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Ford Mustang Mach-E 2020: official images, battery range, specs, prices and UK release

The US carmaker is set to challenge Tesla with upcoming EV - here’s what you need to know

Ford has unveiled its first mass-production electric car as the US motoring giant prepares to take on to Tesla’s upcoming Model Y crossover.

The Mustang Mach-E takes the form of an SUV and was inspired by Ford’s iconic muscle car, while the name is a play on the Mach-1 moniker given to performance Mustangs first seen in 1969.

In fact, the EV was initially called the Mach-1, with that name used in early preview trailers, but the carmaker had a rethink following a backlash from fans last year.  

Although the new car’s looks and layout are also expected to divide “Mustang devotees”, they “sit in line with the current trends towards taller vehicles, and are required in any case to accommodate the Mach-E’s batteries in the thicker floor”, says Auto Express

Sadly for fans, the Mach-E won’t be landing in showrooms any time soon, but in the meantime, here are all the details on the Model Y-rivalling  newcomer:

Price and UK release

Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but Auto Express predicts a figure of £40,000 for entry-level models and £60,000 for “fully equipped” First Edition cars. 

The electric SUV is due to go on sale in the UK “in the final quarter of 2020”, the magazine adds.

Design and interior tech

It may not have the low ride height nor the signature grille of the Mustang coupe, but the Mach-E takes a number of styling cues from its muscle-car siblings. 

The wheel arches sport the same striking crease as those on the combustion-engined Mustangs, and the head and tail lights are also similar, albeit lightly tweaked for the EV.

Ford has tried to retain or at least give the appearance of the coupe’s sloping roofline, too, without compromising on boot space. The new model’s C-pillar (the area of bodywork between the rear door windows and the boot) is painted in the same shade as the rest of the body, while the roof and rear wing is coloured black, masking the taller roofline.  

The most obvious differences are on the inside, with the Mustang Mach-E featuring a “modern-looking interior” that’s “completely different” to that of the coupe. Indeed, the new EV “looks more like a Tesla Model X than anything Ford has made before”, says CarBuyer.

The dashboard is dominated by an “enormous” 15.5in portrait touchscreen that controls most of the vehicle’s features, including Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system, which is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the reviews site says. And a 10.2in panel replaces conventional analogue instruments. 

Battery range and performance

Strip back the Mustang Mach-E’s skin and you’ll find a twin-motor powertrain with a lithium-ion battery pack tucked underneath the cabin. 

Buyers can spec the battery in either 75kWh or 99kWh, delivering estimated ranges of 260 miles and 335 miles respectively, Autocar reports. 

Although power outputs differ, with the lower spec car producing 254bhp and the range-topper packing 332bhp, both models provide 429lb-ft of torque and “sub-seven-second” 0-62mph times, the magazine adds.

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