There's now a massive price gap in the Mach-E lineup.
It's been a tough start to 2022 for customers interested in the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric crossover. Last month, Ford added new delivery estimates for every Mach-E trim; in some cases, you'd need to wait over 28 weeks for your model to arrive. These delays remain in place, but now things are even worse.
Of the four 2022 Mustang Mach-E trims that were previously available, two of them are no longer available at all due to "extremely limited inventory" at dealerships. The specific models are the mid-range Premium and California Route 1, which means orders are now limited to the entry-level Select and high-performance GT.
Before Ford effectively cut the Mach-E lineup in half, the range consisted of the Select at $43,895, the Premium at $49,100, the California Route 1 at $52,775, and the GT at $61,995. With the middle two trims no longer available at present, this has created a significant price gap in the Mach-E range.
The loss of the California Route 1 model is especially notable as this variant offered the best range of up to 314 miles at a reasonable price. The California Route 1 also added extras like heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and Ford's BlueCruise semi-autonomous driving technology over and above the Select.
Unlike the Select, the Premium could also be equipped with the bigger 91-kWh extended-range battery. It came with features like perforated ActiveX upholstery, multi-color ambient lighting, 19-inch wheels, a panoramic fixed-glass roof, and a B&O sound system. It's clear why these two trims were in high demand as not everyone will be able to stretch to the GT at $61,995, and that's assuming that the GT's 28-week wait isn't a deterrent.
A Ford spokesperson confirmed to CarsDirect that order banks for the Premium and California Route 1 models closed on February 25, and only added that 2023 Mach-E ordering details will be announced when available. Ford sold 4,371 Mustang Mach-Es in the first two months of the year, behind only the Tesla Model Y in the electric SUV segment. With the temporary gap in the Mach-E range, Ford seems unlikely to catch its Tesla rival anytime soon.