The all-new 2023 Ford Mustang spied in the United States
Fordnext generation 2023 Mustang was spied putting miles on the pavement in the US ahead of its reveal this year. The current model, first introduced in 2015, has proven to be a consistent high seller for Ford, which, despite declining US sales, retains its world’s best-selling sports car. This was largely due to the addition of right-hand drive production and subsequent popularity in markets such as the UK and Australia which enhanced its international appeal.
However, we now have another generation of Mustangs to look forward to, because while the iconic moniker has now found its way to an electric SUV in the form of the Mach-e, the Mustang GT will retain its traditional combination of coupe (and possibly convertible) styling. bodywork, V8 engine and rear-wheel drive.
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As we can see from the prototype, its proportions won’t deviate far from the current generation model, with this prototype even sharing some of the elements of the current car such as the wheel design and exterior mirrors. But whether that means the new Mustang will run on a modified version of the current chassis, or one from Ford’s lineup, remains to be seen. It will require a substantial change to the chassis, however, as it will need to support two major new hardware elements that Ford intends to introduce in this generation.
One of those should be all-wheel drive, a popular drivetrain setup in the northern states of the US and Canada due to their cold winters and snowy conditions. Dodge has offered a similar system on its Challenger (Mustang’s main rival in North American markets) for years, resulting in consistently high sales in colder parts of the country, space Ford hopes to reclaim. in this new generation.
The second item believed to be in the pipeline is a hybrid powertrain option, forming a bridge for prospective Mustang customers to full electrification. This new technology would be used to both reduce emissions and improve performance all at once. There’s no word yet on which layout Ford intends to use, but Ford’s significant investment in mild and plug-in hybrid powertrains should pay off when it hits the Mustang.
One possible option could be Ford’s hybrid powertrain available in the US-market Explorer, which combines a 3-liter Ecoboost V6 engine with an electric motor and a 13.6 kWh battery. This system creates a combined torque of 457 hp and 608 lb-ft, figures equal to and far superior (in terms of torque) to the current Mustang GT. There’s no indication that this powertrain could be used in the next Mustang, but it’s an example of what might be in store.
Looking at the prototype, its substantial camouflage gives us little indication of what to expect other than its basic proportions. These aren’t too far off from the current model, with a long hood and a sloping roofline that ends in a subtle ducktail spoiler. Given the success of the previous model, we suspect the design and detailing won’t stray far from where it is now, with advances in LED lighting technology giving designers the ability to lighten the lighting and create an even more aggressive face.
As is often the case in the US, prototypes on the road often mean a start is not far off, and with the habit of revealing cars months before market availability now the norm, we shouldn’t have to wait long to see the full car. How long it takes for Ford to homologate and send us right-hand drive examples is the more pertinent question, but hopefully it gets to us before UK emissions regulations tighten their grip.