Update: ‘Price’ and ‘Sales’ sections updated and ‘TopElectricSUV says’ section added.
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is now available to order in the U.S. 2023 is the third model year for the Mustang Mach-E, which is Ford’s first dedicated electric vehicle. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 Mach-E:
Design & Features
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is available in Select, California Route 1, Premium, and GT trims. Like in the previous model, GT trim customers can specify a GT Performance Package for additional performance. While there is no change to the trim structure from the previous model, the California Route 1 is an AWD-only trim. In the 2022 model, the California Route 1 trim was available in RWD as well.
The 2023 Mustang Mach-E has no design changes. However, it is available in a new Nite Pony Package that modifies the styling. The USD 800 option replaces the previous model year’s Ice White Appearance Package.
The Nite Pony Package is exclusive to the Premium and GT trims. 2023 Mustang Mach-E Premium customers specifying the Nite Pony Package must choose the Extended Range battery pack, which is a USD 8,600 option. 2023 Mustang Mach-E GT customers specifying the Nite Pony Package need to mandatorily choose the GT Performance Package, which is a USD 6,000 option.
The Nite Pony Package includes a black Pony on the grille, black front and rear lower fascia, door cladding, black mirror caps, 19-inch (Premium trim)/20-inch (GT trim) high-gloss black wheels, and a black GT badge (GT trim). Customers specifying the Nite Pony Package can choose any exterior color.
The 2023 Mustang Mach-E is available in eight colors, two of which are new – Carbonized Gray Metallic and Vapor Blue Metallic. These colors are replacements for the previous model’s Dark Matter Gray Metallic and Iced Blue Silver Metallic colors, respectively.
As for features, Ford says that “Ford Co-Pilot360 Driver Assist Technology is now standard” in the Mustang Mach-E. Ford Co-Pilot360, Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0, and Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist 2.0 were already standard. What the company probably means is that Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 that was standard in the California Route 1 and Premium trims and optional in the Select and GT trims in the 2022 model is part of the standard equipment in the 2023 model. Ford Co-Pilot360 Active 2.0 includes Ford BlueCruise (hands-free driving) and Active Park Assist 2.0.
Ford will offer BlueCruise 1.2 with three new features in the 2023 Mustang Mach-E. The first feature is Lane Change Assist, which executes a hands-free lane change when the driver taps the turn signal. Moreover, it can suggest a lane change when the vehicle is following slow-moving traffic and there’s an opportunity that the driver has missed seeing or hasn’t requested the same yet. Then there’s Predictive Speed Assist, which slows down the vehicle smoothly ahead of a sharp curve and signals the driver before making that change so they know the reason.
The last new feature in BlueCruise 1.2 is In-Lane Repositioning. It keeps the vehicle in its lane while making subtle shifts in its position to distance it from the vehicles in the adjacent lanes. It can especially come in handy when the vehicles in adjacent lanes are semis or other much bigger vehicles.
We are expecting the 2023 Mustang Mach-E to include significantly better software. In a report published on April 26, 2022, The Verge said that the Mustang Mach-E will receive a major software update that refreshes the entire interface of its screens later in 2022. The report was based on a conversation with Ford President and CEO James Farley Jr., who said that Ford will change “the whole UX” of the Mustang Mach-E with the updated software.
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E has the same powertrain components as the previous model, which was a major update over its predecessor (the 2021 model), thanks to larger battery packs. It should have none of the battery contractor overheating issues during DC fast-charging and repeated wide-open pedal events. It should come with the updated software Ford released in July 2022 that is claimed to have fixed the issue.
Ford offers the 2023 Mustang Mach-E with the 70 kWh Standard-Range (SR) and 91 kWh Extended-Range (ER) batteries as the previous models. Similarly, two single-motor powertrain options — 266 hp/317 lb.-ft. and 290 hp/317 lb.-ft. — and four dual-motor powertrain options — 266 hp/428 lb.-ft., 346 hp/428 lb.-ft., 480 hp/600 lb.-ft., and 480 hp/634 lb.-ft, are available. The 2023 model does have efficiency-related revisions for a marginally better range, though.
As stated in the Design & Features section, Ford has stopped the Mustang Mach-E in the California Route 1 Extended Range RWD configuration with the MY2023 update. This configuration offered the highest range – 314 miles. The California Route 1 Extended Range AWD configuration is still available, though, and it offers the same range EPA-est. range – 312 miles.
The MY2023 update has increased the EPA-est. range of the Premium Extended Range RWD and Premium Extended Range AWD configurations’ range figures by 3 miles and 13 miles, respectively, to 306 miles and 290 miles, respectively. Detailed specifications of the 2023 Mustang Mach-E are available in the table below:
|2023 Mustang Mach-E Configuration||Battery||Range||Power||Torque||0-60 mph|
|Select SR RWD||70 kWh||247 mi||266 hp||317 lb.-ft.||5.8 s|
|Select SR AWD||70 kWh||224 mi||266 hp||428 lb.-ft.||5.2 s|
|Premium SR RWD||70 kWh||247 mi||266 hp||317 lb.-ft.||5.8 s|
|Premium SR AWD||70 kWh||224 mi||266 hp||428 lb.-ft.||5.2 s|
|Premium ER RWD||91 kWh||306 mi||290 hp||317 lb.-ft.||6.1 s|
|Premium ER AWD||91 kWh||290 mi||346 hp||428 lb.-ft.||4.8 s|
|California Route 1 ER AWD||91 kWh||312 mi||346 hp||428 lb.-ft.||4.8 s|
|GT ER AWD||91 kWh||270 mi||480 hp||600 lb.-ft.||3.8 s|
|GT Performance ER AWD||91 kWh||260 mi||480 hp||634 lb.-ft.||3.5 s|
Ford is improving 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%. It would be interesting to note the charging improvements in the incoming model.
Donna Dickson, who took over Ron Heiser’s Mustang Mach-E Chief Engineer position at Ford last year, 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 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E could start reaching dealers in fall 2022. Below are est. delivery waiting times for new orders as stated on its configurator on ford.com:
|Trim||2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Delivery Waiting Period|
|California Route 1||18-22 weeks|
Prices of the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E in the U.S. start at USD 46,895 (excl. USD 1,300 destination & delivery charges). Ford has raised the prices of the Mustang Mach-E with the MY2023 update because of significant increases in material cost, continued strain on main supply chains, and rapidly evolving market conditions. Customers with unscheduled orders for the 2022 model will get a private offer to convert their order to the 2023 model.
Ford has removed the Select trim off the Mustang Mach-E’s online configurator in the U.S. Teslarati inquired about this matter with the company and shared the response it received in a report on October 7, 2022. The company has paused retail orders of the Select trim because of high demand but existing retail orders of that trim haven’t been affected by this change.
|Configuration||2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Price|
|Select SR RWD||USD 46,895|
|Select SR AWD||USD 49,595|
|Premium SR RWD||USD 54,975|
|Premium SR AWD||USD 57,675|
|Premium ER RWD||USD 63,575|
|Premium ER AWD||USD 66,275|
|Premium Nite Pony Package ER RWD||USD 64,375|
|Premium Nite Pony Package ER AWD||USD 67,075|
|California Route 1 ER AWD||USD 63,575|
|GT ER AWD||USD 69,895|
|GT Performance Edition ER AWD||USD 75,895|
|GT Performance Edition Nite Pony Package ER AWD||USD 76,695|
On the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Looking at Ford’s plans beyond next year, the 2024 Mustang Mach-E will be available with a low-cost LFP battery pack as an option.
Ford announced on July 21, 2022, that it would use CATL’s LFP battery packs in the Mustang Mach-E in 2023 and the F-150 Lightning in early 2024 as part of its new battery capacity plan. It is unlikely that a new type of battery pack will be introduced in the middle of the 2023 model year. The option may be added directly to the 2024 model year update late next year.
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 in 2023.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is one of the best-selling electric vehicles in the U.S., but it 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.
Ford sold 27,140 units of the Mustang Mach-E in the U.S. in 2021, which was the model’s first full year of sales in the country. The company said that dealers could sell the Mustang Mach-Es as soon as they receive them. Between January and September 2022, Ford sold 28,089 units of the Mustang Mach-E in the domestic market, 49% higher than in the same period in 2021 (January-September 2021: 18,855 units).
On December 11, 2021, Farley Jr. said in a Tweet that Ford would increase production of the Mustang Mach-E to meet the “incredible demand.” It is expecting the annual output for North America and Europe to increase to 200,000 units by 2023, three times the 2021 output. This was after he said during the Q3 2021 earnings conference call in October 2021 that the company forecasts a global demand of 200,000 units per year for the Mustang Mach-E.
The 2023 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.
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