Gas-powered muscle car to take on its electric rivals
DETROIT – Ford Motor has always considered the Mustang a class apart. That may soon prove to be true, with the seventh generation of the famous American pony car.
The Detroit automaker unveiled the redesigned 2024 Mustang hardtop and convertible with dual gasoline engines on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro – the car’s biggest rivals – are expected to go electric in the coming years.
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Ford officials say redesigning the iconic car without any kind of electrification is part of its “Mustang family” strategy that includes the all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover that went on sale in late 2020.
“We know customers want that internal combustion and some of them want electric and we offer both in this Mustang family,” Mustang marketing manager Jim Owens said during a press briefing.
A planned hybrid variant has been scrapped, according to a report by Automotive News, likely making the Mustang the latest gasoline-powered muscle car from Detroit automakers — a narrowing of the segment that seemed far-fetched just a few years ago.
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This summer, Dodge announced that its four-door Charger and two-door Challenger muscle cars will roll into the sunset late next year, to be replaced by a new all-electric vehicle. Chevrolet is expected to end production of the gas-powered Chevy Camaro in the coming years as part of General Motors’ plans to offer exclusively electric vehicles by 2035.
That means gearheads who still crave the roar of a V-8 engine in a sporty American coupe will have only one option: the Mustang, which has dominated sales over the Camaro and Challenger with the current car. sixth generation.
Sales of Detroit sports cars and muscle cars have been declining for years. Mainstream two-door sports coupes such as the Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro fell 32% between 2015 and 2019 – the last year of sales before automakers were stymied by ongoing problems with the global supply chain, including a shortage of semiconductor chips.
“Some of our competitors talk about not being in the internal combustion engine sports car business, and what we’re so proud of here today is that we’re already expanding that family,” Owens said.
Owens and other Ford officials declined to say whether the seventh-generation Mustang would be the last to feature a traditional internal combustion engine.
The 2024 Mustang, which will be produced at a plant in metropolitan Detroit, will go on sale in the United States next summer. Ford hasn’t announced pricing for the vehicle, but the current generation starts at $27,470.
The exterior of the 2024 Mustang should look familiar to fans of the car. It’s an evolutionary change from the sixth-gen edition, but with a bit more muscular features.
“We’re adding a modern twist to the heritage-inspired design,” said Chris Walter, Ford Mustang design manager.
The front and rear of the vehicle are redesigned, but the car’s overall silhouette and dimensions are similar to the current-generation Mustang, which was last redesigned for the 2015 model year.
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The four-cylinder and V-8 engines are updated from the current Mustang. Ford hasn’t released performance specs, but they’ll likely be better than today’s vehicles. V-8 GT models will be offered in manual and automatic transmissions.
The current 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, while the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8 produces 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Top speed ranges from 121 mph to 180 mph, depending on the model.
The most obvious changes to the seventh-generation Mustang are inside the vehicle: most notably, a 13.2-inch center touchscreen and 12.4-inch driver information cluster. Screens can be customized by owners.
Two other new additions include an available “Electronic Drift Brake” for easier drifting and a “Remote Rev” function with the ability for owners to rev the car’s engine remotely using a carrier. keys.
Ford Mustang 2024