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.