Crossovers have absolutely soared in popularity in the United States within the past few years, as have electric vehicles (EVs). Naturally, it makes sense for automakers to concentrate on producing what the buying public demands. After an extended period of hot rumors, Ford recently revealed the Mustang Mach-E, an electric utility vehicle inspired by the famed muscle car. We can see clear evidence of that inspiration, especially at the rear of a vehicle, where it shows shades of the iconic Pony Car's distinctive taillights. This all-electric vehicle has a larger body than a Mustang coupe, with utility-vehicle height. Let's run through all of the confirmed details about this exciting melding of muscle machine, SUV versatility, and EV efficiency.


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Meet the Mustang Mach-E


During the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the buzz started about this groundbreaking vehicle, including talk that it would be called the Mach 1. But that name was not well-received by most of the Mustang fan base. The Mach 1 is, of course, a high-performance Mustang variant that was produced from 1969 to 1978 and again in 2003 and 2004, and serious fans of the car hold that name sacred. So, Ford modified the moniker to "Mach-E" - with E evidently standing for electric. The Mustang Mach-E name gives a nod to the revered Mach 1 performance car, while also signaling that this is a fully modern and progressive set of wheels.



Mechanical Features and Trims


According to Ford, this exciting and capable utility EV is expected to have a range of 300-plus miles before it will need to be recharged. It will offer both a standard range (75.7 kWh and 288 lithium ion cells) battery and an extended range (98.8kWh and 376 lithium ion cells) battery, and there will be multiple options for home charging solutions. The vehicle will have plenty of room for five passengers and their stuff, with the added storage capacity of a front trunk offering nearly 5 cubic feet of washable space (making it perfect for sandy or muddy recreational gear).


Ford has confirmed five trim levels: Select, California RT.1, Premium, GT, and First Edition. The Select and Premium come standard with rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive (AWD) available, while the GT and First Edition trims come standard with AWD. Ford has also stated that the First Edition trim's electric motor is expected to put out 332 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. The performance-oriented GT trim is expected to make a truly eye-opening 459 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque (with the extended range battery and AWD) and go from 0 to 60 mpg in less than 4 seconds.


Technology and Safety Features


All Mach-E models will come standard with a wireless phone charging pad, FordPass Connect, a New Generation SYNC infotainment system with connected navigation, a 10.2-inch digital cluster, a 15.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display, and the ability to use a smartphone as the key. The Premium trim level and up will come standard with a premium B&O sound system by Bang & Olufsen with 10 speakers.


All Mach-E trims will be set up with some great driver-assist technology. They'll all get Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 (pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, reverse brake assist, post-collision braking, and a reverse sensing system) as well as Ford Co-Pilot Assist 2.0 (intelligent adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, and a navigation system). The California RT.1, Premium, and First Edition trims also get standard Active Park Assist 2.0 and a 360-degree camera.


Possible Release Date and Price


Interested parties will be able to reserve their chance to buy a Mach-E by making a deposit of $500 through the Ford website. Ford states that the Mach-E will be released sometime in late 2020, but the official date has not been confirmed.  The Select trim has an estimated starting MSRP of $43,895, while higher trim levels increase in price accordingly.

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