First picture of Tesla Model Y and Mustang Mach-E side by side as Ford benchmarks them

The first picture of a Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E side by side has emerged as part of Ford’s effort to benchmark the electric vehicles. This gives us a quick size comparison in the process.

Automakers have been aggressively electrifying the crossover/small SUV segment.

In the US, the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E are expected to be two leading premium electric vehicles in the segment.

Ford, who is completely new at building all-electric cars from the ground up, has been looking at Tesla for a few years.

We previously reported on Ford paying a ~$55,000 premium to own an early Tesla Model X, and more recently, an early Tesla Model 3 was spotted being tested on Ford’s campus.

Now Simon Wong spotted a Tesla Model Y charging next to a Mustang Mach-E near a Ford facility in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (via Twitter):

First picture of Tesla Model Y and Mustang Mach-E side by side as Ford benchmarks them

First picture of Tesla Model Y and Mustang Mach-E side by side as Ford benchmarks them

Tesla just recently started delivering the Model Y in Canada, and the Mustang Mach-E hasn’t hit the market anywhere yet.

It’s leading us to believe that Ford might be benchmarking its first all-electric vehicle built from the ground up to the Model Y.

But more interestingly, it’s the first picture we have seen of the two vehicles together, giving us a rare comparison, albeit only from the back.

The Model Y looks bigger here, but the specs tells us that Tesla’s SUV is only slightly bigger:

Ford Mustang Mach-ETesla Model Y
Wheelbase2,972 mm (117.0 in)2,890 mm (113.8 in)
Length4,724 mm (186.0 in)4,749 mm (187.0 in)
Width1,880 mm (74.0 in)1,920 mm (75.6 in)
Height1,600 mm (63.0 in)1,623 mm (63.9 in)

In the picture, the Model Y might look significantly bigger, but it might just be from the back due to the shape of the Model Y diffuser and the tow hitch location, which is hidden on this vehicle.

We previously released a Tesla Model Y vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E specs comparison that shows that the two vehicles have very similar specs for several configurations.

The Mustang Mach-E is hitting Ford dealerships later this year starting at ~$43,000.

Electrek’s Take

I am pretty excited for this showdown. The Mach-E might be a rare real competitor for Tesla.

It’s quite obvious that Ford has taken a lot of inspiration from Tesla when it comes to its electrification effort, and now it’s time to see if it’s just a subpar imitation or if they managed to deliver a product that stands on its own.

I can’t wait to try it.

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