What Is The Mustang Mach-E?

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Our reaction upon seeing the all-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was probably a lot like yours: "What the hell is this thing and how dare those bastards call it Mustang? Ford is over. The apocalypse is nigh."

 

Okay, maybe we didn’t overreact that much. But in all honesty, is it really a Mustang? Well, that will be for each individual to determine — and we may not understand the full scope of it for a couple of years. While we don’t have an official Ford Mustang Mach-E release date yet, we know it’s not coming until late 2020. So, all we can do is look at what we know so far…and it doesn’t look too bad.

 

At least it’s got Mustang-ish headlights and taillights, right? And some decent horsepower. And a GT model. Wait, there’s a GT? Alright, clearly we need to dig a little deeper before passing judgment. Let’s take a closer peek at what Ford has revealed about the Mustang Mach-E so far, including models, specs, prices and designs.

Ford Mustang Mach-E: The Basics

While it may be obvious, the first thing to point out is that the Mustang Mach-E is not trying to compete with Chevy or Dodge — this is Ford going after Tesla’s bread and butter. Not only is this the first electric Mustang, but it’s also the first Mustang with an all-wheel-drive option and that isn’t a two-door coupe. They’re calling it the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV, but it looks closer to the popular crossover style to us.

 

Ford has flirted with additions to the so-called “Mustang Family” in the past (like with the ill-fated Mustang wagon…that’s all we’ll say on that), and any Mustang fan knows they’ve tinkered with the design throughout Mustang history, but this is something brand new. It brings the Mustang even more into the mainstream. If the Mustang is the everyman’s sports car, the Mach-E is poised to be the everyman’s Mustang. However, the Blue Oval mercifully assures us that the traditional Mustang isn’t going anywhere — so, we shouldn’t shed any tears just yet.

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Are There Different Mustang Mach-E Models?

Hell yes there are different models. The one you care about is the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, the performance package that adds a lot of torque and horsepower. Ford swears this thing has the performance power of a Mustang, and the GT model, as always, is the true test of that. The bad news? The GT’s release date isn’t until Spring 2021.

In addition to the GT, there’s the Mustang Mach-E Select (the base model), which releases in early 2021, as does the California Route 1 model, a rear-wheel-drive cruising option that offers an extended range battery. The soonest Ford Mustang Mach-E release date is late 2020 when the Premium model drops, featuring technology, appearance and performance upgrades over the base model. The First Edition model, with special colors and other unique design touches, comes out around the same time, but if you didn’t get on the list for that already, you’re out of luck — it’s long sold out.

What Are The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Specs?

What Are The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Specs?

Let’s get this out of the way right now. All you really want to see are the specs for the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT performance trim. We gotta admit — it’s pretty impressive:

Brakes:
Disc Brakes
Exhaust:
Dual Exhaust
Steering:
Improved steering ratio
Horsepower:
225 to 271 hp, depending on the engine
Powertrain:
All-Wheel Drive (only)
Suspension:
Magneride
Speed:
0-60 MPH in 3.5 Seconds (targeted)

A 0-to-60 time in the mid-three second range is fantastic, especially for an all-electric crossover. Hell, it’s impressive for any Mustang. If we were answering the question, “Is it really a Mustang?” based on these specs alone, we’d be leaning toward “yes.” The other Mustang Mach-E models don’t have the same kind of power, although the rear-wheel drive Premium and California Route 1 models do take the cake in terms of range, targeting 300 miles.

How Much Will The Mustang Mach-E Cost?

The Ford Mustang Mach-E price is pretty reasonable, all things considered. The base model Select will start around $44,000. The starting price is closer to $51,000 for the Premium trim and over $52,000 for the California Route 1 model. The Mach-E GT will fetch the highest price, starting at about $60,500. What would you expect for a GT, though?

What Does The Ford Mustang Mach-E Look Like — Inside and Out?

As we mentioned, the exterior has some traditional Mustang touches, such as the taillights, headlights, fenders and classic pony emblem. It kind of looks like they took a Mustang and just puffed it up. That's not necessarily a bad thing! Tastes will certainly vary on whether it looks "good" or not.

On the other hand, the Mustang Mach-E interior is a newfangled beast. This is where you see Ford chasing the Tesla dragon, especially with that gaudy 15.5-inch touchscreen that houses all of the infotainment and climate controls. There's another screen in front of the steering wheel for instruments, as well. Overall, though, the interior looks sleek, minimalistic and modern. There's plenty of space, too, including a front trunk with 4.8 cubic feet and a drain so you can store wet items or use it as a cooler. That doesn't exactly scream "Mustang," but it does sound like a good time for tailgating.

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Why Is Ford Doing This? Should I Be Mad?

Everyone is going to react differently to the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, but let’s face facts: it’s happening whether we like it or not. Ford has committed to meeting California’s emissions regulations, and this is a big part of that plan. While it might seem like we think the Mustang is a sacred cow (okay, we sort of do think that), in reality, the brand has seen its share of ups and downs over the years. Maybe the Mustang Mach-E will barely be a footnote in Ford’s history — or maybe it’s the start of an exciting new chapter. Ford feels it is worthy of the Mustang name — do we? We’ll have to get our hands on one before we decide.

Will I Be Able To Take The Mustang Mach-E On The Track?

Judging by the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E specs, especially for the GT, it may prove to be a viable option on the track. But is that even the market for this thing? Only time will tell. Ultimately, the Mach-E is a Mustang, whether we end up liking it or not. So, you can bet that we'll have Mustang Mach-E performance parts available whenever we can. That's just how we are.