Ford Mustang Platform Plan Could Share DNA With Crossovers
Statements from a Ford executive indicate the next Ford Mustang be a RWD/AWD unibody.
Without Ford, there is no Mustang. Just as an untraditional vehicle (the Cayenne) helped financially bolster Porsche, an unusual change to the Mustang’s platform could greatly benefit its parent company as a whole and, ultimately, the future of the car itself.
To become more efficient and take full advantage of current consumer trends, Ford is going to focus only on the types of vehicles that sell well, which it plans to do in the near future by ceasing production of passenger cars (except the Mustang) and manufacturing more crossovers, SUVs, and trucks.
Controlling costs are also important to the blue oval’s (and the Mustang’s) longevity. According to Automotive News, former Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s One Ford plan had the brand’s vehicles around the world use common parts, reduced costs, and decreased the number of global architectures from 30 to nine.
However, the automaker needs to cut $25.5 billion in costs over the next five years. One way of doing that is by slashing its total worldwide platform count even further to just five. As Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s head of product development and purchasing, recently said during the 2018 J.P. Morgan Auto Conference, as much as 70 percent of a vehicle’s value can be controlled by using a modular platform system.
According to The Drive, “The platforms will be designated as follows: rear-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive body-on-frame, front-wheel-drive/AWD unibody, RWD/AWD unibody, commercial van unibody, and a separate unibody platform for electric and electrified vehicles.”
That’s five, alright. By process of elimination, it’s clear which platform the next-generation Mustang will use: RWD/AWD unibody. We don’t expect Ford to offer an all-wheel-drive Ford Mustang (unless it wants to take some of the Dodge Challenger GT AWD’s market share), so that means the next-gen Mustang will likely share a platform with a future Ford crossover or two…or three. Given that the next Explorer and the next Lincoln Aviator are going to RWD, it seems as if they could end up being platform cousins of the Ford Mustang.