A new advertisement from Ford Motor Company starring Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm In The Middle) was released today, titled “Built Ford Proud”, and it contains what could be a sneak peak of the forthcoming Ford Mustang Hybrid. That model was confirmed for future release back in January, 2017, and Ford said at the time it would have “V8 power and even more low-end torque.”
We took this to mean that most likely, the forthcoming Ford Mustang Hybrid would have V8-like power – not that it would actually employ a V8 internal-combustion engine. After all, using a big, raucous eight-cylinder would seem to run counter to the goal of conserving fuel, and a hybrid-electric powertrain would be more than capable of elevating the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4 to V8 levels of performance.
Yet looking at the still frame featured above, grabbed from about the 0:36 mark in the new Ford ad, you can clearly see that it’s the image of a V-shaped internal-combustion engine Ford has generated for the commercial. Look even harder, and you might be able to pick out what looks like two sets of four ignition coils – one on either side of the engine – at the top of the frame. This is no I4 or V6.
Immediately after this computer-generated image of a V8, we’re shown a dark image (below) of a vehicle’s front end, with the Mustang logo brightly illuminated on the nose. The area typically occupied by the grille is mostly blocked-off, with the apparent exception of a small air inlet on either side. That likely wouldn’t provide enough cooling airflow for a V8, but for now, it’s just a manufacturer rendering.
Of course, there are possibilities beside a V8-powered Mustang Hybrid for what Ford is trying to show us in this segment of the ad, including: the automaker’s forthcoming battery-electric crossover. To our knowledge, that model won’t have even so much as a gasoline range-extender, let alone a big, proper V8, and we’re sure Ford knows better than to actually slap the Mustang badge on it. (Right, Ford?)
But Ford has said on multiple occasions that the new, 300-mile BEV will be a true performance vehicle, with “Mustang DNA” evident in its styling and performance characteristics. Perhaps that’s all Ford is trying to communicate here with these images; the front fascia in the latter shot looks a bit too tall for the Mustang, and a four-cylinder engine still seems a much more likely choice for the forthcoming Ford Mustang Hybrid than a V8.
Either way, interesting times are ahead.