Ford Mustang Hybrid Coming in 2020
Hybrid Mustang One of 13 New Electrified Fords to Be Introduced in the Next Five Years
We would say that the days of Ford making a hybrid Mustang have finally come, but we can’t. Yet. We can do that in 2020, though.
Today, Ford announced that it’s cancelling plans for a new $1.6 billion plant in Mexico. Instead, the automaker is going to “invest $700 million to expand its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan into a factory that will build high-tech autonomous and electric vehicles along with the Mustang and Lincoln Continental. The expansion will create 700 direct new jobs” over the next four years. Those workers will help create some of the 13 electrified vehicles the Blue Oval is going to roll out in the next five years, including a fully electric SUV with a range of at least 300 miles, an autonomous vehicle designed for ride sharing or commercial ride hailing, and a hybrid version of the Mustang starting in 2020. A hybrid F-150, which can double as a mobile generator, will roll out of the Dearborn Truck Plant and be available to customers in North America and the Middle East in 2020.
Ford says the charged-up Mustang will have V8 power, better fuel economy, and more low-end torque (we’re assuming they’re using the 5.0-liter V8 in the Mustang GT as a benchmark). Of course, its batteries will add more weight. Given that Ford’s current hybrids pair a gas I4 with an electric motor, we think it’s highly likely the hybrid Mustang will have a four-cylinder engine, too. Perhaps a future version of the 2.3-liter I4 available in the current Mustang EcoBoost?
What do you all think? Does the idea of a Mustang with more torque and better fuel economy appeal to you, even if it’s at the potential expense of weight and handling?
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