2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV: 459bhp GT model detailed
Range-topping Ford Mustang Mach-E GT hits 0-62mph in just 3.7 seconds
- GT coming to UK in late 2021
- Standard Mach-E said to manage 370-mile range
- 75kWh and 99kWh battery options
The new Ford Mustang Mach-E GT has been revealed ahead of its arrival in European showrooms in late 2021. It features a 459bhp dual electric motor powertrain and all-wheel drive giving it rapid acceleration. The GT will be a direct rival to the Tesla Model Y Performance, and will be available alongside the base and standard all-wheel-drive versions of the Mach-E, which are already available to pre-order.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
Ford has benchmarked the GT against the electric Tesla Model Y, and the stats for both cars are quite similar. Ford claims 0-62mph takes only 3.7 seconds (Tesla quotes 3.5 seconds for 0-60) and 124mph top speed. The GT’s range is claimed to be 310 miles, a slight improvement over the 298 miles quoted for the Model Y Performance. The GT’s range figure places it in the middle of the Mach-E line-up, which is capable of between 260 to 370 miles depending on specification.
Full UK prices and specifications will be released closer to the launch date, but Ford has confirmed that the GT will get MagneRide adaptive suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, sporty Ford Performance seats and a couple of exclusive paint colours. It’s likely that the car will cost over £50,000, so won’t be eligible for the UK’s plug-in car grant (PiCG).
Pricing, trim levels and specifications
From launch, there are three specs to choose from: base, Mach-E AWD and First Edition, although the latter has now sold out. Standard cars get 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, wireless phone charging, adaptive cruise control that can stop and restart in traffic, and the ability to use compatible smartphones as a key. According to Ford’s website, the Mach-E starts from £40,350.
The AWD version (from £46,650) adds Matrix LED headlights, red brake calipers, power-adjustable front seats, 19-inch wheels and contrast-coloured heated door mirrors, while the costlier top-spec First Edition includes a panoramic roof, a hands-free tailgate, active parking assistance and a 10-speaker B&O audio system. It’s worth noting that some features (such as a hands-free tailgate and advanced park assist) are available on lower trims if you spec the Extended Range models.
Design, technology and safety
While part of the Mustang family, the Mach-E gets new styling touches not seen on the coupe. There are new, sharp headlights and a blank, body-coloured blank grille with a large Mustang badge. The lower air intakes are fared-in too, to improve aerodynamics and to highlight the electric powertrain. Both the bonnet and roofline are quite swoopy, to give the impression of a coupe like the regular Mustang, while the rear end sees a new interpretation of the classic three vertical tail-lights.
The Mach-E has a completely different, modern-looking interior to that of the Ford Mustang convertible. It looks more like a Tesla Model X than anything Ford has made before, with an enormous 15.5-inch portrait touchscreen that seems to control most of the car’s features. The car is the first to use Ford’s latest SYNC 4 infotainment system, including connected sat nav and ‘natural’ voice control - and it also gets FordPass Connect, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, local hazard information and Amazon Alexa integration. A slim 10.2-inch digital screen takes the place of traditional dials.
The options list includes a Technology Pack, bringing features like an upgraded stereo system, some self-driving technology and a 360-degree parking camera. Technology Pack+ adds most of the features of the First Edition cars. Eight paint colours are available (three on First Edition cars), with one colour exclusive to the first batch of cars produced.
A wide range of driver assistance technology will be available on the Mach-E, so we expect a good score if it ever gets tested by Euro NCAP. Blind-spot warning, high-beam assistance, lane-keeping technology and pre- and post-collision braking are all offered, although some features may be optional.
Powertrain, range and charging
There are two battery sizes: 75kWh and 99kWh. The former results in 254bhp, while there’s a choice of 281 or 332bhp outputs on the car with the larger battery. Depending on the model, you can expect between 260 miles (AWD models with the 75kWh battery) and up to 370 miles (base RWD model with the bigger battery) of range between full charges. Ford says that 0-62mph takes ‘less than eight seconds’ in the entry-level model, and ‘less than seven seconds’ in the AWD and First Edition models.
Ford will supply two cables to allow charging from standard three-pin chargers and public chargers. You can also order a wallbox for 11kW charging at home, and all versions come with DC fast-charging capability as standard. The 75kWh battery can take up to 130kW, while the 99kWh battery can use chargers rated at 150kW. Recharging from 10-80% takes 38 and 45 minutes for the two battery sizes respectively. Put another way, 10 minutes of charging adds 49-57 miles of range, depending on the model.
With no engine under the bonnet, the Mustang Mach-E has a 100-litre front trunk that’s washable and can be drained. The standard boot isn’t massive at 402 litres - it offers only two litres more than the smaller SEAT Arona, and is actually six litres smaller than the Ford Mustang coupe. Fold the rear seats down and there are 1,420 litres at your disposal.
Ford has set up a 200-strong internal group called ‘Team Edison’, which is tasked with accelerating Ford’s autonomous and electric vehicle programmes. Up until now, Ford has been left behind by rivals offering electrified cars, but the company has ploughed £8.5bn into research and development of EVs and hybrids. As many as 40 electrified Ford models are planned by 2022 globally, including 16 fully electric cars Ford is also investing in charging infrastructure, including 1,000 charging points for employees at its own sites.