2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Will Please EV Fans, Perplex Mustang Loyalists

Ford's first all-electric crossover may feature an un-Mustang-like body style, but it offers 300 miles of range when equipped with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive.

  • The Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford's new electric crossover, is the first new product to be added in the history of the Mustang lineup.

  • The standard Mach-E will produce up to 332 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

  • A GT model makes 459 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque.Pricing will start at $44,995, and the first models will arrive at dealerships in fall 2020.

When we think of a Mustang, we don't think about crossovers or alternative energy. We think of a big, noisy V-8, either free-breathing or with a supercharger pumping more power down its throat. But electric cars and SUVs are the future of the automotive industry these days, and Ford is well aware of that.

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To prove that it is serious about moving into the coming electric era, Ford wants its new EV to be as desirable as a hot dog at a baseball game, or, let's face it, a Tesla. And what's the coolest thing Ford currently offers? The Mustang. So, instead of easing into the electric field with another battery-powered hatchback like the Focus Electric, Ford is aggressively entering into the EV market by leveraging the Mustang name and applying it to this all-electric five-passenger crossover. Whether that was a smart move or damaging to the Mustang's legendary status remains to be seen and tested.

The Mustang Mach-E is a five-passenger crossover sold in both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions. In size, at 186 inches long on a 117-inch wheelbase, it slots in between Ford’s Escape and Edge in length, but with a significantly longer wheelbase than both. It’s also low for a crossover at three inches lower than the Escape and five inches lower than the Edge. The competitive vehicle most similar in size is the Jaguar I-Pace, which is slightly longer and taller but rides on the same size of wheelbase and offers similar proportions. The Mach-E's cargo capacity is a few cubic feet greater than the Jaguar's, at 59.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

The Mustang Mach-E will come in a choice of five versions, only two of which will be available initially: the Premium and the limited-quantity First Edition, both slated to reach customers in late 2020. The Premium model comes with a choice of standard or extended-range batteries and rear- or all-wheel drive, while the First Edition comes only with all-wheel drive and the extended-range battery. Either way, the batteries are paired with permanent-magnet synchronous electric motors and located under the floor of the vehicle. Range will start at 210 miles for the standard-range battery and all-wheel drive and reach as high as 300 miles for the extended-range battery on a rear-wheel-drive model. Power will range from 255 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque for the standard-range models to 332 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque for the AWD extended-range model. A rear-wheel-drive-only California Route 1 model and a higher-performance GT targeting 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque are coming in early 2021.

Asked why all-wheel-drive models can have less range than the rear-wheel-drive versions, a Ford spokesperson told C/D that it's because the extra eTransaxle (secondary drive unit) in the system has "associated parasitic losses," but assured us that the system is optimized for AWD performance and has "minimal overall" impact on range.

Ford Says It’ll Perform Like a Mustang

Ford expresses confidence that the Mustang Mach-E, which has 50/5