It’s been believed for some time now that the 2023 Ford Mustang would represent the launch of the new, next-generation S650 Ford Mustang. However, a new report from AutoForecast Solutions indicates that S650 Ford Mustang production won’t begin until until March 2023, and the new version of Ford’s iconic pony car won’t launch until the 2024 model year. No reason for this change is given, though various supply chain issues and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have wreaked havoc in the automotive industry over the past year or so.
As Ford Authority has reported over the last several months, the next-generation Mustang will introduce a series of changes to the long-running model, including a possible all-wheel drive variant and at least one hybrid version of the pony car, which was previously rumored to launch in 2025. As Ford Authority reported back in October, two hybrid options could possibly be in the works – electrified versions of Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 and 5.0L Coyote V8.
No other major powertrain changes are expected for the next-gen Mustang, and as Ford Authority reported back in May, the good old-fashioned V8 engine won’t be going away any time soon, either. However, it should also come as no surprise that an all-electric Mustang is expected at some point in the future – perhaps as soon as 2028 for the 2029 model year, as rumors have suggested.
The S650 Mustang will continue to be built at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant and is expected to have an eight-year life cycle, as Ford Authority reported last August, which would match the lifespan of the current S550 generation.