Ford’s first true attempt at an electric car (excluding the 90s Ranger EV and 2011 Focus Electric) has made its official debut: the 2021 Mustang Mach-E.

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Let’s begin by addressing the elephant in the room: the name. No, the Mach-E is not a direct replacement for the revered V8 coupe we know and love – instead, it’s a seperate, performance-focused model intended to capitalise on the brand cachet associated with the Mustang nameplate.

Riding on an all-new, electric-only platform, the Mach-E measures in at 4724mm long, 1880mm wide and 1600mm high with a 2972mm wheelbase, putting it in direct competition with mid-size electric SUVs the likes of the Tesla Model Y, Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz EQC and the Audi e-tron.

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Above: Mach-E GT pictured

While a mid-size electric SUV may not scream Mustang, Ford has attempted to channel the iconic pony car in the Mach-E’s styling. Its eight-sided faux grille, slim LED headlights, muscular rear haunches are trademark Mustang design cues, while the top of the roofline has been blacked out to create a true two-door-like look.

On to the juicy bits, two sizes of battery will be offered – Standard Range and Extended Range – with a choice of rear- or all-wheel-drive. Full specifications for all five trim levels are below.

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Three horse-themed driving modes will be available, named Whisper, Engage and Unbridled, which alter steering response, interior ambient lighting and gauge cluster layouts. The top-spec GT Perfomance Edition will be equipped with MagneRide adaptive dampers as standard.

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Inside, the dashboard is dominated by a 15.5-inch portrait central touchscreen, running the next generation of Ford’s SYNC infotainment system that adapts to the driver’s behaviour over time and to provide personalised navigation or feature recommendations.

The infotainment system also supports over-the-air software updates, in a similar vein to rival Tesla’s model lineup.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E goes on sale in the US next year. An Australian introduction is currently off the cards.

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