You may have heard of the Ford Mustang Mach 1, a performance version of Ford’s pony car sold from 1969 to 1978, and then again briefly from 2003 to 2004. There’s been no other Mach version of the Mustang sold, up until now. Witness the all-new Ford Mustang Mach-E — that’s Mach-E, not Mach 1. Oh, and … it’s an electric SUV. (That’s a slightly important detail, too.)
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Now, the Mach-E’s footprint falls between the Ford Escape and the Ford Edge, Ford’s compact and mid-size SUVs, respectively. It’s a little bit closer in size to the Edge, but it really looks nothing like any other Ford SUV. It’s built on a dedicated electric-vehicle platform — not the Mustang’s architecture, even though it does have more than a few cues from the pony car.
Electric cars don’t have the same need for air inlets upfront as internal-combustion cars, obviously, so you knew the Mach-E’s grille was going to mostly amount to a simulated outline, which is precisely what it has. It’s six-sided like the Mustang’s grille, but it looks mostly like the grille on the Mustang GT500, the structural elements of which are kind of pulled all the way to the ground. The same goes here. Gone are the Mustang’s circular headlight bezels; these LEDs have more of a squared-off appearance, and I don’t see much similarity, at that.
Despite having four doors, the Mach-E retains a fastback roofline reminiscent of the Mustang, thanks to a visual trick: Ford painted the upper portion of the roofline black as you get to the rear of the car, and that actually preserves a lot of headroom inside. The rear is where you get the most Mustang cues all the way down to the sequential turn signals and the fastback deck lid.
For more on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV, including performance specs and interior impressions, watch the video below.
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