A previous version of this story said that the Ford Mustang Hybrid would utilize a V8 internal-combustion engine. It is currently unknown what ICE will be offered in the forthcoming Hybrid model; the story has been corrected to reflect that.
Ford Motor Company today announced seven of the thirteen new electrified vehicles it plans to introduce by 2020 – the result of a $4.5 billion commitment to expanding its range of hybrid, plugin, and battery-electric vehicles by the end of the decade.
As incredible as it may sound, one of these is a Ford Mustang Hybrid.
According to a release, the Ford Mustang Hybrid will debut in 2020 with “V8 power and even more low-end torque,” thanks to the addition of one or more electric motors, which tend to produce peak torque from very low (or zero) RPM. The new Mustang Hybrid will be built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, where the Ford Mustang and Lincoln Continental are currently built, after a $700 million expansion. It will launch for the North American market to start.
Ford’s press release says nothing of the future Mustang Hybrid’s anticipated fuel efficiency, but needless to say, the new model ought to offer MPG gains over existing Mustang models. It’s currently unknown what sort of petrol engine will make up half of the new pony car’s propulsion system, but the 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4 seems a likely candidate.
“Ford’s global EV strategy is to build on our strengths,” says Ford CTO and Executive VP of Product Development Raj Nair. “While some others seem to be focused on marketing claims and numbers, we’re focused on providing customers even more of what they love about their Ford vehicles.
“This means more capability for trucks, more productivity for commercial vehicles and more performance for sports cars – plus improved fuel economy.”