Update: ‘On the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E’ section updated.
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 7,000 option (down from USD 8,600 earlier). 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 offers 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.
Ford has updated the Mustang Mach-E’s software to a new version (4.1.2). The software update brings a new user interface and two new games to the SYNC 4A infotainment system. More importantly, it allows customers to adjust the climate control system (temperature and also fan speed) and the heated seats via the volume knob.
YouTube user Chris Higa has shown the new software running in a 2022 model year Mustang Mach-E in a video:
Video Source: YouTube/Chris Higa
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 7 miles and 13 miles, respectively, to 310 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||310 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|
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%.
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 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E has started reaching dealers in the U.S. Highland Park Ford (Highland Park, Illinois), Grieco Ford of Delray Beach (Delray Beach, Florida), Star Ford (Glendale, California), Boyd Brothers Ford (Oxford, North Carolina), and many Ford dealers who have the 2023 Mustang Mach-E in stock have listed it online. Below are est. delivery waiting times for new orders as stated on the 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. have dropped by anywhere between USD 600 and USD 5,900. Now, they start at USD 45,995 and go up to USD 70,795. The destination & delivery charges have increased by USD 200 to USD 1,500, though.
The new prices are applicable to even pending orders placed at higher prices earlier. As for customers who already took their delivery at higher prices after January 1, 2023, the company said it will reach them out directly, presumably to compensate for their purchase in some way that ensures they don’t regret its timing.
|Configuration||2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Old Price||2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E New Price||Price Cut|
|Select SR RWD||USD 46,895||USD 45,995||USD 900|
|Select SR AWD||USD 49,595||USD 48,995||USD 600|
|Premium SR RWD||USD 54,975||USD 50,995||USD 3,980|
|Premium SR AWD||USD 57,675||USD 53,995||USD 3,680|
|Premium ER RWD||USD 63,575||USD 57,995||USD 5,580|
|Premium ER AWD||USD 66,275||USD 60,995||USD 5,280|
|Premium Nite Pony Package ER RWD||USD 64,375||USD 58,795||USD 5,580|
|Premium Nite Pony Package ER AWD||USD 67,075||USD 61,795||USD 5,280|
|California Route 1 ER AWD||USD 63,575||USD 57,995||USD 5,580|
|GT ER AWD||USD 69,895||USD 63,995||USD 5,900|
|GT Performance Edition ER AWD||USD 75,895||USD 69,995||USD 5,900|
|GT Performance Edition Nite Pony Package ER AWD||USD 76,695||USD 70,795||USD 5,900|
On the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E
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.
On February 13, 2023, Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford, announced the company plans to introduce the LFP battery pack in the Mustang Mach-E in Spring 2023. Farley didn’t confirm, but we think that will happen with the incoming 2024 model year.
We’ll begin offering LFP batteries in the Mach-E starting this Spring.Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford (BlueOval Battery Park Michigan LFP battery plant announcement event on February 13, 2023)
On February 16, 2023, Ford announced that Europe will also get the Mustang Mach-E with LFP batteries in 2023. The introduction of LFP batteries will make the Mustang Mach-E more affordable in the Old Continent. For reference, in Germany, which is home to the Blue Oval’s regional headquarters, the prices of the Mustang Mach-E with NCM batteries start at EUR 62,900, which converts to USD 66,616. That makes it much more expensive than the locally made VW ID.4, which retails at EUR 46,335 (USD 49,072) onwards.
During the 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.
Ford manufactures the Mustang Mach-E at the Cuautitlán Stamping and Assembly Plant (Mexico) since 2020. It built 6,717 units in the first year and then 63,683 units in 2021, which was the model’s first full year of production. In 2022, the company ramped up production to 77,959 units. As of December 31, 2022, the model’s cumulative production figure in North America stands at 148,359 units.
As of November 30, 2022, the Mustang Mach-E is available in 37 countries, compared to 22 in 2022. Ford is “literally maxing out the space” to build more Mustang Mach-Es, manufacturing director Deborah Manzano said. 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 January 2023, Ford sold 2,626 units of the Mustang Mach-E in the U.S. Compared to January 2022, that was a 10.8% year-over-year growth.
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.
2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E FAQs
What is the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E release date?
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is available at dealerships in the U.S.
What is the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E price?
The base 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E costs USD 45,995 (excl. USD 1,500 destination & delivery charges).
Which models are 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E rivals?
The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E competes with the Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Nissan Ariya.
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