Clark Griswold is back to celebrate Christmas, but with a twist this time

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Remember the famous Christmas lights scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Well, the Griswolds are back after two decades to reprise that scene, with the only change being the addition of a Ford Mustang Mach-E this time. Ford has roped in Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo to play Clark Griswold and Ellen from the Christmas-themed movie. Does Griswold manage to have a drama-free Christmas this time at least?

The scene starts with the familiar reenactment where the house doesn’t light up with the twinkle lights. But, unlike a power shortage to the whole city, this time there’s a twist. Clark’s wife, Elle, unplugs their Mustang Mach-E and the lights come on, but obviously, this electric SUV steals the limelight. Well, at least Ford is trying to end this topsy-turvy year on a happy “electri-vacation” note.

Here’s What The Stars Had To Say

The Ford Mach-E Saves Christmas for the Griswolds
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“It’s great to be back for another Christmas with my on-screen family and its rotating assortment of kids – and I have Ford and Mustang Mach-E to thank for paying me to do it. I suppose you’re expecting some sort of riff on electric cars, but I can say with 85% certainty that this thing probably won’t cause any blackouts in your neighborhood when you plug it in,” said Chase, as reported by TorqueNews.com.

“My favorite side kick role is playing Ellen Griswold to Chevy’s Clark, my one and only Sparky,” Beverly D’Angelo said. “But this year, the brightest spark is the Mustang Mach-E in the driveway! Please don’t tell him I said that. I’m already in trouble for bringing a different set of kids every time we go on a vacation.”

Ford Mustang Mach-E

The Ford Mach-E Saves Christmas for the Griswolds
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The Mustang moniker blasphemy aside, the Mach-E is a pretty good attempt by Ford and feels like a wholesome package. Earlier this month, the company shed light on the much-anticipated GT Performance Edition of the electric SUV.

It happens to be quicker than all the Mustang models except for the GT500. The two-motor setup generated 480 ponies and 634 pound-feet of torque, combined. This allows the Mustang Mach-E to sprint to 60 mph from rest in 3.5 seconds flat, just two-tenths of a second slower than the Mustang GT500. The Performance Edition is expected to hit the dealerships in the summer of 2021.

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
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