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The Ford Mustang Mach-E Volume Knob Isn’t Really A Knob At All

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In all the photos we’ve seen of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E so far, one thing that has stuck out is the Mach-E volume knob, which is seemingly positioned at the bottom center of that giant infotainment screen. All this time, we assumed that this was an actual knob that protruded from the screen, giving the driver a physical control for the infotainment system. However, as it turns out, that Mach-E volume knob isn’t really a knob at all.

As MotorTrend points out, the “knob” is actually portrayed on the big, unbroken touchscreen. It isn’t a separate, physical control at all, but rather, it is adhered to the front of the screen, with capacitive fingers fitted to the backside to control the display. Thus, the driver simply swipes their finger in a circular motion where the “knob” is positioned to turn the volume up or down.

As MT points out, it would have been costly for Ford to design a screen with a physical knob cut into it, as well as difficult to do in terms of fit and finish. It’s much easier and more cost-effective to simply build one continuous, unbroken screen, so that’s what Ford did.

Those who want to check out the cool, integrated Mach-E volume knob won’t have to wait too much longer to do so. The all-new, all-electric crossover entered production at the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant back in late October, as Ford Authority previously reported. The first deliveries just arrived in Europe as well, with North American deliveries slated to start any time now. Meanwhile, the rather quick GT Performance Edition is scheduled to launch in the summer of 2021.

We’ll have more on the Mach-E very soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Mustang Mach-E news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. I saw a video that showed the “knob” on the Mach-E is an actual knob. It even appeared to click slightly while rotating.

  2. If in fact it is not a physical knob, then it is useless IMHO. I thought the objective was to reduce distracted driving. The placement of the physical volume control knob on the Explorer is such that one can do so without removing ones eyes from the road. Ditto the two buttons on the steering wheel.

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