Next Ford Mustang coming in 2022 as 2023 model, job ad confirms

Ford is in the process of developing a redesign for the Mustang, the nameplate’s seventh generation, and a recent job listing has let slip that the car is coming in 2022 as a 2023 model.

Discovered by a member of the Mustang 6G forum, the job listing was posted on Linkedin by Ford in January and seeks a “Wind/Road Noise and Air Leakage Plant Vehicle Team (PVT) Engineer” to work on the current Mustang as well as the redesigned model, referred to in the listing as the S650. The current Mustang is the S550.

Originally due in 2021, the delay likely has to do with Ford’s efforts to base the redesigned Mustang on the CD6 platform that debuted in the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator twins. Recall, Ford in 2018 announced its future lineup would migrate to five highly modular platforms.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 media drive, Las Vegas, October, 2019

While moving to a modular platform will bring economies of scale, there are concerns that the redesigned Mustang might be bigger than the current model which measures 188.3 inches long and rides on a 107.1-inch wheelbase. While we don’t like the sound of a larger Mustang, the key will be weight. The current Mustang GT with a manual transmission already weighs 3,743 pounds and we wouldn’t want it to become any heavier.

The payoff of moving to a modular platform, and in particular the CD6, is that Ford will be able to integrate hybrid and all-wheel-drive systems, which should help the automaker expand the Mustang’s appeal. What isn’t clear though is whether Ford’s promised Mustang Hybrid has also been delayed. The gas-electric pony car is due out in 2020, Ford said at the car’s announcement back in 2017.

The delayed timeline for the redesigned Mustang doesn’t come as a huge surprise considering sales of the current Mustang are still strong (Ford sold close to 72,500 in the U.S. in 2019) and there are still new variants to come. There are also rumors that Chevrolet plans to phase out the Camaro, which would mean less competition for the Mustang down the road.

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Leaked, Los Angeles Auto Show

This is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E with up to 300 miles of range, 0-60 in 3 seconds, $43,895 base price

The Blue Oval’s newest pony took a huge leap forward on Sunday night with the reveal of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.

The 2021 Ford Mach-E electric crossover SUV will have up to 300 miles of driving range, sprint from 0 to 60 mph in mid 3-second range, and have all-wheel drive—although not all in the same car.

The base model will be called Select and cost $43,895 excluding the $7,500 federal tax credit and destination charge when it’s available in early 2021 (other versions will show in late 2020). It aims for 255 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque with an estimated EPA range of 210 to 230 miles, sprint from 0 to 60 mph in the mid-5-second range, and be available with rear- or all-wheel drive (which ups torque to 429 lb-ft). Interested buyers can reserve one for $500 via Ford’s website.

A step up will be the Premium model with 255 to 333 hp and 306 to 417 lb-ft of torque, an estimated 210 to 300 miles of driving range, mid 5- to 6-second 0 to 60 mph run, and rear- or all-wheel drive for $50,600 before the federal tax credit or destination charge.

California Route 1 models will have 282 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque with an an estimated 300 miles of range, mid 6-second 0 to 60 sprint, all-wheel drive with 18-inch wheels, and cost $52,400.

The quickest Mach-E will be the GT model with 459 hp and 612 lb-ft. Priced from $60,500 before federal tax incentives or destination charge, it’s the model enthusiasts will want with the mid 3-second 0 to 60 sprint and all-wheel drive along with 20-inch wheels. Its range is an estimated 235 miles.

A limited edition dubbed the First Edition will be priced from $59,900 and have 333 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque with an estimated 270 miles of range, mid 5-second 0 to 60 spring, all-wheel drive, and 19-inch wheels. Three exclusive exterior colors will be offered including Grabber Blue Metallic along with unique interior contrast stitching, First Edition scuff plates, brushed aluminum pedals, and red brake calipers.

Ford said the Mustang Mach-E will be able to regain 47 miles of range with 10 minutes of fast charging on a 150-kw charger. It will have a 78.7- or 98.8-kwh lithium-ion battery.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

The exterior of the Mach-E looks every bit inspired by the Mustang badge planted on the front. The LED head and taillights are nearly cribbed from the Mustang but feature their own distinct design elements. The roofline is fast and it will be interesting to find out how much head room is in the rear seat. A glass roof is available, but it’s yet to be seen if it’ll be standard.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Inside there’s a large Tesla-like touchscreen that dominates the center console with a slim digital gauge cluster in front of the three-spoke steering wheel.

The Mustang Mach-E rides atop a wheelbase that measures 117 inches between the wheels and spans 186 inches from bumper to bumper. It slots between the Escape and Edge in the Mustang linuep. The crossover will seat up to five with 29 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row or up to 59.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. A 4.8 cubic foot front trunk that’s waterproof will be included in all models. The Mustang Mach-E uses 18-inch front rotors with four-piston calipers, and 17-inch, single-pistons on the rear. The GT version has 19-inch rotors at all four corners with four, fixed pistons at each brake.

All noted specs weren’t final on the consumer site and may not be final by the time the car arrives in 2020.

This story is developing and will be updated.

Managing Editor Aaron Cole contributed to this report.

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