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    Do these guys know anything about the 2020 model?

    In the first part they talk about how there will be a delay with the 2018 modifications.


    Then they seem to be pretty excited by the 2020


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    “Mustang hybrid will deliver V-8 power and great low-end torque to make it even more fun for our customers, starting here in North America,” he*added.
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    According to a recently uncovered report published by automotive business consulting firm UHY, Ford is planning to replace the current S550 Mustang with a next-generation platform in 2020 called S650.
    The report states the S550 Ford Mustang would end production in April of 2020 with its replacement S650 to start in May. This would end the current Mustang’s life cycle in the 2020 model year, its replacement being a 2021 model.

    This changeover was originally planned for 2022, but Ford has moved it up two years. That makes the platform of the S550 short lived at only six years if this is true, one of the shortest in the Mustang’s lineage, second only to the Mustang II of the 1970’s.
    Why it’s being moved up could be for a number of reasons. First, the competition has heated up for Mustang a lot hotter than they might have expected when their beloved new 2015 model hit the ground.
    The new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro for instance is good, damn good – so good in fact it won our own comparison here at TheMustangNews just last month. But there’s more.
    With rumblings of new rear-wheel drive sport coupes from Hyundai and Kia to come in addition to high-line models from the Japaneses brands, Ford’s S550 Mustang is already too big and too heavy to compete before they arrive.
    Another reason for the production time-line shift might have to do with economies of scale.


    The report also talks of a new large car to join the production lineup in 2020 known internally as CD714. Though this program designation falls in line with Ford’s front-wheel drive based architectures, rear-wheel drive makes too much product planning sense.
    Initially for the Lincoln brand, its timing might suggest that it would share the platform bits of the Mustang. This could once again offer Lincoln a rear-wheel drive model that would come in above the new front-wheel drive Continental in size, or below it as a sport model.
    This has of course been rumored for years, but now Lincoln faces a stack of rear-wheel drive competitors from not only its American branded peers but from virtually all others people shop against it. Cadillac is almost all rear-wheel drive now, and Buick is even talking of getting some game.
    Hyundai is now launching their upscale Genesis brand which promises to be all rear-wheel drive. Infiniti, Lexus, Kia, all plan to increase their rear-wheel drive offerings as well in the coming decade.




    Whether you like the S550 Ford Mustang or not, this can only be good news that competition and perhaps CAFE standards are pushing Ford to work harder at sharpening is chassis.
    This means that while the S650 might be an evolution of the S550 platform, it also means it should be lighter finally and perhaps a bit more refined. The S550 is no doubt the most polished Mustang ever, but even the most recent competitors have shown it can be improved.
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    The Mustang will go AWD. It will also go TT (IMO). My concern is that the big banger will be a V6. That is starting to make the current and 2018 models all the more attractive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WASP View Post
    The Mustang will go AWD. It will also go TT (IMO). My concern is that the big banger will be a V6. That is starting to make the current and 2018 models all the more attractive.


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    I agree and it was helped by Robbie Herod posting some pics of the 18


    I think 2020 will be about weight reduction. There is a bag of cement in the bonnet alone.
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