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Round-Up: Ford Mustang EV revealed, Mirage facelift, Enterprise car-sharing plans

Ford unveils Mustang EV SUV

Ford has unveiled its all-electric SUV ahead of its arrival in the UK in late 2020.

As previously announced, the model carries the Mustang Mach-E name and is cable of travelling up to 370 miles between charges in its extended-range, rear-wheel drive form.

The extended range model will be powered by a 98.8kWh battery and the standard model a 75.7kWh battery, offering a range of 280 miles in rear-wheel drive form.

Ford said it will offer a Connected Wallbox solution for home charging, claiming it will deliver up to five times the charging power of a typical domestic socket, or an average of 38 miles per charging hour, based on extended-range, rear-wheel drive configuration.

Prices are yet to be announced and a spokesman said it has not been decided whether the wallbox will be included in the final price or offered as an optional extra.

Facelifted Mitsubishi Mirage

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Mitsubishi has unveiled its facelifted Mirage model.

The brand said the revisions “give the new Mitsubishi Mirage a sharper and more dynamic exterior as well as more elegant interior designs.”

Changes include a front end design that sweeps round from the sides toward the middle of the nose, which combined with the square grille and its horizontal/vertical bar pattern,  Mitsubishi said the effect is to give the front end a more powerful and sharper look.

Inside, the front arm rests use a new design and hand-touch areas are finished in soft-feel cloth and the meter panel and the power window switch panel use a carbon pattern, while upper trim levels are upholstered in a fabric/synthetic leather combination, with the addition of piping and stitching.

The new Mirage is also available with Mitsubishi Motors’ new Smartphone Display Audio (SDA) system with a seven-inch touchscreen for improved legibility and ease of use. The SDA system offers full smartphone connectivity including Bluetooth hands-free calling and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Final UK specification will be announced closer to the launch in early 2020.

Enterprise plans car-share options

Enterprise-Rent-A-Car launched first car club in Belfast

Rental giant Enterprise has launched a “Shared Asset Model” (SAM) which it means people can share a low-emission Enterprise Car Club vehicle to reduce dependency on older vehicles, and making better use of the 36 million ‘empty’ car seats on the daily commute.

Enterprise said SAM works on the principle that a car club vehicle is driven to work, shared with a colleague (or colleagues) with the car then being available for use either by employees for company travel, removing the need for them to use their own vehicle, or by the general public, with it being available as an Enterprise Car Club vehicle on a simple pay as you go tariff at weekends and evenings.

Oz Choudhri, Head of MaaS, Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK Ltd, said: “Enabling people to share vehicles for their daily commute will play a big role in improving air quality and reducing congestion.”