Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Ford CEO Jim Farley took to Twitter Wednesday to confirm the debut of the redesigned Ford Mustang on September 14.

The debut will take place at a revamped Detroit auto show that will run more like a festival than a traditional auto show. Sales are expected to follow in 2023, which means the car is likely to arrive as a 2024 model.

The new Mustang, internally called S650 (the current car is the S550), represents the seventh generation of the plate, and for more than a year there have been prototypes, in the guise of Ecoboost and GT, in addition to the convertible body style.

The prototypes suggest an evolutionary design, which points to the new Mustang riding an updated version of the bespoke D2C platform of the current car. At one point, Ford was rumored to be planning to use a version of the CD6 modular platform that debuted in the latest Explorer, a move that would likely see the Mustang grow in size. However, this no longer seems to be the case.

2024 Ford Mustang spy photo - Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

2024 Ford Mustang spy photo – Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

Mustang fans can expect some electrification with the upcoming redesign, however. The long-awaited hybrid option that was originally promised to be introduced around 2020 is expected to be introduced on the new Mustang.

Expect the hybrid powertrain to be found in a high-performance model. It is said to feature a traditional front V-8 that sends the transmission to the rear wheels, coupled with an electric motor (or two) on the front axle. Sufficient battery capacity is also expected for a small electric range.

2024 Ford Mustang spy photo - Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

2024 Ford Mustang spy photo – Photo credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

Other powertrain options would include the current car’s 2.3-liter turbo inline-4 and 5.0-liter V-8, perhaps with modifications for improved performance or fuel efficiency, or both. A 6-speed manual is also expected to continue, along with a 10-speed automatic available.

The Mustang redesign can’t come soon enough as US sales dropped to 52,414 units in 2021, a 14.2% drop from the previous year and the lowest level in the license plate’s history. However, this was also partly due to outages and some buyers likely switched to the Mustang Mach-E.

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