2022 Ford Mustang could go hybrid and feature AWD

If the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric crossover isn’t controversial enough, Ford appears to be planning even more surprises for the famed moniker!

According to Autocar in the UK, the next-generation Mustang could be offered with a hybridised V8 engine when it arrives around 2022. While that might come as a shock to some, the plan wasn’t exactly new, as Ford had announced back in 2017 that it intends to launch a hybrid Mustang in 2020, which inevitably got delayed.

Autocar even suggests the company filed a US patent in 2017 where it referred to a “twin-motor drive system for hybrid vehicle”, with the technical drawings showing a V8 powering the rear wheels and two electric motors “mounted directly to opposing sides of the engine” taking care of the front wheels.

The layout means the pony car not only gets a hybrid V8 driving the rear wheels but a pair of motors propelling the fronts, making it an all-wheel drive muscle car!

The report suggests the reason behind the push towards electrification for the Mustang lies with Ford’s decision to base the model on the Explorer SUV’s CD6 platform.

What do you think? Would you be keen on a hybrid Mustang?

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