Ford has decided to postpone the launch of electric versions for the Explorer and Lincoln Aviator by 18 months and relocate production to prioritize the Mustang Mach-E. It allows the Blue Oval to boost the output of the zero-emissions SUV with the pony car’s name to 200,000 units annually in 2023. That will represent a 300% increase compared to 2021.
That’s the good news if you plan on buying the Mustang Mach-E and are worried about how long it would take to get the vehicle built in Mexico at the Cuautitlán factory. However, the bad news is the 2022 model year is coming with a price hike for some trim levels and packages. The folks over at Mach E Forum managed to get a hold of a dealer bulletin sent by Ford, informing sales representatives about several price hikes.
It’s hard to produce Mustang Mach-Es fast enough to meet the incredible demand, but we are sure going to try. So starting in 2022 we are increasing production and expect to reach 200,000+ units per year for North America & Europe by 2023. That's 3x our 2021 output. ⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/xSMbuHxdEN
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) December 10, 2021
For example, the entry-level Select trim is going to set you back an extra $1,000 while the California Route 1 has received a similar price bump. In the case of the latter, the premium is justifiable to some extent as EPA has rated the model at 314 miles or an additional nine miles compared to the previous model year. In addition, the California Route 1 has standard heated front seats and steering wheel, while optional AWD is new for 2022.
Should you be interested in getting behind the wheel of a Mustang Mach-E in the Premium specification, that one too is now $1,000 more expensive than before. As for the sporty GT trim pictured here, Ford is adding $2,000 to its price tag. Not only that, but the GT Performance Package costs an extra $1,000, and the same thing can be said about the Extended Range Battery.
It means the 2022 Mustang Mach-E is now up to $3,000 more expensive than before taking into consideration the GT costs an extra $2,000 and is available with either of the two packages for an additional $1,000 compared to the 2021MY. You do get a black painted roof as standard on the GT (and the GT Performance Edition), so there’s that.
Other changes brought by the model year change include the addition of Iced Blue Silver Metallic to the color palette, while the existing Cyber Orange and Grabber Blue can now be ordered with any of the available trim levels rather than being limited to certain versions.
As it stands, the entry-level Select costs $43,895 and has an estimated delivery time of more than 20 weeks. Up next is the Premium at $49,100 and due to be delivered in 28+ weeks, The aforementioned California Route 1 will set you back $52,775 and Ford will deliver it in 20+ weeks. It’s going to be a long wait for the most expensive of the bunch as the GT retails from $61,995 and the order will be fulfilled in more than 28 weeks.
All prices exclude the $7,500 federal tax credit. Ford has updated the configurator for the 2022 Mustang Mach-E, which you can access here.
Source: Mach E Forum, Jim Farley / Twitter