Ford fans rejoice! There will be a new Ford Mustang coming – but not until at least 2026.
Last June, we reported that an all-new, seventh-generation Ford Mustang would be coming for the 2021 model year, but it appears that Ford’s plans have changed – and we will have to wait a bit longer for the new pony. According to a report from Automobile, Ford is working on a new Mustang and it will be based on the same CD6 platform used by the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator. That much we already knew. What we didn’t know is that it has been delayed until roughly 2026, perhaps even later.
Initially, the current Mustang, known as the S550, was to be succeeded by the S650 on the CD6 architecture around the 2021 calendar year. But sources say that plans have changed, and the next-gen pony car has been delayed. Basing the Mustang on the same platform as the one used by the Explorer and Aviator will provide the necessary scale to make a new Ford Mustang cost effective for The Blue Oval.
Scale is vital for Ford to make the vehicle worthwhile. Case in point: in 2018, Ford sold 261,571 Explorers (see Ford Explorer sales) and only 75,842 Mustangs (see Ford Mustang sales). By the end of the 2019 calendar year, the sales volume of vehicles on the CD6 platform – the Explorer and Aviator – is expected to surpass 300,000 units.
The next-gen Mustang is said to be larger than the current car when it arrives around 2026, so much so that it will be closer in size to the current Dodge Challenger – which approaches full-size vehicle dimensions.
As for the current Mustang, it will reportedly receive a major mid-cycle refresh soon, technically making it the second refresh of the S550 generation. Sources say that this second S550 refresh will get new looks front to back, as well as a hybrid model. Speaking of which, the Mustang Hybrid – which we may have caught testing recently – is also delayed, and is expected to arrive in early 2022.