Electric dreams: Ford Mustang Mach-E
We couldn't think of a better way to start off this new series. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is possibly the only electric car yet that takes one of the most significant cars ever made, and its V8-etched history, and interpretes it for the electric age. But it's real achievement is that it's not just lip-service, it means business. Given how much we liked the Mustang when it came here a few years back, and our growing interest in EVs, we can't help but want to see the Mach-E sold here.
Two battery options are available, a 75.7 kWh standard-range and a 98.8 kWh extended-range. These batteries will come in with with either a RWD or AWD configuration, depending on which of the four variants your chose. The First Edition launch special is already sold out and deliveries will begin in the US in late 2020. There's also a top GT version, a Performance version of this heightens things further. Depending on which combination you chose, range can vary between 340km to 480km.
Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition brings the thrills that Mustang is famous for, targeting 60 miles per hour in the mid-3-second range and targeting an estimated 342 Kw (459 horsepower) and 830 Nm (612 ft.-lbs.) of torque.
The Mach-E's performance numbers are very Mustang-like, the base Select trim makes 255PS and up to 565 Nm with the AWD set up. The headlining GT Performance version is expected to make 459PS and 830 Nm. Ford claims it is targeting a mid-3s 0 to 96 kmph time. The other trims will do this run in the mid-sixes(RWD) or in the mid-fives(AWD), although there is a range penalty for the AWD ones.
Traditional Mustang design cues like the double-cowl instrument panel also round out the Mustang Mach-E's interior.
Ford has also made sure that the Mach-E unmistakably looks like a Mustang, the four-door SUV body style notwithstanding. All of the original's iconic elements like the outline of the grille, the wide headlamps, the three part taillamps, the heavily muscular body and the iconic fastback roofline are present. The last bit is a visual trick but there are advantages to this on the inside, which is unlike any Ford before. Here the brand has taken from the EV playbook, and loaded it up with a large interactive screen, most features you'd expect in a car, many assistance systems and loads of space.
Now purists may balk at the thought of the storied Mustang name on an SUV, an electric one at that, but something makes us very eager to give this one a shot.
Like the rest of the world, India is also getting set to make the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). While not all EVs may charge you up, there are some that can fortunately get your motor going. These electrifying cars are available abroad, and through this monthly series we hope to generate some high voltage current that will energize manufacturers to bring them here. Our charging port is eagerly waiting to get powered with your views.
Starts Rs 74.62 Lakhs