The Ford Mustang is a global icon, a model that year after year remains the best-selling sports car in the world. In addition, it is a car that, despite having had versions equipped with efficient and powerful turbo four-cylinder engines, has always been more popular with V8 engines and that is why, in Europe, the EcoBoost was discontinued. A Mustang without a V8 engine is not a Mustang, or so it is said.
However, those who think that a Mustang without a V8 engine is not a Mustang, are going to pull their hair when the next generation is introduced, a time that is scheduled to occur throughout 2022, to start production. in March 2023. And that’s because it will have a hybrid engine. Electrification will come to the Pony Car before the middle of the decade, following trends and bound, among other things, by emission regulations.
Europe has one of the most demanding regulations in terms of emissions and the objective of those who rule, is to eliminate combustion engines from the catalog in a handful of years. However, the United States has announced a new regulation that is just as restrictive in terms of emissions, although they base it on consumption. Specifically, the new homologation standard for the USA establishes a measurement of 5.88 liters per 100 kilometers on average for each manufacturer. As here in Europe they should have an average of emissions at the end of the year, in the United States, it will be an average of consumption.
And as you all know, this consumption of the new North American standard can only be achieved in one way: electrification. The days of large combustion engines are numbered, there is no place in the future for large displacements that generate large amounts of emissions, and all those manufacturers that have these engines in their range will have to gradually withdraw them from the market. We have already seen that Lamborghini will resort to hybridization for its next models, even Ferrari has some kind of electrification in their cars, what makes the Mustang different to not adopting that technology?
Nothing that’s why the next generation will be electrified. This was made clear by the brand itself in an involuntary publication on its Linkedin profile, although errors in this type of thing are sometimes very voluntary. It was one of the brand’s engineers, who proudly announced that he has been part of the development team for the hybrid Mustang, which will be launched on the market in 2023. In addition, there will be two hybrid powertrains, one with a four-cylinder combustion block and the other with V8.
The Ford Mustang is the only “conventional car” that Ford will have in the United States and as things continue down the same path, it may also be the only car in the European catalog that is not an SUV. So you have to adapt it to the regulations in the best possible way. However, it is not the first time that a hybrid Mustang or an electric Mustang has been talked about. Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2019, the Ford Mustang Lithium was shown at SEMA, equipped with a 671 kW (900 hp) electric motor and brutal torque, with 1,255 Nm. And yes, it was a project of Ford itself, but with the collaboration of Webasto. Now they have the developments obtained, among other things, after the design of the Ford Mustang Mach-E.