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The Ford Mustang Mach-E Originally Looked “Like a Prius” According to CEO Jim Farley

Introduced back in 2019, then launched into production in 2020 for the 2021 model year, the Mustang Mach-E is pretty divisive. On the one hand, pony car enthusiasts can’t imagine a Mustang in the guise of an SUV. But on the other hand, the Ford Motor Company had to ruffle some feathers by grafting Mustang-like styling cues to increase the crossover’s appeal. The Mustang-inspired flair also enables FoMoCo to charge a pretty penny despite the heavily modified platform sourced from the Escape crossover.
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Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, chief executive officer Jim Farley revealed that America’s second-largest automaker had a different styling direction prepared for the Mustang Mach-E before it was renamed Mustang Mach-E. Back in 2017 when Farley returned to Dearborn from his European stint, he discovered a rather dull prototype. “It looks like a Prius, that’s a joke,” he recalled. Given this feedback, the all-electric sport utility vehicle had to be redesigned, pushing the launch date by several months.

Can you imagine this highly successful EV looking like a Toyota Prius on stilts? It certainly wouldn’t have sold as well as the Mustang Mach-E we have today. Subtlety isn’t a cherished attribute in the automotive industry of today, which is riddled with extremely questionable styling decisions that many peeps find interesting. Take, for instance, those nasty-looking fake exhaust outlets on vehicles from the Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz.

Produced in both Mexico and China, the Mustang Mach-E for the 2022 model year “is no longer available for retail order” in North America. Ford mentions that “limited inventory may be available at selected dealers,” yet finding a dealer that sells at MSRP is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Similar to the 2021 model, the 2022 can be had with rear- or all-wheel drive. Standard- and extended-range batteries are offered, and customers who expect their Mustang Mach-E to perform like a Mustang are presented with the GT Performance. A word of warning, though: maximum power is available for merely five seconds at a time, which rules out drag racing.

 
 
 
 
 

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