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Exclusive New Photos Potentially Show Upcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E Dark Horse

Not too long ago, Ford filed to trademark “Ford Mustang Dark Horse” across three countries, following a naming campaign wherein Ford asked fans what it should name its new dark-themed appearance package. Now, Ford Authority photographers caught a curious Ford Mustang Mach-E that might very well be an upcoming Mustang Mach-E Dark Horse?

First, let’s take a closer look at the wheels worn by this camo-free prototype. These rollers are black-painted versions of the 19-inch aluminum wheels that are currently standard on the Mustang Mach-E Premium trim. However, the wheels are currently not offered on the Mustang Mach-E whatsoever. The presence of these wheels could indicate that this particular prototype is a Mustang Mach-E Dark Horse, as it’s not likely that Ford would road test a vehicle that only features a set of wheels with a different finish.

Beyond the wheels, this Mach-E also wears quite a few black accents, including on the front fascia, Day Light Window (DLO) openings (aka window trim), and wheel moldings – all of which are present on this prototype. In addition, the tail lights feature neutral density (clear) lenses with dark trim, while the Running Pony badges are also finished in black. However, these elements are not exclusive to this prototype. In fact, the Mach-E Premium trim already features these items as standard. Even so, all of the pieces seem to be in place for this tester to be the Dark Horse package for the Mustang Mach-E.

If the model in question is, in fact, the upcoming Mustang Mach-E Dark Horse, then it’s safe to assume it’s on the way to serve as the antidote for the Ice White Appearance Package offered on the 2022 Ford Mustang and 2022 Mustang Mach-E. As a reminder, the Ice White package on the Mustang Mach-E includes a stunning Star White Metallic Tri-Coat paint job, carried through to the white pony badges affixed to the front and rear of the vehicle. It also features a set of 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with Oxford White painted pockets, which are exclusive to the Ice White Appearance Package.

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Ice White Appearance Package.

2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E Ice White Appearance Package

As of this writing, details about the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E are few and far between, although we do know that order banks for the electric crossover will open up in August. Additionally, a major overhaul is on the way for the infotainment display screen that will deliver a big change to the system’s user interface, a change that could also be pushed to 2021 and 2022 models. We also know that a new lithium ion phosphate battery is due to be used in the Mustang Mach-E, though it’s more likely to land for the 2024 model year.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Ian

    Looks great. Can’t wait for their lineup to be entirely EVs so that I can come here and read boomers complain about how they don’t know how to work touchscreens.

    1. Gerald

      Boring! Not all Boomers are technology challanged. I own a MME-GT and can operate every feature in the car. I could care less about the name of the car although it is a great marketing strategy. The Dark Hourse package needs to offer something besides cosmetic changes. Improve range would be great.

  2. unavailable

    Too bad you can actually get one if you want it.

  3. Adam

    Looks like a premium with the wheels painted black (you can buy those on ebay). I see the manufacturer plate but if this is all they’re doing, that’s pretty meh.

  4. Walter Thomas

    I think Ford waste so much time with these little packages that are too simple for anyone to notice. It seems as if their designers are bored and have nothing else to do. If you are going to create a black edition package, shouldn’t it be vastly different than purchasing a standard Mach E and getting everything painted black? There should be unique features and designs to make it STAND out. This vehicle does nothing but shows a standard vehicle with black painted wheels and trimmings.

  5. CW

    What color is that?

  6. Joe

    I have a premium and looked into having my wheels powder coated black… that is literally all this is… fairly common actually.

  7. vbondjr1

    Truly not worth the read to be honest. While I’m not totally against EVs, No words of mine could ever convey the utter contempt I have for this abomination. First and foremost, the vehicle (like most Ford vehicles) is hideous both inside and out. The interior is Telsa level appalling and the outside looks like a Tesla Model 3 had ugly hateful sex with a Ford Escape. However, the only mustang like feature it has is the fact that it’s slow! Nearly every performance electric vehicle will out perform this thing and alot of them have a larger aftermarket following than this vehicle, which is supposed to be a “Mustang.” Like nearly everything Ford does, they truly dropped the ball on this vehicle and they dropped it so hard that the aftermarket wont even really attempt to pick it up. Why is their no high performance Roush version of this hideous thing? Why is there no real response from Steeda? Or any of the other mustang boutiques? Why are there no accessable Ford Performance upgrades for this thing as far as suspension and brakes or styling (something this ugly thing definitely needs help with)! The only thing I hate more than this is Tesla but even Tesla has better performance than this thing does and honestly it’s slightly better looking on the outside. This vehicle is goofy and awkward! The inside needs to be drastically redesigned, actually the entire thing really needs to be redone! This vehicle is pathetic!

    1. Ian

      Your first sentence sums up the rest of your comment.

    2. Gerald

      As a MMe owner I disagree with your comment. The only thing Tesla has over this car is battery technology. If Ford would improve the battery they would give Tesla a better run for their money. Ford didn’t design this car for the performance aftermarket crowd. Ford already has a high performance MMe concept cat for racing. As far as design us concerned, Tesla cars look like drones with limited choices for color. The Tesla interior is boring! I suggest you spend time road testing each cat before you trash them. Plus there are other options such as the Audi e-tron, Cadillac Lyric, Ford F-150 Lighting.

    3. Haternot

      Hey the subject here is performance of a car. Not a white dude’s junk.

  8. Ford500guy

    Talks like a “non boomer with diarrhea of the mouth”….


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