Ford have unveiled their new all-electric performance SUV vehicle called the Mustang Mach-E at an event hosted by Idris Elba in Los Angeles over the weekend. The automotive giant hope their latest EV will expand the iconic Mustang name to a new generation of car buyers.
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The Mach-E will be available to purchase in the US at the end of 2020 and come in five trim models, starting at around R640,000 ($43,895). The first edition Mach-E will retail for R867,900 ($59,000) and deliver a range of 434 kilometers. The premium version will sell for R735,681 ($50,600) and offer a range of 482 kilometers. The next edition in the lineup of EV’s is Mach-E GT and will retail for R883,078 ($60,500) but only offer a range of 378 kilometers. The final two versions of the Mach-E are called the California Route and Select and will sell for R765,199 and R640,000 respectively.
While speaking at the launch, Ford CEO Jim Hackett mentioned the Mach-E’s will feature a new, hands-free driver assist system that the company believes can compete with Tesla’s Autopilot cruise systems. Ford intend on activating the driver-assist system through an over-the-air update, similar to how Tesla updates their EV’s. However, Hackett refused to provide an exact date as to when the system updates will be made live.
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Each edition of the Mach-E will be available in either rear-wheel drive or front-wheel drive depending on the trim level options available. All-wheel drive versions of the Mach-E will come with two electric motors, whilst the rear-wheel drive version will ship with a single electric motor.
The Ford Mach-E will be produced at Ford’s plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico. However, there has been no word on whether the Mach-E will be making its way to South African shores anytime soon.
Feature image: Twitter/ Idris Elba