Ford unveiled an all-new version of the two-door Mustang coupe at an event in Detroit on Tuesday. It has a new body design and new engine options, but that’s the only thing it won’t have electric motors. The new Mustang will be offered only with pure gasoline, at least for now. Buyers will just have to choose how much gasoline they want to burn to get how much power.
The new Mustang will be offered with either a massive 5.0-liter V8 engine or a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine like today’s Mustang. These engines have been upgraded for the 2024 Mustang to produce more power and burn less fuel in the four-cylinder engine. Ford
(F) hasn’t announced how much more power yet, but promises the V8 will be the most powerful “naturally aspirated” — not turbocharged or supercharged — V8 ever offered in a base Mustang GT.
“At a time when many of our competitors are exiting the internal combustion vehicle business, investing in another generation of Mustang is a big statement,” Ford CEO Jim Farley said in a statement.
Ford has announced plans to develop a hybrid version of the MustangSince then, Ford has introduced fully electric vehicles such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV and the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup. as well as plug-in hybrids. That means Ford didn’t need a hybrid Mustang coupe to meet its emissions-reduction goals, Ford spokesman Mike Levin said.
So while rivals like the Dodge Challenger are launching gas-powered performance coupes, the fuel-powered Mustang will continue, said Kumar Galhotra, who heads Ford Blue, as the division focuses on internal combustion engines.
“We made this investment because we see a market for internal combustion Mustangs in the near future,” he said.
Ford’s rival General Motors has set 2035 as the deadline for its lineup to be all-electric, but Ford has not made a similar commitment in the US.
Although the 2024 Mustang coupe has an all-new body, it is clearly reminiscent of past models. The headlights look narrower and this new version has three light strips that form virtual eyebrows. The boot area is also shorter and the area where the taillights are located is deeply recessed, giving the lights a natural V shape. The grille is much larger on V8-engined cars than on 4-cylinder models. V8-powered Mustang GTs feature a large “heat exhaust” vent on the hood that not only lets air from the radiator, but also reduces aerodynamic drag.
Although the exterior of the car is close to the traditional Mustang design, the interior is radically different. A single large screen replaces the traditional dimensions, but also acts as a central touchscreen. The half of the screen not directly in front of the driver is angled toward the driver. The richly detailed gauges and graphics on the screen are highly customizable, as are most of the car’s interior lights.
For those looking to bring back the Mustangs of their youth, Ford is reaching out to Gen X and Millennials, perhaps continuing on from the Baby Boomers who first bought the original pony car. There’s even a Fox Body Gauge option that displays dials like those on 1980s Mustangs.
The Mustang will be offered with advanced driver assistance features such as active cruise control, lane keep assist and emergency braking, which can keep distance from the cars ahead even in stop-and-go traffic. However, it won’t be offered with Blue Cruise, Ford’s silent highway driving feature. There was a feeling that Mustang customers who bought a car focused on driving pleasure wouldn’t be interested in taking their hands off the wheel, Levin said.
For better or worse, depending on who you ask, new Mustang owners will be able to enjoy their favorite pastime — revving the engine while the car is stationary — without actually sitting in the driver’s seat. Owners will be able to rev the engine into high gear with just a push of a button on the key fob remote. With each press, the motor rotates and retracts several times. It serves no practical function and is strictly an entertainment feature.
The car also has a traditional-looking parking brake operated by a lever, but it’s actually an electronic parking brake operated by a small switch on most other cars. Custom settings may allow for a parking brake lever can be used in drag or when sliding the rear wheels to the side.
Today, The Mustang remains the last car — unlike a truck or SUV — Ford sells in the United States. The new 2024 Mustang, the seventh design generation of the car, will go on sale next summer.