Tue. Mar 26th, 2019

Mustang-like and electrified. What did Ford simply present a preview of?

Ford posted a mysterious image on its official Twitter account simply as Tesla ready to unveil the Mannequin Y. The tweet asks many extra questions than it solutions, nevertheless it confirms one thing Mustang-related (or, at the least, Mustang-inspired) is coming with some type of electrification. It might be the long-promised hybrid Mustang, or it may allude to an electrical crossover injected with strands of Mustang DNA that’s underneath improvement on the Blue Oval’s headquarters.

We’ve caught a glimpse of the gasoline-electric Mustang earlier than. In 2018, Ford launched a heritage-laced tv advert exhibiting a 2019 Mustang roaring down a desert street earlier than slicing to an animation of its 5.Zero-liter V8 engine in motion. The subsequent scene launched a automobile that regarded like a Mustang, however with a body-colored panel and a backlit emblem as an alternative of a grille. These styling cues fall consistent with the design language that just about each automobile firm — from Volkswagen to Mercedes-Benz — has adopted to characterize future electrified fashions. The picture Ford tweeted (accompanied by the caption “maintain your horses”) confirmed the identical emblem. Coincidence? You inform us.

Maintain your horses pic.twitter.com/EYNqZLv3ER

— Ford Motor Firm (@Ford) March 15, 2019

We all know valuable little concerning the hybrid Mustang as a result of Ford gained’t launch a full set of technical specs till a lot nearer to its on-sale date. It might not even be based mostly on the current-generation automobile. Patent filings leaked in early 2019 recommend it should include a V8 engine, and it is going to be the primary factory-built Mustang with all-wheel drive. Nothing is official but, nevertheless.

One other believable risk is that Ford has simply signaled the upcoming arrival of an electrical, Mustang-inspired crossover that can compete in the identical phase because the Mannequin Y. The mannequin’s teaser marketing campaign has already began, we noticed a sketch of its shapely rear finish in September 2018, so the advert and the tweet might be the following installments. Whereas putting a Mustang emblem on a family-friendly crossover is a daring determination that dangers diluting the mannequin’s hard-earned picture, Ford has overtly acknowledged the yet-unnamed automobile’s design will draw inspiration from the well-known sports activities automobile.

“Mustang has a soul. It’s a steadiness of efficiency and design. If you happen to can capitalize on the cachet and let that rub off on the remainder of the portfolio, it’s factor,” Darrel Behmer, the Mustang’s chief engineer, defined in a current interview with trade commerce journal Automotive Information.

Ford is leaving us in the dead of night. We may study extra particulars concerning the mannequin depicted in its tweet in April 2019 in the course of the annual New York Auto Present. And, whether or not it’s a Mustang or merely a Mustang-inspired crossover, the automobile will arrive in American showrooms in about 2020.

Up to date on March 15, 2019: Added Ford’s tweet.

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