Ford has revealed its all-electric rival to the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace – The Ford Mustang Mach-E.
An all-new, purpose-built vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E is one of 14 electrified Ford vehicles due to come to Europe by the end of 2020.
The launch model will pack 337hp, while a more powerful 465hp GT version is due to arrive at a later date.
It will be launched initially with two battery pack sizes and three power outputs. At the entry point of the range sits a single motor-driven version with either a 75kWh battery and a 245hp motor or a 99kWh battery and a 290hp motor. Both should hit 60mph in under eight seconds, while ranges of 280 miles and 370 miles should be possible from each respective powertrains.
Further up in the range sits a twin-motor all-wheel-drive version with the choice of either a 75kWh battery and 245bhp, or a 99kWh battery and 337hp. Both versions should go from 0-60mph in under seven seconds while returning claimed ranges of 260 and 335 miles.
How exactly is an electric SUV a Mustang?
The biggest discussion point of Fords new electric model has been the use of the Mustang name for a vehicle that quite clearly bears no relation to the familiar two-door Mustang coupé.
The Mach-E is Ford’s first step to expanding the Mustang name into a sub-brand, in much the same way that the Transit name now covers every van in the Ford rage, or the way that Land Rover now uses the name Range Rover on four different models.
The company hasn’t said what model will be the next to carry the Mustang brand, but we probably won’t have to wait too long to find out.
Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company executive chairman, said: “At the first-ever Detroit auto show, Henry Ford said he was working on something that would strike like forked lightning.
“That was the Model T. Today, the Ford Motor Company is proud to unveil a car that strikes like forked lightning all over again. The all-new, all-electric, Mustang Mach-E. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s freedom. For a new generation of Mustang owners.”
Inside, the Mach-E benefits from a 15-inch infotainment screen with touch, swipe and pinch controls which, Ford state that ‘every smartphone owner will be comfortable using’.
First deliveries are expected to commence in October next year, with prices likely to start around £40,000.