We’ve known for some time now that the next-generation S650 Ford Mustang is on the way for the 2023 model year, and it will bring about some pretty big changes, including a possibly all-wheel drive variant and at least one hybrid version of the pony car, which was previously rumored to launch in 2025. However, as numerous automotive news sites are reporting, a LinkedIn profile for Ford engineer Pedro Maradei reveals that not one, but two 2023 Ford Mustang hybrid options could possibly be in the works.
In Maradei’s work experience, he lists that he worked on the S650 Mustang program for five months, which entailed “23MY Mustang 2.3L I4 Hybrid and 5.0L V8 Hybrid Pre-PS low and high-pressure package analysis.” Maradei previously worked on powertrain development for the current-gen S550 Mustang and has spent a total of 10 years in that department, according to his profile.
While this isn’t concrete proof that the 2023 Ford Mustang will be available with a hybrid powertrain or two, such a move wouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, Ford has invested heavily in electrification in recent years and plans to eventually electrify its entire lineup. Developing hybrid versions of its 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 and 5.0L Coyote V8 wouldn’t presumably be terribly difficult for Ford either, as both come mated to the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission, which already utilizes hybrid tech when paired with the existing 3.5L PowerBoost V6 available in the Ford F-150.
The F-150 PowerBoost cranks out 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque, which is significantly more than the Ford’s non-hybrid 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which produces 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. A similar offering for the next-gen Mustang could give it a power boost as well, which would help make up for the 10 horsepower and 10 pound-feet of torque the 5.0L Coyote V8 in the 2022 Ford Mustang GT and Mach 1 will lose as a result of tightening emissions requirements, as Ford Authority exclusively reported earlier this month.