It actually looks like a Mustang!

Ford’s upcoming all-electric and Mustang-inspired SUV was caught testing in the wild with a production body. The crossover is wrapped in camouflage from bumper to bumper, but the details show through the wrap, so it’s our best look at this vehicle yet. The Ford Mach-E, as it’s expected to be called, will make its official debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, most likely in pre-production form.

The 2021 Ford Mach-E Actually Looks Like a Mustang

These images give us a good look at the Mach-E's design and it's pretty obvious that it's inspired by the Mustang.

Okay, it’s not a Mustang on stilts, but it features design cues that seem either borrowed from or based on the sixth-generation Mustang.

Up front, the grille is the main design feature that reminds of the Mustang. Granted, the hexagonal grille is common for other Ford models as well, but the Mach-E’s has a more angular and aggressive design than the Focus for example. The headlamps seem based on the Mustang as well, although they’re notably thinner and sharper at the corners. The bumper is unique to this model and looks rather utilitarian, but the muscular front hood makes up for that.

The profile is very SUV-specific, but it’s sportier than the usual hauler. The rear fenders are impressively muscular and the beltline that runs through the doors is pretty aggressive as well. Another muscular character line defines the upper section of the side skirts and creates a cool scalloped area at the bottom of the doors. The roof is sporty as well, featuring a coupe-style rear section.

I'd say that the Mach-E is a perfect competitor for the Tesla Model Y as far as design goes.

The rear end sports even more Mustang-inspired features, starting with the taillights. Just like on the muscle car, they’re made from three vertical light bars, almost identical to the Mustang’s tri-bar setup. The big difference is that the lights are fitted in a horizontal carve into the body that extends into the tailgate. It somehow mimics traditional horizontal lights to keep things familiar for SUV customers.

The license plate recess is mounted in the bumper, just below the tailgate, a placement that’s also similar to the Mustang. The bumper itself is also similar, save for the missing diffuser and exhaust pipes. Ford will probably introduce a higher performance version with a diffuser-like element later on. A roof spoiler rounds off the coupe-style upper section of the rear end.

The 2021 Ford Mach-E debuts at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
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The Mach-E's debut is just around the corner, as Ford has already confirmed that it will debut officially at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The all-electric SUV will break cover on November 17 and you’ll be able to place online reservations that same day. However, the Mach-E we will see in Los Angeles might not be the final production model. Ford will probably introduce a pre-production version to give us a taste of the final design. This also means that output and efficiency figures will be rough estimates. The actual numbers will probably roll out sometime in 2020, before the final production model arrives at an important auto show or event.

What do we know about the Ford Mach-E?

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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The Mach-E will have a two-motor layout and a 300-mile range

While the name is not yet official, we do know a few things about this electric crossover. Arguably the most important piece of information is that

Ford aims for a range of up to 300 miles.

Such a rating will make it among the most efficient vehicles in this class, which includes the Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC, and put it on par with the range-topping version of the Tesla Model Y. Ford will probably offer at least two variants of the Mach-E, with only the most expensive version capable to run for 300 miles on a single charge.

Performance specs are still a mystery as of this writing, but I’m pretty sure that the Mach-E will have a two-motor layout. This is already an industry standard for electric SUVs, so expect this EV to have a motor for each axle. The Mach-E should deliver around 400 horsepower in base form, an output that would put it on par with most vehicles from this market. But it’s not out of the question to see an affordable model with just one motor and less output. At the same time, Ford will probably roll out a beefed-up version with more than 500 horsepower to go against wilder EVs built by Tesla.

Ciprian Florea
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