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The Ford Mach-E Saves Christmas for the Griswolds

Clark Griswold is back to celebrate Christmas, but with a twist this time

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Remember the famous Christmas lights scene from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”? Well, the Griswolds reunited last year after two decades to reprise that scene, with the only change being the addition of a Ford Mustang Mach-E this time. Ford roped in Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo to play Clark Griswold and Ellen from the Christmas-themed movie. Do you the Griswolds managed to have a drama-free Christmas this time at least?

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The scene starts with the familiar reenactment where the house doesn’t light up with the twinkle lights. But, unlike a power shortage to the whole city, this time there’s a twist. Clark’s wife, Elle, unplugs their Mustang Mach-E and the lights come on, but obviously, all this electric SUV steals the limelight. Well, at least Ford is trying to end this topsy-turvy year on a happy “electri-vacation” note.

Here’s What The Stars Had To Say

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“It’s great to be back for another Christmas with my on-screen family and its rotating assortment of kids – and I have Ford and Mustang Mach-E to thank for paying me to do it. I suppose you’re expecting some sort of riff on electric cars, but I can say with 85% certainty that this thing probably won’t cause any blackouts in your neighborhood when you plug it in,” said Chase, as reported by

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“My favorite side kick role is playing Ellen Griswold to Chevy’s Clark, my one and only Sparky,” Beverly D’Angelo said. “But this year, the brightest spark is the Mustang Mach-E in the driveway! Please don’t tell him I said that. I’m already in trouble for bringing a different set of kids every time we go on a vacation.”

What’s The Ford Mustang Mach-E All About?

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The Mustang-moniker-blasphemy aside, the Mach-E is a pretty good attempt by Ford and feels like a wholesome package. It is currently available in four trims – Select, California Route 1, Premium, and GT. In the top GT-spec, it makes 480 horses and 600 pound-feet of torque. A GT Performance Edition is offered as well, and here you get an additional 34 pound-feet of torque. It can sprint to 60 mph from rest in just 3.5 seconds.

The company recently announced the updates for the 2022 model year Mach-E. The California Route 1 can now be had as an all-wheel-drive model and features heated steering and heated seats as standard. The Premium Ice White Edition Appearance Package is also available. You do remember the Ice White Package Edition Appearance Package, right? Apart from this, the GT and GT Performance Edition come with a black roof as standard. A new Iced Blue Silver Metallic shade is added to the palette, whereas the Grabber Blue Metallic and Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat shades are now standard across the range.

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Since it’s an ad for Ford, it was obvious that the Mach-E will steal the limelight. But, it was a cute video that reminded us of this sweet movie from 1989

Ford has increased the usable energy capacity on both the battery packs. The Standard Range now offers 70 kWh usable energy, whereas the Extended Range pack offers 91 kWh useable energy. The biggest beneficiaries of this are the Select and Premium single-motor, rear-wheel-drive trims with the Standard Range battery. The range is increased by 17 miles. On their all-wheel-drive versions, the range is up by 13 miles. The Route 1 Extended Range rear-wheel-drive model’s range is increased by nine miles, the Premium AWD with Extended Range battery by seven miles, and Premium RWD with Extended Range battery by three miles. Both the GT trims still offer the same range.

The prices have also increased for the 2022 Mach-E. The difference is between $1,000 and $3,095, depending on the trim. Here’s the starting price of the trims now:

  • Select - $43,895
  • California Route 1 - $52,775
  • Premium - $49,100
  • GT - $61,995

This doesn’t include the $1,100 destination fee and the federal tax credit up to $7,500.

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Let us know what you think of the video in the comments section below. Also, Merry Christmas from all of us at TopSpeed!

Sidd Dhimaan
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