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.
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I’d seen the AFS headline about a March 2023 start of production for S650, but the ’24MY bit is a surprise. Would Ford skip the ’23MY or would it just be very short? The ’22MY starts in Jan 2022….I’d assumed that would run to Feb 2023 with the S650 launching as a ’23MY in March 2023.
There was speculation about a Godzilla-based 6.8 L replacing the Coyote in the next-gen Mustang. This came after a supposed team member posted his work experience on Linked In and made reference to this new engine. Haven’t heard anything more about this. Has anyone?
Not quite Chris. The Linkedin reference was regarding an ex-Ford engineer detailing work on the 4-cylinder and 8-cylinder hybrids………the 6.8l was “announced” by the Union Chief a couple of years back when he claimed it would go in derivatives of the F150 and Mustang. The rumor mill thought the 6.8 might go in a Shelby (not replacing the Coyote)…….but there’s been zero info since.