Update: ‘Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally’ section added and ‘Sales’ section updated.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Blue Oval’s staple EV in the U.S., is expected to receive its 2024 model year update in the following weeks, with production kicking off in the final quarter. We’re expecting the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E to have improvements/updates across the board. Here’s our preview of the future model year of the electric Mustang SUV. Please be aware that the information and some images provided in this article correspond to the current model year, and as new details emerge, this page will be revised.
Design & Features
Introduced as a 2021 model in November 2019, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is nearly four years old. In the case of a normal, gas-powered SUV, Ford would’ve planned a facelift. However, the Mustang Mach-E still looks quite appealing and customers continue to find it desirable. Moreover, there haven’t been any test mule sightings yet either, which usually precede a partial redesign.
At this point, we can only assume the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E will be a carryover model from the design perspective, although it may come with new color options and styling packages. The standard equipment included in the carried-over trims, expected to be Select, California Route 1, Premium, and GT, could differ from the outgoing model. Customers specifying the GT trim will likely be able to specify the Performance Edition package optionally.
With Ford continuously improving its BlueCruise 1.2 hands-free driving technology, the 2024 Mustang Mach-E could ship with some enhanced and additional functions. On May 2, 2023, the company added the capability to make hands-free lane changes when the driver taps the turn signal in the outgoing model’s BlueCruise 1.2. Even the SYNC 4A touchscreen infotainment system in the new model could debut new and improved functions.
On the wishlist
Owners and fans are expressing their desire for a few changes in the Mustang Mach-E with the upcoming model year. We’ve seen existing and potential customers talking about various revisions online. Front seat ventilation is one of the commonly discussed features for the 2024 model year. Also on the wishlist is Active Park Assist 2.0, a system that automates parking and was previously available in the Mustang Mach-E before the semiconductor chip shortage impacted production.
Ford needs to improve the charging aspect of the Mustang Mach-E, as a peak power of 150 kW falls short of today’s standards. The Mustang Mach-E takes 33 minutes for a 10-80% fast-charging session. Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 and Kia’s EV6 can be fast-charged quicker, as they can accept direct current at much higher rates. Customers wish to get more security and safety as well, with a feature similar to Tesla’s Sentry mode and a higher-resolution backup camera.
The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E may have the same specifications as the outgoing model for the most part. The latter received major changes in these areas on May 2, 2023.
The SR RWD and SR AWD power-electric configurations gained a 72 kWh Li-Ion LFP battery pack as a replacement for the previous 70 kWh Li-Ion NMC battery pack. Moreover, the power and torque outputs of the SR AWD configuration’s dual-motor powertrain changed from 266 hp and 428 lb.-ft. to 311 hp and 427 lb.-ft., respectively.
In a July 2022 announcement, Ford indicated that it will use CATL’s module-less LFP battery pack(s), saying that its EV architecture flexibility allows efficiently incorporating the Chinese battery maker’s prismatic LFP cell-to-pack (CTP) technology. It may use CATL’s battery pack(s) with ‘Qilin,’ the third generation of its CTP technology announced on June 23, 2022.
CTP 3.0 battery, or Qilin, supports two cell chemistries: nickel cobalt manganese (NCM) and lithium iron phosphate (LFP). CATL says that this technology can increase the energy density to 255 Wh/kg for ternary (lithium-ion) battery systems and 160 Wh/kg for LFP battery systems. In the same pack size and chemistry, it can deliver 13% more power than the 4680 battery. CATL is expecting to start mass-producing batteries with this new technology by the end of 2023.
Following the May 2023 revisions, Ford expects the Mustang Mach-E to travel 3 miles longer (250 miles) in the SR RWD configuration and 2 miles longer (226 miles) in the SR AWD configuration. EPA is yet to confirm these targeted range improvements.
The SR RWD variant has become slower following the battery pack swap, with a 0-60 mph sprint taking 6.3 seconds instead of 5.8 seconds previously. The SR AWD variant can do the same in 5.1 seconds, which is an improvement of 0.1 seconds. Both variants have become 291 lbs. heavier, tipping the scale at 4,609 lbs. and 4,789 lbs., respectively Below is what the power-electric variant line-up along with the trims looks like now:
|Mustang Mach-E Configuration||Battery||Range||Power||Torque||0-60 mph|
|Select SR RWD||72 kWh LFP||250 mi (Targeted)||266 hp||317 lb.-ft.||6.3 s|
|Select SR AWD||72 kWh LFP||226 mi (Targeted)||311 hp||427 lb.-ft.||5.1 s|
|Premium SR RWD||72 kWh LFP||250 mi (Targeted)||266 hp||317 lb.-ft.||6.3 s|
|Premium SR AWD||72 kWh LFP||226 mi (Targeted)||311 hp||427 lb.-ft.||5.1 s|
|Premium ER RWD||91 kWh NMC||310 mi||290 hp||317 lb.-ft.||6.1 s|
|Premium ER AWD||91 kWh NMC||290 mi||346 hp||428 lb.-ft.||4.8 s|
|California Route 1 ER AWD||91 kWh NMC||312 mi||346 hp||428 lb.-ft.||4.8 s|
|GT ER AWD||91 kWh NMC||270 mi||480 hp||600 lb.-ft.||3.8 s|
|GT Performance ER AWD||91 kWh NMC||260 mi||480 hp||634 lb.-ft.||3.5 s|
During the 2022 model year, Ford improved the Mustang Mach-E’s DC fast-charging by raising the charging level for high power (which it stops accepting at 80% SoC). macheforum.com member Cherlin’s 2021 Mustang Mach-E received a ’21P22′ software update, after which it fast-charges beyond 80% SoC, up to 90% SoC. A picture posted on the forum shows the 2021 Mustang Mach-E charging at 45 kW when the charging level is 85%.
With the May 2023 update, Ford reduced the DC fast-charging time of the Standard Range variants (SR RWD and SR AWD) by 5 minutes to 33 minutes. We expect the company to make DC fast-charging even quicker in the Extended Range variants (ER RWD and ER AWD) with the 2024 model year update. The 2024 Mustang Mach-E may have efficiency-related revisions for a marginally better range as well.
Donna Dickson, who took over Ron Heiser’s Mustang Mach-E Chief Engineer position at Ford in 2021, talked about the range and various other aspects of the EV with YouTube channel Munro Live in August 2021. She suggested that the Mustang Mach-E will see range improvements with every model year update, not just ’22.
We have actions planned. It’s year-over-year improvement. So, we’ll go and get additional range improvements, actions coming in for ’22, we have more coming in for ’23, and more coming in for ’24.Donna Dickson, Mustang Mach-E Chief Engineer, Ford
The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E could be announced in a short while, with production and deliveries starting in Q4 2023 (October-December 2023). We expect this based on a production schedule document BBL Fleet has published, according to which the production of the outgoing model will end on October 1, 2023.
Prices of the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E in the U.S. may start at around USD 43,500. The outgoing model received price cuts of up to USD 4,000 on May 2, 2023, which you can check out in the table below:
Like the 2023 Mustang Mach-E, the 2024 Mustang Mach-E should be eligible for USD 3,750 in federal tax credit under America’s Clean Vehicle Credit program.
Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally
Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally, a rally-inspired version seemingly derived from the GT trim, has been confirmed for launch in early 2024. We expect it to be a part of the MY2024 line-up.
The Rally trim features a distinctive faux grille with integrated fog lamps and a cut-out on the top similar to the GT trim, sporty bumpers similar to the GT trim, two racing stripes, 19-inch exclusive rally-style wheels in a gloss white finish, 235/55 R19 Michelin CrossClimate2 tires, and a prominent rear spoiler. It has a protective film on the door cladding and wheel arches to protect the paint from debris chipping of the paint. The special tires offer the Rally trim more sidewall and loose surface grip than the GT trim.
Inside, Ford has equipped the Mustang Mach-E Rally with bolstered performance seats featuring white seatbacks and “Mach-E Rally” branding debossed into the seating surface. Gloss white accents on the dashboard and the lower spokes of the steering wheel and contrasting stitching in the same color on the doors further specialize the distinctive dual-tone theme.
Powering the Mustang Mach-E Rally is a dual-motor powertrain, for which Ford is targeting at least 658 lb.-ft. of torque and 480 horsepower. The company has equipped the rally-inspired EV with differently-tuned springs and MagneRide shocks. A 20 mm higher ground clearance (compared to the Mustang Mach-E GT) makes the Mustang Mach-E Rally more capable off the road. Underbody protection saves the motors from being damaged by gravel and other things that could damage them when struck with force during off-road driving.
An exclusive RallySport Drive Mode, designed for off-road driving, adapts the Mustang Mach-E Rally’s electronic control systems to let the driver have more fun. This means bigger slides, more aggressive damping for better handling in loose corners, and a linear throttle response for better control. Customers don’t necessarily need to be off-road hooligans to appreciate the Mustang Mach-E Rally. Customers living in places where winters are extreme and heavy snowing is common, such as those in Alaska, will find the Mustang Mach-E’s Rally trim suitable.
The dual-motor powertrain gets its juice from the familiar 91 kWh battery pack. Charging from 10 to 80% level using a DC fast-charger takes approximately 36 and a half minutes. Ford is targeting an EPA-est. range of 250 miles, and we’ll get the confirmed figure closer to the launch. The company plans to price it at around USD 65,000.
Ford manufactures the Mustang Mach-E at the Cuautitlán Stamping and Assembly Plant (Mexico) since 2020. In 2022, the company increased Mustang Mach-E production to 77,959 units. Ford built 57,849 units of the Mustang Mach-E at its Mexican factory between January and July 2023.
On April 19, 2023, the Mustang Mach-E was available in 39 countries, and compared to 22 in its first year, that was a great improvement. Since 2021, production of the Mustang Mach-E takes place in China as well, at the Changan Ford joint venture company’s factory in Chongqing.
Though the Mustang Mach-E is one of the best-selling electric vehicles in the U.S., Ford has some way to go before it can catch Tesla. The Mustang Mach-E ranks second in sales in the pure-electric SUV segment in the U.S., with the Tesla Model Y taking the top spot. In 2022, Ford Mach-E U.S. sales grew by 45.4% year-over-year to 39,458 units (2021: 27,140 units).
In 2023, the Mustang Mach-E’s popularity in the U.S. is on a decline, and some of that impact could be attributed to Tesla slashing the Model Y’S prices. Ford sold just 23,010 units between January and August 2023, 10.7% lesser than in the same months in 2022 (January-August 2023 sales: 25,765 units). It would hope to turn things around with the MY2024 Mustang, sporting all-around improvements.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is one of the best electric SUVs from a mainstream brand on the American market, offering performance that can match a Tesla, a spacious interior, familiar and intuitive controls for comfort and connectivity features, and a decent range that makes it usable for road trips. The MY2024 update should be aimed at making it more enticing for electric SUV customers.
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E FAQs
What is the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E release date?
The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E will arrive at dealerships in the U.S. towards the end of the year.
What will be the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E price?
The base 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E could be priced at around USD 43,500.
Featured Image Source: Ford