Ford CEO Wants to Make the Next Mustang the Poster Car

Hi. It’s me, your friendly neighborhood Mustang Woman, checking in from the lips of Ford CEO Jim Farley with a fun little update(ish) about our beloved pony car. While it’s too early to have any say on what to expect with the upcoming seventh-generation Ford Mustang, we at least know that Farley wants to make it good.

Speaking recently to our own Kyle Cherromcha at Monterey Car Week, Farley would not confirm whether the next Mustang will appear next year. But when asked if there are any broader Mustang goals he’d like to share at the moment, Farley replied, “For my kid it’s on his wall. Or on his phone.”

[Editor’s note: The Drive recently interviewed Ford CEO Jim Farley, a full transcript of which can be found here. This is one of several accompanying stories we’re publishing to highlight the most newsworthy details from the conversation.]

At first, it seems clear that an executive wants his sports car to be poster-worthy. But keep in mind that Mustangs… haven’t always been poster-worthy. This may be a divisive move, but it must be said: Both the SN95 and S197 Mustangs were the plasticiest and most affordable-looking Mustangs in recent memory. They looked like they were happiest sporting chrome wheels and some dumb wing. The design was forgettable at best and useless at worst. Whenever I see one of these things I have to look away and try to forget that they ever existed.

That all changed with the S550. Suddenly, the fascia became smoother, the tail more streamlined. The car eventually looked better balanced and wasn’t as blocky as it had replaced. Even six years after the debut of the current Mustang, it still looks good. still modern. still fresh. still refined.

and from He The design came from some of the most poster-worthy Mustangs of all time, such as the Shelby GT350, GT350R, and GT500. With viciously pointy front bumpers, terrific wheels, and dumb (but in a good way) wings, these were cars that were excellent for photographing and looking at—exactly what you want in a poster car. They inspire enthusiasm and sharp ideas.

a recent report Automotive News The claim is that the next Mustang will arrive for the 2023 model year. The outlet doesn’t think there will be many changes on the platform itself, though it could get all-wheel drive. And in 2025, a hybrid version may appear. To be honest, this will be fine with me. Performance hybrids are so good right now that I can’t imagine hybridizing a Mustang would make the car any worse. Sure, it might add a little weight, but the Mustang is already a big and heavy car. If some extra weight also means extra power and a more efficient engine, sign me up.

Ford has a history of tinkering with the Mustang engine to give different options to its buyers. There was once a V6 Mustang and that was abandoned in favor of the four-cylinder EcoBoost. Then Ford came up with the High Performance Pack for the EcoBoost Mustang, which made it a real pleasure to thrash. Behind the Shelby, the HPP four-cylinder Mustang is my favorite Mustang currently on sale. Without the four extra cylinders, its handling and steering have a lightness and responsiveness that makes it feel like you’re driving a European coupe.

Although the next Mustang winds up, I hope Ford doesn’t mess with the design too much because I’ve seen too many bad Mustangs in my life. but when they’re good they Therefore Good. I don’t care what’s down there. Ford, make the new good enough My Wall, too.

Got a tip or photo of a cool Mustang to share? Email me at kristen@thedrive.com.

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