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Nissan Benchmarking Ford Mustang Mach-E: Exclusive

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is a hot commodity that has fanned the flames of the electric vehicle segment. As one of the most considered electrified vehicles on the market, demand for the new Mach-E is exceeding expectations, so much so that Ford has stopped taking 2022 Mach-E orders and is not offering any incentives on its new EV to help buffer the onslaught of demand. Not only is the Mach-E popular among consumers, but rival automakers are also keeping tabs on the electric pony.

As Ford Authority was first to exclusively report, GM, Subaru, Rivian, and Hyundai have been benchmarking the Mustang Mach-E in the recent past. And now, Ford Authority has exclusively learned that another automaker – Nissan – is in possession of a Mach-E for testing and benchmarking purposes.

Nissan benchmarking Mustang Mach-E in the vicinity of the Nissan Technical Center in Michigan

We spotted the Mustang Mach-E in question in the vicinity of the Nissan Technical Center in metro Detroit, a key base for Nissan development and operations for North America. This makes sense given that Nissan is now offering EV options of its own, including the Leaf and – more importantly – the upcoming Ariya.

Starting at $27,400 for the base S trim, the Leaf features 148 horsepower and 240 pound per foot of torque via a 226 mile range. Meanwhile, the upcoming Ariya will feature 214 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque and up to 300 miles of range. By comparison, the Mustang Mach-E starts at $43,895 with 266 horsepower and 428 pound pound-feet of torquer for an estimated range of 314 miles.

Sales Numbers - Mainstream EV CUVs - Q1 2022 - USA

MODEL Q1 22 / Q1 21 Q1 22 Q1 21 Q1 22 SHARE Q1 21 SHARE
FORD MUSTANG MACH-E +1.81% 6,734 6,614 27% 66%
HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 * 6,244 * 25% 0%
KIA EV6 * 5,281 * 21% 0%
NISSAN LEAF +49.44% 4,371 2,925 17% 29%
VOLKSWAGEN ID.4 +481.22% 2,755 474 11% 5%
TOTAL +153.52% 25,385 10,013

The Mustang Mach-E is currently outselling most of its direct rivals, posting 6,734 deliveries during the first quarter of 2022. The Ford is, however, closely followed by the Hyundai Ioniq 5 with 6,244 units, while the Kia EV6 places third with 5,281 units. The Nissan Leaf placed fourth with 4,371 units while the Volkswagen ID.4 placed fifth with a distant 2,755 units. In addition, the Mach-E showcases the highest segment share of 27 percent, however it saw a significant drop from 66 percent as the four aforementioned EV rivals entered the market.

The Leaf doesn’t quite match up as a direct rival for the Mach-E. Nissan seems to understand this full well, which is why it has introduced the upcoming Ariya. But even the new model doesn’t appear to be much of a contender – at least when it comes to specs.

It is also worth noting that The Blue Oval has also been benchmarking competing electric cars ahead of the Ford Motor Company’s EV push, like the new Lucid Air and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

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

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