Buckle up, Mustang-maniacs.
After the major recent electric Mustang-Lithium tease, Ford fans have been awaiting the release of an electric mustang model they can actually look forward to purchasing. And now, one has finally arrived. Except…
It’s a family car.
Ford’s new all-electric car is Mustang wrapped up in an SUV’s body. Like most big electric vehicles so far, it’s a five-door; but what it’s made of is so much more.
So where exactly does it become a Mustang? Many elements of its design are there to reassure you – most importantly, obviously, its speed. It’s ‘Mustang-fast,’ according to Dave Pericak, the engineer in charge of the fastest Mustangs along with Focus and Fiesta models (all of Ford’s ‘icon’ cars). The basic model comes with a 75kWh battery for 280 miles of range (WLTP), but another model will also be available with a 99kWh pack that gets 370 miles. Even the slowest has a 0-62mph acceleration in less than 8.0 seconds.
A liquid-cooled battery makes rapid DC charging possible at up to 150kW – adding almost six miles range a minute, fresh off of a new charge.
More details that are true to its name can be found in the ‘horse collar’ shape of the grill, which is there entirely for decorative pony purposes: no air actually comes in between the headlamps. Instead, battery-cooling air comes in beneath the bumper, with shutters that can even close to prevent any drag.
Inside the cabin there’s the remnant of a double-brow topping the dash. On top of its 15.5-inch dash display, it also offers a smaller driver’s screen – just like a sports car should. The screens are totally intuitive to use, with regular tasks being easy to access and CarPlay and Android Auto seamlessly integrated. But the icing on the cake is really the navigation, which is both traffic and charge station aware. It keeps you on the fastest route while keeping tabs on the proximity and live availability of charging stations – including whether or not they work with the Ford app that you can pay for charging through. It can even combine that information with a measurement of your charge levels to suggest stops for you to take ahead of time, in order to ensure that charging happens as needed and as fast as possible.
But one of the clearest differences here between this family ‘stang and its sports car siblings is not the fact that it’s electric: it’s the ample space inside that it allows the passengers.
The car is already for sale, though you won’t be in the driver’s seat quite yet. You can check out a demo car now with respective dealers, and put down a deposit directly on the web. It starts at just over £40,000, with deliveries being promised late next year.