Among the 13 vehicles that Ford has designated as candidates for electrification over the next five years, senior executives concede that the hybrid version of the Mustang may take some convincing.
Devotees of the iconic pony car are well-known for being passionately outspoken when it comes to design decisions. Mustang owners also tend to be unshakable in the belief that all-powerful gas engines are an integral part of the car’s DNA.
But Ford company officials speaking at the Detroit auto show are confident that the Mustang Hybrid will gain acceptance, much like the four-cylinder EcoBoost engine and independent rear suspension were after being introduced in the 2015 model.
Promising V8 power and improved low-end torque through the addition of its electric motor, Ford says that the Mustang Hybrid will continue to provide affordable, fun-to-drive performance without requiring any compromising design changes.
For Ford development chief Raj Nair, it all comes down to one simple goal: “As long as we stay true to why they’re buying the Mustang to begin with, I think we’ll do right by them.”
The Mustang Hybrid is expected to make its debut in 2020.
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