Ford posted a mysterious image on its official Twitter account simply as Tesla ready to unveil the Mannequin Y. The tweet asks many extra questions than it solutions, but it surely confirms one thing Mustang-related (or, at the very least, Mustang-inspired) is coming with some type of electrification. It may very well be the long-promised hybrid Mustang, or it might allude to an electrical crossover injected with strands of Mustang DNA that’s underneath growth on the Blue Oval’s headquarters.
We’ve caught a glimpse of the gasoline-electric Mustang earlier than. In 2018, Ford launched a heritage-laced tv advert displaying a 2019 Mustang roaring down a desert highway earlier than chopping to an animation of its 5.Zero-liter V8 engine in motion. The following scene launched a automobile that seemed like a Mustang, however with a body-colored panel and a backlit emblem as an alternative of a grille. These styling cues fall in step with the design language that just about each automobile firm — from Volkswagen to Mercedes-Benz — has adopted to characterize future electrified fashions. The picture Ford tweeted (accompanied by the caption “maintain your horses”) confirmed the identical emblem. Coincidence? You inform us.
Maintain your horses pic.twitter.com/EYNqZLv3ER
— Ford Motor Firm (@Ford) March 15, 2019
We all know valuable little concerning the hybrid Mustang as a result of Ford received’t launch a full set of technical specs till a lot nearer to its on-sale date. It might not even be primarily based on the current-generation automobile. Patent filings leaked in early 2019 counsel it is going to include a V8 engine, and it will likely be the primary factory-built Mustang with all-wheel drive. Nothing is official but, nevertheless.
One other believable risk is that Ford has simply signaled the upcoming arrival of an electrical, Mustang-inspired crossover that can compete in the identical section because the Mannequin Y. The mannequin’s teaser marketing campaign has already began, we noticed a sketch of its shapely rear finish in September 2018, so the advert and the tweet may very well be the subsequent installments. Whereas putting a Mustang emblem on a family-friendly crossover is a daring determination that dangers diluting the mannequin’s hard-earned picture, Ford has brazenly acknowledged the yet-unnamed automobile’s design will draw inspiration from the well-known sports activities automobile.
“Mustang has a soul. It’s a stability of efficiency and design. When you can capitalize on the cachet and let that rub off on the remainder of the portfolio, it’s an excellent factor,” Darrel Behmer, the Mustang’s chief engineer, defined in a current interview with trade commerce journal Automotive Information.
Ford is leaving us at the hours of darkness. We might study extra particulars concerning the mannequin depicted in its tweet in April 2019 in the course of the annual New York Auto Present. And, whether or not it’s a Mustang or merely a Mustang-inspired crossover, the automobile will arrive in American showrooms in about 2020.
Up to date on March 15, 2019: Added Ford’s tweet.