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Next-Generation 2021 Ford Mustang Details Leaked?

The folks over at, seem to have gotten some serious scoops on the next-generation Ford Mustang. Most notably, it’s mentioned when the seventh-generation pony car ought to enter production, and what to expect in terms of engineering advancements.

And reader, the seventh-generation Ford Mustang is said to launch sooner than you might expect.

According to LMC Automotive’s latest North American Production Forecast report, the seventh-generation Ford Mustang – program code “S650” – will start production in May 2020. That’s been moved up significantly from its original SOP (Start Of Production) date of January 2022, likely in response to the lofty performance advancements achieved by the Chevrolet team with the new Alpha platform 2016 Camaro.

On that note, Mustang6G also tells us that weight savings will be a key focus for the 2021 Ford Mustang S650, and that no small amount of aluminum could even find its way into the car to help the automaker achieve its weight loss goals. Ford’s experience with the latest, aluminum-bodied F-150 might prove useful here, as the company goes about trying to shed some of the mass gained from switching to an independent rear suspension setup from a solid axle.

In the meantime, the current sixth-generation Ford Mustang will likely cease production the month before this new pony car’s SOP, in April 2020. This will give the S550 Mustang a comparatively short lifecycle of less than six years.

We’ll surely know more in the coming months. But for now, we’ll continue to stay tuned.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Ken

    I can’t see it, the Mustang is selling way more than this all new alpha. Sales are where the money is. I hope they don’t rush something crap out, to make a couple magazines happy about useless track times.

    1. Manoli Katakis

      The Mustang currently has an edge over the Camaro because its launch is still ramping up. It’s gonna be a while before sales are worth comparing full-go.

      1. Ken

        Mustang launched at the same time last year, and seen sales spiked much sooner. Not saying its not going to happen, but to compare the two launches, GM is behind. I think the styling was played too safe on the exterior, and the interior although nice, kinda looks a little goofy. The nav looks like a leap pad to be honest.

        1. Silent electrician

          Ken, you are honestly dead wrong regarding the launch comparisons. Most importantly, the Camaro isn’t being shipped to dealers in full-swing yet so it hasn’t had an opportunity to show its true sales worthiness. To date, only several hundred Alpha-based Camaros have shipped; this number may be as high as a thousand now, but not more.

          So again, way too early to compare sales figures. And besides that, you really need to consider that the supposed sales detractors you list above are your opinion and are probably not representative of the demographic as a whole… especially about the styling and nav. Have you actually driven or sat in a new Camaro? Nothing goofy about it.

          1. Ken

            I’m just looking at the numbers, so there behind on production if that’s the case than fine. I didn’t drive one but yes I’ve been in them at the car show in Detroit. The nav is goofy looking, is that my opinion yes! Are you going to read something negative about a GM product on the internet? Of course you are, is it your first day there bud?



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