At first glance, Blue Oval’s iconic pony car is getting just a mild cosmetic update for its ends, but that’s not going to happen at all. Instead, the automaker started testing the next, seventh-gen 2021 Ford Mustang Hybrid. Yes, the particular model is using an electric aid in form of an electric motor.
According to the car manufacturer, the 2021 Mustang Hybrid is going to deliver a V8-like performance. The claim hints a smaller, most probably V6 engine that’s going to be coupled with an electric motor. More precisely, the electrified pony car will likely use the same powertrain as the Ford Explorer Hybrid. These two (and Lincoln Aviator as well) will use the all-new, rear-drive CD6 platform. Just like the Explorer, the 2021 Ford Mustang Hybrid will use a 3.3-liter V6 engine and an electric motor built into the 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is going to be standard, while potential buyers can get an optional and more expensive all-wheel-drive setup. If the pony car gets the identical drivetrain, you can expect 318 horsepower and the ability to travel over 500 miles before the automobile stays without fuel. The car will use a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that should be placed into the chassis between axels. This way, the next-generation Mustang won’t lose any passenger- or cargo space.
The odd prototype shows pretty much the same appearance as the current model. Up front, the camouflage hides new corner vents and redesigned turn signals, while everything else seems unchanged. The rear end shows totally new exhaust tips. Though, truth to be told, we think these pipes won’t stay when the production model arrives. No, they are probably here for EPA emissions testing purposes.
When the next-gen model arrives sometime in 2020 or 2021, the Mustang Hybrid won’t be the “greener” pony car that comes from Ford, because the automaker prepares an EV variant as well. So far, we know that the firm is targeting a range of 300 miles from the powertrain. On the other hand, we have no idea how powerful is going to be the all-electric model.