Jason Castriota, who is now Ford’s head of design but in another life styled the Ferrari 599 GTB, talks about deploying the company’s ‘family jewels’ for the Mach-E. The jewels in question are the Mustang’s hallmark aesthetic cues, which go back decades and aren’t trifled with lightly: tri-bar tail-lights, the long, high bonnet, muscular rear haunches, a cab-rear stance and the angry headlight ‘brow’.
All can be found on this electric crossover, which also uses gloss black surfacing for the roof and lower body to trick the eye into seeing coupé lines on what is actually quite a large, tall car. All in, it’s an impressively faithful interpretation of the Mustang design DNA, whether or not you feel it should have been attempted in the first place.
The Mach-E sits on what’s known as the Global Electrified 1 platform – essentially a heavily modified version of the C2 platform Ford slides beneath the Focus and Kuga. It gives the car a footprint between that of the Polestar 2 and the Mercedes- Benz EQC, although closer to the latter, which the Mach-E actually outstretches in terms of wheelbase and matches to the millimetre for height. As for weight, at 2010kg, the Mach-E is among the lighter electric cars of this size, which is perhaps why the Extended Range version here totes 379 miles of WLTP range – 19 miles more than even the Tesla Model 3 in Long Range guise.
That’s made possible by the car’s 99kWh lithium ion battery pack, which lies across the floorpan of the car. A lighter, less expensive 76kWh battery is also offered, which drops the claimed range to 273 miles. Other than the battery, the only other layout decision for owners is whether to stick with the single rear- mounted electric motor (as is the case for our test car) or have another on the front axle and give the Mach-E performance-enhancing all-wheel drive. With AWD and the bigger battery, the Mach-E makes 346bhp, although this falls to 290bhp when you subtract the front motor.