We thought it was risky business placing the Puma name on a Crossover, now Ford has gone and put the Mustang badge on an ELECTRIC SUV. Meet the Mustang Mach-E.
Wow. First word that popped into our heads when opening up our emails early this morning to find out that Ford has been brave enough to whack the legendary Mustang badge on it’s all-new electric SUV.
It marks the start of an electrified future for Ford, with the marque assuring the world that it encompasses the same free-spirited ideals that inspired the best-selling sports coupe in the world.
Under the hood, or however we word things with electric motors, is a 75.7kWh lithium-ion battery, or 98.8kWh batter in the range extender model. Both produce around 337bhp and 416lb ft of torque, but that’s only if you opt for all-wheel drive. RWD models will only get 258bhp. If you’re still reading you may be pleased to hear that a performance GT version is penned for the future with 465bhp and a bonkers 612lb ft of torque.
For now, though, you’ll have to make do with the 337bhp model, which is mated to an all-wheel drive system, which is an entirely new system for the Mustang. According to Ford, it also makes use of MagneRide damping system, which is an adaptive suspension system that “lets drivers hug the road while delivering an exciting, comfortable ride.”
Inside you’ll notice big changes compared to Ford’s current line-up. In place of a regular screen is a Tesla-esque screen which is 15.5 inches in size…
Elsewhere you do get drive modes. Linelock and drift mode I hear you ask? Don’t be silly. Whisper, Engage and Unbridled is what you get. They alter the standard things from throttle response to steering weight etc, but also include energy regeneration, too. New, and interestingly, is unbridled mode, which adds in sound that rises and falls with throttle input. According to Top Gear, it “resonates with a hint of V8 harmonic, without being cartoonish”. Hmm…
Other features include doors with no handles. To open the door there’s a sensor you touch which opens the door a couple of inches allowing you to open further.
What we will say is that space isn’t a problem. Because there’s no engine, the dash can be mounted much further forward allowing for more cabin space. As there’s no transmission tunnel the floor is flat meaning middle seat passengers in the back no longer have to straddle it.
Would you buy one?