Numerous next-generation S650 2024 Ford Mustang prototypes have been spotted by Ford Authority spies in recent months following years of rumors and speculation, followed by a couple of leaks showing what might be base and GT versions of the forthcoming pony car. One detail that has been up for debate, however, is when the 2024 Ford Mustang will launch. Originally expected to arrive for the 2023 model year, the S650 Mustang was later pushed back to 2024, while Ford’s vehicle director for icons and Ford Performance, Ali Jammoul, recently confirmed that the new model will in fact debut in 2023. Now, Car & Driver is reporting that the next-gen Mustang will make its debut in a very special month for the iconic model – April of 2023.
C&D says that the 2024 Ford Mustang will “possibly” debut on April 17th, which just so happens to be 59 years to the day that the original pony car was revealed at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. That would certainly be fitting given the Mustang’s rich history, as well as the fact that the S650 generation could represent a swan song in terms of internal combustion-powered pony cars.
In the meantime, a number of important details surrounding the next-gen S650 Mustang have emerged in recent months, including the fact that it will launch with carryover engines – namely, the Ford 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost and Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote, as Ford Authority exclusively reported last month. Hybrid versions of both power plants remain a possibility for future model years, however.
While the 2024 Ford Mustang won’t look radically different from the current model on the outside, the interior is a different story, as it sports a flat-bottom steering wheel, a new digital instrument cluster design, and a larger infotainment screen. However, the next-gen pony car won’t be available with any sort of all-wheel drive system, as Ford Authority exclusively reported in early April. 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.