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Ford loses electric cavalry … and it will hurt



  Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira


On Monday, November 18, Ford officially announced the launch of the Mustang Mach-e, its electric SUV that promises up to 600 km of range. operates up to 337 horses and tariffs from 48,990 euros. Clubic discovered this vehicle in preview in a studio in Düsselforf. Immersion dives into the American manufacturer's revival.

After several months of buzz and a final official name this Thursday, November 1

4, here is the first 100% electric SUV Ford. So yes, for this first vehicle of its kind, the American manufacturer chose not to create a city car nor a compact one (let's forget about Electric Focus that did not find its audience).

Like Audi with its Etron 55 Quattro, Jaguar and its i-Pace or Mercedes and EQC, Ford is one of those who have chosen this "big" vehicle, but we invite you to put it aside to interest you have too many assets for this Mustang Mach-e, which has nothing to do with the image that can be made of the huge SUV … and especially monsters from across the Atlantic.

 Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira

Mach-e Mustang: up to 600 km range and 337 horses

As translated by the drone caused by the various teasings sent by Ford, (in our opinion) the manufacturer has really chosen the best of its icons to come into force in the electric market. Mustang Mach-e, a name that clearly aims to evoke speed … performance. Let's review the different versions that will be launched in the market from the end of 2020. Yes, Ford will propose four variants, equipped with one or two motors (eAWD, for electric all-wheel drive) and with more or less important batteries. Lithium-ion batteries that will be supplied by LG from its production facility in Poland.

  • Let's start with the most affordable versions, sold 48,990 euros excluding ecological bonus. This will be equipped with an engine of 190 kW (or 258 horses), integrated with the rear towel history to transmit the driver's feelings of propulsion. The pair is announced at 415 Nm and 0 to 100 km / h would be done in less than 8 seconds. The 75 kWh battery promises a comfortable autonomy estimated at 450 km according to the WLTP cycle.
  • The same battery capacity is also reduced in a version with two engines (Mach-e eAWD) which still offer the same power (190 kW), more torque (565 Nm), but less autonomy (420 km) – probably due to overweight caused of the other engine.
  • Record autonomy will be provided by the 99 kWh version that Ford promises a sustain of 600 km! The power of the single engine in the rear position is announced here at 210 kW, or 285 horsepower. The price of this model is unknown at the moment.
  • Finally, Mach-e 4X, for "four-wheel drive eXtended range", will cover the entire range and it will also be the first model to be marketed at the end of 2020 at a price of 69 69 euros in a "1st edition" – version. Under the floor, the battery pack would offer a range of 540 km and the SUV would be towed by two engines that develop a cumulative output of 248 kW, or 337 horsepower. The exact crown has not yet been released, but this version of Mach-e can shoot down 0 to 100 km / h in less than 5 seconds.

  Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira


It is for the performance and autonomy component that we find quite interesting. With a capacity starting at 75 kWh, a range of 450 km and a tariff of 48,990 euros, this electric SUV has no real competition, not even on the side of Kia and Huyndai offering SUVs a little cheaper, but with lower battery capacity and a definitely wiser character

All versions offer three driving modes, here called Engage (normally equals mode), Whisper (eco mode) and Unbridled (sport mode). In a classic way, everyone can sometimes promote autonomy, sometimes exciting behavior. All versions also offer a high-energy recovery mode (maximum recovery power not specified) with single-pedal mode and all versions are limited to a top speed of 180 km / h. 19659017] Is Mach-e really an SUV?

Also in connection with the presentation of the car we had Amko Leenarts, the design director at Ford. And in our exchanges, he agrees, the code name is internally "SUV Mach-e", but it is far from making us think of the impressive bodywork of conventional "Sport Utility Vehicle". Especially for an American manufacturer and under a Mustang name that clearly evokes the 5-liter V8 engine.

  Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira


Certainly it is a beautiful baby (4.71 m long, for 1.88 m wide and a weight ranging from 1.9 to 2.2 T according to the versions), but its height of 1.6 meters and its plunging roofline (CX announced 0.30) him Rather it looks like a raised compact.

Some builders would have called it CUV, others may have associated it with the term "Fastback", but one thing is certain, in this version the painted black roof clearly functions as a trumpet l & # 39; oeil. We really feel that the Mach-e roofline crashes in the stern.

 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Guillaume Ombreux

  Ford Mustang Mach -E

Guillaume Ombreux


However, once on board we can only see that the accommodation is suitable , front and back. Here you do not need to turn or bend to pick up the board, everything goes well, including the back seat. Ford also indicates that the seat height is similar to a Kuga.

Remains that in this version Mach-e 4X 1st Edition darkens the choice of black coatings very much the cab. So even though it radiates sportsmanship, with the traditional style effects being sewn, it lacks a bit of clarity despite the panoramic ceiling … at least here in the studio.

] Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira

  Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira


To finish with the look and design of Mach-e , let's say you can estimate the presence of two "chests" (which is rare), one on the back of 402 liters and the other on the front of 100 liters.

 Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira


Finally, we are somewhat disappointed not to find in the full grid the fiery horse lit with blue, as shown by the teasing films .

Booster Loading …

Ford is one of the builders that make up the Ionity alliance in the same way as BMW, Mercedes, Hyundai, Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen. Ionity is a high-performance charging network whose maximum terminal power can deliver up to 350 kW. Today this network has over 200 stations, but the goal of the alliance is to double this figure by the end of 2020.

  Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira


Coming back to Mach-e is the good news that its CSS Combo connector accepts 150 kW of power. A record also for its category which, according to Ford, would spend 10 to 80% load in 45 minutes or restore 93 km of autonomy in just 10 minutes on such a network.

However, the terminals capable of delivering 150 kW are rare at the moment and it will therefore be necessary to accept less important power in the other networks.

… it is also to facilitate our lives

the good news on the other hand, is that customers of this Mustang Mach-e have access to Ford Pass for free for at least a year. According to Doris Hass, who is responsible for Ford's cargo program, the use of "passports" can be offered for three years, but the topic is still being debated. Anyway for the customer, it is the insurance to have access to a network that counts 125,000 load points throughout Europe and all operators.

  Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira


Several manufacturers now offer this option that prevents motorists from creating multiple accounts to access different operators' load, but also allows centralization of payments in a single-interface interface fee and single billing

The other good news is that this Ford Pass service is available directly through a smartphone application. Once the customer has been identified via the NFC chip on his mobile, the terminal allows connection of the vehicle and proceeds to its identification. No credit card number or other identification is required, the charge starts and the cost of the charge is deducted automatically from the associated bank account.

Mach-e: the cavalry led by a (big) digital heart

And it is also the smartphone that will act as a key to access Mach-e and, implicitly, launch it. This is at least what Ford told us during the presentation of the vehicle.

  Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira

  Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira


Another that Ford already used in the US for its merger is to use a touchpad on the driver's door for to unlock the car. For example, if you left the smartphone in the boot while you were jogging.

But in both cases, you press a small button on the amount that opens the door. Then you have to pull the door with a small handle – we hear you from here tell us that "this thing" will break.

 Ford Mustang Mach -E

Guillaume Ombreux


If "Mustang" inspires sportsmanship, his heart beats well into the rhythm of the digital age, as evidenced by the SUV's interior . Inside, we immediately focus on the large 15.5-inch screen installed in portrait mode in the center of the dashboard.

The software environment is still in "beta in this Mach-e, which itself is a prototype, but the screen's reactivity seems good.

Like Tesla, there are still few physical buttons on the card in favor of available commands on the touch screen. And According to our first impressions, the software's ergonomics on this Mustang look somewhat loaded. The menus and sub-menus deserve to be simplified so as not to interfere with the driver when he has to access the car's functions. A point we shared with Doris Haas who says the system can still be developed. this being the case with, for example, basic functions that are easily accessible and menus "advanced" are forwarded in a second navigation level.

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And then we should not forget that Ford is a big habit of voice command interfaces – often done in collaboration with Nuance elsewhere. Mach-e could take advantage of it and thus make it possible to pilot many functions with the voice, as is already the case on these series cars. Also note that Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be available onboard. The respective assistants will therefore be present, just like Amazon Alexa.

 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Guillaume Ombreux


The instrumentation is displayed on a screen of 10, 4 inches installed behind the wheel. In a static situation, we could not access the various menus available on this screen. It will be necessary to wait, for example, to know if it is possible to find the display of GPS indications in addition to conventional speed and load level information.

Finally, this version "1st Edition" also contains a Bang & Olufsen audio system whose power is not communicated. However, we know that it consists of ten speakers and that some are used to create a sound bar at the top of the dashboard.

 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Guillaume Ombreux


Without telling me more at the moment, Amko Leenarts specifies that this audio bar will be used to produce a sound in the cockpit. The goal here is to add a little more emotion to the run. Those wishing could thus activate a noise (large V8 thermal engine?) When the car is in sport mode, for example.

And if the Mach-e Mustang was the first semi-autonomous Ford

When Marketing, Mach-e will naturally benefit from the driver support technologies currently in Ford's catalog. Active cruise control, track maintenance, panel reading, emergency braking … in short, everything like the "Co-Pilot 360 Assist 2.0" solution has better in stock. But that may not be all that Mach-e will need to offer more or less long-term.

  Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira


A little reversal of the steering wheel to zoom this once on the little black box installed there, just above. After being questioned by this, Doris Hass will agree to explain to us that it is inside this unit that is closed the analysis system for the driver's vigilance.

In fact, to the extent that Mach-e will not see the day on the road before the end of 2020, for Ford it is not excluded that the legislation on "autonomous driving" has then been developed. Of course, we are probably not talking about a level 100% autonomous, but more likely level 3 that allows the driver to delegate his behavior under certain conditions, such as moderate pace on the unit.

But under this autonomy, the vehicle may require the driver to take his hand at any time and that is why it must be ensured that he is well aware of what is happening on the road – and that he does not use the ride for example to take a nap . Therefore, the presence of these face tracking sensors.

But these are just the assumptions we make. Ford is careful not to comment on our assumptions. In any case, we must not forget that the manufacturer has a very solid experience in the development of the autonomous vehicle. He already has several operational vehicles across the Atlantic and is actively participating in Level 4 autonomous driving tests in the fictional M-city, created by the University of Michigan.

 Ford Mustang Mach-E

David Nogueira


Whatever one thinks of the size of the car (yes, Ford could have preferred a city car), it is obvious that the American the manufacturer has given itself the opportunity to make an entry really marked in the market for electric vehicles. Because when we remember Amko Leenarts (the design director, remember), the goal is to be ready for a competition that is not there yet, but will not be long and Amko Leenarts does not hesitate not to quote them, he believes in this case future Volkswagen ID.4 and Tesla Model Y …


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