Ford is racing Tesla with the launch of its first electric SUV

Ford is gearing up to add another stallion to its family. By 2021, we will be seeing an all-electric Mustang in the stable. However, it won’t be replacing the iconic coupe as it’s being billed as an SUV.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Mustang Mach-E could change the way Ford users drive. Photo: Ford

According to its media release, the Mustang Mach-E promises to give power, style, and freedom for a new generation. As fellow American manufacturer Tesla continues to dominate with electric-powered SUVs, Ford is looking to compete with the pioneer. Moreover, this is the first Mustang that won’t be powered by traditional fuel.

Power without the emissions

The Mach-E is the first production vehicle to be tuned by the Ford Performance team making use of Ford’s racing simulator in North Carolina. When it arrives, a new all-wheel drive system will be available. This can apply torque independently to the front and rear axles to deliver strong acceleration and improved handling over the rear-wheel drive model. The company says that this will be useful in at and snowy conditions over the land.

Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer, spoke of his excitement of introducing an all-Electric vehicle to the Ford family.

“The Mustang Mach-E wholeheartedly rejects the notion that electric vehicles are only good at reducing gas consumption,” he said, according to the release.

“People want a car that’s thrilling to drive, that looks gorgeous and that can easily adapt to their lifestyle – and the Mustang Mach-E delivers all of this in unmatched style”

Mustang Mach-E SUV
This will be the first fully electric car the company has produced and will be part of the Mustang family. Photo: Ford

Different options

The Mach-E will be available in five options with the first two being late 2020. This is the Premium and First Edition. These two versions produce up to 332 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque. A further three models will be released in 2021.

Additionally, the First Edition model comes with an extended range battery pack and all-wheel drive standard. There are also unique features, such as red brake calipers, metallic pedal covers, and unique badging. Further base options, such as the GT Performance, California Route 1, and Select models will be available until 2021.

Ford aims to bring a familiar Mustang feel with the GT Performance edition as it targets 0-60 mph in the mid-3-second range, with an estimated 342 kW (459 horsepower) and 830 Nm (612 lb.-ft.) of torque. The firm says that this would make it faster off the line than a Porsche Macan Turbo.

Altogether the Mach-E’s price will range from just over $40,000 to over $60,000, depending on the spec. There are seven uniquely named colors to choose from. This includes Rapid Red Metallic, Star White Metallic, Infinite Blue Metallic, Carbonized Gray, Shadow Black, Iconic Silver, And Space Black. Reservations for the vehicle are available now.

Mustang Mach-E SUV interior
The new Mustang will be the first to employ what Ford is calling the new ‘next generation Sync’ in-car system. Photo: Ford

Power struggle

As Ford tried to break ground on Tesla, with their electric SUVs, Elon Musk has been refining his approach. The company recently hinted that it will be introducing new features for its vehicles. This would mean that drivers receiving this update will have greater power by five percent.

It will be interesting to see how Ford’s interior mechanisms work in comparison. Especially, as it just announced a brand new Enlarge / Sync 4 system, which will mean large screens will start to be fitted in its cars. This will reportedly make the driving experience more enhancing for its users.

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