Close your eyes and imagine a Ford Mustang. Now open them. You weren’t thinking of this: the new all-electric SUV—the 2021 Mustang Mach-E.
The vehicle’s raison d’être is to herald the marriage of an iconic muscle car with practicality and environmental sensitivity. For the first time in 55 years, Ford is expanding the Mustang lineup, with the Mach-E joining the brand’s popular sports coupe, convertible and special editions, and it features an all-new infotainment system and connected vehicle technology. The Mach-E casts a wide net for enthusiasts, including a new generation of Mustang owners and an audience for whom the Mustang name triggers decades-old indelible memories of summer drives to the beach.
With its sinewy body, tri-bar tail lamps and elongated hood, the Mach-E announces itself with the late-20th-century visual vocabulary familiar to Mustang fans but built to compete with a Tesla Model Y. Wrapped in a cherished brand that broke sales records when it debuted in 1964, today’s version can tear up the road while pampering the planet.
The model lineup includes the Select, the California Route 1, the Premium and the GT. On the exterior, all come standard with a front trunk and the phone as a key, while all but the Select offer a panoramic fixed-glass roof with infrared reflective (IRR) windshield. On the interior, all four models have standard SYNC 4A with enhanced voice recognition and connected Navigation, a 15.5-inch touchscreen, and a menu of drive experiences: Unbridled, Engage and Whisper.
These modes offer finely tuned dynamics, combined with unique sensory experiences such as instrument cluster animations tied to driving behaviors, ambient lighting changes and varying sounds tuned for the driving experience. If speed is your game, at the top end, the GT Performance Edition delivers the thrills that Mustang is famous for, targeting zero to 60 mph in the mid 3-second range and an estimated 342 kW (459 horsepower) and 830 Nm (612 lb.-ft.) of torque.
“The vehicle’s raison d’être is to herald the marriage of an iconic muscle car with practicality and environmental sensitivity.”
In terms of juicing the vehicle up, you can have confidence due to the EPA- estimated range of at least 300 miles with the available extended range battery and real-wheel drive, plus built-in charging solutions that route customers to nearby public charging stations, recommending where to charge on trips and providing access to over 12,000 public chargers in the FordPass charging network.
For cockpit theater, the Select and the California Route 1 feature an AM/FM stereo, six speakers, media bin, MP3 capability, speed-compensated volume and SiriusXM with 360L. Meanwhile, the Premium and the GT kick it up a notch with a B&O sound system by Bang & Olufsen (nine speakers and a subwoofer), media bin, MP3 capability, speed-compensated volume, and SiriusXM with 360L. To truly complement your most adventurous road trips with sensory immersion, spring for one of the two higher categories.