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Ford’s New Mustang-Themed Electric SUV to be Called the Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford’s long-rumored SUV with a Mustang-themed name will get exactly that. Witness the Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric SUV that’s likely to share styling cues but not underlying architecture with the current sports car.

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That car, by the way, debuted back in late 2013. Rather than sharing its platform with the current ’Stang or its next generation, the Mustang Mach-E SUV rides “a new all-electric architecture,” spokeswoman Emma Bergg told Cars.com. That aligns with Ford’s announcement last year that it would adopt five global platforms moving forward: a truck-based platform, three car-based platforms and a battery-electric platform.

In case it wasn’t already obvious: The Mustang Mach-E employs the last one. It also carries a name, Mach-E, heretofore unused by Ford in relation to any Mustang. Up until now, Mach solely meant the Mach 1, a performance-enhanced Mustang variant that appeared from 1969-78 and then again from 2003-04.

Ford didn’t reveal much else about the Mach-E today, apart from a teaser video with design sketches that indicate dramatic rear fenders and a fastback roofline — cues shared with the Mustang sports car — plus what appears to be a Mustang-inspired grille between light-piped headlights shaped in a downward-facing “E.”

The Mustang Mach-E debuts Sunday in Los Angeles, just before things kick off for the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. At approximately 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Ford will open online reservations for the Mach-E. Those reservations require a refundable $500 deposit, and you’ll be able to finalize your configuration when the ordering window opens “next year,” Ford says.

There’s no word on pricing yet, but all-electric cars should easily have the battery capacity to qualify for a maximum $7,500 federal plug-in vehicle tax credit, and Ford has plenty of runway before it reaches the federal cap — 200,000 cumulative sales per automaker for all plug-in cars — before that credit runs out.

Stay tuned for more coverage next week.

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