Ford’s new Mustang sticks to pure gasoline

The new Mustang will be offered with either a big 5.0-liter V8 engine or a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine like the current Mustang. These engines have been improved for the 2024 Mustang model, however, to produce more power and, in the case of the four-cylinder engine, burn less fuel. Ford (F) he hasn’t announced how much more power yet, but he did promise that the V8 will be the most powerful “naturally aspirated,” meaning not turbocharged or supercharged, V8 ever offered in a Mustang GT model.

“Investing in another generation of Mustang is a big statement at a time when many of our competitors are exiting the internal combustion vehicle business,” Ford CEO Jim Farley said in a statement.

Ford announced plans for a hybrid version of the Mustang in 2017. Since then, however, Ford has introduced all-electric cars like the Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV and the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup. as well as plug-in hybrids. That meant a hybrid Mustang coupe wasn’t needed to meet Ford’s emissions reduction goals, Ford spokesman Mike Levine said.

So while gas-powered performance coupes like the Dodge Challenger are being dropped by its competitors, the fuel-burning Mustang will continue, said Kumar Galhotra, who heads Ford Blue, a division focused on internal combustion vehicles.

“We made this investment because we see a market for internal combustion Mustangs in the near future,” he said.

General Motors rival Ford has set a date of 2035 for its offering to be fully electric, but Ford has not made a similar commitment in the United States.

Although the 2024 Mustang coupe has an all-new body, it is clearly reminiscent of past models. The headlights look narrower and, in this new version, have three light bars in a row, forming virtual eyebrows. The trunk area is also shorter, and the area that houses the taillights is deeply indented, giving the lights a natural V shape. The grille is considerably larger on V8 cars than on 4-cylinder models. Mustang GT V8-powered cars have a large “heat extractor” vent in the hood that not only frees air from the radiator, but also reduces aerodynamic drag.

While the exterior of the car is close to the traditional Mustang design, the interior is completely different. A single large screen replaces the traditional gauges, which also acts as a central touchscreen. The half of the screen that is not directly in front of the driver is curved towards the driver. Detailed on-screen gauges and graphics are highly customizable, as are most of the car’s interior lights.

For those looking to relive the Mustangs of their youth, Ford is appealing to Gen X and Millennials, apparently moving away from the Baby Boomers who first bought the original pony car. There’s also a Fox Body Gauge option that features the same gauges as the 1980s Mustang.

Inside there is a single display that includes the gauges and the central touchscreen.

The Mustang will be available with modern driver assistance features such as active cruise control that can maintain a distance from cars in front even in stop-and-go traffic, lane keep assist and emergency braking. However, it won’t be offered with Blue Cruise, Ford’s hands-free highway driving feature. It was thought that Mustang customers, who are buying a car focused on driving pleasure, wouldn’t be interested in taking their hands off the wheel, Levin said.

For better or worse, depending on who you ask, owners of the new Mustang will be able to indulge in a favorite pastime—starting the engine while the car is stationary—without having to sit in the driver’s seat. Owners will be able to start the engine at high speed using a button on the remote control. Each time you press it, the motor will spin up and back several times. This has no practical function and is an entertainment function.

The car also has a traditional parking brake that is operated by a lever, but it is actually an electronic parking brake that is usually operated by a small switch on most other vehicles. Special settings may allow parking brake levers it should be used drifting, or sliding the rear wheels to the sides.

Today, the Mustang remains Ford’s last-selling car in the United States—besides a truck or SUV. The new 2024 Mustang, the seventh generation of the car’s design, goes on sale next summer.