You can reserve your Mach-E for a nominal deposit amount, but there’s a catch

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E marks many firsts for the Blue Oval moving into the electrified era. For some reason, Ford decided to attach the Mustang’s legacy to this crossover, thus making it the first Mustang-inspired SUV. It also happens to be the first production-bound all-wheel-drive Mustang. Now that the electric crossover is finally here, Ford has started accepting orders for it. You can reserve your Mach-E by paying a deposit of $500. However, you don’t have all the models available right from launch. So, should you wait until 2021 when all the trims arrive, or is time to put down your money right away and make a reservation? Well, that depends on what you want.

The Ford Mach-E Lineup Seems To Cover All The Bases

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The 2020 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be available in five different trims:

  • Select
  • California Route 1
  • Premium
  • GT Performance
  • First Edition
All the trims come with 29 cubic-feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, 59.6 with the rear seats laid down, and 4.8 cubic-feet of space in the frunk.

Although Ford claims a maximum range of 300 miles on the Mustang Mach-E, the actually available range differs from trim to trim and drive configuration.

Ford Mach-E Range Comparison
Trim Battery Type Drive Type Range
Select Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 230 Miles
Select Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 210 Miles
California Route 1 Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 300 Miles
Premium Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 230 Miles
Premium Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 210 Miles
Premium Extended Range Rear-Wheel Drive 300 Miles
Premium Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 270 Miles
First Edition Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 270 Miles
GT Performance Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 250 Miles
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The company will also be offering the crossover with two battery packs – a 75.7-kWh battery pack, and an extended-range 98.8-kWh battery pack. The Premium trim will be offered with both the battery packs in both drive configurations so you can have your pick. The entry-level Select trim will only be offered with the smaller battery pack, while the First Edition and GT Performance, on the other hand, will be available only in Extended Range, All-Wheel-Drive setup.

If you have been following the news closely, you can see a lot of people complain about the Mach-E’s range being on the shorter side. However, I think Ford has got it spot on. When you compare it to other EVs in a similar price bracket, the Kia Niro EV comes with a range of 239 miles on a full charge, whereas the Jaguar I-Pace boasts a range of 234 miles. Even the Tesla Model Y is expected to offer around 300 miles with its biggest battery pack.

These Are The Two Models You Can Purchase in 2020

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The First Edition and Premium trims of the Mustang Mach-E will be the only models available at launch in 2020.

They will be offered with features and specs like:

  • 270-mile range on Extended Range battery pack
  • 0-60 mph in mid-five seconds
  • All-wheel-drive as standard
  • 332 horsepower (Premium Extended)
  • 225 horsepower (Premium Standard)
  • 417 pound-feet of torque

The First Edition has bespoke features that include:

  • ‘First Edition’ marked scuff plates
  • Contrast stitching on seats
  • Brushed aluminum pedals
  • Red brake calipers
  • Offered in three colors, including an exclusive Grabber Blue Metallic
  • Priced at $59,900
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In the case of the Premium trim, things are bound to get tricky (and pricey!) when you will have to choose between power and range. It will be offered with the following specs and features:

  • 230 miles on Standard Range with Rear-Wheel-Drive
  • 210 miles on Standard Range with All-Wheel-Drive
  • 300 miles on Extended Range with Rear-Wheel-Drive
  • 270 miles on Extended Range with All-Wheel-Drive
  • 255 Horsepower on Standard Range trims
  • 282 Horsepower on Extended Range with Rear-Wheel-Drive
  • 332 Horsepower on Extended Range with All-Wheel-Drive
  • 306 Pound-feet of torque on rear-wheel-drive models (both battery packs)
  • 417 Pound-feet of torque on all-wheel-drive models (both battery packs)
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Surround-view camera
  • Starting Price of $50,600
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If you opt with the standard range pack, you’ll have to shell out $2,700 extra for the all-wheel-drive setup. If you choose to go for an extended-range model with rear-wheel drive, you’ll pay out another $5,000. However, the extended range pack with all-wheel drive will make you lighter by $7,700.

Is It Worth Waiting Over A Year For The Rest Of The Trims?

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At the time of launch, only the First Edition and Premium will be sold. In fact, only these two trims will be available all throughout 2020 as well.

The other three trims will be offered starting sometime in 2021.

The First Edition fits the bill well for anyone that wants something a little more exclusive. Then there’s the Premium trim that can be purchased in any permutation and combination. There are enough choices to fill the need of most consumers. The other three trims that will come in later are Select, California Route 1, and GT Performance. Here’s how the company has spec’d them:

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Select:

  • Available only with Standard Range battery pack
  • 230-mile range on rear-wheel-drive configuration
  • 210-mile range on all-wheel-drive setup
  • 0-60 mph in mid-five seconds
  • 255 horsepower in both drive types
  • 306 pound-feet of torque in rear-wheel-drive setup
  • 417 pound-feet of torque in all-wheel-drive setup
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Starting price of $43,895 (estimated)
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California Route 1:

  • Available only with the all-wheel-drive setup and the Extended Range battery pack
  • 300-mile range
  • 282 horsepower
  • 306 pound-feet of torque
  • 0-60 mph in mid-six seconds - the slowest of the lot
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Standard GT/ GT Performance:

  • It will be offered in two versions
  • Available only with the all-wheel-drive setup and the Extended Range battery pack
  • 250-mile range
  • 459 horsepower
  • 612 pound-feet of torque
  • 0-60 mph in under four seconds
  • Brembo’s new Flexira aluminum calipers
  • MagneRide adaptive damping
Ford Mach-E Performance
Battery Type Drive Type Performance Horsepower and torque
Select Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 306 LB-FT
Select Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 417 LB-FT
Premium Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 306 LB-FT
Premium Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 255 HP / 417 LB-FT
Premium Extended Range Rear-Wheel Drive 282 HP / 306 LB-FT
Premium Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 332 HP / 417 LB-FT
First Edition Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 332 HP / 417 LB-FT
California Route 1 Extended Range Rear-Wheel Drive 282 HP / 306 LB-FT
GT Performance Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 459 HP / 612 LB-FT

Ford’s Sorted On The Charging Front As Well

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Ford is promising access to 75 percent of the EV charging infrastructure through the FordPass Charging Network.

That’s roughly 12,500 charging stations all across the country. For the payment options here, the Blue Oval has pulled a page out of Tesla’s book. Instead of paying upfront, the amount will be deducted from your FordPass account. The network enables charging up to 150 kilowatts that can add 47 miles to the range in as little as 10 minutes on the rear-wheel-drive models. The extended range, on the other hand, can be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 38 minutes.

To charge the Mach-E at home, Ford offers a Connected Charging station with a 240-volt line that can add 32 miles of range per hour. Ford also offers a mobile charger, which adds merely three miles to the range every hour when plugged into a 120-volt outlet.

Ford Mach-E Range Comparison
Trim Battery Type Drive Type Range
Select Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 230 Miles
Select Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 210 Miles
California Route 1 Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 300 Miles
Premium Standard Range Rear-Wheel Drive 230 Miles
Premium Standard Range All-Wheel Drive 210 Miles
Premium Extended Range Rear-Wheel Drive 300 Miles
Premium Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 270 Miles
First Edition Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 270 Miles
GT Performance Extended Range All-Wheel Drive 250 Miles

Final Thoughts

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Ford is one of few late entrants to the market to have a successful-looking EV product in its portfolio today. The company was on the receiving end of a lot of criticism, but this product will most likely put an end to all of it. The Mustang Mach-E is an all-round package, at least from the initial impressions. It has the Mustang DNA that’s reflected in the looks, decent range, and it’s also loaded to the gill in terms of features; at least on the top trims.

Performance specs seem to be average on paper, but we will hold our reservations until the car is actually out there in the real world.

The prices mentioned do not include destination charges. The best part about the Mustang Mach-E is that it is eligible for the federal government’s $7,500 credit. So, this should also lure buyers before the cap is taken off. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is expected to start rolling out of showrooms in 2020. Do you think the Mustang Mach-E will be a runaway success? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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