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Hybrid Ford Mustang not coming in 2024: Report

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The Ford Mustang is not getting a rumored hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive.

A new Ford Mustang is coming in 2024, and rumors have pointed to a hybrid variant with all-wheel drive. However, while the automotive world is going electric, The Blue Oval isn’t ready to give up the internal combustion in its storied pony car. 

Autoweek discussed the issue with AutoForecast Solutions (AFS), an industry analytics firm. According to AFS, Ford nixed plans for a hybrid Mustang because the all-electric Mustang Mach-E has offset enough of the gas Mustang’s carbon emissions that electrifying the muscle car isn’t necessary.

Ford Mustang
Ford announced at the 2022 Woodward Dream Cruise that it will welcome Ford Mustang owners, fans, media and its employees to The Stampede – the global debut of the all-new, seventh-generation Ford Mustang taking place at the Detroit Auto Show on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. EDT. A camouflaged version of the vehicle was on display.

The firm also said that Ford’s new roadmap has the gas-powered Mustang on sale through the late 2020s. The car would then get a new platform, shared with the Mustang Mach-E, and an electric powertrain. All-wheel drive won’t appear with the 2024 Mustang, as it relied on front axle-mounted electric motors to turn the front wheels.

Muscle cars as we know them today are coming to an end, so Ford’s decision to extend the gas Mustang for a few more years could prove to be a competitive advantage as buyers look for a classic V8-powered sports car. Dodge has confirmed that the Challenger and Charger will be discontinued after 2023 and is sending the cars off with a series of limited-edition models. Chevrolet will discontinue the Camaro shortly after, so the Mustang may be the only gas-powered muscle car on sale.

Dodge Charger Super Bee
Dodge is continuing its rollout of the brand’s “Last Call” lineup, announcing the 2023 Dodge Charger Super Bee, the second of seven special-edition “Last Call” models and one that honors a vehicle that has brought “buzz” to the Dodge brand for decades.

That said, a gas Mustang won’t be the only go-fast American car on sale. Dodge recently showed an electric Challenger concept that looks and even sounds like a muscle car. It offers multiple gears and a unique sound and looked suspiciously production-ready. Chevy hasn’t confirmed an electric sports car, but GM has multiple EVs under development, and its Ultium platform is likely flexible enough to support a sports car.

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