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Upcoming Mustang Could See Some Of The Most Radical Changes In Its Nearly Six-Decades Of Existence

Code-named internally as the S650, the 2024 Mustang Hybrid has commenced testing. Here’s what to expect

Whether you like it or not, the electrification of cars is going mainstream and several major automakers have pledged to launch new hybrid modelsover the coming decade, with some of them doing away with gas models altogether.

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Having said that, there are long-running nameplates like the iconic Mustang that you can’t really imagine becoming an EV. Take for instance the Mustang Mach-E, Putting one of the best-selling names in automotive history on an EV crossover was sacrilege for some.

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As for an all-electric version of the Mustang, it could probably make it by the end of the decade. The Cobra Jet 1400 EV shows us the kind of performance that is possible with an all-electric setup

Coming to the coupe itself, an all-electric version could come by the end of the decade. A Cobra-jet 1400 EV is already tearing up the drag strip. Back in 2019, Ford teased an image of a Mustang with a blue pony on the grille.

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Ford even put out a teaser in 2019, that saw an electric blue pony appear on the grille of what could potentially be the hybrid Mustang

Rumour has it that Ford has finally commenced work on the next best thing for the Mustang, a hybrid powertrain. Phew! Some saving grace, I suppose. Anyway, this in itself will be one of the biggest radical changes in the Mustang’s 58-year-old history.


Known internally as the S650, spy shots in the video above, reveal that the overall dimensions are pretty much identical to the current model, however, according to a patent filed in 2017, the pony car is set to undergo some significant changes under the skin as far as the powertrain goes.

The application was originally filed by Ford Global Technologies for a “Twin Motor Drive System For Hybrid Electric Vehicle,” and outlines “methods and systems” for a “hybrid electric vehicle including a front-wheel-drive system and a rear-wheel-drive system.”
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But now that is behind us, work has finally begun on the seventh-gen Mustang, that is also rumored to feature AWD thanks

The information was later confirmed by Pedro Maradei, an engineer who was working on the next-gen Mustang. The upcoming seventh-gen Mustang should employ Ford’s new modular platform shared with the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.

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Known as the S650 internally, the idea for a Mustang with a Hybrid powertrain has been around since 2017 as patents about the technology that featured a V-8 coupled to a pair of electric motors

You can expect both the 2.3 liters EcoBoost and the 5.0 Liter Coyote V-8 to be retained, albeit with hybrid tech. Expect the S650 to feature all-wheel drive, with the gas engine powering the rear wheels, while a pair of electric motors should handle the front wheels. You could also expect the 10-speed automatic to make a comeback.

The S550 generation of the Ford Mustang has been around since 2015. The S650, which is part of the Blue ovals massive Hybrid roll-out, would have arrived by as early as 2020, had it not been for then Ford CEO, Jim Hackett who chose to prioritize the Mach-E instead. Now that the Crossover is out and about, the time has finally come for Ford’s iconic muscle car to take the plunge into the world of electrification.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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