Ford offers crossover shoppers some of the cool techs that people have come to expect from electric cars.

CarAndDriver, By Colin Beresford

© CarAndDriver | 4 Features New to Ford on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The new 
Mustang Mach-E debuts several features new to Ford.

Among them is Phone as a Key technology and a ginormous 15.5-inch touchscreen, as well as the debut of Ford's next-generation Sync 4 infotainment system.

On a more frivolous note: There's a front trunk (frunk) that can be used as a cooler.

Ford's big buildup about the 2021 Mustang Mach-E has finally culminated in its official debut, and as this new electric crossover joins the burgeoning electric-vehicle field, it's not surprising that Ford has loaded it with some of the kinds of cool features that make EVs interesting to consumers.

Here are some of the features on Ford’s all-new EV that deviate from what you might expect from Ford and could help convince buyers to give the new crossover a second look.

The Frunk

The front trunk, popularly known as the frunk, is more commonly found in mid- and rear-engined cars, but the powertrain layout of EVs also allows for storage space under the front hood. So the Mustang Mach-E has one and Ford got creative about what purpose its frunk could serve.

The frunk has 4.8 cubic feet of storage, big enough to hold a carry-on-size suitcase, but it's being tipped as a tailgating or picnic-basket carrier since it also has a drain located at the bottom of the storage compartment. With such, Ford says that the frunk can be packed full of ice and used as a cooler for camping or tailgating. It also sounds like the perfect place for dirty or muddy things, since the frunk could be easily rinsed out.

Push-Button Door Handles

Door handles are a design feature on vehicles that, for various reasons, automakers are tending to try to improve. Ford did that with the Mach-E, implementing a button system on the four-door SUV instead of a more standard lever system.

It might remind you of the home button that iPhones had up through the iPhone 8 generation. Once you push the button on the front doors, the door pops open a few inches, and then you can use the handle on the side of the car to pull it the rest of the way open. 

The back doors are slightly different; there is no exterior handle. Once you push the button, the door opens up a few inches, and then you have to grab the side of the door and pull it open.

The Big Screen

Late last month, we learned that as Ford rolls out its new Sync 4 infotainment system, it will also be adding larger screens to the dashboards of its cars. The Mach-E is debuting both the 15.5-inch screen, Ford's biggest to date, and the Sync 4 system. It will be able to receive over-the-air updates that will add new features and, using machine learning, will adapt to driver preferences and make "personalized suggestions."

Phone as a Key

Although it isn't an unprecedented offering in the automotive world, it's a first for Ford. The Mustang Mach-E uses Bluetooth to recognize the user's smartphone and unlock the vehicle when they approach it, then lets them start and operate the vehicle without getting out a key or even taking their phone out. Suppose the phone's battery dies? A backup code entered on the touchscreen lets the user still start and drive the Mach-E.

And, as the photo above shows, there's wireless charging, too.
This article was originally published in CarAndDriver.
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