Ford has dropped some hints about the next generation Mustang as the automaker has already confirmed plans to electrify the legendary pony car.
Although the company was tight-lipped on the details, an engineer’s Linkedin profile could have provided a handful of important clues.
The information should be taken with a grain of salt, but their profile lists them as a product development engineer on the Mustang S650. More importantly, it says they’ve been working on hybrid versions of a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and a 5.0-liter V8 engine.
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Assuming everything is legit, that seems to suggest the next-gen Mustang will offer familiar engines that have been hybridized. As a reminder, the 2021 Mustang EcoBoost has 310 hp (231 kW / 314 hp), while the High Performance Package increases power to 330 hp (246 kW / 335 hp). Likewise, the 5.0-liter V8 produces 460 hp (343 kW / 466 hp) in the GT and 480 hp (358 kW / 487 hp) in the Mach 1.
The listing doesn’t give details on hybrid powertrains, but, in 2018, Ford said “the Mustang Hybrid will be all about delivering V8-like performance with more low-end torque.” Along with improved performance, we can expect better fuel economy, as the company has previously said its upcoming hybrids will serve as a “hedge against rising gas prices.”
Ford hasn’t said much about the model since, but rumors suggest the next-generation Mustang will come with an all-wheel-drive system like the Dodge Challenger. The Blue Oval even patented a “twin-motor drive system for [a] hybrid electric vehicle” which includes a V8 engine as well as two electric motors. According to the patent, the internal combustion engine would power the rear wheels, while the electric motors would power the front wheels.
While many questions remain, we should start seeing prototypes as soon as the redesigned pony car is expected to arrive in time for the 2023 model year.
Note: 2021 Mustang Mach 1 shown, H/T at Mustang7G