Ford is reopening orders for its Mustang Mach-E in North America on May 3, after completing upgrades to its plant in Mexico. Ford is ramping up its production in the second half of 2023, and the electric crossover will come with improved features, including more power, increased range, shorter charging times and a free 90-day BlueCruise trial, all with a lower price than before.
One of this biggest changes to the 2023 Mustang Mach-E standard range models is that they will be equipped with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, allowing them to offer an EPA-estimated 250 miles (402km) for RWD and 226 miles (364km) for eAWD variants. The eAWD configuration will also gain an additional 45 horsepower of maximum output for a total of 311 horsepower. The Mach-E Standard Range eAWD can reach 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
Charging times have also been reduced. With LFP battery packs the Mach-E standard range models can now charge to 100% more frequently via AC home charging. When on the road, the DC fast charging time drops by five minutes compared to previous standard range models, taking just 33 minutes to charge from 10% to 80% battery capacity.
Ford has also upgraded its BlueCruise hands-free driving feature for highways, which will be available with a complimentary 90-day trial for new and existing Mustang Mach-E owners. The trial will allow customers to try the feature during the initial months of vehicle ownership and activate it later through a subscription at their choosing.
The automaker has built an in-house team dedicated to constantly improving BlueCruise with features and performance for “a more natural driving feel.” BlueCruise 1.2 includes hands-free lane changes when requested by the driver tapping the turn signal, and In-Lane Repositioning ability that helps keep the vehicle in its lane while subtly shifting position away from vehicles in adjacent lanes.
“We continue to find ways to improve the value of the Mustang Mach-E. Upgraded BlueCruise, increased range and faster DC charging times on standard range models show how we are relentlessly improving our products for our customers,” said Marin Gjaja, chief customer officer, Ford Model e.
With all these changes, the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E is also now up to $4,000 USD cheaper than before, depending on the variant. The Premium RWD and Premium AWD Standard Range models, along with the GT AWD Extended Range, get the highest price reduction of $4,000 USD, while the California Route 1 AWD Extended Range sees the lowest price cut at $1,000 USD. We have reached out to Ford for information on Canadian pricing and will update this article when we receive a response.
UPDATE 5:50pm PT: In Canada the Premium RWD Standard Range now starts at $61,995, a $3,000 decrease, and the AWD version is priced at $64,995, down by $2,250. The Extended Range variants are also cheaper than before, with the MSRPs of the two models at $66,995 and $69,995, representing a reduction of $11,000 and $10,250, respectively.
The California Route 1 eAWD Extended Range now starts at $69,995, which is $9,125 less than its previous price. The GT Performance Edition Extended Range has also seen a reduction in its cost, with a decrease of $9,750, bringing its price down to $82,995.
However, the base Select model remains unchanged, with an MSRP of $56,995, and is eligible for a $5,000 EV rebate from the Canadian government, according to a Ford Canada spokesperson,