Wheels (Australia) - - YEARBOOK 2019 -

WHEN THE FORD Mus­tang Mach-E electric SUV was re­vealed to the world, the in­stant re­ac­tion was some­what pre­dictable, as this is the first time that any­thing other than a petrol-pow­ered two-door coupe and con­vert­ible has been branded with the ven­er­a­ble pony badge in its 55-year his­tory.

Putting the his­tor­i­cal nam­ing de­ci­sion aside, there is plenty to dive into with Ford’s first full EV.

Built on an all-new plat­form, there is the choice of two bat­tery packs, a 75.7kWh per­for­mance op­tion, or a 98.8kWh ex­tended range vari­ant which fo­cuses on econ­omy in­stead of power. Both can be con­fig­ured in either rear- or all-wheel drive, with the most ef­fi­cient vari­ant ex­pected to have a 480km electric driv­ing range.

The in­te­rior is dom­i­nated by a 15.5-inch cen­tre touch­screen, while load-car­ry­ing abil­ity is sig­nif­i­cant thanks to a 135-litre frunk and 821-litre boot (with the rear seats up).

There is also a fas­ci­nat­ing link with Jaguar’s I-Pace. The Bri­tish SUV was penned by Ian Cal­lum, while his brother Mo­ray is Ford’s vice-pres­i­dent of de­sign. Both cars share the same 2990mm wheel­base, which is al­legedly a re­sult of Ford scan­ning the I-Pace at the 2018 Geneva show, in or­der to build a full-size replica in Detroit.

Pric­ing starts at the equiv­a­lent of A$64,469, and blows out to $88,856 for a range-top­per, but there is no word on Aus­tralian sales yet. The UK will gob­ble up right-hand drive pro­duc­tion ini­tially, mean­ing if you’re keen, you might be wait­ing a while. Not ev­ery­one will see that as a bad thing.

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