Multiple next-generation S650 Ford Mustang prototypes have been spotted by Ford Authority spies in recent months, including a likely base model, a GT variant making some rumbly V8 noises, and a possible Mach 1 or higher-performance model. However, those same spies have now captured photos of the S650 Ford Mustang interior, revealing the new pony car’s redesigned cabin for the very first time, and there’s a lot to digest here.
First, while the overall aesthetic of this S650 Ford Mustang prototype’s interior looks similar to the current S550 model, it has received a host of modern updates. That includes a digital instrument cluster that looks different from the optional unit on the current-gen Mustang. A redesigned steering wheel resides in front of that updated screen, which features a flat bottom, a fact that Ford Authority exclusively reported last month.
Moving to the right, we can see a new HVAC vent design that’s quite angular. There are also fewer physical controls than the current model – a growing trend in the automotive world today – as the climate controls have been moved to a large, horizontally-oriented center touchscreen. There are some physical controls located beneath the center vents, however, including a start button, traction control, hazard lights, max defrost, one with a pony on it, and a volume knob for the radio. Interestingly, the shifter in this automatic transmission-equipped model looks virtually identical to the one present in the S550.
The S650 Ford Mustang is expected to represent more of an evolution for the pony car than a revolution, and in that essence, it won’t be available with all-wheel drive, as Ford Authority exclusively reported last week. However, two hybrid powertrain options could possibly be in the works – electrified versions of Ford’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 and 5.0L Coyote V8. As Ford Authority reported nearly a year ago, Ford’s iconic pony car won’t be losing its V8 any time soon.
Previously expected to launch for the 2023 model year, the S650 will now reportedly enter production next year for the 2024 model year, a detail that was recently confirmed by Ford’s vehicle director for icons and Ford Performance, Ali Jammoul. 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.