December is the time for Christmas movies and holiday-themed car commercials and Ford Motor Co. managed to merge both of those into one advertisement for the new Mustang Mach-E that may the spot that carries the season.
Ford recreated the famous scene from National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” where Clark Griswold, played by comedic actor Chevy Chase, drags his entire family outside to show off his annual over-the-top Christmas light display.
Just like in the original, Clark – Chicago Bears baseball hat and all – jams the plugs together, resulting in nothing as the collection of family members grumbles about him failing to impress again and how cold it is outside. As usual, Ellen, played by Beverly D’Angelo, saves the day, powering the display using the Griswold’s new Mustang Mach-E, which everyone heads over to check out, ignoring the lights — except for Clark, who remains basking in the glow of millions of tiny white lights.
As they all fawn over the new “whip,” even Clark can’t resist the new ride, saying “I love that new car smell.” The commercial, titled “Electri-Vacation,” made its debut Tuesday night during Saturday Night Live’s Christmas special.
“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,” said Chase in a release. “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.”
Chase, who starred with D’Angelo in five “Vacation” movies, often speaks of how much he enjoys working with her and that apparently carried over to the new commercial.
“My favorite side kick role is playing Ellen Griswold to Chevy’s Clark, my one and only Sparky,” D’Angelo said in a statement. “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.”
The new Mach-E is set to arrive in dealerships next year. It just gave fans a look at the new GT model, which posts some impressive numbers. The Mach-E GT – which won’t arrive until summer 2021 – punches that up to 459 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. However, there is a GT model with a little more oomph available.
The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition set to churn out a full 480 hp (or 358 kilowatts) and 634 lb-ft of torque. With a 3.5-second 0-60, the Performance Edition GT will be one of the fastest EVs on the market, short of the wave of new exotics in the supercar and hypercar category.
To put things into perspective, the Shelby GT500’s beastly 5.2-liter V-8 makes a neck-snapping 760 horsepower, a full 280 more than the Mach-E GT Performance Edition is set to deliver. But, at 625 pound-feet of torque, it actually falls slightly short of the first all-electric vehicles – and the first SUV – ever to bear the Mustang badge.