A prototype for the seventh-generation Ford Mustang, the S650, has been spotted again, and this time we have a clear view of the interior.
Previously thought to arrive by the end of 2022 as a 2023 model, the car is now expected to arrive in mid-2023, meaning we will likely see it come as a 2024 model. Blame supply shortages and other pandemic-related disruptions for delays.
Although the prototype is heavily camouflaged, we can see that the overall styling will be an improvement of the themes of the current generation of S550. The profile, the shape of the grille and the vertical taillight elements are all common features for the current car. One difference that can be seen is that the headlights look sloppy, which indicates a more modern, sleek design at the front.
The similarities between the two Mustang generations spark rumors that the redesigned Mustang will be based on the current car’s pre-ordered D2C platform, as opposed to a version of the modular CD6 platform that debuted on the 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUV.
Ford in 2018 announced its future lineup would move to five high modular platforms, meaning there will be no room for pre-booked platforms like the D2C, although now it looks like Ford will wait until the eighth-generation Mustang, the successor to the S650, eventually ditch the D2C platform and be able to use electric power for the muscle car. That transition is likely to happen by the end of the decade.
However, Mustang fans can expect some electrification with the upcoming redesign. The long-awaited hybrid option, originally promised to be introduced around 2020, is expected to be introduced on the redesigned Mustang. It is expected to use the current 5.0-liter V-8 engine, combined with one or possibly multiple electric motors.
There are rumors that there may be an electric motor at each axle to form four-wheel drive. It is also possible to expect enough battery capacity for a small power strip. Hopefully the weight isn’t an issue as the current Mustang GT with a manual transmission already weighs up to 3,743 pounds.
The current 2.3-liter inline turbocharged engine will remain an entry-level powertrain option.
Looking inside, it looks like the redesigned Mustang will eliminate the retro dash design of the current model to move on to a more modern, leaner design. There is a large cluster of digital tools and this is connected through a single panel with the second screen acting as the infotainment center. Fortunately, it looks like there will be a lot of physical controls present.
The Mustang redesign couldn’t come soon as U.S. sales fell to 52,414 units by 2021, down 14.2 percent from the previous year and the lowest in the brand’s history. However, that’s also partly due to the disruption and some buyers are likely to switch to the Mustang Mach-E.