Last weekend Ford announced one of its most critical all-new models in a long time with the unveiling of the Mustang Mach-E. The Mach-E will be a direct competitor to the Tesla line of vehicles, particularly the Model 3 and Model S that Tesla makes. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is seen by many, including Credit Suisse, as being a significant competitor to Tesla.
Considering that some have gone so far as to say that the Mach-E could cut Tesla’s lead as the biggest EV maker in the States, you might think that Tesla CEO Elon Musk would be upset. Musk doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings or insecurity about the new competition. Musk tweeted shortly after the unveiling of the Mach-E to praise Ford for the vehicle. Musk’s Tweet can be seen embedded below, and in it, he noted that he was excited about the announcement and hoped that it would encourage more automakers to go electric as well.
Showing that the EV love went both ways, Ford Motor Company replied to Musk’s tweet saying thanks and that it would “see you at the charging station!” The Mach-E is a big deal for Ford as it is the firm’s first all-electric BEV. Mach-E is also the first four-door in the production Mustang line, which has made some Mustang purists unhappy.
Congratulations on the Mach E! Sustainable/electric cars are the future!! Excited to see this announcement from Ford, as it will encourage other carmakers to go electric too.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2019
Mach-E promises 300 miles of range in some high-end models and high-performance to boot. Reservations are being taken for the Mach-E with a $500 deposit. Ford has been specified that a reservation doesn’t guarantee a car. There has been no word so far on how many reservations Ford has accepted. The Mach-E will start to ship late next year.
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MUSK IS CLASS GUY,CANNOT COMPLAIN ABOUT HIM AT ALL. THE ONE RESERVATION I HAVE WITH THE TESLA IS THEY LOOK AWFUL,THE MUSTANG MACH-E IS A DEPARTURE FROM BORING LOOKS. THIS IS MUCH LIKE COMPARING THE FUSION PLUG IN AND HYBRID AGAINST THE UGLY LOOKING PRIUS. HOPE WE GET GOOD QUALITY WITH THIS VENTURE.
While I think an EV CUV is a great move in today’s market, calling it a Mustang is absurd. Might as well name the next Mustang pony car the Aerostar. And the Mach-E looks like EVERY OTHER CUV, it’s ugly.
Lets get this out of the way first. I don’t like Elon Musk, I don’t like Tesla or any electric car. PERIOD! The Mustang is repeating the same thing that it did when it first came out in 1964.5 The Mustang did not invent the pony car, or was it the first. The Plymouth Barracuda was the first Pony car but it was Ford’s Mustang that stole the show. Right now Musk is in the same position with the Mustang that Chevrolet has been in with the Camaro except for the fact where the Camaro was always the better looking and better performing vehicle. The Mustang is more loved and is a car that’s easier to live with on a daily basis and is a better overall put together car. This time, Ford has had time to analyze the situation before marching in to this market, hence why the Mach-E looks somewhat exciting.
To be honest, I’m watching some of the things that Ford is doing right now and although initially I have protested a lot, I can honestly say some of them are beginning to make sense. If the Mustang is going to live on into the future (along with internal combustion engines and V8 engines). As far as the Mustang is concerned, the switch to having a Mustang family of vehicles isn’t a bad idea. My personal vision for this family would be for Ford to move the Mustang on to the CD6 platform like rumored, create a new Coupe, Convertible, Gran-Coupe (think BMW 8-Series), a performance gasoline crossover and the Mach-E electric vehicle. With engines like the 3.0L Ecoboost making 400hp and 415lb-ft of torque in gas form and 450hp/650tq in hybrid form, along with 10-speed auto and all of the AWD performance knowledge that Ford has gained. There should be no issues in having perforamnce vehicles that are more practical for everyday use. Not to mention the Coyote/Voodoo/Predator V8 family of engines. Even though these engines are relatively small in comparison to the engines used by General Motors and FCA, don’t expect them to stick around forever. What I do see is the rumored 4.8L V8 becoming the the engine used by the GT, along with a Voodoo variant of the 5.0 along with a supercharged 5.0L V8 for the GT500. Rumored at 420hp/420tq for the F150, I suspect a 4.8L block with the same tech used in the Gen-3 Coyote block upgraded with GT500 style heads, GT350 style camshafts, GT500/GT350 style exhaust manifolds, Bullitt intake manifold and a few other things along with the 10-speed auto/ 7-speed DCT running to the tune of about 480hp/425tq while the Flat crank 5.0 variant would produce 520hp/430tq. Even with the decrease in power, the Flat crank 5.0 would yield better performance due to the improved driveline behind it. I see the supercharged 5.0L reach 725hp with the Ford Performance supercharger, GT500 heads and cams, new rotating assembly, GT500 exhaust manifolds and a few other things. I also see this all happening with the 4.8L V8 reaching 30-32mpg highway/35mpg city, the Flat Crank 5.0L should reach about 25city/19highway and the supercharged 5.0L should be about the same. Admittedly, I’m anxious to see what the Mach-E Shelby is going to be like and will it crush the performance numbers of the Tesla vehicles, which I’m honestly hoping it does. I would also like to see a performance gasoline option for the Mustang crossover (maybe call it the Mustang Maverick, calling the Sedan the Mustang Falcon. These are just ideas.) Granted I don’t think we need a crossover of that size with more than 475hp but the option of having a Mustang Maverick GT with a 4.8L V8 wouldn’t be bad.
I also like the idea of a Bronco family and I’m seriously hoping for a full size F150 body Bronco, along with a Ranger Bronco and a escape body bronco “Scout.” Hopefully Ford will be smart and use the 350hp 2.3L Ecoboost and the 400hp 3.0L Ecoboost for the Ranger body Bronco and the 450hp Ecoboost 3.5L for the full size Bronco. Where the Mustang is Ford’s performance family for the street, the Bronco will be the Performance family for the off road.
Jumping back to the CD6 platform of vehicles. The Explorer needs to have it’s performance side, it’s luxury side and utility side. I say the 350hp 2.3L base, the 400hp/415tq 3.0L ST, a 450hp/600tq 3.0L Grand Luxury Touring Hybrid, a 530hp/650tq GT-E electric, a 475hp/420tq 4.8L GT, an a 3.0L Limited producing the same hp as the ST but tuned more for smoothness and luxury rather than performance.
Waiting to see what the new Ranger is going to be like. Hopefully more F150 like just smaller. Hoping for a new f150 Lightning but with a crew cab option and a supercharged 650hp 5.0L V8 with AWD and a shortbed. As far as the electric and the electric hybrid, I say, bring it on. they’ll all make the world a better place
WHEN IT COMES TO THE CAMARO,I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED,THE PROTOTYPE WAS MUCH NICER THAN THE FINAL PRODUCT. THE SALES OF THIS CAR BARE THAT OUT. IT IS BEHIND THE MUSTANG AND THE CHALLENGER.
AS FAR AS ELECTRIC VEHICLES GO SCREAM AT YOU SOCIALIST OFFICIALS WHO ARE PUSHING FOR THEM,SO THAT BEING SAID THE SAD TRUTH IS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THEM NO MATTER WHANT WE ALL WANT. AS FOR ME I HAVE THREE STANGS 85GT,06GT AND 1970 FASTBACK. I WILL ALWAYS BE A V8 ENGINE KIND OF GUT,AT LEAST UNTIL THEY STOP PRODUCING THEM. I WILL PROBABLY BUILD MY OWN THEN.
The 4.8L V8 rumor was debunked a few months ago – it is not happening.
so I’ve heard but I read something about a new F150 the other day that brought up the 4.8L so IDK. I mean obviously all of this above is just possibilities and my personal thoughts of what ford could do.
I honestly think the Mach E is a better value proposition than the Model Y.
“The Mach-E is a big deal for Ford as it is the firm’s first all-electric BEV.”
Uh, Focus Electric? There were others prior to that as well.