Next-generation Ford Mustang in It for the Long Haul

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
next generation ford mustang in it for the long haul

Ford’s pony car has typically made the most out of its platforms, eking out the maximum amount of longevity and profit before moving on to wholly new underpinnings. The Fox-body era saw that tradition taken to extremes.

Come 2022, the Mustang will don a new wardrobe, and Ford expects it to stick around for quite some time.

Who knows what “cars” will still exist when the next-gen Mustang completes its life cycle? According to sources who spoke to Automotive News, the upcoming Mustang will arrive in late 2022 with 8 years of production in its future — up from the previously agreed-upon 6 years.

At the outset, Ford expects production tallies to total just under 100,000 units per year, which is down a bit, understandably, from the 102,090 Mustangs Ford built in 2019. A year earlier, the automaker assembled 113,066 coupes and convertibles for the global market.

The product mix is pegged at 77,000 coupes and 20,000 drop-tops, sources say.

While sources told us last year that the next-gen Mustang would carry a re-worked version of its existing platform, AN claims the upcoming Mustang will borrow the CD6 platform found beneath the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. Using this platform would certainly aid the automaker’s electrification ambitions, though it would necessitate some changes to the vehicle’s dimensions. The next Mustang is expected to arrive with a hybrid variant in tow, and both the Explorer and Aviator offer a gas-electric version (hybrid for Explorer, plug-in for Aviator; European customers get a PHEV Explorer).

It would also add the possibility of all-wheel drive, allowing the Mustang to better challenge its rival, the Dodge Challenger. As for General Motors’ Chevrolet Camaro, that model isn’t expected to live all that long. If you had to put money down on which pony car will be the last one standing (driving?), the Mustang seems the safest bet, by far.

As part of the new vehicle program, the model reportedly stands to see a refresh in 2025.

So, if this plan pans out, customers will still be able to buy the next-gen Mustang in 2030. What unspeakable horrors will that faraway year hold? Let your mind wander.

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  • Jerome10 Jerome10 on Aug 17, 2020

    Platform change has been discussed awhile, right? I believe that it may also include some sort of 4-door Mustang as well right? Honestly, this probably makes sense. These modern platforms are pretty amazing. Ford is gonna get a lot of mileage out of this and the Explorer, Lincoln vehicles etc.

  • Slavuta Slavuta on Aug 17, 2020

    Speaking of the devil. My buddy has 15K miles 2016 California edition GT. Beautiful car. And he wants me to buy it. My problem is that he upgraded HP (ford factory), suspension (ford approved), huge wheels with rear different from the front, modified exhaust. I mean... there is 0 practicality in this thing vs stock. I love stock because you can go and buy replacement parts cheap. But positive - this car wasn't tracked. I am thinking with 75% - no way

  • Inside Looking Out This is actually the answer to the question I asked not that long ago.
  • Inside Looking Out Regarding "narrow windows" - the trend is that windows will eventually be replaced by big OLED screens displaying some exotic place or may even other planet.
  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that