Six months ago, Ford accidentally confirmed that they will be launching the 2023 Mustang in late 2022 via a job listing. No exact details about the next-gen model were given. However, the job listing did mention that applicants can become part of the team that is currently working on the sixth-generation Mustang (dubbed S550), and a part of the final sign-off team on the next-gen Mustang codenamed S650.
This can only mean that Ford is indeed pretty busy developing the all-new pony car which is set to be revealed two years from now. At the moment, there haven't been any new details about what Ford has been doing with regards to the S650 Mustang. It looks like the Blue Oval is making sure no more 'accidental' leaks happen from here on out.
But according to sources close to the matter, the Mustang will indeed be unveiled in 2022. Now while this may already confirm what we knew from before, this also means that the Mustang's life-cycle has been extended from 6 years to 8 years.
The change in the Mustang's life-cycle may have been done in order to save on engineering and development costs since most buyers are now shifting to SUVs and pick-ups. Ford themselves have stopped offering cars both in the US and in the Philippines. The Mustang, however, is an exception since it is a popular nameplate.
But can we expect a V8 to be present under the hood of the 2023 Mustang? Back in 2018, Ford claimed that besides having a traditional V8 under the hood, there will also be the Hybrid Mustang that they claim will offer V8-like performance. This could mean that the electrified pony car will not have eight-cylinders nestled under its long hood. However, it seems the guys over at Ford had a change of heart as the upcoming hybrid will supposedly still have a V8 and will be helped along by an electric motor.
As far as its platform is concerned, the seventh-generation Mustang will reportedly be underpinned by the CD6 platform used by the all-new Explorer. If this is to be believed, then we might be saying goodbye to the Mustang's bespoke D2C platform.
With two more years to go before we get to see the all-new Mustang, Ford may still make some changes to the popular pony car. We're keeping our fingers crossed that Ford will not kill the V8.