By on February 12, 2020

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First, but not by far. In a Q&A with Jason Mase, Ford Electrification Marketing Strategy head, a Mach-E Club forum poster revealed that European reservation holders will be first to see the second member of the Mustang “family.”

The electric crossover with the pony badge is still on track to land in the U.S. before the end of the year, with Ford anticipating deliveries in all 50 states by the end of the fourth quarter of 2020. Of course, that doesn’t apply to all trims.

Models arriving before the end of 2020 include the obvious First Edition, along with upscale Premium, downmarket Select, and the annoyingly named California Route 1 model. Powertrains differ among the four, with the Select serving as the bottom-rung offering. Only the standard battery can be found in that model, though it still offers the choice of all-wheel drive/twin-motor capability. The California Route 1 model arrives with the extended-range battery and rear-drive, affording it the Mach-E’s maximum range of 300 miles.

Buyers looking for a GT will have to wait until late spring or summer of 2021 for their performance-wrapped EV. That model makes 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque, with standard AWD and an extended-range battery pushing its pre-tax credit price north of $60k.

According to Mase, reservation holders will be contacted soon to configure their car and turn the reservation into an order. He added that Ford is working on a “lease-type product” that allows Mach-E intenders to claim the $7,500 federal tax credit.

“We’re looking at a product that behaves a lot like a lease but allows the customer to decide if they want to claim the tax incentive and decide if they want to put it into the monthly payment or take that tax incentive later and use it for something else,” Mase said. “When you do a lease you normally sign it right into the deal, we’ll do something that allows you to claim it later on your taxes.”

While the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to rate the Mach-E, Mase says Ford is confident its estimates will carry over into reality. That means no less than 210 miles of range, depending on configuration, with 300 miles on the top end.

[Images: Ford]

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21 Comments on “America (Not) First: Ford Mustang Mach-E Lands in Europe Ahead of U.S. Arrival...”


  • avatar
    EBFlex

    It’s like Ford wants this glorified Edge to fail.

    First, they build vehicle that isn’t as good as it’s direct competition (Model Why).

    Then they show sheer desperation and use the Mustang’s coat tails in an attempt to make it seem sporty and cool.

    Third the don’t even launch it in the USA first which was and still is the only market that really gives a darn about the Mustang.

    Hackett needs to be removed from having anything to do with Ford. He’s a bigger cancer on that company than Mulally.

    • 0 avatar
      SlowMyke

      I wasn’t aware either the mach-e or the model y were out and available for analysis and comparison. Got a source, or just a bias?

      While I’m not thrilled about the name, i understand the need for the vehicle. And given Ford’s inability to properly launch other (even more?) important vehicles recently, maybe it’s party of their strategy to smooth out any bumps on the road in a market that’s more EV friendly and less concerned with the heritage of the model’s name. I think this might actually be a decent idea for Ford, which seems to be a rarity these days.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        “I wasn’t aware either the mach-e or the model y were out and available for analysis and comparison. Got a source, or just a bias?”

        Are you unaware what Google is?

        Look up the stats on Ford.com and Tesla.com. It’s not that hard.

        • 0 avatar
          SlowMyke

          @ebflex – That’s funny, because once you cut through all the bullshit corporate speak about how great each vehicle is, the stats are damn near identical. Both are going to have ranges between 200 and 300 miles, depending on your trim level. Both will do 0-60 in about 3.5s in performance trim level. Both have a high level of autonomous driving features (though Ford doesn’t do*quite* as much as Tesla). Both have 65-66 sq ft of max storage. The Tesla pretends it’s got enough room for 7 passengers, but the Ford doesn’t (you can decide which is better). Both are going to start at about $45k, but will mostly cost over $50k. The Ford will charge about 50 miles of range in 10 minutes, Tesla has superchargers.

          I guess you could give Tesla the nod for having built more EV’s and for longer than Ford. But then Ford won’t build them in a tent. Ford botched its last major vehicle launch, but Tesla has arguably botched every vehicle launch its ever had. Ford has a certifiable idiot at the helm, Tesla has Musk (is that a plus for Tesla?). Ford is stepping all over the heritage of it’s most iconic vehicle with the new name, Tesla is trying to spell “sexy” with its model names…

          I’m failing to see a clear winner here.

          @jimz – I’m well aware.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          From 30 seconds of Googling:
          Ford Mustang Mach-E Select vs. Tesla Model Y Standard Plus
          Price: $43,895 $43,000
          Range: 230 miles (EPA) 230 miles (EPA)
          0-60 mph: mid-5 seconds 5.9 seconds
          Cargo Space: 59.6 cubic feet 66 cubic feet

          Mach-E Premium vs Model Y Long Range
          Price: $50,600 $48,000
          Range: 300 miles (EPA) 300 miles (EPA)
          0-60 mph: mid-5 seconds 5.5 seconds
          Cargo Space: 59.6 cubic feet 66 cubic feet

          The only place the Tesla has a clear advantage is the model Y performance vs. GT’s Range at 280 vs 235. But yeah…totally not competetive whatsoever.

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        “Got a source, or just a bias?”

        He’s a troll. he’s basically got a script for any time an article even mentions Ford.

    • 0 avatar
      sckid213

      I agree it was desperate to attach the Mustang name to this vehicle, especially this early in the EV game. I think GM was much smarter to use the Hummer name, for example. If it’s a massive flop they can just quietly retire the new Hummer – there’s no retiring the Mustang name.

      I personally think Ford should have used the “Lightning” name for this vehicle (and perhaps future EVs; it would have given them the flexibility to turn it into a sub-brand if it took off).

      • 0 avatar
        cprescott

        I see your point about the name. Turning the Mustang into a trick for the EV crowd is disgusting. Perhaps what Ford should have done is to call it the “E Model T”. That way we can see it is the first serious EV Ford has built and it can rub Tesla’s name in their Model designation.

    • 0 avatar
      cprescott

      Its a glorified Escape. If you are going to insult, at least do it effectively.

  • avatar
    SlowMyke

    Oh geez can we get the moderation hell fixed ever?

  • avatar
    Greg Hamilton

    I don’t know why there is all this hate about the Mustang Mach-E. It looks like a competitive product and doing a limited launch in Europe seems like a good idea to iron out any early bugs before full scale production. You have to admit it’s a much better car than the Mustang II. I remember when that came out and everyone thought that was the end of the pony car. Everyone was wrong.

  • avatar
    namesakeone

    Does anyone else think that Ford intends to eventually replace the beloved four-seat performance coupe and convertible they now manufacture with this glorified Edge or Escape?

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