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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Review - Price, Trims, Performance, Range, and Rivals Comparison

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Rishabh Mehra

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September 14, 2020 at 08:29 AM

The iconic Mustang nameplate has been used for Ford's very first electric crossover which is slated to have a range of 230 miles on a single charge, and a GT version of the same that can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in less than four seconds. It uses an in-house developed modular chassis and is available in both RWD and e-AWD configurations. The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is priced from $43,895 and will launch in fall 2020.

Ford is entering a new phase with its electric vehicles' technology to go up against the top player in this segment, Tesla, who has been in the market for quite some time and is the forerunners in the EV and battery technology. To compete with this brand, Ford took a drastic step to stand out from the crowd and attract all the eyeballs with the new Mustang Mach-E.


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The new and stealthy Mustang has nothing to do with the iconic V8 coupe. It uses a heavily tweaked C2 platform that underpins the likes of Ford Focus and Ford Escape. The full-electric Mustang is set to open a new chapter in Ford's mobility and with it, lock horns with the likes of the Tesla Model Y and Jaguar I-Pace.

What are the Pricing, Trims and Features of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E?

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be offered in four trims with the base Select trim starting from $43,895. Whatever the trim may be, the buyers will be able to access the federal tax credit of up to $7,500 along with individual state tax reductions.

It will be offered in four varying trims with the FIRST EDITION being a limited run trim. Both RWD and AWD drivetrain options will be on offer but the AWD ones will be on sale at a later time that the RWD trims that are slated for launch in Fall 2020. Featues are plentiful across the line-up and even the base SELECT trim gets the humongous 15.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display.

Trim

SELECT

Premium

CALIFORNIA ROUTE 1

FIRST EDITION

MSRP

$43,895

$ 50,000

$ 51,800

$ 59,300

Key  Features

Forward Sensing System

Adds/Upgrades from Select Trim

Adds/Upgrades from Premium Trim

Adds/Upgrades from Previous Trim

 

Auto Hold

Hands-Free, Foot Activated Power Liftgate

18” High Gloss Black-Painted Aluminum with Low Gloss Black Aero Cover

Seats - Perforated ActiveXTM Black Onyx Seating Material w/ST-Red Line Stitching

 

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Front Row Seats

Tires - 225/60R18 All-Season

Seats - Perforated ActiveXTM Black Onyx Seating Material w/Grabber Blue Stitching

 

SYNC® 4A with Enhanced Voice Recognition and Connected Navigation

Memory Driver Seat + Side View Power Folding Mirrors

E-Latch with Push-button to open

Ambient Lighting-Multi-Color

 

15.5" Touchscreen

Cargo Area Cover

Headlamps - LED Reflector with Auto High Beam

Universal Garage Door Opener

 

Drive Experiences (Unbridled, Engage, Whisper)

Heated Steering Wheel

Headlamps - Courtesy Delay and Wiper-Activated

Front Door Scuff Plates – Aluminum Inserts with Pony Graphic and First Edition lettering

 

SiriusXM® with 360L

360-Degree Camera with Split-View and Front Washer

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

19" Machined-Face Aluminum with High Gloss Black-Painted Pockets

 

Wireless Phone Charging Pad

B&OTM Sound System by Bang & Olufsen

Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System (iTPMS)

Tires - 225/55R19 All-Season

All of the trims are offered as standard with rear-wheel-drive powertrain but a dual-motor e-AWD system can be specced as well. The single motor variant of the base Select trim is powered by a 68 kWh battery pack which should offer up to 230 miles of range on a single charge. Set it up with the e-AWD system and the range drops to 210 miles.

For better range and performance, climb up the ladder. This will ultimately lead you to the hottest version, the Mustang Mach-E GT. This model will be launched in mid-2021, and is expected to have around 459 horsepower and a 0-60 MPH time of under 4 seconds. After all, it is a Mustang with a GT badge.


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What are the Powertrain options of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E?

Well, no more naturally-aspirated Coyote V8 engine under the hood. What you get instead is a battery pack in the floor of this newly designed crossover SUV, ranging from 68 kWh in the standard to 88 kWh in the extended range pack. The battery sends power to either the rear axle motor or a dual motor setup in the e-AWD variant with the power figures hovering around 266 to 346 horsepower, dispensing on the trim. 

But the powertrain setup that is dilating pupils here is the one that will be equipped in the GT Performance Edition which will produce an impressive 459 hp and 612 lb-ft. This level of performance is also promising a 0-60 MPH run time of mid-3 seconds which is insane for an SUV. Apart from these, the Mustang Mach-E will also be equipped with various driving modes for the optimum driving experience.

Models

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Tesla Model Y (Expected)

2020 Jaguar I-Pace

MSRP

$50,000

$53,000

$69,850

Engine

Permanent Magnet AC Motor

Permanent Magnet AC Motor

2x197hp Permanent Magnet Motors

Drivetrain

e-AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

Single-Speed Transmission

Single-Speed Direct Drive

Single-Speed Epicyclic Drive

Power 

266hp

346hp

395hp

Torque

428lb-ft

389lb-ft

516lb-ft

This broad range of performance numbers on offer should help the Mach-E to extend its customer base and that’s what makes it more affordable than some of its competitors. This kind of configurability has not been seen from its key competitors, which mainly include Tesla and Jaguar

What are the MPGe figures and Range offered by the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E?

The standard headlining figures are 230 miles for the base RWD Mustang Mach-E, and 210 for the e-AWD variant. These numbers are estimated by EPA and that’s what Ford targets with their new EV. Estimates will be confirmed after real-world tests only.

Ford gives an option of a 98.8 kWh battery pack, extended range package for someone who wants to go the distance in their new Mustang Mach-E, which should bump up the numbers to 300 miles for the RWD trim and a generous 270 miles on one charge for the e-AWD spec.

Models

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Tesla Model Y (Expected)

2020 Jaguar I-Pace

MPGE (City)

N/A

NA

80

MPGE (Highway)

N/A

NA

72

MPGE (Combined)

N/A

NA

76

Range

210 miles

280 miles

234 miles

The extended range models will be able to juice up using a 150 kW DC fast charger, while the standard models have to make do with a 115 kW DC charger. Ford is going big with its all-new EV portfolio. They have multiple cars in the pipeline and are confident that they will build the biggest charging network in the country, setting up about 35,000 charging stations over Canada and the USA, which should attract even more buyers towards their EV options. 


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How innovative is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E's Interior?

If the cabin of the Mace-E could be described in one word, it would be minimalistic. Ford has stepped up the game with its flagship in terms of interior quality, fit and finish. The Mach-E’s cabin is heavily dominated by a large, portrait-style 15.5-inch touchscreen, inspired by none other than the Tesla Model S and the new Model 3

With that said, it's an inch bigger than the Tesla setup. Ford is taking the competition seriously. The overall design is quite boxy even though it has a sloping roof. This boxy nature gives the Mach-E a comfortable and spacious cabin for five.

Models

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Tesla Model Y (Expected)

2020 Jaguar I-Pace

Seating Capacity

5

5/7 

5

First Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

N/A

41.0/56.4/41.8

39.9/57.6/40.9

Second Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in)

N/A

39.4/54.0/40.5

38.1/54.6/35.0

Cargo Capacity 29.7 cu-ft N/A 25.3 cu-ft

At the front, the seats are heated, as is the steering wheel, and you sit low which makes it feel sporty. Together with a high-rise window line, the cabin wraps itself around the driver. In the back, it is incredibly roomy and practical for a Mustang, and can carry three adults with ease. Various interior features in the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E are:

  • Rotary gear shift dial
  • Heated front row seats (higher trims)
  • Perforated ActiveX upholstery
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front and rear carpeted floor mats

How advanced are the Infotainment features in the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E?

The 15.5-inch central display is jeweled with a rotary knob that sits beautifully on the screen itself and can be used to alter the volume and is super configurable. The screen is backed up by the new SYNC 4 system, which is coded in HTML 5, which makes it easier to work on for new updates that will be sent over-the-air. As standard, the infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also gets a 10.2-inch fully digital instrument cluster as standard.

It’s one up for the Mustang as the Tesla Model 3 and the newly launched Model Y don’t have any kind of display dedicated to the driver. The materials on the dashboard look rich. Ford's designers have incorporated a speaker on the dash which runs along its length. It’s been wrapped with fabric mesh and should sound phenomenal as the audio is backed by Bang and Olufsen. Notable infotainment features in the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E are:

  • SYNC 4A infotainment interface with enhanced Voice Recognition and Connected Navigation
  • 15.5-inch portrait touchscreen display
  • FordPass Connect
  • SiriusXM with 360L
  • Wireless Phone charging
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

How iconic is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E's Exterior?

The Mustang Mach-E is one of the most controversial cars revealed in 2019, and that’s because it adopts an iconic and extremely prestigious nameplate. The Mustang credo and Pony branding are one of the most recognizable attributes for a car in the automotive industry, and this is the very first time when the Mustang brand will be used with a crossover SUV, and that too all-electric.

So Ford had no option but to nail the exterior design of this SUV. Its design cues are inspired by the Mustang coupe. Slim headlamps with three LED strips along with a long hood and a low slung nose make it look sharp. But that is about it.  The grille is not a typical pony car grille. In reality, it's just a piece to cover the front for better aero. The car doesn't need a grille as there is no need for vents or intakes. 

Models

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Tesla Model Y (Expected)

2020 Jaguar I-Pace

Curb Weight

N/A

4416

4,784 lbs

Length

186.0"

187.0

184.3"

Width

74.0"

75.6

79.2"

Height

63.9"

63.9

61.3"

Ground Clearance

N/A

6.6

N/A

Wheelbase

117.0"

113.8

117.7"

Around the side, the tall roofline does taper down to give it a sporty look but there are no door handles on the doors. What you do get instead are buttons on the B and C pillars along with number pads to put in the four-digit password to unlock the Mach-E. Simple, isn't it? All of this extra engineering has been done just to make the Mach-E extremely smooth for better efficiency. Then again, the trademark three-slat taillamps immediately remind you of its legacy. Notable exterior features of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E are:

  • Heated power ORVMs
  • Panoramic fixed glass roof with Infrared Reflective Windshield
  • 18-19 inch alloy wheels depending on trim
  • LED lighting all around
  • Slanting roofline
  • Solid front grille with "Mustang" logo

What are the advanced Safety and Driver Assistance features of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E?

The all-new Mustang Mach-E has not been tested either by the NHTSA or the IIHS. Its ability to withstand crashes will be known once the car is out in the real world. But looking at how Ford has left no stones unturned in the making of their first-ever all-electric SUV based on the Mustang, it is only fair to assume that the Mach-E will feature the best in safety and driver-assistance tech.

This all-electric SUV is based on the Global Electrified 2 platform. It is a heavily modified modular version of Ford Focus's C2 platform. So there should not be much concern about how safe the Mustang Mach-E will be. To top things off, all models of the Mach-E get Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology as standard. Other notable safety features in the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E are:

  • Reverse Sensing System 
  • Rain-sensing Wipers 
  • Ford’s Co-pilot 360 2.0 w/Auto High-beam Function 
  • Blind-spot Monitoring w/Cross-traffic Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control w/Stop-and-Go 
  • Lane Assist
  • Active Park Assist 2.0
  • Pre-collision Assist w/Automatic Emergency Braking

When will the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Launch and is it worth Buying?

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is slated for launch by the beginning of Fall 2020. It is to be noted that this launch date is for the base RWD trims and the higher e-AWD models only. The GT performance trim will be launching by the end of 2020.

This is Ford's first try at the electric mobility space, and by the looks of it, Ford has a  winner in the Mustang Mach-E. It is practical, impressively fast, loaded with creature comfort and luxury features and comes in at a sustainable price bracket. We think that Tesla should be worried about the new Stang in town.


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2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will the Ford Mustang Mach-E launch?

Ford is looking to launch the 2021 Mustang Mach-E towards the end of the year 2020. The car should become production-ready by the fall of 2020.

What is the warranty on the Ford Mustang Mach-E?

The Ford Mustang Mach-E provides a wholesome warranty package that includes:

  • Basic Bumper to Bumper Warranty of 3 years/ 36,000 miles
  • Electronic components Warranty of 8 years/ 100,000 miles

Is Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD?

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is available in both RWD and AWD configuration.

What is the size of the infotainment screen in the Ford Mustang Mach-E?

The Ford Mustang Mach-E comes equipped with a humongous 15.5-inch portrait styled floating infotainment display.

How quick is the Ford Mustang Mach-E from 0-60 MPH?

The official acceleration figures are not out yet but Ford claims that it is working towards providing impressive 0-60 MPH figures across its line-up. The expectations are as follows:

  • Select - sub 5 seconds
  • Premium - sub 5 seconds
  • California Route 1 - sub 6 seconds
  • GT - sub 3 seconds!
  • First Edition - sub 5 seconds
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