The pony car world was delivered some shocking news this week: a hybrid variant of the Ford Mustang will arrive in 2020. It’s no surprise that eco-conscious Ford was the first of the domestic automakers announce plans to electrify its performance mainstay and it’s only a matter of time before General Motors and Fiat Chrysler are forced to follow suit – the only question is how long will they wait?
Ford and General Motors have the tendency to keep a close eye on what each other are doing, so we’re willing to bet a hybrid Camaro won’t far behind the Mustang. It’s well known that Fiat Chrysler has been reluctant to invest in electric and hybrid drive systems, but the next-generation Challenger is slated to arrive in 2020, making the coming few years the perfect time to set to work on the hybridized muscle Mopar (and that’s assuming they haven’t already).
Ford promises the Mustang Hybrid will deliver “V8 power and even more low-end torque,” than the current Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter. The automaker’s 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost motor seems the best candidate for the application, which would likely be paired to automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission that is to be introduced on the Mustang next year. Ford says by applying hybrid tech to its sportscars, it hopes to improve both the level of performance on offer and fuel economy.