2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E another step closer to Australia


The Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV is a certainty for Australia, say dealer sources, however the company is doing some final checks before confirming local showroom arrivals.

Joshua Dowling

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The 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV is undergoing some final checks before being confirmed for Australia, say well-placed dealer sources.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E – the US auto giant’s first new-from-the-ground-up electric vehicle in the modern era – is factory-made in right- and left-hand-drive, and sold in other right-hand-drive countries such as the UK and New Zealand.

However, while the Mustang Mach-E is said to be odds-on for Australia, Ford is reportedly waiting on a few more final checks before confirming the watershed vehicle for local showrooms.

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The engineering supervisor for the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Leeway Ho, told Drive during a preview of the vehicle ahead of the 2022 Detroit motor show: “Our role in product development is to do our due diligence and make sure it’s not just paperwork. 

“It’s that we’re meeting all of the local regulation requirements and we’re making sure that the vehicle itself functions the way that we want it to function when it’s out on Australian roads.

“For instance, the navigation system right now in current production, it only has North American maps and European maps depending upon where the car goes.

“We want to make sure that we’re not just sending a car where all we did was change a window sticker, we want to make sure the customer gets the comprehensive experience.”

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While the engineer did not confirm the Mustang Mach-E was coming to Australia, other senior Ford executives repeatedly told international media who attended the Detroit show that it was a “global model”.

“We want to make sure that it delivers upon the customer experience that a customer in Australia would expect from the vehicle,” said Mr Ho.

In the US, there are a number of versions of the Ford Mustang Mach-E: a variety of base models with rear- or all-wheel drive, and a high-performance, all-wheel-drive GT version with a claimed 0-100km/h time of less than four seconds.

However, for now it is unclear which models are destined for Australia. 

Joshua Dowling

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for more than 10 years.

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