Following a six-week-long strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, the United Auto Workers (UAW) reached a tentative contract agreement with all three of the Detroit Big Three automakers in late October, effective ending that strike. Since then, a number of Blue Oval facilities have voted to ratify the agreement, including the Ford Flat Rock Assembly plant in Michigan, which currently produces only one model – the Ford Mustang. However, a big part of this new tentative deal consists of major investments by Ford in its existing products and plants, and the details of that roadmap seem to indicate that a mysterious new product is destined to join the Ford Mustang at the Flat Rock plant.
According to this roadmap, Ford will invest $50 million in the Flat Rock plant as part of the new UAW agreement, which means that Ford Mustang production will continue at the plant. However, these notes also state that “pending program approval, new product will be added,” which could be just about anything.
Given the fact that $50 million isn’t a massive investment by comparison, it’s likely that FoMoCo could simply be adding another Mustang variant to the production line. This makes quite a bit of sense, particularly given the fact that additional pony car variants are certain to join the S650 lineup in the coming years, as the automaker has hinted at over the past few months.
As Ford Authority exclusively reported back in April, the automaker has been testing S650 Mustang Shelby GT500 mules for months now, with that range-topping model seemingly a lock to make a comeback for the new generation pony car. Additionally, Ford CEO Jim Farley previously hinted that a hybrid version of the Mustang is more realistic at the moment than a fully-electrified version of the coupe. Either way, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what Ford has up its proverbial sleeve when it comes to adding a new product to the Flat Rock plant in the coming years.