Yes, the Mustang inspired Ford all-electric Mach-E SUV will come to India in 2021. It will however be expensive on account of being a CBU, although it will enjoy GST benefits on EVs.
Ford debut the Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV at the LA Motor Show a few days ago. Now we have come to know that Ford will be launching the Mustang Mach-E in India by 2021. The Ford Mustang Mach-E will come to India via the CBU route and thus it will definitely be an expensive EV. However, it will also enjoy some benefits from the lower GST rate for EVs.
As Ford rightly claims, you can spot several design elements that connects the Mach-E to the original muscle car. Look at the head lamps and the tail lamps for instance, the badge and also several lines along the body of the car – they all scream Mustang. Murat Gueler, Ford’s European design chief said: “The approach was to put this car in a unique spot: only Ford can do Mustang. In the next few years there will be hundreds of EV nameplates, but with Mustang we can load up with emotion and drama.”
The Mach-E is even more radical on the interiors. It features a huge 15.5-inch Tesla-style vertically mounted touchscreen which has a rotary dial fixed onto it using special glue. Most of the car functions are controlled via the screen and it uses Ford’s latest Sync 4 operating system that can also accept over-the-air updates. The driver also gets a 10.2 inch digital instrument cluster and the only physical buttons in the car are the few on the steering wheel.
The Mach-E sits on a new platform for EVs, called the Global Electrified 2, or GE2. It is an extensively reworked version of the C2 architecture that is used in the latest Focus as well. The designers of the car have even designed the platform’s dimensions keeping in mind the wheelbase and extended bonnet, which was considered an iconic Mustang design feature.
The Mustang Mach-E will come with two battery pack sizes and three power outputs. The base version gets a single motor driving the rear wheels, with either a 75kWh battery and 258hp motor or a 99kWh battery and 289hp motor; both produce 416Nm. It has a claimed 0-100kph time of under 8.0sec and a WLTP range of around 450km and 595km, respectively.
Then there’s the twin-motor, all-wheel-drive version which is offered with either a 75kWh battery and 258hp or a 99kWh and 337hp; both versions provide 582Nm. It has a sub-7.0sec 0-100kph time, with estimated ranges of 419km and 540km, respectively. Charging is available through an AC home charger or via DC fast chargers at up to 150kW. All models having a limited top speed of 179kph.
It is however unclear as to which battery pack will make it to India. Of course there’s still some time before Ford brings the Mustang mach-E to India and by then, we will also have two other all-electric premium SUVs already on sale in India – the Audi e-Tron which will go on sale early next year and the Jaguar I-Pace which is scheduled for a launch in late 2020.