LA Auto Show 2019: Mustang or mistake?



LOS ANGELES — Believe it or not, this shapely crossover is a Ford Mustang. The Mach-E tag tells you it’s electric, meaning all-electric, like the Audi e-tron or Jaguar’s I-Pace. It’s not a concept car; Ford will build it in 2020 and offer it worldwide (or at least, offer it to Europe and China).

Various configurations are planned — two battery choices and rear-motor only or twin motors for all-wheel drive — and a single charge should deliver more than 400km in the extended range model.

The range-topping Mach-E GT Performance will have 459 horsepower, which means it should deliver the thrills expected from a car with a “Mustang” badge. It’s worth pointing out that it doesn’t replace the actual Mustang, but is merely a different type of Mustang. Mainly, one that has nothing to do with the iconic car.

Why give it the face and looks of a genuine motoring icon and risk alienating (or at least, annoying) purists? Maybe it’s to drive home the point that things have changed for good for the car industry. Which do you give better odds of still being on the market 20 years from now: a V8 coupe or electric SUV?

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Leow Ju-Len is a lot older than he behaves. He's been writing about cars for 25 years. Someday he might do it coherently. Ju-Len believes in world peace and V8s, but not necessarily in that order.