Next Ford Mustang Could Get All-Wheel Drive And Electric Variant

Ford recently celebrated National Mustang Day with a handful of Mustang-related announcements and new of details are starting to emerge about the next-generation pony car.

The Detroit Bureau reports the all-new Mustang will debut early next decade. Little is known about the car but the publication suggests the company will be considering an all-wheel drive variant as well as an electric version of the classic muscle car.

Nothing is official but Ford has already confirmed plans for a plug-in hybrid Mustang. The report says it will arrive in time for the 2019 model year and the company has previously hinted the car will be “all about delivering V8-like performance with more low-end torque.”

Ford hasn’t said much about the model but the company’s car group marketing manager, Corey Holter, told the publication “a hybrid Mustang will help further unlock Mustang’s potential” in markets such as China and Europe.

The report about all-wheel drive is also interesting as it would likely increase the Mustang’s appeal in colder climates. Dodge launched the all-wheel drive Challenger GT early last year and noted it has the “all-weather capability to carve through some of the worst weather Mother Nature can dish out.”

While the all-new Mustang is still several years off, the company is putting the finishing touches on the Mustang Shelby GT500. The company has teased the car on a couple of occasions and confirmed it will have a supercharged V8 engine that produces more than 700 hp (522 kW / 710 PS).

The exact number remains a mystery but several insiders told the publication the GT500 will “comfortably push past” the Dodge Challenger Hellcat which has 707 hp (527 kW / 716 PS). However, it won’t be as powerful as the Challenger SRT Demon which has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine developing 840 hp (626 kW / 851 PS) and 770 lb-ft (1,044 Nm) of torque.

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  • MonkeyRider

    Hope they don’t drop V8 just like Raptor..

    • eb110americana

      They won’t. That would be dumber than a Mustang minivan.

      • Belthronding

        watch your words out,we are in the times that automakers doing and applying all things that they would never do.just check out german brands.

  • MarketAndChurch

    This is where I’d like to see more EV’s and hybrids, in the performance arena. Not on Accords or Camry’s.

  • Paul Webster

    Hope this is for European and Far East markets only. NA doesn’t need this powertrain in a Mustang.

    • Status

      Oh yes they do! An AWD Mustang would be perfect!

      • Jay

        Hmm maybe we aren’t so different after all.

        • Status

          We’re all atoms, Jay.

          • Belthronding

            the best comment ever

      • LWOAP

        If you did that, people won’t be crashing as much at Cars and Coffee meets and looking like tools trying to do a burnout. Think about the meme.

        • Status

          FUCK!! You’re right! My special Friday morning treat would be ruined forever!

          Every Friday morning I slowly wake up with a mug of tea and an endless stream of Mustangs crash videos to warm my cold black heart. Occasionally I switch it up and watch a Russian crash stream, but the main draw is the Mustangs and the hooting and hollering from the crowd.

          In that case, AWD better be optional.

      • Harry_Wild

        AWD Mustang would be an idea sport car for many reasons too!

    • Nick

      you don’t get to decide that.

  • LJ

    As long as there’s a version with rear wheel drive and a V8, I don’t care what they do.

  • Six Thousand Times

    As long as you can still get a proper one.

    • Nick


      • Six Thousand Times

        Care to make a rational rebuttal?

  • eb110americana

    There is already buzz that the Focus RS will be augmented with hybrid power (electric turbo would be cool, but I won’t hold my breath). The 2.3L turbo in the Mustang is pretty closely related, so I could see them amortizing the costs across two platforms. The question is, mechanical or electric AWD to the front axle?

  • SteersUright

    Without a V8, it won’t be a Mustang. That said, can make a tiny 3.5L V8 or something incredibly efficient, and then use the electric motors to boost power, efficiency and environmental cleanliness.

    • ChicagoBlah

      The original had a v6

      • Status

        Straight 6, not a V6.

      • SteersUright

        The original had drum brakes. What a silly point. Certain iconic automobiles become very closely associated with their engines, given the engine being the “soul” of the car or whatever. Can you imagine a 4-cylinder Ferrari? Have you not seen the backlash Porsche is taking for moving from its iconic flat-6 to a flat-4 in its Cayman/Boxster?
        And to your reply to your other comment below, the only thing childish is not allowing others to have their own opinion. And for the record, business 101: it is NEVER what the manufacturer wants it to be, but what the marketplace demands. If a manufacturer builds a product “how it wants it to be” yet it proves to be a product nobody wants they will not be in business very long.

  • Whatever the end result would be, I would love to see how Mustang evolved, maybe they could build better mustang without the V8. Who knows.

    • LWOAP

      They could bring back the SVO name if they did.

      • Remember when they said SVO name could return for the 2,3 litre Turbo version? Missed opportunity there.

  • Harry_Wild

    Exactly what I been wait so long for! Mustang with AWD for the Winter months so I can drive it all year around! Hope it come true and in 2019 too!

  • Status

    I figured. It’s conveient for the old codgers to say “It’s not a real Corvette/Mustang/Charger if it doesn’t have a V8!”, but all you have to do is point to a historic example to prove them wrong.

    The 2.3L Mustang won’t set the world on fire, but I don’t think it’s a bad car nor do I think it’s permanently damaged the Mustang legacy. If anything, I think showing how flexible and adaptable the Mustang is to the changing world would prove how indelible that legacy is. If Ford dug their heels in and say ‘no’ to every single idea that their engineers came up with, the Mustang would become a Viper, and would fossilize in the market.

  • FactChecker90803

    How about a long wheel base 4 Door Hatch back.

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