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Electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E officially revealed

It's a fast electric horse.

Ford unveiled the battery-powered Mustang Mach-E utility vehicle on Sunday night, marking the first time the Mustang name has been used on a model other than a two-door sports car.


As Ford's first purpose-built electric vehicle, The Mustang Mach-E is a compact utility that's about the same size as the Ford Escape, but features a sportier look infused with plenty of Mustang-influenced styling cues. The Mexican-made vehicle is set to be the first of 16 electric cars Ford launches worldwide by 2022.

A lineup of five Mustang Mach-E models with a mix of driving range and performance will begin rolling out late next year with two battery size options and a variety of rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive powertrains. Starting prices run from $44,995 to $61,600 before state and federal electric car tax credits are applied.

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All of the Mustang Mach-Es share the same four-door hatchback design with seating for five and a water-resistant trunk under the hood that compliments the rear cargo area. A digital instrument cluster sits behind the steering wheel while a 15.5-inch touchscreen display dominates the center of the dashboard and is equipped with Ford's next-generation Sync4 infotainment system.

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Depending on the configuration, the Mustang Mach-E will be able to travel from 210 miles to 300 between charges, with rear-wheel-drive versions equipped with an extended range battery pack delivering the longest distance. The California Route 1 looks set to be the least expensive of the 300-mile models at a base price of $51,500.

The top of the line GT is aimed at delivering the kind of muscle car-like performance the Mustang name evokes. It's powered by an all-wheel-drive system rated at 429 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. Ford says it can accelerate to 60 mph in the mid-three-second range, which makes it nearly as quick to the speed as a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and puts it in the same league as the most powerful version of the upcoming Tesla Model Y. However, Ford estimates the GT will have a range of 235 miles, compared to 280 miles for the Model Y, which is similarly priced at $62,125.

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Unlike Tesla, Ford isn't promising any future full-self-driving capability for the Mustang Mach-E, but it does offer an electronic driver aid system with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-centering assist. A limited hands-free highway driving system similar to Cadilac's Super Cruise will be added later, according to Automotive News. The Mustang Mach-E is also compatible with Ford's Phone as Key feature that allows drivers to open and start the vehicle with a smartphone app.

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Ford has started taking $500 deposits to reserve a spot when the order books open next year. It hasn't said how many Mustang Mach-Es it expects to sell, but will be launching it with a limited availability $61,000 First Edition model that's loaded with features and a 332 hp all-wheel-drive powertrain good for 270 miles of range.


2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 to start at $73,995

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Ford Motor Co.'s most powerful street-legal vehicle will come with a hefty price tag.

The automaker last week confirmed the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will start at $73,995. That includes a $1,095 shipping fee and a $2,600 gas guzzler tax.

But the car can easily stretch past $90,000 with add-ons.

The carbon fiber track package will cost an additional $18,500, Ford said. A handling package costs $1,500, and a technology package will set buyers back $3,000. Various paint options, such as a black roof or over-the-top stripes, cost $695 each. An optional carbon fiber instrument panel is $1,000.

The vehicle will go on sale this fall. The supercharged 5.2-liter V-8 engine boasts 760 hp and 625 pound-feet of torque, and Ford says it will achieve a 0-to-60-mph time in the mid-3-second range.


Dealers get a glimpse of Bronco prototype



In the 800-plus days since Ford Motor Co. flashed a Bronco logo on stage at the 2017 Detroit auto show, development of the highly anticipated SUV has been shrouded in secrecy.

But Ford used a gathering of its top-selling dealers last month in Palm Beach, Fla., to take the wraps off a prototype and to divulge plans for a "family" of rugged off-road vehicles, which sources told Automotive News will eventually include a small unibody pickup.

Dealers, after relinquishing their phones, were shown an early build of a two-door Bronco and told that a four-door version also would be offered, according to multiple sources in the room. The Bronco is designed to be customizable, with a removable hard top and removable doors that can be stored in the vehicle's cargo area, the sources said. The side mirrors will be attached to the front pillars so they remain in place when the doors are taken off, unlike the Jeep Wrangler - one of the chief rivals Ford is targeting with its Bronco revival.

Those in the room said the SUV has a retro design, featuring a rectangular grille, round headlights and the word "Bronco" stamped across the front.

The Bronco, a nameplate that Ford killed in 1996, and other off-roaders are key products for the automaker as it ditches unprofitable cars and devotes 90 percent of capital spending to more lucrative light trucks.

Ford also showed dealers its small off-roader - unofficially referred to as the Baby Bronco - as well as its upcoming Mustang-inspired, electric crossover with a 300-mile range. Executives did not divulge names for either of the vehicles, due next year.

The Bronco reveal was the highlight of the two-day confab, which included a private concert by the band Earth, Wind & Fire and an appearance by legendary NFL quarterback Joe Namath, who handed out Ford-blue sport coats and championship-style rings during a dealer Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The Bronco "was twice as cool as I thought it would be," said one dealer, who asked to remain anonymous while discussing future products.

"It's going to be a game changer," said another dealer who attended.

Ford described its off-roaders to dealers as a family of vehicles, although the company stopped short of labeling them as a subbrand. The off-road lineup will include the two- and four-door Broncos, the Baby Bronco and the unibody pickup, sources said.

Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets, confirmed plans for a compact pickup in January after Automobile magazine reported that Ford was working on such a vehicle. This is the first time, however, that the pickup has been tied to a larger off-road lineup.

Dealers were told the Bronco would be available in late 2020, as soon as three months after the Baby Bronco.

The unibody pickup isn't expected until at least 2021, according to another source with insight on Ford's product plans.

CEO Jim Hackett did not attend the meeting, but most of Ford's senior leadership team was there, including Farley, Joe Hinrichs, Kumar Galhotra, Mark LaNeve, Matt VanDyke and Elena Ford.

Ford plans to make the Bronco at its Michigan Assembly Plant, alongside the Ranger midsize pickup that went on sale in January.

The automaker has been tight-lipped about the vehicle, offering only a teaser image of a boxy SUV draped in a mud-caked covering. It declined to show even an image or rendering at larger dealer gatherings such as the National Automobile Dealers Association Show in January or a meeting in Las Vegas last fall, when it displayed photos of the Baby Bronco and other future products.

During the Las Vegas gathering, Farley teased dealers by promising to show them a Bronco, which turned out to be a picture of his own classic 1973 model.

A Ford spokesman declined to comment on details of the Bronco.

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