New Ford Mustang Won’t Get Hybrid, AWD Version: Report

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The Ford Mustang 2024 will be revealed to the world in full exactly one week from now. The sports car with the internal designation S650 will debut in style and the automaker is preparing for an unforgettable event that has already begun with a convoy of Ford vehicles heading to Detroit for the big premiere. All of our questions about the new pony car will be answered on September 14th but now there is a new report that provides fresher information.

Automotive News has a new article discussing the new Mustang, which will likely be the last generation Mustang with a combustion engine. This is more of a general assumption based on the automaker’s current electrification strategy, but there’s something more interesting in that part that caught our attention. It came without official confirmation, though we won’t have to wait too long to find out if it’s true.

Around the middle of the article, Automotive News says plans for a hybrid Mustang have been scrapped and the rumored all-wheel-drive version is unlikely to happen either. We advise you to take this information with a grain of salt at this point as nothing official has come from Ford but we’ll definitely find out more next week when the new Mustang will make its official debut.

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Rumors of an electric Mustang first surfaced a few years ago and were later fueled by LinkedIn an account belonging to someone claiming to be working on the S650 program. A US patent filing from several years ago also shows a Mustang with a “twin motor drive system for hybrid vehicles” using a V8 combustion engine and two electric motors for an all-wheel-drive arrangement. Chances of seeing an AWD hybrid Mustang now seem slim.

One thing we know for sure is that the new pony car will continue to rely on a V8 engine. A recent teaser promises V8 power for the next generation of the world’s most popular sports car and it looks like there will also be a new GT Performance trim to come. Everything will be announced on September 14th, so stay tuned.

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