All-electric, Mustang-inspired Ford ‘Mach E’ SUV spied

8 Nov, 2019 10:30am Luke Wilkinson

Ford’s all-new, all-electric 'Mach-E' SUV has been caught on camera ahead of its scheduled launch on 18 November

A development mule for Ford’s all-electric, Mustang-inspired SUV has been caught on camera, in heavy camouflage, ahead of its planned launch on 18 November 2019. The car will be called Mach E when it goes on sale next year according to reports in the US media and will boast a maximum range of 373 miles.

These spy shots give us our first glimpse at the ‘Mach E’ SUV’s styling. As previously suggested, the SUV draws design inspiration from the Mustang, sharing its low nose, long bonnet and flared haunches. The EV’s rear will also take cues from the firm’s iconic muscle car, borrowing its tri-bar light design and lift-back boot-lid.

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Ford originally planned to launch a practical all-electric SUV but, to stand out from the rest of the market, the American company changed tack, deciding to launch it as a performance model instead. Ford’s aim is to “infuse” the Mach E with the image, performance and style of the Mustang.

The decision to produce a performance SUV first was partly down to a new division within Ford called Team Edison – a group of around 200 people established mid-way through 2018, tasked with creating and developing Ford’s autonomous and electric vehicles.

We’re still unsure exactly what nameplate Ford’s all-electric, Mustang-inspired SUV will carry, but the rumoured Mach E name would be a reference to the Mustang Mach 1 performance package from the 1960s and 1970s. Ford has also registered trademarks for the Mach E and “Mustang Mach E” names.

Ford’s claimed 373-mile range would place it new all-electric SUV well ahead of the Mercedes EQC, the range-topping version of the Tesla Model X and even forthcoming rivals such as the Audi Q4 e-Tron. Ford claims the figure has been homologated under the latest WLTP regulations.

Performance details on the Mach E SUV are yet to be announced. However, we do know it will use lithium-ion battery technology, with Ford bosses confirming that production will take place at one of Ford’s facilities in Mexico.

Ford recently doubled its investment in electric vehicles to $11 billion (roughly £8 billion). Darren Palmer, Team Edison’s global product development director, expects this outlay to bring 16 fully electric vehicles into a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles by 2022.

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