifully proportioned. Switching to EV power could redraw those divisions. The Mach-E was designed in North America, but could have a bigger global impact than any American Ford before it.
Ford’s next electric movement
Ford Mustang Mach-E
However, the automotive convention is a powerful force. Companies like Tesla, Nio and Polestar are breaking away from the conventional car dealership model, something Ford is effectively locked into for the foreseeable future. At the same time, Ford is acutely aware that what still sells – and makes money – are pickups and SUVs. In the United States, Ford’s venerable F-series pickup truck moved nearly 800,000 units in 2020. Next year will see the launch of the F-150 Lightning, the company’s first all-electric pickup truck. At first it probably won’t sell a fraction of its ICE-powered sibling, but it’s a start.
Ford has also invested $ 500 million in Rivian, the American electric vehicle start-up that recently launched its first product, the R1T pickup. He hopes the agile nature of this start-up rubs off on its more corporate approach, as well as on cross-pollination manufacturing and engineering. Rivian’s R1T is a superbly well-thought-out machine that should do for trucks what the original Tesla did for conventional cars. It will be challenged by the GMC Hummer, a radical electric vehicle revival from the brutal military-inspired marque, and the enigmatic Tesla Cybertruck. However, don’t expect these models to have a profound impact among the most conservative American auto buyers; this is where the Ford Lightning aims to hit. Now it will be a culture change. Â§