Earlier today, Ford held a press conference where CEO Mark Fields outlined some of the company’s plans for increased investment in electrification in the coming years. On top of speaking about plans for additional EVs and autonomous technology, Fields also announced that Ford is working on hybrid versions of both the F-150 pickup truck and the iconic Mustang, set to debut in 2020.
Given the increasing number of hybrid performance cars hitting the road, the idea of a hybrid Mustang isn’t as unusual as you might you think, but it remains to be seen just how this car would slot into the line-up and what sort of buyer it will appeal to.
What kind of powertrain will it use? How will its performance compare to the V8 GT? Will it be geared more towards fuel economy than outright speed? How much will it cost? They’re all questions we’re looking forward to Ford answering in due course.
I have to say, the idea is an interesting one, but it all depends how it will actually be applied. What would you like to see from a Mustang hybrid? And would you ever consider buying one over a more traditional version?
So many close minded responses. This is why I don't venture into the comments that often.
Low-end torquey grunt of an electric for initial acceleration with a high strung 4 banger or big HP V8 for top end and acceleration assistance? Add a KERS system for track use and I don't see a problem here as long as Ford doesn't ruin the driving dynamics or make it look like a spaceship.
Or you know...tart it up for "Millenial Lifestyles."
If you're so concerned about MPG, you probably drive a Fusion. That car already has a hybrid model. The Mustang just seems a dicey choice at best when the 5.0, Ecoboost, and GT350 are all readily available - it would have to really blow the hooves off of all to make up for the price tag and wasted weight.
@arshad talib they cancelled plans to build one, none have closed recently. As far as I know the last Mexican Ford plant to close was back in 2014, unless anyone can correct me?
@arshad talib You can tweet a thanks to Trump for that.
@arshad talib The plant in mexico would have supplied a dozen markets, not just the USA.
@arshad talib A bigger applause for Kia, Audi, Nissan and Mercedes Benz for opening new plants in Mexico. A better decision was made :D
Find a way to get this thing under 2,500 lbs and you won't need a supplemental electric drive to hit 50 MPG.
This makes me think Honda needs to make a new Prelude. It was a platform that was used as a test bed for many new technologies, like 4 wheel steering, VTEC, ABS, ATTS. Nowadays there are so many new things coming out for cars, it would make sense, and not just for Honda.
Pretty much any manufacturer that isn't looking at hybridizing their lineup will be utterly left in the cold by 2025. The writing is on the wall in day-glo letters. They saw it years ago before we did, and now we're starting to see where they are taking it.
@D1RGE "like 4 wheel steering, VTEC, ABS, ATTS"... Are you describing the late 80ites? :D
@D1RGE "Pretty much any manufacturer that isn't looking at hybridizing their lineup will be utterly left in the cold by 2025."
Remember, the same thing was said about DOHC engines a generation ago. Then GM went and made a pushrod V8 that was so light, compact and power-dense that it completely upended the notion of DOHC > OHV.
I wouldn't count pure combustion out yet.
As long as we can keep the watermelons away from the levers of power, internal combustion has plenty of future left.
@D1RGE That's what I'm hoping the new Civic SI becomes. It's a similar size to my BB6 with (Hopefully) 220ish hp.
Plus the Civic shell is actually lighter than my 'lude.
My only worry is the development of autonomous technology. Every time I hear about that stuff, I freak out a little.
Not to mention that with all these driver-assist technologies available for vehicles these days, car manufacturers are proudly boasting, "These technologies are the building blocks for automated driving."
Imagine a world where driving a car yourself is punishable by law, or worse, punishable by death. The horror...
at this point - the key is driving dynamics - it can make 50mpg, but if it drives like poop, nobody will care about it
if Ford is really trying to slap a hybrid label on a Mustang (or vice versa) then it clearly must think it can deliver performance & dynamics
for those if us that care - we can all embrace 40+mpg - but what will it cost us in performance?, and vehicle dynamics? so many hybrids fail on the last two - and I'm sure they don't have to fail on the last two - the last two are hard enough to get right with ANY powertrain
@MPistol Look into the BMW330E. Great dynamics, good performance, better than 40mpg.
It can be done.
Will be very interesting if they make two hybrids for the mustang on using the 2.3l ecoboost for economy and another that slots above the gt350 using the for gt40 v6 with two front and one rear electric motors for torque vectoring and launch performance. But really hope the F150 comes with at least 200mile range on ev mode. Oohh They can build a phev Raptor for increased performance too.
@nh10798 Literally not one.
I am in the camp that thinks this wont be for economy. Sure, a hybrid is synonymous with good economy (read: aid in reducing fuel consumption) but I have a strange feeling that this could be more along the lines of outright power. I think this could be a V6 "hybrid." Think 2.7 EcoBoost V6 from the f150, then two huge electric motors sending an extra 200whp to each rear wheel.
That combined with some sophisticated traction control system and they will be top dog in the "magazines" for a while. And that sells cars.
@370 Hemi This could easily be Ford's answer to that Challenger. Just watch, the electric assist will be to the front wheels...
@370 Hemi It would be one hell of a car, active torque vectoring across the front wheels with the electric motors and ecobost power driving the rears. With the 4cyl in the engine bay there's plenty of room to add a hybrid system in there.
I've driven a BMW330E hybrid and the performance is good without to much of a weight penalty. I think this is a good direction for Ford to head in.