In just over a month, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) would return to Detroit for the first time since 2019. But the really big news is that there will be a whole new Mustang that everyone will be able to watch if all goes according to plan this time.
Although it has not yet been verified by Ford Motor Co. as an official company, the company says the car is coming in the past. Meanwhile, Automotive News quoted many insiders as reporting that the next-generation Mustang will indeed make its world debut at the auto show back this fall. Details are limited, but the outlet says it has been told by at least two relevant sources that the model codenamed “S650” will arrive equipped with the EcoBoost and V8 powertrains found in the current sixth-generation Mustang. Assuming that’s the case, we’d be surprised to see them drop the six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic when it comes time to show off the new edition.
Rumors have also suggested that Ford will launch a hybrid variant of the Mustang. Previous Ford patents showed the company was working on a V8 with two electric motors as part of an all-wheel-drive system. But there has been no confirmation that the technology will make it into Ford’s pony car.
Officially, Ford has only confirmed that the all-new Mustang is on the way. A June announcement also saw the company say assembly would continue at the Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan. But that’s about all the automaker has been willing to commit, though we can certainly speculate.
Since it doesn’t look like we’re getting a new platform for the car, chances are the next generation won’t be all that different from the sports coupe available today. Production is expected to begin in early 2023, with limited plant downtime, as the facility is unlikely to need significant retooling. Earlier teasers from Ford have already shown the car fitted with a manual transmission, helping to speculate that the six-speed box will be to stick on around. And disguised prototypes have also shown that the car will retain its basic shape and dimensions, even if Blue Oval decides to tweak the styling.
The North American International Auto Show returns to Detroit on September 14. Expect the event to go down with the Mustang, as it will be nearly impossible for Ford to keep it a secret for very long once the only thing standing between it and the public is a thin piece of fabric and a velvet cord.
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