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The Ford Mustang will be 60 years old in 2024 and will come with this big change

The Ford Motor Company contender in the muscle car battle that launched the pony genre more than half a century ago is set to turn 60 in 2024. The quintessential American pony car enters its seventh generation with a V8 punch. The MY2024 Ford Mustang has been confirmed to be heading for an official unveiling on September 14 at the 2022 Detroit North American Auto Show.

The news is public thanks to social media thanks to Ford CEO Jim Farley. There’s good news for purists who like the traditional method of swapping cogs – the 2024 Mustang will get a six-speed manual. Farley’s hashtag in the tweet was #SaveTheManuals.

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2024 Ford Mustang at #SaveTheManuals

The seventh generation Mustang will carry over the powertrains of the current generation and will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission (as confirmed by the “O” in the “Generation”) and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

But Ford officials have warned this could be the last hurray for the manual in the model’s life. The 2024 Ford-Mustang could also use Ford’s modular hybrid drivetrain (MHT) found in the hybrid version of the Ford Explorer and could be adapted for the two engines expected. That’s right, a hybrid.

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The big change in the 2024 Ford Mustang

The big change we were talking about earlier is that some information leaked on the internet suggests that the new Mustang might come with a hybrid powertrain and maybe even torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. Even so, don’t expect it to be anything more than a thoroughbred American pony car.

The engine options offered now will carry over for the 2024 model. These include a four-cylinder EcoBoost and the 5.0L Coyote V8. There may be some adjustments made to the engine to comply with regulations or improve performance. power outputs.

The new Mustang is set to get a plug-in hybrid, according to leaked information that suggests both engines will get hybrid treatment, using an electric boost. For this, Ford would most likely introduce its MHT gearbox.

The V8 hybrid powertrain seen in the leaked patent drawings shows that the engine will have an electric motor mounted on each side, with the output shafts roughly aligned with the crankshaft. This would allow for torque vectoring in the front axle, which could find its way to other iterations like the Mustang Bullitt or the Ford Mustang Mach 1.

The plug-in hybrid is said to have a modest range on electricity alone of around 10 to 20 miles. It might not be much, but the point is the hybrid V8 which will focus on improving performance rather than fuel economy. It could mean, however, that the hybrid system will add substantial weight to the car. Not to mention, also add to the price. But what happens to the successor to the Shelby GT500 with the possibility of AWD performance will be exciting to find out.

In terms of design and styling, the new Mustang will be more edgy and have a more modern approach, but as an evolution of its current shape and appeal, not a drastic change. The small glimpses some spy shots were able to provide of the interior suggest the cabin will get a modern, upscale upgrade with a large digital cluster and a new infotainment system too.

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Ford Mustang 60th Anniversary

It was previously speculated that Ford could unveil the new Mustang on April 17, 2023, which would coincide with the car’s original launch date of 1964. It would have been fun to write headlines, but what’s better is is that we’ll see it long before that in September of this year at the very big Detroit Auto Show.

It also gives Ford April 17 for anything else Mustang-related, like opening reservations or starting production. Time will tell. As with the current generation, it will be assembled at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan plant. Production of the new Mustang is expected to begin in 2023, and the car will go on sale the same year as a 2024 model. Expect the coupe and convertible to launch first, followed by the other iterations eventually.

The 2024 Mustang was spied dressed in camouflage and also heard rumbling through its V8 test vehicles. Ford mentioned in 2018 the possibility of a hybrid powertrain for the Mustang, while assuring fans who feared the Mustang would lose its charm that the hybrid system is “about delivering V8-like performance with more low-end torque.” .”

The new model will be a major step up for the Mustang with a plug-in hybrid version and if it’s the last model to offer a manual transmission. Ford has also already planned to go racing with a new GT3 version. It will be something interesting to watch unfold.

Source: Ford