The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was formally unveiled Sunday night after several teasers, corporate promises, position statements, and at least one premature release of information.
It will offer two battery capacities, rear- or all-wheel drive, and a top EPA-rated range projected at 300 miles or more for at least one version. Most important of all, it wears the Mustang pony—and Ford asserts its style, performance, and élan make it every bit a Mustang, albeit the first one to have an all-electric powertrain, four doors, all-wheel drive, and an SUV body style.
I had the chance to interview almost a dozen members of the Mach-E product team last month at an invite-only preview at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. They explained at length how the new electric Mustang came to be.
While it may take Ford some time to convince a skeptical electric-car world of the new Mustang’s bona fides, its goal is a stretch: The Mach-E is intended to be nothing less than Ford’s “new hero product.”
A secondary goal, we learned, was to “keep the Mustang brand relevant” to a new generation of buyers for whom V-8-powered two-door coupes simply weren’t relevant. Especially in China, the company’s research showed, young buyers expected big touchscreens—the Mach-E’s is up to 15.5 inches—intuitive controls, and complete integration with their digital life.
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