The Ford Mustang's Last Stand Could Involve Hybridization

The next-generation Ford Mustang may include hybridization. What will come after it, might have more in common with the Mach E than we would like

Until now, the Ford Mustang has been one of the most rigid cars, with regards to its formula

Since its inception in the 1960s, the pony car has always been a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive 2+2 coupe, powered almost exclusively by a potent V-8. However, the next Mustang may be the one to bring change to all that

Reports indicate that the next-generation Mustang will be a hybrid

The 2.3 and 5.0-liter powerplants are still going to be on offer, but according to a post, by Pedro Maradei - former product development engineer for Ford powerplants - the upcoming Mustang will feature some sort of electrification

This is happening sooner than expected

The 2023 Mustang, internally dubbed the S650, will come out as a 2023 model, which means an official debut sometime in 2022 and with it, more details regarding its hybrid powertrains

There are a few possibilities, regarding the extent of hybridization in the next Mustang

Because of the current GT and Mach 1 horsepower loss of 10 hp, Ford could implement a mild-hybrid system. However, if we are talking about a plug-in or full-hybrid powertrains, the S650 may share tech with the Mustang Mach E

The next-generation Mustang may be the last one to utilize an internal combustion engine

While Ford hasn't confirmed anything yet, the upcoming S650 generation fo the Mustang is already being viewed as a the pony car's transition to a fully electric vehicle

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With all that in mind, one question remains: will the legendary pony car continue to be its own, distinctive model, or will it simply be reduced to being a sleeker Mach E?