Redesigned pony automobile noticed for first time

A prototype for the seventh-generation Ford Mustang, the S650, has been noticed for the primary time.

Beforehand regarded as arriving in late 2022 as a 2023 mannequin, the automobile is now anticipated to reach halfway by way of 2023, which suggests we’ll doubtless see it arrive as a 2024 mannequin. Blame provide shortages and different pandemic-related disruptions for the delay.

Though the prototype is closely camouflaged, we are able to see that the final styling will likely be an evolution of the present S550 technology’s themes. The profile, the form of the grille, and vertical taillight components are all frequent to the present automobile. One seen distinction is the squinty look of the headlight components, which factors to a sleeker, extra trendy design up entrance.

2024 Ford Mustang spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2024 Ford Mustang spy pictures – Photograph credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The similarities between the 2 Mustang generations again up rumors that the redesigned Mustang will likely be primarily based on the present automobile’s bespoke D2C platform, versus a model of the modular CD6 platform that debuted within the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs.

Ford in 2018 introduced its future lineup would migrate to 5 extremely modular platforms, that means there’d be no room for bespoke platforms just like the D2C, although now it appears that evidently Ford will wait till the eighth-generation Mustang, the S650’s successor, to lastly drop the D2C platform and probably undertake electrical energy for the muscle automobile. That transition will doubtless occur later this decade.

Mustang followers can sit up for some electrification with the upcoming redesign, nonetheless. The long-awaited hybrid choice that was initially promised to be launched round 2020 is anticipated to be launched on the redesigned Mustang. It is anticipated to make the most of the present 5.0-liter V-8, together with one or probably extra electrical motors.

2024 Ford Mustang spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2024 Ford Mustang spy pictures – Photograph credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

There are rumors that there might be an electrical motor at every axle to type an all-wheel-drive system. There’s additionally anticipated to be sufficient battery capability for a small electrical vary. Hopefully weight is not a difficulty as a result of the present Mustang GT with a handbook transmission already weighs a hefty 3,743 kilos.

The present 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 ought to stay because the entry-level powertrain choice.

The Mustang’s redesign cannot come quickly sufficient as U.S. gross sales dropped to 52,414 items in 2021, which was down 14.2% on the earlier 12 months and the bottom stage within the nameplate’s historical past. Nevertheless, that was additionally partially because of disruptions and a few patrons doubtless switching to the Mustang Mach-E.

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