It looks like the sixth-gen Mustang will remain a bit longer, as a new report emerged stating that Ford does not intend on changing it with an all-new model till the 2026 model year, and might extend its life cycle as far as 2028.
Pricing estimate confidential sources, Automobile magazine states that Ford plans to keep its pony car relevant up until then by bringing in a heavily redesigned variation of the current S550 Mustang that will feature new bodywork.
When it comes to the Mustang hybrid that was expected to be released together with the model’s big update in 2020, the report now says that it’s been pushed back to early 2022.
Codenamed S650, the next-generation Mustang is going to be based upon Ford’s most current CD6 architecture that underpins models like the Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. What this also means is that the next Mustang will more than likely grow in size, too, considering that this is a bigger platform.
It might sound odd to keep a model alive for this long, given that the existing Mustang was originally introduced back in 2014, however, offered the current market conditions that favor SUVs and pickup instead of sports cars, Ford’s strategy might make sense from a monetary perspective.
With the company presently concentrating on electrification and SUVs, assigning resources to a car like the Mustang will not be Ford’s concern, so its life process might be extended. The company has done the very same in the past with the Fox-platform Mustang that initially debuted in 1979, keeping its architecture in production up until 2004, following a heavy refresh in 1994. Even the previous Mustang remained in production for a decade, so maybe we shouldn’t be that stunned.
Dodge has done the same with the Challenger, which debuted back in 2008, while Porsche will keep the 718 Cayman and Boxster in production up until 2023.
With crossovers, EV powertrains and autonomous technologies being top priorities for car manufacturers, and cars threatened types, and we ought to most likely thank Ford for giving us another new Mustang, even if we need to wait on it until at least 2026.