Ford Mustang Mach-E confirmed for Australia
Ford has finally fessed up – the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is coming to Australia and will arrive in local showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year.
Official confirmation of the ground-breaking electric fastback SUV’s Aussie release has been a long time coming, following its world debut at the 2019 Los Angeles motor show, where the Mach-E’s chief engineer told carsales it would most definitely be sold in Australia.
Unexpectedly high demand in the US and Europe has prevented Ford Australia from locking in a local launch for the high-riding fastback wagon since then, despite its subsequent release in the right-hand drive UK and New Zealand markets and Ford’s Australian trademark application for the Mach-E name.
Now, however, Ford Australia has finally confirmed the Mustang Mach-E will arrive here before the year’s out, just as carsales sources said it would in August last year, and it will come with all of the upgrades Ford announced for the European market last September.
Three versions of the battery-powered mid-size SUV will be offered here from launch – Select, Premium and GT – but pricing and specification details for the three-grade line-up won’t be released until later in the year.
Powering the base model will be a single 198kW/430Nm electric motor – mounted to the rear axle – drawing current from a 71kWh lithium-ion battery pack offering a targeted driving range of up to 470km, pending local homologation.
Stepping up to the Premium will add more standard equipment as well as a bigger 91kWh battery and a more powerful motor (216kW/430Nm), upping the effective range to about 600km.
Every Mach-E will feature a 15.5-inch SYNC4 infotainment screen, a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless phone charging, 10-speaker B&O sound system and a panoramic sunroof as standard.
“We are thrilled to bring the Mustang Mach-E to Australia,” Ford Australia and New Zealand president and CEO Andrew Birkic said.
“It’s an exciting time for electric vehicles in Australia, and Mach-E gives us the chance to do what Mustang has done best for decades – put a smile on customer’s faces.