Ford’s all-new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV has had its name confirmed ahead of its debut ahead of the 2019 LA Motor Show
Ford has released a moody teaser video for its new Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV. The American brand’s first electric vehicle will be launched on 18 November 2019 and, when it reaches the global market next year, it will boast a maximum range of 373 miles. Ford will begin taking pre-order deposits during the SUVs launch event on Monday.
Ford’s Mustang Mach-E teaser video reveals little about the SUV’s design – although it does offer our first look at the car’s badge, which confirms our suspicions about the vehicle’s naming strategy. Ford recently registered trademarks for the “Mach E” and “Mustang Mach E” nameplates – with the latter appearing on the rump of the finished product.
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Our best look yet at the EV’s styling comes courtesy of a recent batch of spy shots, which show the Mach-E will draw inspiration from the Mustang, sharing its low nose, long bonnet and flared haunches. The EV’s rear will also take cues from the firm’s iconic muscle car, borrowing its tri-bar light design and lift-back boot-lid.
Ford originally planned to launch a practical all-electric SUV but, to stand out from the rest of the market, the American company changed tack, deciding to launch it as a performance model instead. Ford’s aim is to “infuse” the Mach E with the image, performance and style of the Mustang.
The decision to produce a performance SUV first was partly down to a new division within Ford called Team Edison – a group of around 200 people established mid-way through 2018, tasked with creating and developing Ford’s autonomous and electric vehicles.
Ford’s claimed 373-mile range would place it new all-electric SUV well ahead of the Mercedes EQC, the range-topping version of the Tesla Model X and even forthcoming rivals such as the Audi Q4 e-Tron. Ford also claims the figure has been homologated under the latest WLTP regulations.
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Performance details on the Mach E SUV are yet to be announced. However, we do know it will use lithium-ion battery technology, with Ford bosses confirming that production will take place at one of Ford’s facilities in Mexico.
Ford recently doubled its investment in electric vehicles to $11 billion (roughly £8 billion). Darren Palmer, Team Edison’s global product development director, expects this outlay to bring 16 fully electric vehicles into a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles by 2022.
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