What changes are planned?
Today's sixth-generation Ford Mustang has been around since 2015, though it received a refresh for 2018. Given the rate automakers completely redesign models these days, shouldn't it be almost time for something new to happen? Indeed. The seventh-generation Mustang is very much in development and is slated to debut sometime in 2022, according to a report from Autocar. We previously reported it will probably be a 2023 model. The Mustang has become a core model for the Blue Oval in both the US and overseas, so the new model will once again ride on a global platform, codenamed S650, with a right-hand drive option.
As expected, the new Mustang will keep the V8, only it'll be connected to a hybrid system for improved fuel efficiency. Power will be sent to the rear wheels, though all-wheel drive will be present. How so? A pair of electric motors will be placed at each side of the engine, meaning electrical power assist will be sent to the front axle.
Chances are this won't be a full-time AWD system but rather one where the front wheels are sensor-activated whenever the rear wheels lose traction. Torque vectoring is also a possibility. The hybrid system will also enable the combustion engine to turn off when it's not needed, such as city driving. This system is actually already used on the new Ford Explorer Hybrid. What's still unknown is whether or not a non-hybrid V8 and a turbo four-cylinder engine will be offered. Chances are the latter will remain available.
Styling-wise, don't expect the seventh-gen Mustang to look dramatically different than today's car. It'll be very much evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The soon to go on sale Ford Mustang Mach-E will likely serve as a styling starting point, such as the front fascia design and taillights.
Above all, the Mustang will retain its 2+2 seating (despite the added space a hybrid system will require), an arrangement that dates back to the first generation, and a convertible body style is also in the cards. The interior design will take an evolutionary approach, meaning it's not expected to adopt the high-tech look of the Mustang Mach-E. Interestingly, the seventh-gen Mustang program has actually been delayed by a few years.
The original plan called for a 2020 launch but Ford decided to shift focus to the Mach-E. It's still too early to know which Mustang variants will return (or not), but we'd be surprised not to see more future Shelbys. It's also vital for any Mustang to remain affordable, so don't expect Ford to turn its next pony car into something it's not, like a direct Porsche 911 fighter. Assuming all goes to plan, Ford should not have any difficulty making the planned 2022 premiere date.