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    With a heritage built upon raw torque and asphalt trails, the Ford Mustang takes a completely new form as it rides the electric wave. Titled the Mach-E, Ford’s new model will be equipped with a 100% electric engine, which is a complete 180 on its American motoring culture that takes pride in its loud engine growls. If this vehicle performs the way it promises, high-performance muscle car fans who were hesitant about transitioning to electric will have a reason to try this type of power train.

    According to Ford, the “Mustang Mach-E GT Performance edition brings the thrills Mustang is famous for.” The performance variant generates 459-hp and can accelerate from 0 to 60-mph in about 3.5 seconds. The estimated range of a model powered by long-range battery measures in at about 300 miles.

    The model is equipped with connected tech and is expected to get better over time thanks to future over-the-air software updates. The SYNC communications and entertainment system will make its debut in the Mach-E, bringing the cockpit a 15.5-inch touchscreen display on which various infotainment and vehicle operation controls are located.

    Image: Courtesy Ford

    While the electric SUV market is slowly getting more saturated because this model dons the Mustang name and the specs that accompany it, its closest competitors are the other premium and luxury models that are leading — or are expected to lead — the market including Tesla’s Model X, Jaguar’s I-Pace, and Audi’s E-Tron.

    Tesla, thus far, produces the electric SUV with the longest range at 328 miles, though the Mach-E is not far behind. Compared with the I-Pace and E-Tron which both offer ranges below 240 miles, the Ford version is the best Tesla alternative.

    In terms of power, once again, the Model X leads the pack by being able to accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 2.7 seconds. Jaguar’s takes 4.5 seconds and Audi’s takes a whopping 5.5 seconds. Compared to the competition, Ford’s rendition of the electric SUV is definitely Tesla’s closest competitor.

    The Mustang Mach-E is slated to go on sale in late 2020 and will be available with either a standard or long-range battery and rear or all-wheel drives. Additionally, the model will be available as a performance GT variant. Interested customers can make a US$500 (Rs 35,000 approx.) deposit to reserve the car. Deliveries will start in spring of 2021.

    This article was published via AFP Relaxnews.