We might be saying goodbye to the sixth-generation Ford Mustang soon as the company appears to be preparing the team that will design and build the next-generation pony car.
Normally when we get reports like this, they come from insider info, spy photos, and some times from patent drawings / concept designs. But for this one, it came straight from Ford itself. Now the company did not exactly said it outright via a press release, or by way of a social media post. Instead, Ford somehow revealed it via a job listing.
Posted at linkedin, the company was looking for applicants that are interested in joining the Wind/Road Noise and Air Leakage Plant Vehicle Team (PVT). There, applicants can become part of a team that are currently working on the sixth-generation Mustang (dubbed S550), as well as be the final sign off on the next-generation Mustang codenamed S650.
The new hires will be supporting the VFG, or Vehicle Functional Groups; Ford's terminology for quality control groups. We're not quite sure what Ford meant by V11 and V12; in Ford's internal nomenclature, but each "V" refers to a certain component. For instance, if it said V44, it means they're referring to the Engine VFG. V47 and V48 refer to transmissions: Manual and Automatic, respectively.
Apparently Ford will launch the new Mustang in 2022 as a 2023 model year. This means the current S550 model might continue to be offered for another two years before the company releases the seventh-generation.
While Ford has yet to give out any juicy details about the new pony car, Ford did confirm back in 2018 that there will be an electrified Mustang. Perhaps we might see the first-ever hybrid Mustang with 'V8-like performance' once Ford reveals the S650 in 2022. As for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8, they might receive a bump in horsepower and torque.
With a couple of years to go before the Blue Oval actually takes the covers off the next-gen pony car, Ford has plenty of time to work on the Mustang, among other things. Fingers crossed the new one will keep the retro-inspired looks, as well as still come with a proper V8 under the hood.