We're talking years earlier.
According to a report penned by CPA firm UHY LLP, Ford is moving up the production date for the next Mustang by two years. The report, first posted to Mustang6g.com by user Topnotch, is some 18 pages in length. Here’s the item that pertains to the Mustang: “Program code for the next-generation Mustang (S550(ng)) has been changed to S650 and the SOP has been shifted back from January 2022 to May 2020. Subsequently, the EOP for the S550 has been moved to April 2020.”
There are many other bullet points in the Ford column, and indeed many other manufacturers and models are named within. Now before you lose your mind over the possibility of the seventh-generation Mustang having its production date moved up, you need to know a few things. First, this report wasn’t created by an automaker. Second, it’s just a forecast. The title itself says “North American Automotive Production Forecast.” We don’t doubt there is some truth here, but this report is dated June of 2015 and already some of the calls within haven’t happened. There’s a bullet point on Aston Martin and the DBX being made in Alabama. We all know how that turned out.
In addition to this being a forecast for the industry, the dates seem to be a little out of whack. Ending production of the sixth-generation Mustang would mean its lifetime was just six years. That seems like an awfully short time for Ford’s flagship pony car. What seems likelier to us is a mid-cycle refresh, perhaps even earlier than 2020. It just seems strange that Ford would push ahead the seventh-generation Mustang so soon when the current version is doing stellar sales.