Here’s how the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E design came together

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November 19, 2019 03:16 PM

Here’s how the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E design came together

The Mach-E was ordered to look like a Mustang, so Ford called it a Mustang.

Jake Lingeman

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The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was sketched using plenty of Mustang cues.

“Why’d they call it a Mustang?” “Why did Ford call it a Mustang?” “Y U CALL IT A MUSTANG?”
Yes, yes, your complaints have been heard. Ford knows you’re confused about why it called the Mach-E a Mustang when plain old Mach-E would have worked just fine. We also have a list of interesting naming suggestions, but look for that later this week.
Ford called it a Mustang because that’s what Jim Farley, president of global markets, wanted the designers and engineers to think about when designing this thing. It could have looked like a Focus Electric wagon, Jason Castriota, brand director for Ford’s battery EVs, told Automotive News, and nobody wants that.
Ford’s directives included wide rear fenders, an elongated wheelbase, long hood and a pulled back A-pillar, in addition to the Mustang shark nose and tri-bar taillights. And if their job was to make the Mustang of SUVs, we have to say they did their jobs (the designers). Whether you like the design or not—I do—is a personal preference.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

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As with any new car, the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was cartoonishly sketched before it was built.

The Mustang Mach-E was going to get carryover parts inside, like the steering wheel from a Ford Fiesta. Those plans were nixed after talking with customers, which brought us the 15.5-inch portrait-layout infotainment screen with volume knob, the dual-cowl dash and the Mustang logo on the wheel. Early prototypes in Dearborn were using plastic foam pieces that could be swapped out depending on customer requests.
From the outside, the body-color swoop at the rear follows the Mustang coupe’s fastback look, though I’m glad it added back some height with the black roof spoiler. Otherwise it would have looked like the Mercedes and BMW “coupe-like crossovers,” and we already have plenty of those. One of the performance targets was the Porsche Macan, but looking at the sketches, it looks like a design target as well. The new Escape did well to copy the boys from Stuttgart, and this does too. I think the taillights have just the right amount of inspiration, without being a complete copy of the standard ‘Stang, though you can bet the farm that those bad boys will light up sequentially.
If you can forget the name, just for a minute, let us know what you think of the design in the comments.

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