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Great to meet @mattsaradan today at the Koons Ford Baltimore Mach E Tour event. He looks good in Blue-Gray, doesn't he?

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I'm starting a central thread for this series of Tour stops. Two weeks of Mach E Tour in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia) area:
11/11 Koons Ford of Baltimore, MD
11/12 Apple Ford Columbia, MD
11/13 Ted Britt Fairfax Ford, Fairfax, VA
11/14 Ted Britt Chantilly Ford, Chantilly, VA

11/16 Battlefield Ford, Manassas, VA
11/17 Koons Ford of Annapolis, MD
11/18 Lindsay Ford, Wheaton, MD
11/19 Sheehy Ford of Gaithersburg, MD
11/20 Koons Sterling Ford, Sterling, VA
11/21 Koons Ford, Falls Church, VA
 
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Featured cars for this Tour: Infinite Blue and Shadow Black display cars.
Special guest at today's Baltimore stop: Infinite Blue 081M886 with Zack Doerr giving rides (video of the test ride coming soon).

Of course, like most opportunities to see Infinite Blue, it was a rainy day. I'll start out with some general photos (electric pony porn) of the Tour's two featured cars.

Appearing in the left corner, 081M186, a striking Shadow Black four month old:
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In the right corner, 081M182, a sophisticated Infinite Blue, also four months old:

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Side note: Youtube is currently down at the moment.

The Ford reps are going to ask you to stop stalking them...
 

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@ChasingCoral we're you able to investigate the custom front license plate options under the nose?
 

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Hi guys......

My wife and I visited Koons Baltimore Ford today. It was very well attended. In 50 years of driving, Koons is by far the best place which I have purchased cars. We were fortunate to get to ride in a demo car with Zach the Ford rep. I was impressed with how quiet the Mach e is and that it felt like a "tight" car on streets with some paving irregularities. My wife felt "very safe". We were given an acceleration demo, but Zach couldn't overdo it when the speed limit on his demo route was 40. Excellent all around!

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Great to meet @mattsaradan today at the Koons Ford Baltimore Mach E Tour event. He looks good in Blue-Gray, doesn't he?

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I'm starting a central thread for this series of Tour stops. Two weeks of Mach E Tour in the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia) area:
11/11 Koons Ford of Baltimore, MD
11/12 Apple Ford Columbia, MD
11/13 Ted Britt Fairfax Ford, Fairfax, VA
11/14 Ted Britt Chantilly Ford, Chantilly, VA

11/16 Battlefield Ford, Manassas, VA
11/17 Koons Ford of Annapolis, MD
11/18 Lindsay Ford, Wheaton, MD
11/19 Sheehy Ford of Gaithersburg, MD
11/20 Koons Sterling Ford, Sterling, VA
11/21 Koons Ford, Falls Church, VA
Thanks @ChasingCoral ! Was great to meet you, and with your intro I also got to meet Zach, who took my wife and me for a ride - thrilling!
 

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Oh, did you talk to them about the range?
I asked Zach about range. He said he started his day in Chantilly, VA with 300+ miles (E4X); range dropped down some when he hit the highway.
 

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So my observations:

The drive is incredible. Although I have not driven a Tesla, I've been driven in them and this was comparable. I've driven Nissan Leaf and Renault Fluence EV, all were way more pedestrian than the Mach E, which was much, much faster than my Fusion Energi. Acceleration off the line is impressive but the jump from say 20 to 40 is really the blast. Highway on ramps is where I see this really shining.

The doors are fun; the space is well laid out and very useful. Lots of little storage places all over. I did not think the frunk was hard to close at all - it isn't like the hatch, it does take a firm push, but it was not hard to close. Stumbled onto an interesting find - the driver door has to be open for the frunk release to activate. Also, and maybe just a function of pre-production - the glove box latch that some folks have complained about - handle needs to be pulled to close it, as well as to open. That's why it was not latching smoothly.

Zach did not think the sideview mirrors were dimming. He was honest about not knowing everything - perhaps someone on the forum has more corroboration one way or another. Shame if it doesn't, although I think the mirrors are far enough forward of the driving position that they would not be too much a distraction if they don't dim.

All the tech is well done, fast. It will take some time to get used to but I can see how it has an intuition and once we get to know eachother, I suspect navigating the cards and menus will be easy. Stereo sound is very good - I brought my thumb drive so I could listen to my own music, right after playing it in my car for comparison.

Seats are comfortable; my Fusion is Platinum trim - their highest end - and I don't think the interior is quite as plush as it is on my Fusion. It's nice enough, certainly nothing that would make me rethink my order, but the faux leather is not quite as supple and the plastics are a little shinier. If luxury is your thing, the iPace is certainly more of a presence, the Model 3/Y is spartan but I think a little higher end too.

I feel like I lucked into good pacing - my dealer expects to have a demo in about 6 weeks; and my car, with a 12/20 build week, should be here six weeks after that.
 
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Matt and I took separate test rides (first and third of the day, respectively) then met afterwards. We proceeded to each kick around the two cars checking out features, asking questions, comparing notes, and doing what we could to resolve some lingering Forum questions.

IMG_6198.jpeg

BTW @Mach-E VLOG, the Tour guides were impressed with the Mach E gear and asked where I got it.

There were lots of folks there to see the cars. We had lots of time to get snippets of investigation in around the other guests. The Tour guides were knowledgeable but lots of our tough Forum questions made me feel like an episode of "Stump the Chumps". Maybe they'll get answers to a few of these before the DC stops are over. I'll be seeing them again next week, if not tomorrow. I'll see if they got answers.

So, here are some of those questions in no particular order except I know the first will be in demand.

Range
Yes, ever most on everyones' minds these days. I chatted range with Zach during our test ride. You'll hear that in the video once I post it. He picked up his Infinite Blue E4X, 081M886 (for lots of photos see https://www.macheforum.com/site/thr...videos-from-koons-ford-silver-spring-md.1862/), this morning from their office in Northern Virginia, swung by Leesburg, then across I-70 with the cruise locked on 75 mph. He started out this morning showing a range of 302 miles on a full charge. With 75 mph travel in steady rain, he said his realistic range was about 270 miles/charge. Matt got a similar answer from Zach during his test ride.

He has found his efficiency to range between the low and mid-3 mi/kWhs. Usually around 3.5 on highway and trying to get places. Events like this drop it down and he was currently showing around 3.1 mi/kWh. Here's a shot from Zach's screen:
IMG_6238.jpeg

Don't be too down seeing the 3.1 -- You'll see why in the video of my test ride. There were multiple rapid acceleration demos in each trip around the test ride course. No hypermiling here.

Charging
No luck getting to see the full function of the charging screens. The Tour guides repeatedly mentioned this was pre-production, so lots of things aren't complete. They also indicated many features are available in the app. It dawned on me later that I should have tried programming in a time. That was probably where the other options come in. I'll try that on another stop.

IMG_6188.jpeg

While the guides were confident the CCS connector is locked in place during charging, they were't sure if it would auto-unlock once the battery is full. They guessed locked was locked but I could tell they were guessing. They did say they'd try to find out from an engineer.

Switching Drive Modes on the Control Levers
I forgot who stated this one (on the Mach E Club I think) but no. No magic drive mode selector buttons as @mattbostonmache said. However, I really liked the design of the wiper controller with the dial accessible on both sides of the paddle (sorry that photo is blurry).

IMG_6185.jpeg

IMG_6182.jpeg
IMG_6184.jpeg


Side Mirrors
Matt discussed auto dimming with Zack. Yes the rearview mirror is auto dimming. As far as he can tell, Zack found no indication the side mirrors auto dim. This is consistent with the Packaging Guide, Ordering Guide, and Brochure, too.

When sitting in the cars, I found the mirrors to be of adequate size. I know someone thought they were small.

Yes, to answer someone's question where the side cameras are located: in the side mirrors.
IMG_6204.jpeg


Cargo Area Cover
The more I see it the more I like the new design. It is lightweight and easy to install/remove at the four corners. It fully covers the area without obscuring the view out the rearview mirror.
IMG_6219.jpeg

While it twist-folds up into a smaller size, unfolded it is just a bit smaller than the cargo deck. That means you can just toss it under the cargo deck and it's out of your way and a snap to lift out and attach.
IMG_6224.jpeg


Power in Back
No question, 12 volt "cigarette lighter" style.
IMG_6228.jpeg


Cargo Net Ready
It's interesting that the accessories list the Brits received doesn't list a cargo net for the back. However, you can see one of the upper hooks for it next to the 12V outlet above (there's a mate on the opposite side). You can also see the two metal loops for it at the hatch edge (left up, right down).
IMG_6235.jpeg


Apple Car Play and Waze
Wirelessly syncing my phone to the car was easy. The Tour guide said he usually just uses the cable. Apple Car Play seems to use most of the upper section near the screen top while still providing access to "cards" below it. As we've seen before, that still leaves climate control and the volume knob underneath. It also locks out use of your phone's screen (see below).
IMG_6208.jpeg

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You don't have to use Apple Car Play for Waze, however, as it is one of the already existing apps. The Tour guide says it still operates through your phone, so Waze is effectively running in the Sync4a screen, tethering to your phone for data.
IMG_6210.jpeg

It also locks your phone screen.

Front Camera Cleaner
There was a discussion earlier about camera cleaner on the front. You can see the cleaner that pops out hidden away in its hidden-hole here:
IMG_6215.jpeg


Frunkage
One of the Tour guides told me a little story about the self-draining Frunk. This was a solution to a problem that became a feature. Yes, the Frunk seal is pretty well airtight. I checked it more thoroughly on this visit and am confident it's solid. Unfortunately, by sealing the Frunk this well, it made it hard to shut the hood. There was nowhere for the air to go. The Frunk drain was originally a solution to allow suddenly increasing pressure in the Frunk to escape. Then someone decided to make it into a self-draining Frunk.
IMG_6179.jpeg


While we don't know what those frunky little panels are,
IMG_6037.jpeg

he was confident they are air and water tight. I couldn't manage to get them open either 🤔

Front License
The Mach E Specialist at Koons Ford Baltimore was really on the ball. When I started measuring the space under the nose for a license plate bracket, he knew exactly what I was up to. It seems they have a standing order on all Mustangs: don't install the front license plate holder unless the customer specifically asks for it. I'll post more photos and details in the Front License Plate thread (https://www.macheforum.com/site/threads/what-are-peoples-plans-for-front-license-plates.1295/). I'll also reach out to Craig at Craig’s Custom Mustang Bracket but I'm pretty confident his bracket will work fine.



Voice Commands
While more may come later in OTA updates, the current operable voice commands are largely related to the Sync4a system: navigation, infotainment, etc. Neither the Tour guides nor Zach thought it would do things like open the hatch (or pod bays). However, it can be used to set climate control.

Valet Mode
All the Valet Mode lock/unlock PIN do is to turn the Valet mode on and off. I found nothing where it would give you an opportunity to get a PIN to give the valet. Looks like we may need the fob for that.

Light Controls
I can confirm the upper two are map light on/off buttons. The lower left turns off all interior lights. The one on the lower right is still uncertain. A Tour guide guessed it turned off the Puddle Lights (@GoGoGadgetMachE's guess) but that seemed to be a guess on his part. @generaltso's guess of disabling the interior lights turning on when doors are opened is possible but when I pressed it I didn't get a response. However, by the time I tested that there were lots of people and I couldn't control the doors.
IMG_6095.jpeg


Drive Mode Sounds
I'll have to test that on another test ride. Zach didn't get to that until the end of our trip. I'll have to turn up the stereo, too. However it didn't seem to vrooom until you were actually moving. No revving the "engine" at a light. Besides, the sound is inside only.

Outside Sound
Not very loud. I have a video but you can't hear it. There was a lot of road noise from the 8 lane road out front and with the rain, you mainly hear the tires throwing water. Of course, since the outside sound is supposed to alert pedestrians, even an electric car makes noise driving in the rain.

Outside Plastic Pieces
As mentioned elsewhere, the full front bumper and fascia, wheel lip moldings, and rear bumper panel are plastic. They were surprisingly flexible. This softness concerns me regarding gravel cuts and scratches. I'm definitely overing those with XPEL Ultimate.

SWAG
Yes, there was SWAG for those of us who took test rides. Same as @CHeil402 showed us.
IMG_6243.jpeg


IMG_6176.jpeg
 
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Featured cars for this Tour: Infinite Blue and Shadow Black display cars.
Special guest at today's Baltimore stop: Infinite Blue 081M886 with Zack Doerr giving rides (video of the test ride coming soon).

Of course, like most opportunities to see Infinite Blue, it was a rainy day. I'll start out with some general photos (electric pony porn) of the Tour's two featured cars.

Appearing in the left corner, 081M186, a striking Shadow Black four month old:
IMG_6237.jpeg
IMG_6199.jpeg
IMG_6200.jpeg
IMG_6193.jpeg
IMG_6230.jpeg
IMG_6195.jpeg
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In the right corner, 081M182, a sophisticated Infinite Blue, also four months old:

IMG_6194.jpeg
IMG_6205.jpeg
IMG_6175.jpeg

IMG_6216.jpeg

IMG_6219.jpeg
IMG_6235.jpeg

IMG_6225.jpeg


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The black color looks awesome
 
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Matt and I took separate test rides (first and third of the day, respectively) then met afterwards. We proceeded to each kick around the two cars checking out features, asking questions, comparing notes, and doing what we could to resolve some lingering Forum questions.

IMG_6198.jpeg

BTW @Mach-E VLOG, the Tour guides were impressed with the Mach E gear and asked where I got it.

There were lots of folks there to see the cars. We had lots of time to get snippets of investigation in around the other guests. The Tour guides were knowledgeable but lots of our tough Forum questions made me feel like an episode of "Stump the Chumps". Maybe they'll get answers to a few of these before the DC stops are over. I'll be seeing them again next week, if not tomorrow. I'll see if they got answers.

So, here are some of those questions in no particular order except I know the first will be in demand.

Range
Yes, ever most on everyones' minds these days. I chatted range with Zach during our test ride. You'll hear that in the video once I post it. He picked up his Infinite Blue E4X, 081M886 (for lots of photos see https://www.macheforum.com/site/thr...videos-from-koons-ford-silver-spring-md.1862/), this morning from their office in Northern Virginia, swung by Leesburg, then across I-70 with the cruise locked on 75 mph. He started out this morning showing a range of 302 miles on a full charge. With 75 mph travel in steady rain, he said his realistic range was about 270 miles/charge. Matt got a similar answer from Zach during his test ride.

He has found his efficiency to range between the low and mid-3 mi/kWhs. Usually around 3.5 on highway and trying to get places. Events like this drop it down and he was currently showing around 3.1 mi/kWh. Here's a shot from Zach's screen:
IMG_6238.jpeg

Don't be too down seeing the 3.1 -- You'll see why in the video of my test ride. There were multiple rapid acceleration demos in each trip around the test ride course. No hypermiling here.

Charging
No luck getting to see the full function of the charging screens. The Tour guides repeatedly mentioned this was pre-production, so lots of things aren't complete. They also indicated many features are available in the app. It dawned on me later that I should have tried programming in a time. That was probably where the other options come in. I'll try that on another stop.

IMG_6188.jpeg

While the guides were confident the CCS connector is locked in place during charging, they were't sure if it would auto-unlock once the battery is full. They guessed locked was locked but I could tell they were guessing. They did say they'd try to find out from an engineer.

Switching Drive Modes on the Control Levers
I forgot who stated this one (on the Mach E Club I think) but no. No magic drive mode selector buttons as @mattbostonmache said. However, I really liked the design of the wiper controller with the dial accessible on both sides of the paddle (sorry that photo is blurry).

IMG_6185.jpeg

IMG_6182.jpeg
IMG_6184.jpeg


Side Mirrors
Matt discussed auto dimming with Zack. Yes the rearview mirror is auto dimming. As far as he can tell, Zack found no indication the side mirrors auto dim. This is consistent with the Packaging Guide, Ordering Guide, and Brochure, too.

When sitting in the cars, I found the mirrors to be of adequate size. I know someone thought they were small.

Yes, to answer someone's question where the side cameras are located: in the side mirrors.
IMG_6204.jpeg


Cargo Area Cover
The more I see it the more I like the new design. It is lightweight and easy to install/remove at the four corners. It fully covers the area without obscuring the view out the rearview mirror.
IMG_6219.jpeg

While it twist-folds up into a smaller size, unfolded it is just a bit smaller than the cargo deck. That means you can just toss it under the cargo deck and it's out of your way and a snap to lift out and attach.
IMG_6224.jpeg


Power in Back
No question, 12 volt "cigarette lighter" style.
IMG_6228.jpeg


Cargo Net Ready
It's interesting that the accessories list the Brits received doesn't list a cargo net for the back. However, you can see one of the upper hooks for it next to the 12V outlet above (there's a mate on the opposite side). You can also see the two metal loops for it at the hatch edge (left up, right down).
IMG_6235.jpeg


Apple Car Play and Waze
Wirelessly syncing my phone to the car was easy. The Tour guide said he usually just uses the cable. Apple Car Play seems to use most of the upper section near the screen top while still providing access to "cards" below it. As we've seen before, that still leaves climate control and the volume knob underneath. It also locks out use of your phone's screen (see below).
IMG_6208.jpeg

IMG_6209.jpeg

You don't have to use Apple Car Play for Waze, however, as it is one of the already existing apps. The Tour guide says it still operates through your phone, so Waze is effectively running in the Sync4a screen, tethering to your phone for data.
IMG_6210.jpeg

It also locks your phone screen.

Front Camera Cleaner
There was a discussion earlier about camera cleaner on the front. You can see the cleaner that pops out hidden away in its hidden-hole here:
IMG_6215.jpeg


Frunkage
One of the Tour guides told me a little story about the self-draining Frunk. This was a solution to a problem that became a feature. Yes, the Frunk seal is pretty well airtight. I checked it more thoroughly on this visit and am confident it's solid. Unfortunately, by sealing the Frunk this well, it made it hard to shut the hood. There was nowhere for the air to go. The Frunk drain was originally a solution to allow suddenly increasing pressure in the Frunk to escape. Then someone decided to make it into a self-draining Frunk.
IMG_6179.jpeg


While we don't know what those frunky little panels are,
IMG_6037.jpeg

he was confident they are air and water tight. I couldn't manage to get them open either 🤔

Front License
The Mach E Specialist at Koons Ford Baltimore was really on the ball. When I started measuring the space under the nose for a license plate bracket, he knew exactly what I was up to. It seems they have a standing order on all Mustangs: don't install the front license plate holder unless the customer specifically asks for it. I'll post more photos and details in the Front License Plate thread (https://www.macheforum.com/site/threads/what-are-peoples-plans-for-front-license-plates.1295/). I'll also reach out to Craig at Craig’s Custom Mustang Bracket but I'm pretty confident his bracket will work fine.



Voice Commands
While more may come later in OTA updates, the current operable voice commands are largely related to the Sync4a system: navigation, infotainment, etc. Neither the Tour guides nor Zach thought it would do things like open the hatch (or pod bays). However, it can be used to set climate control.

Valet Mode
All the Valet Mode lock/unlock PIN do is to turn the Valet mode on and off. I found nothing where it would give you an opportunity to get a PIN to give the valet. Looks like we may need the fob for that.

Light Controls
I can confirm the upper two are map light on/off buttons. The lower left turns off all interior lights. The one on the lower right is still uncertain. A Tour guide guessed it turned off the Puddle Lights (@GoGoGadgetMachE's guess) but that seemed to be a guess on his part. @generaltso's guess of disabling the interior lights turning on when doors are opened is possible but when I pressed it I didn't get a response. However, by the time I tested that there were lots of people and I couldn't control the doors.
IMG_6095.jpeg


Drive Mode Sounds
I'll have to test that on another test ride. Zach didn't get to that until the end of our trip. I'll have to turn up the stereo, too. However it didn't seem to vrooom until you were actually moving. No revving the "engine" at a light. Besides, the sound is inside only.

Outside Sound
Not very loud. I have a video but you can't hear it. There was a lot of road noise from the 8 lane road out front and with the rain, you mainly hear the tires throwing water. Of course, since the outside sound is supposed to alert pedestrians, even an electric car makes noise driving in the rain.

Outside Plastic Pieces
As mentioned elsewhere, the full front bumper and fascia, wheel lip moldings, and rear bumper panel are plastic. They were surprisingly flexible. This softness concerns me regarding gravel cuts and scratches. I'm definitely overing those with XPEL Ultimate.

SWAG
Yes, there was SWAG for those of us who took test rides. Same as @CHeil402 showed us.
IMG_6243.jpeg




IMG_6176.jpeg
Thanks for the excellent details
 

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Matt and I took separate test rides (first and third of the day, respectively) then met afterwards. We proceeded to each kick around the two cars checking out features, asking questions, comparing notes, and doing what we could to resolve some lingering Forum questions.

IMG_6198.jpeg

BTW @Mach-E VLOG, the Tour guides were impressed with the Mach E gear and asked where I got it.

There were lots of folks there to see the cars. We had lots of time to get snippets of investigation in around the other guests. The Tour guides were knowledgeable but lots of our tough Forum questions made me feel like an episode of "Stump the Chumps". Maybe they'll get answers to a few of these before the DC stops are over. I'll be seeing them again next week, if not tomorrow. I'll see if they got answers.

So, here are some of those questions in no particular order except I know the first will be in demand.

Range
Yes, ever most on everyones' minds these days. I chatted range with Zach during our test ride. You'll hear that in the video once I post it. He picked up his Infinite Blue E4X, 081M886 (for lots of photos see https://www.macheforum.com/site/thr...videos-from-koons-ford-silver-spring-md.1862/), this morning from their office in Northern Virginia, swung by Leesburg, then across I-70 with the cruise locked on 75 mph. He started out this morning showing a range of 302 miles on a full charge. With 75 mph travel in steady rain, he said his realistic range was about 270 miles/charge. Matt got a similar answer from Zach during his test ride.

He has found his efficiency to range between the low and mid-3 mi/kWhs. Usually around 3.5 on highway and trying to get places. Events like this drop it down and he was currently showing around 3.1 mi/kWh. Here's a shot from Zach's screen:
IMG_6238.jpeg

Don't be too down seeing the 3.1 -- You'll see why in the video of my test ride. There were multiple rapid acceleration demos in each trip around the test ride course. No hypermiling here.

Charging
No luck getting to see the full function of the charging screens. The Tour guides repeatedly mentioned this was pre-production, so lots of things aren't complete. They also indicated many features are available in the app. It dawned on me later that I should have tried programming in a time. That was probably where the other options come in. I'll try that on another stop.

IMG_6188.jpeg

While the guides were confident the CCS connector is locked in place during charging, they were't sure if it would auto-unlock once the battery is full. They guessed locked was locked but I could tell they were guessing. They did say they'd try to find out from an engineer.

Switching Drive Modes on the Control Levers
I forgot who stated this one (on the Mach E Club I think) but no. No magic drive mode selector buttons as @mattbostonmache said. However, I really liked the design of the wiper controller with the dial accessible on both sides of the paddle (sorry that photo is blurry).

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Side Mirrors
Matt discussed auto dimming with Zack. Yes the rearview mirror is auto dimming. As far as he can tell, Zack found no indication the side mirrors auto dim. This is consistent with the Packaging Guide, Ordering Guide, and Brochure, too.

When sitting in the cars, I found the mirrors to be of adequate size. I know someone thought they were small.

Yes, to answer someone's question where the side cameras are located: in the side mirrors.
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Cargo Area Cover
The more I see it the more I like the new design. It is lightweight and easy to install/remove at the four corners. It fully covers the area without obscuring the view out the rearview mirror.
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While it twist-folds up into a smaller size, unfolded it is just a bit smaller than the cargo deck. That means you can just toss it under the cargo deck and it's out of your way and a snap to lift out and attach.
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Power in Back
No question, 12 volt "cigarette lighter" style.
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Cargo Net Ready
It's interesting that the accessories list the Brits received doesn't list a cargo net for the back. However, you can see one of the upper hooks for it next to the 12V outlet above (there's a mate on the opposite side). You can also see the two metal loops for it at the hatch edge (left up, right down).
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Apple Car Play and Waze
Wirelessly syncing my phone to the car was easy. The Tour guide said he usually just uses the cable. Apple Car Play seems to use most of the upper section near the screen top while still providing access to "cards" below it. As we've seen before, that still leaves climate control and the volume knob underneath. It also locks out use of your phone's screen (see below).
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You don't have to use Apple Car Play for Waze, however, as it is one of the already existing apps. The Tour guide says it still operates through your phone, so Waze is effectively running in the Sync4a screen, tethering to your phone for data.
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It also locks your phone screen.

Front Camera Cleaner
There was a discussion earlier about camera cleaner on the front. You can see the cleaner that pops out hidden away in its hidden-hole here:
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Frunkage
One of the Tour guides told me a little story about the self-draining Frunk. This was a solution to a problem that became a feature. Yes, the Frunk seal is pretty well airtight. I checked it more thoroughly on this visit and am confident it's solid. Unfortunately, by sealing the Frunk this well, it made it hard to shut the hood. There was nowhere for the air to go. The Frunk drain was originally a solution to allow suddenly increasing pressure in the Frunk to escape. Then someone decided to make it into a self-draining Frunk.
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While we don't know what those frunky little panels are,
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he was confident they are air and water tight. I couldn't manage to get them open either 🤔

Front License
The Mach E Specialist at Koons Ford Baltimore was really on the ball. When I started measuring the space under the nose for a license plate bracket, he knew exactly what I was up to. It seems they have a standing order on all Mustangs: don't install the front license plate holder unless the customer specifically asks for it. I'll post more photos and details in the Front License Plate thread (https://www.macheforum.com/site/threads/what-are-peoples-plans-for-front-license-plates.1295/). I'll also reach out to Craig at Craig’s Custom Mustang Bracket but I'm pretty confident his bracket will work fine.



Voice Commands
While more may come later in OTA updates, the current operable voice commands are largely related to the Sync4a system: navigation, infotainment, etc. Neither the Tour guides nor Zach thought it would do things like open the hatch (or pod bays). However, it can be used to set climate control.

Valet Mode
All the Valet Mode lock/unlock PIN do is to turn the Valet mode on and off. I found nothing where it would give you an opportunity to get a PIN to give the valet. Looks like we may need the fob for that.

Light Controls
I can confirm the upper two are map light on/off buttons. The lower left turns off all interior lights. The one on the lower right is still uncertain. A Tour guide guessed it turned off the Puddle Lights (@GoGoGadgetMachE's guess) but that seemed to be a guess on his part. @generaltso's guess of disabling the interior lights turning on when doors are opened is possible but when I pressed it I didn't get a response. However, by the time I tested that there were lots of people and I couldn't control the doors.
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Drive Mode Sounds
I'll have to test that on another test ride. Zach didn't get to that until the end of our trip. I'll have to turn up the stereo, too. However it didn't seem to vrooom until you were actually moving. No revving the "engine" at a light. Besides, the sound is inside only.

Outside Sound
Not very loud. I have a video but you can't hear it. There was a lot of road noise from the 8 lane road out front and with the rain, you mainly hear the tires throwing water. Of course, since the outside sound is supposed to alert pedestrians, even an electric car makes noise driving in the rain.

Outside Plastic Pieces
As mentioned elsewhere, the full front bumper and fascia, wheel lip moldings, and rear bumper panel are plastic. They were surprisingly flexible. This softness concerns me regarding gravel cuts and scratches. I'm definitely overing those with XPEL Ultimate.

SWAG
Yes, there was SWAG for those of us who took test rides. Same as @CHeil402 showed us.
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So many great details! And I'm glad they liked the shirt and mask.

I really wish they would swing by Colorado, but who knows, maybe dealers will get those demo cars by the end of the month.
 



 









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