Ford to build Mach-E for China on site at Changan

Ford to build Mach-E for China on site at Changan

Ford plans to launch its Mustang Mach-E in China later this year and produce it there as well. Local production of the electric SUV will be handled by the Changan joint venture. Ford is not yet providing details on the planned production volume for the Mustang Mach-E in China.

The locally produced E-SUV will have a few special features, with Ford announcing that the Mach-E rolling off the production line at the Changan plant will be two and a half centimeters longer (4,739 instead of 4,713 mm) with an identical wheelbase. The US automaker also says that the model will offer Chinese customers over-the-air updates and a smart cockpit, specifically mentioning the Ford Co-Pilot360 driving assistance package and the SYNC+ smart infotainment system.

Furthermore, the Mach-E is said to feature Autonomy Level 2+ in China, which enables semi-autonomous driving on highways. And on board is Cellular-V2X, a communication standard for traffic networking. It enables exchanges between road users and infrastructure as well as communication via mobile networks. Ford calls itself the first automaker in China to offer C-V2X technology in production vehicles.

The Americans also announce that they will manufacture the GT model of the Mustang Mach-E locally in China. In Europe, the high-end vehicle is to be launched at the end of 2021 and, according to the latest information, will produce 358 kW - previously there was always talk of 342 kW.