Ford Mustang four-cylinder and V8 hybrids coming - report

Ford may introduce not one but two hybrid options to its next-generation Mustang range: a four-cylinder and a V8.

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The next Ford Mustang may be getting two hybrid options.

A member of the Mustang7G forums found a mention of the two powertrains on a Ford product development engineer’s LinkedIn page.

The page lists both a 2.3-litre inline-four hybrid and 5.0-litre V8 hybrid, both listed as being MY23 vehicles.

The engineer in question was listed as having worked on the S650 Mustang program from July 2020 to November 2020.

A report from Automotive News earlier this year said the new S650 series would arrive for the 2023 model year, though it said a hybrid model was slated for 2025.

The news came out of a meeting in Dallas, Texas between Ford executives and a large group of dealers, where the executives shared Ford’s product plans.

It’s unclear whether the hybrid models will be mild-, series- or plug-in hybrids.

The S650 will reportedly have an eight-year lifecycle, roughly the same as the previous two generations.

The platform isn’t set to change much compared to the current S550, which entered production in 2014.

While there were earlier rumours it would move to the rear-/all-wheel drive CD6 architecture underpinning the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, it now appears the S650 will use a modified version of the existing architecture which could potentially incorporate elements of CD6.

The Mustang could still, however, gain the option of all-wheel drive.

That would be a first for the Mustang. Of its two American arch-rivals, the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, only the latter offers all-wheel drive and only with its base V6.

Neither the Camaro nor the Challenger have a hybrid option, and the Camaro may end production in 2024. It could be indirectly replaced by an all-electric sports sedan.

Ford’s embrace of hybrids is in contrast to GM, which has moved away from the technology it considers a stopgap.

Dodge has a plug-in hybrid coming in 2022, but it’s rumoured to be a crossover. The headline act for that brand’s electrification efforts is the electric muscle car it’s teased, set for a 2024 launch.

Ford currently offers the Mustang with a choice of turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder and naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engines, with a naturally-aspirated 3.7-litre V6 sold elsewhere shelved back in 2017.

In Australia, the four-cylinder High Performance puts out 236kW of power and 448Nm of torque, while the V8 produces 339kW and 556Nm in the GT and 345kW and 556Nm in the Mach 1.

The engineer’s LinkedIn page also mentions he worked on developing a MY22 Troller with a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine.

Troller is a Brazilian off-roader manufacturer acquired by Ford, which offers the Jeep Wrangler-rivaling T4 that uses a shortened version of the Ford Ranger’s T6 platform.

Ford announced it was shuttering the Troller brand earlier this year and ending all Brazilian Ford production as part of a bid to stem long-running losses in that market. The 2.0-litre T4 will therefore be stillborn.

While the engineers LinkedIn page doesn’t confirm the project, it isn’t the first time a future Ford product has been leaked on LinkedIn.

Last year, a Ford systems engineer’s LinkedIn page inadvertently confirmed the company was working on a Bronco Raptor. This model has since been confirmed.

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