Before releasing the vehicle that will serve as the focus of the following lines onto the market, it appears that Ford’s employees spent considerable time considering the maxim “Reinvent yourself or die.”
In contrast to the ones that came before it, this one is the first product of the American brand to be conceived of and developed as an electric vehicle.
We are talking about the Ford Mustang Mach-E, which will be dissected in the next installment of Motorbli’s series.
In addition to informing people who have an interest in automobiles about everything the company has to offer as a matter of course, the objective is to gain an understanding of how this illustrious company, which is considered to be a benchmark in the world of automotive, has attempted to “impregnate its stamp on a model that is 100% electric.”
Following the proper introduction that places everything in its proper perspective, it is time to proceed with the dissection of the various aspects that serve as the foundation for the operation and performance of the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
These aspects include the car’s exterior design, mechanical structure, interior equipment, the price it can be purchased, and a brief comparison with another similar model.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a crossover placed in the D segment and has an appearance that transitions between beautiful and robust.
This characteristic is very typical of SUVs. This feature can be found quite frequently. Its body measures approximately 1.88 meters in width, 4.71 meters in length, and 1.59 meters in height.
At first glance, it is striking that the vehicle does not wear the recognizable Ford logo but rather the Pony used to identify the Mustang.
The grille is closed at the front, and it is flanked on either side by two lights that each have three slats vertically.
Its five-door silhouette combines a progressive drop of the roof to coupe style and a C-pillar coupled to the rear wheel arches, a detail that invites you to remember the classic Mustang par excellence.
The hood has inherited a design directly from that Detroit pony. Nevertheless, it is not the only one, as the headlamps broke at the front and the three inclined bars of the rear are also very reminiscent of one another.
However, they have been modified and enlarged to prevent them from colliding in the middle of the SUV forms.
In contrast to its long and wide front hood, which does not accept a compartment that acts as a trunk but has a capacity of 81 liters, the door handles are concealed.
The front hood of this vehicle does take such a compartment. According to Ford, they made it drainable so that the user can store various items, including wet or muddy sportswear, hiking boots, and mountain accessories, amongst other things.
Our main character provides quite a few alternatives, which are determined by the amperage of the battery it carries and the structure of the motor it employs.
On the first point, two different battery capacities are distinguished, 76 and 99 kWh, and on the second point, you can select either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The access version has a power output of 269 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, and a range of 440 kilometers homologated with a 76-kilowatt-hour battery.
The subsequent model has a capacity of 99 kWh and is also equipped with rear-wheel drive.
However, it boasts an increased power output of 285 horsepower and an increased range of 600 kilometers that has been homologated.
With all-wheel drive, the most accessible feature is linked to the 76 kWh battery, which supplies approximately 258 horsepower and a range of roughly 420 kilometers.
Immediately following that is the 99 kWh model with 540 kilometers of autonomy and 337 horsepower.
Then there is another model with the same battery that decreases independence to 500 kilometers but increases horsepower to 465.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E GT is the most potent model in the lineup. It has an electric motor capable of producing 465 horsepower, a maximum torque of 830 Nm, and an all-wheel drive.
Additionally, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in just 3.7 seconds.
The latter model is distinguished from the former (aside from the price, as will be seen in the conclusion) by having some modifications to the chassis that aims to improve its cornering behavior.
These modifications include a suspension whose stiffness is variable and larger wheels and brakes. The price also differs between the two models, as seen in the conclusion.
Its top speed is 200 kilometers per hour, whereas it can only go 180 kilometers per hour in the rest of the world.
It is also important to note that in 2022, Ford intends to release a software update to increase the practical capacity of both currently available batteries.
Through a CCS connector, the maximum power level at which it can be charged is up to 150 kW.
The official information that has been provided up to this point guarantees that it will only take 10 minutes to gain 92 kilometers of range and that it will only take 38 minutes to recharge the batteries from 10% to 80% of their capacity.
Approximately five seats can be found in the passenger compartment, characterized by its high level of technological sophistication and ample amount of available floor space.
However, it is essential to note that it is possible to place an order for an additional row of seating, including two seats primarily designed to accommodate children.
As a result, one could say that contrasts with the sentimentality of the past, which is displayed in specific characteristics visible from the outside.
It stands out thanks mainly to its central screen infotainment system, which features a vertical layout and a screen size of 15.5 inches.
It is also outfitted with SYNC 4 technology, which provides twice as much power and speed as SYNC 3 did in earlier Ford vehicles.
This monitor gives you control over all the settings and systems of the car; however, it is not the only one; there is another 10-inch monitor for the instrument panel just behind the steering wheel.
This monitor has controls that allow you to configure various elements and consult information without diverting your attention from the road in front of you.
The selection of materials and finishes gives the impression that it is high quality.
In any event, it is essential to note that the Ford Mustang Mach-E comes standard with features such as heated front seats with electric adjustments, a GPS navigator, a surface that allows for wireless charging of mobile devices, a rearview camera, an active speed programmer, LED headlights, and mirrors that can fold electronically.
In addition, just below the main screen that measures 15.5 inches, which was previously mentioned, there is a storage compartment that can accommodate your keys, wallet, or smartphone.
The parking assistance system, 360-degree vision camera, electric tailgate with hands-free opening, and sound system Bang & Olufsen 10 speakers and 560 W are all included in the Technology package.
In addition, the Technology + package offers the same features as the Technology package but consists of a panoramic glass roof.
In any event, there is a lot of space in both the legroom and the headroom. Specifically, the panoramic glass roof we were talking about contributes to this spaciousness.
Because there is no curtain to cover it, the top is constantly exposed to the elements.
Because it has a layer of infrared protection, which, in turn, maintains optimal temperatures for both winter and summer, and even another internal glass that filters ultraviolet rays, extreme heat is not a problem for it.
It is possible to store up to 404 liters of luggage and merchandise in the vehicle’s trunk.
Its storage space can be increased to 1,420 liters if the row of seats corresponding to the back seats is folded down. The Bang & Olufsen sound system is built into the dashboard, functioning like a soundbar.
The price at which the Ford Mustang Mach-E begins is approximately 55,773 $.
This price corresponds to the all-wheel drive access with a 76 kWh battery, 420 kilometers of autonomy, and 258 hp power. As expected, the GT has the highest price tag at approximately 72,755 $.
The version with the 99 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive can be purchased for about 56,277 dollars, while the version with all-wheel drive and the same battery can be purchased for up to 64,903 dollars.
Following this exhaustive examination of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, it is time to broaden our perspective and make a quick comparison with another automobile in the same class.
We will choose the Volkswagen ID.4 as our vehicle on this particular occasion.
The Volkswagen ID.4 is classified as a D-segment vehicle, which comes as no surprise, and its primary claim to fame is that it has a driving range of up to 500 kilometers.
The modular MEB, the platform on which it is integrated, is the platform that the Volkswagen Group itself assigns to its fleet of electric vehicles.
Its length is slightly less than four and a half meters, to be more precise, 4.58 meters, making it shorter than the main character.
The design concept is unique and futuristic, featuring LED lights that run across the width of the back with a glowing light strip.
On the mechanical side, it features two batteries, one with 52 kWh and the other with 77 kWh.
The former grants it a homologated range of 340 kilometers, both with 148 and 170 horsepower, while the latter lurks half a thousand (480 kilometers) with the version with 299 horsepower and surpasses it with the understanding that it has 204 horsepower. Both versions have 148 and 170 horsepower.
However, those figures, as we have seen, those 500 kilometers are far from utopia for several Ford options, as there are even those capable of going 600 kilometers.
There are even those skilled in going 1,000 kilometers. The cabin is roomy, but the materials do not feel appropriate for a vehicle in this price range because they are made of rigid plastics, and there are no actual buttons to press.
Interestingly, the gear selector is located to the right of the instrument panel rather than in the center console between the front seats.
Lastly, its base price is approximately 35,875 dollars, while the most expensive model costs 55,145 dollars.
This price range is more constrained than usual due to the deficiencies in the cabin materials that have already been explained.
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