Millions Thank Ford for Its Help During a Trying Time

millions thank ford for its help during a trying time

I’m not sure what the kids say these days, but Ford’s troll game was on-point Thursday night. As legions of fans and detractors took to their computers to watch the unveiling of Tesla’s upcoming Model Y crossover … at 11 p.m. Eastern time … Ford Motor Company figured it would help people pass the time after the show got off to a late start.

So, the automaker fired off this well-timed tweet:

Hold your horses

— Ford Motor Company (@Ford) March 15, 2019

While everyone recognizes the pony logo, the final form of the hybrid Mustang Ford plans to launch in 2020 isn’t all that clear. It’s assumed this was what Ford was teasing last night.

It’s unlikely Ford would so directly link the Mustang with the upcoming “Mustang inspired” electric crossover that’s also on the way for 2020, as that model has its own name (possibly, “Mach E”). It’s also an electric crossover. Still, many worry that Ford might lose its marbles and turn the Mustang nameplate into its own sub-brand, which would be a bizarre and regrettable decision.

Back in January, the folks at AutoGuide dug up patent images showing a hybrid Mustang that pairs a V8 engine with two electric motors. In this setup, the vehicle would continue sending gas-fueled horsepower to the rear wheels, while electric motors mounted on either side of the ICE powerplant power the front wheels. In other words, an all-wheel drive Mustang. It seems Ford plans to use electrification to position a new variant somewhere above the V8-powered GT and below the GT350.

[Image: Ford/ Twitter]

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  • Frantz Frantz on Mar 15, 2019

    The only downside I see is that with the torque advantages of electric, that would generally be better paired to the rear power. But if it's just a little boost for traction and fuel sipping gentle pull aways they might be on to something without overly complicating the design.

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    • Cognoscenti Cognoscenti on Mar 18, 2019

      @Scoutdude Yeah, I'm just going to HURRY to plunk my hard-earned dollars down on a new Ford transmission design - they just have such a stellar record with new transmissions in recent years! /sarc

  • SPPPP SPPPP on Mar 18, 2019

    Hmm, an AWD Mustang. So does that mean it can be a light truck for CAFE purposes?

  • THX1136 Agree with SCE, the cost alone puts me out of the equation. Would I like an EV Charger, sure but see previous sentence.
  • IBx1 The only thing that stops a bad guy with a [Milwaukee Sawzall for stealing catalytic converters] is a good guy with a [Hydrochloric Acid 37%].
  • SCE to AUX Well, this is one reason to go electric.
  • THX1136 According to the cost for catalytic converter 'repair' is between $945 and $2475. They claim the converter cost itself can be up to $2250. Figuring $880 a unit doesn't seem too far out of line if the carbrain info is accurate. Wonder if gas theft is still going strong on the west coast also?
  • KOKing I'm not sure what to make of the small commercial van market in the US. There are a fair number of Transit Connects and ProMasterCitys, but Nissan/Chevy dumped the NV200 even though they seemed to sell well (though I guess Nissan decided to get out of the commercial space entirely), and I don't think Stellrysler ever bothered C/V-ing the Pacifica.