In terms of the automotive world, the word “Mustang” elicits one clear image: a muscle car, whether vintage or brand new, with a menacing profile. With its careful use of chrome and the famous “pony” badge sitting over the grille, it’s one of the most iconic vehicles ever to be produced, but now, for the first time in 55 years, Fors is adding something very different to the Mustang line up: and electric SUV.
Yes, you read that correctly. The label that has helped define the muscle and American sports categories since its inception back in 1965 is getting a new member to its family, and while it may seem like a very brave manoeuvre from the Detroit carmaker, it does look like it fits the bill, at least in terms of performance.
The new model, named the “Mach-E”, gets to 100 km/h in under five seconds, drawing from 342 kW of power. The all-electric powertrain is set to offer 600 kilometres of range on a single charge, which will be supported by built-in charging solutions which route customers to nearby public charging stations, recommending where to charge on trips and providing access to more than 125,000 FordPass Charging Network locations in 21 countries across Europe, though we’ll have to wait and see whether or not this makes it to Australia, or even the US.
“The Mustang Mach-E is one of the most exciting vehicles Ford has ever introduced,” said Stuart Rowley, president, Ford of Europe. “This purpose-built all-electric vehicle is unique, but still unmistakably a Mustang, and it’s coming at exactly the right time for customers in Europe.”
Europe is currently experiencing a huge uptick in electric vehicle sales, thanks largely to a good support network of charging stations, cooler weather and shorter distances between public infrastructure than Australia. The Mustang Mach-E is one of 17 electric vehicles Ford will be offering n the European market by the end of 2020.