Ford Working On A More Powerful Mustang Ecoboost For 2020

Ford is reportedly working on a more powerful version of the Ecoboost-powered Mustang in order to bridge the gap between the base four-cylinder models and the V8 GT.

Hagerty discovered a recent NHTSA VIN filing document that shows models for the 2020 model year, that included not one but two engine codes for the turbocharged 2.3-liter Ecoboost in the Ford Mustang.

A Ford spokesman didn’t confirm the news -as expected-, only saying that the company “is always elevating Mustang and will share more exciting news this spring”.

Ford has stopped selling the V6 option from the Mustang range since the 2018 model year, leaving customers to choose between the four-cylinder and the V8 versions, creating along the way a very noticeable gap in the Mustang’s range.

The report speculates that the new engine variant is for a new mid-level Mustang that will compete against the 335hp V6 version of the Chevrolet Camaro. Ford has already extracted 350 hp from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost in the case of the Focus RS, so it won’t be that hard for them to create a similarly powered Mustang.

As it stands, the Mustang V8 GT commands a $9,000 premium over the four-pot Mustang, which leaves Ford with plenty of room to position the new version between the two. Ford’s Mustang plans for the 2020 MY is just a few months away so stay tuned.

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  • ErnieB

    Time to resurrect the SVO!

    • Bo Hanan

      Give is 350HP too.

  • eb110americana

    The Ecoboost already makes 310 hp and 350 lb. ft. of torque as of the 2018 refresh, which is more than Camaro’s (slightly smaller 2.0t) 275hp and 295 lb. ft., but it weighs about 200 lbs. more too.

  • Rocket

    I still think there should be an EcoBoost V6 on offer. 375 HP from the 2.7T should be no problem at all. Or just use the Explorer ST’s 400 horse 3.0T.

    • ErnieB

      That would be great!

    • ChicagoBlah

      Probably will be a 2.3 hybrid with some electric booster action

      • Rocket

        I don’t think we’ll see a hybrid until next generation. While I’d like to see an EcoBoost V6, I’m not expecting one. My money is on a higher output turbo four in the 350 HP range as speculated in the article.

        • ChicagoBlah

          Maybe a twin charged 4 banger? Haha that would be fun but a snow balls chance in hell. You are probably right about the next gen, hope they fix the 2018 grill. Think it was a step back in the looks department.

          • Rocket

            I agree on the grille 100%.

          • Six Thousand Times

            You get a grill with the ’18s? I bought a 2016 and I didn’t get a grill with mine. I guess if it’s not a very good one, I’m OK without it. Maybe one of those cheap jobs you see in the supermarket.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      The 400hp TT v6 would be faster than the v8

      • Rocket

        Not if Ford doesn’t want it to. And the power delivery/driving character would be different. Besides, for some, a Mustang must have a V8. I personally wouldn’t consider one any other way. That said, I still think a turbo 6 fills the gap better than a high output turbo 4.

  • Paul

    So we end up with what, EcoBoost and EcoBoost light?

  • SteersUright

    The Mustang crew needs to first focus on the disastrous quality such as the ill-fitting panels inside and out, among other areas. The Mustang truly deserves better than this. Its an icon, and so close to being a damn good sports car too.

    • Six Thousand Times

      The fit and finish on mine (’16) is quite good and has held up well. There are a few cheapo plastics inside but I’ve been impressed.

  • Harry_Wild

    No AWD option yet! Maybe that for the Lincoln?

    • Benjamin B.

      Why do you want an AWD pony car?

  • Six Thousand Times

    I still wish Ford would drop a high-feature six into ‘er.

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