The Blue Oval’s smash-hit performance electric crossover, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, is getting some tweaks as it chirps its tires into the new year, including a $1,000 price bump at the very bottom end of the price scale. With that, the lowest Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price you’ll see on a 2022 Mach-E is $43,895, before tax and destination.
But importantly, that’s before the federal EV tax credit – up to $7,500 – kicks in, which helps keep the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E in base Select trim a true bargain among performance crossovers. The tax credit is a big advantage Ford holds over competitors Tesla and General Motors, whose vehicles no longer qualify for a tax break at the federal level as both automakers have sold enough EVs in the US to lose those credits.
It’s almost a good thing that no one bought a Ford Focus Electric.
Other Mustang Mach-E Changes
The $1,000 price hike is more than made up for by some tweaks to the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E battery and BMS, which unlock an extra couple of kWh of usable energy. New for 2022, the Standard Range battery offers 70 kWh, up from 68, while the Extended Range option swells from 88 to 91 kWh. That may not sound like much, but it’s enough to deliver an estimated 314 miles of range in the RWD Extended Range Mach-E California Route 1, up from 300 miles.
Speaking of the California Route 1 model, it’s now available with electric all-wheel drive, and ships standard with heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Those features aren’t only luxurious; they also represent a much more efficient means of warming the driver than running the resistive-element heater on full-blast in the winter.
Ford has gone through and tweaked its color and appearance options for 2022, as well, making Grabber Blue Metallic and Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat available on all models, while introducing a new color to the palette: Iced Blue Silver Metallic. A black-painted roof has been made standard on all Ford Mustang Mach-E GT and GT Performance Edition models, and a new Premium Ice White Edition Appearance Package joins the fray, for the customer seeking something a bit more unique.
The Blue Oval’s first real contender in the battery-electric vehicle space, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has proven a strong performer in US showrooms, selling nearly 25,000 units from January through November of this year. Given the difficulties automakers everywhere have had in securing essential components like semiconductors, we’d wager that figure is production-limited.