Electric EVs have been the rage of the automotive market in recent years. With Tesla already dominating the EV sales charts, the German giant Volkswagen releasing its all-new ID.4, and the Chevrolet Bolt emerging as the new affordable EV, almost why would anyone pay attention to any other EV? However, when the new EV comes from the American automaker that almost has a monopoly on gas guzzlers in its brand’s history, heads are bound to turn in that direction. With the arrival of the Mustang Mach-E into the EV market scene, things are about to get heated up.
The Mustang Mach-E has captured the admiration of many car enthusiasts across the globe, as it combines all the desirable elements of its rivals and combines them into one single package. With its funky exterior styling, impressive performance, and cutting-edge technology, the Mustang Mach-E appears to be the closest competitor that can dethrone the best-selling Tesla Model 3. Here we enlist 5 reasons why we think the Ford Mustang Mach-E can be a gamechanger, and how it will set the stone for a carbon-free future.
• It feels incredible to drive
While the same statement holds true for almost every EV on the market, there is just a special thing about the Ford Mustang Mach-E that keeps bringing us back to its steering wheel. The Mach-E offers 3 driving modes to choose from- Engage, Whisper and Unbridled. As you guessed, the Engage mode is the ideal fit while cruising around your locality.
This mode provides a balance between power and comfort, which enables you to cruise through traffic with ease. The Whisper mode grants you the privilege of one-pedal driving that most EVs are popular for. This mode eliminates any form of engine noise and maximizes the driving range of the Mach-E.
The Unbridled mode gives you the ultimate Mustang experience, pushing the limits of the electric motors for maximum performance. The grunt of the engine is duly felt when you push the accelerator, although no form of external disturbances creeps in through the quiet cabin.
The steering also gets adjusted tighter, which would suit the taste buds of performance drivers. With the Unbridled mode, watch the Mustang rip past the highways at breathtaking speeds. You can still get one-pedal driving in this mode, although the engine braking will be much more aggressive. If the engine grumbles still ring in your ears, there is an option to turn that off too.
• The interior is a tech-filled paradise
In those moments when you are stuck in heavy traffic for a while, you can mess around with some of the interesting gizmos inside the Ford Mustang Mach-E to pass your time. The most noticeable aspect right within your eyes is the gigantic 15.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, which clearly looks inspired by Tesla. With this display, you can customize every aspect of your car including the climate controls, radio stations, navigation input, and car settings.
From our experience, integrating all the vehicle functions into a single infotainment unit isn’t the best idea. Newbie drivers may find it a hassle to get accustomed to all the gimmicks and shortcuts. Nevertheless, Ford’s massive touchscreen feels incredibly intuitive to operate, giving you a touch response within a matter of seconds. Moreover, we also like the intuitive switches and buttons on the steering wheel to change the radio stations and volume. We also appreciate the dedicated physical volume knob inside the cabin.
• Splendid practicality and comfort
The Mustang Mach-E is very different from the rest of Ford’s commercial lineup, as it inculcates luxury in almost every aspect of its interiors. Most surfaces feel very soft to the touch and the carbon fiber-patterned textiles add glamour to the cabin’s design. Above your head, a chic polarized glass roof embraces your presence. This glass is insulated against heat and provides a mesmerizing experience for the rear passengers while driving at night.
The Bang & Olufsen sound system is an audiophile’s dream, as all the speakers surround the cabin and provide an acoustic experience that you will always relish. Even without the music running at full bass, there is little hint of any outside noise sneaking through the cabin. In a nutshell, Mach-E’s interiors are a serene bubble-like environment that shields you from all unwanted external elements.
The Mach-E also offers plenty of cargo room in its trunk, offering 29 cubic feet of space. With the rear seats folded down, you can accommodate a whole bunch of carry-on suitcases. For customers craving even more room, the Mach-E also has a handy frunk. The front cargo space is rated at 4.8 cubic feet. With dividers in between the frunk cargo space, drivers can sort their groceries and other stuff practically. The Mach-E’s battery is nested within the car floor and hence offers more cargo room than most EVs in the market.
• It has awesome performance and charging time
The Ford Mustang Mach-E feeds on electric power through 2 electric motors that are hosted on both the front and rear axles. The Mach-E also offers 2 battery packs rated at 75.7 kWh and 98.8 kWh, one for standard range and the other for extended range. The Mustang Mach-E equipped with the extended range battery pack can pump out a robust 459 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain charges up the Mach-E to a speed of 60 mph within 3.5 seconds.
The extended range Mach-E offers an exceptional driving range of 379 miles. The Mach-E also features the latest battery charging technologies onboard. The Standard Range can replenish its battery level to 80% within 38 minutes, but you might need a DC fast charging unit for that. The Extended Range can charge up to the same battery level in as little as 45 minutes. Besides, you can also monitor your Mustang Mach-E’s charging capacity through your phone, as the car relays the information through WiFi via the FordPass App.
• It redefines the look of the Mustang
The Mustang Mach-E has had a mixed reception from various Ford loyalists and car enthusiasts across the world. As every car enthusiast knows, the iconic Mustang rallied in multiple motorsport races over the years with its legendary pony car body. However, as modern times kicked in, people preferred the practicality and style of a crossover rather than the muscle and class of a pony car. The Mustang Mach-E is a prime example of this transition in customer interest.
The Mustang Mach-E’s design has got the whole automotive world talking, and we believe that Ford craved the extra publicity to make its EV more marketable. The Mach-E looks aggressive from every angle, with subtle hints of the Mustang badging on strategic spots well within an onlooker’s line of sight. The aggressive curves and the sharp LED headlights and taillights indicate that this crossover is meant for serious business.
Classical Ford purists may be divided on the transformation of the Mustang, but we firmly believe that the Mustang Mach-E sets the right direction for the American automaker heading into an all-electric future. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a fresh new face in the competitive EV segment and not just another Tesla wannabe.
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