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, however it confirms one thing Mustang-related (or, a minimum of, Mustang-inspired) is coming with some type of electrification. It could possibly be the long-promised hybrid Mustang, or it might allude to an electrical crossover injected with strands of Mustang DNA that’s below growth 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 highway earlier than chopping to an animation of its 5.Zero-liter V8 engine in motion. The following scene launched a automotive that appeared like a Mustang, however with a body-colored panel and a backlit emblem as an alternative of a grille. These styling cues fall according to the design language that just about each automotive 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 in regards to the hybrid Mustang as a result of Ford received’t launch a full set of technical specs till a lot nearer to its on-sale date. It could not even be primarily based on the current-generation automotive. Patent filings leaked in early 2019 counsel it is going to 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 chance is that Ford has simply signaled the upcoming arrival of an electrical, Mustang-inspired crossover that can compete in the identical section 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 could possibly be the subsequent installments. Whereas putting a Mustang emblem on a family-friendly crossover is a daring resolution that dangers diluting the mannequin’s hard-earned picture, Ford has brazenly said the yet-unnamed automotive’s design will draw inspiration from the well-known sports activities automotive.
“Mustang has a soul. It’s a steadiness of efficiency and design. When you 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 latest interview with trade commerce journal Automotive Information.
Ford is leaving us at nighttime. We might study extra particulars in regards to 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 automotive will arrive in American showrooms in about 2020.
Up to date on March 15, 2019: Added Ford’s tweet.