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Ford’s first electric car is coming to South Africa – What to expect

The battery-powered Ford Mustang Mach-E is on its way to South Africa and is penned in to arrive in 2025.

The electric vehicle (EV) was the first of its kind to be mass-manufactured by the Blue Oval and made its debut all the way back in 2019 with sales starting in 2020.

While the decision to adopt the Mustang name on an electric crossover was met with general disdain, the car itself has conversely been rather well received in the regions where it has since gone on sale, which includes the Americas, Australia, China, Europe, and the UK.

As it stands, the local Mustang Mach-E range is yet to be confirmed. Globally it is available in Select, Premium, and GT specification and performance levels, with South Africa bound to get at least one of these models.

What to expect

The Australian market generally gives a good indication as to what we can expect for South Africa, and in this country, the Mach-E is available in all three of its global specification grades.

The Select, Premium, and GT are not only separated by name, but also by style, equipment, and, importantly, performance.

The key statistics of the EV’s various powertrains, as sold Down Under, are detailed in the following table:

Specification Select Premium GT
Power 198kW/430Nm 216kW/430Nm 358kW/860Nm
0-100km/h 6.1 seconds 5.1 seconds 3.7 seconds
Top speed 180km/h 180km/h 200km/h
Drivetrain RWD RWD AWD
Battery size 72kWh 91kWh 91kWh
Driving range 470km 600km 490km
150kW DC charging (10-80%) 32 minutes 45 minutes 45 minutes

Being on the upper end of Ford’s portfolio, the Mach-E in every interpretation is fairly luxurious, too.

Every version of the EV comes with an active grille for optimal aerodynamics, automatic LED lights and wipers, smart entry and keyless start, bi-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, heated and electric front seats wrapped in black or grey Sensico Artificial Leather, a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker B&O sound system, a wireless charger, a 10.2-inch digital driver’s display, and a large 15.5-inch central touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Of course, the modern-age Ford has plenty of equally cutting-edge assistance features to take the load off the driver.

These take the form of pre-collision assist with autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping aid and departure warning, evasive steer assist, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with lane centering, speed sign recognition, and enhanced active park assist.

The range-topping GT also comes with MagneRide adaptive suspension and Brembo brakes, the high-octane Untame Plus drive mode, as well as a model-exclusive grille, metal-finish scuff plates, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

It’s worth mentioning once more that these specifications may not be the same as what we will be getting in South Africa, and a lot could change by the time 2025 rolls around considering it would be around the time the vehicle is due for its mid-cycle update.

As such, the local pricing, line-up, and equipment of the Mustang Mach-E will be revealed closer to its launch date.


Ford Mustang Mach-E


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