Ford Motor Company has already confirmed plans to produce a hybrid version of the Mustang. While we’ve gotten confirmation, the company has yet to offer details other than saying it will offer V-8-like performance, but “with more low-end torque.”
While Ford may not be ready to offer more details, that’s not stopping the rumor mill from churning. According to a report in Motor Trend the 2020 Mustang hybrid may offer up to 400 horsepower, making it nearly as powerful as the Mustang GT with its 5.0-liter Coyote V-8.
The publication is expecting Ford to use its 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder as the basis for the hybrid system. On its own this engine generates 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. In theory Ford could slot in an electric motor between it and the company’s 10-speed automatic transmission to make a traditional hybrid layout. Combined, it’s not hard to see how the Mustang could hammer out over 400 horsepower.
It’s also possible the Mustang hybrid’s powertrain will be shared with the upcoming 2020 F-150 hybrid, given both models are rear-wheel drive and utilize the same 10-speed transmission.
Of course, for now all of this is speculation. However, oftentimes these things are very predictable, and using the 2.3-liter EcoBoost seems to make a lot of sense in this case.