Online gamers are being treated to a curious bit of Ford promotion that seems to have flown under the radar back at the beginning of the year — there’s a hybrid Mustang coming in 2020.
Back at the turn of the year, Ford announced that it was going on a major EV push, adding seven new electrified model (including F-Series pickups, Transit vans and the iconic Mustang), launching a new fully electric SUV, and electrifying its police vehicles.
It was part of the much-hyped cancellation of plans to build a plant in Mexico in favour of investing $700 million in Michigan’s Flat Rock plant, to convert the facility for production of electrified and autonomous vehicles, as well as the Mustang and the new Lincoln Continental. The move would also create 700 jobs and was part of a $4.5 billion global investment in electric vehicles by 2020.
“Our investments and expanding lineup reflect our view that global offerings of electrified vehicles will exceed gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 15 years,” said then Ford president and CEO Mark Fields, adding that the company was focusing on areas of strength — electrifying its most popular models to make them even more capable and attractive to potential buyers.
“Ford’s global EV strategy is to build on our strengths,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s executive vice president and president of North America. “While some others seem to be focused on marketing claims and numbers, we’re focused on providing customers even more of what they love about their Ford vehicles. This means more capability for trucks, more productivity for commercial vehicles and more performance for sports cars – plus improved fuel economy.”
For the Mustang, that means delivering V-8 power, while using an electric motor’s inherent instantaneous torque to improve launch and low-end grunt. It will initially be available only in North America before an expected roll-out to Europe.