Camouflaged Mustang Prototype Spied: Possible Refresh or Hybrid Model?

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  1. Jarstang

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    Our spy photographers just caught a new Ford Mustang GT prototype testing on the streets of Dearborn with covered fog lights and vinyl-wrap camouflage over the entire front clip up to the A-pillar including the front splitter, bumper and hood. The prototype is also wearing a mismatched white rear bumper.

    Here's everything we know so far.

    We've recently learned that the next-generation S650 Mustang has been delayed and likely pushed back to as far as the 2023 model year. This was first reported by Autoline Daily who relied on an Autoforecast Solutions report which placed the S650 SOP (start of production) at March 2022.

    This delay calls into question the timing of the Mustang Hybrid, which was first announced back in January 2017 by then-CEO Mark Fields. At the time, Fields revealed that the plan was to debut the new engine in 2020. Recent developments, not least of which include the replacement of Fields with the current CEO, Jim Hackett, and the seeming new direction that Ford has taken since then, cast doubt on the timing of the Mustang Hybrid.

    The most recent indication comes from an August 2018 statement made by Ford's EVP, Jim Farley, who said that the Mustang Hybrid was coming along nicely but still "a couple years away." Whether this means it will debut on the current S550 platform or the 7th generation S650 is unclear.

    What we do know is that Ford has plans to reveal (this Spring) something new for Mustang with all signs pointing to a new higher-powered mid-tier 2.3-liter EcoBoost Mustang for the 2020 model year. With the S650 likely more than 3-years away until production, the Mustang could very well be due for another mid-cycle refresh before the next generation platform is introduced.

    With its electrification plans fast-tracked under new leadership, and a recent teaser of the hybrid engine revealing an electrified V8-engine, this Mustang GT prototype might just show an upcoming 2020-21 Mustang refresh and/or Hybrid Mustang version.

    Stay tuned!

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    With the new engine coming out I thought Ford would do another refresh this one should be with us until the s650 comes out.
     
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    My thoughts, too......although I'd expect a refresh to be purely cosmetic, which would be at odds with what we're seeing here.

    Either way, I'm always excited to see a new mule!
     
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    Wonder what they are monitoring with the a-pillar gauges?
     
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    Also interesting.....is that a Bullitt in front (with a camo'd front end)? Too much to ask the '21/'22MY GT comes with the Bullitt's engine upgrades....with the option of the 10-speed auto? The single exhaust tips are odd though.....
     
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    Just the front bumper cover is fairly cosmetic change all the stuff on back of the car is just misleading fluff for the spy cameras.
     
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    The front side marker and fog-light sit higher than they do now
     
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    Good catch!
     
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    ...and the rear lower valence looks to be off a GT500
     
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    My eyes may be playing tricks but can't you normally see the diff when driving behind a Mustang? I see a box/panel or something down there instead.
     
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    I hope not as appears to have the same drowsy front end like the 18 refresh
     
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    Anyone notice that it's Royal Crimson?
     
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    Mustang Hybrid.......what a stupid idea. Can anyone tell me what model hybrid sells in any volume is the US that has ICE as an option? I can. NONE! Dumb idea won't sell waste of time and money.
     
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    Always great to see this stuff and thanks for sharing.

    But the real question we all want to know is; when will Ford Performance offer up that bitchen set of exhaust pipes?
     
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    I agree:lipssealed:
     
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    Brembos but no PP dash gauges.
     
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    Please, please a Mach1......
     
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    I think they're fixing the goofy front corner of the '18 fascia (hopefully).
     
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    I know it says gt but the grills look like the ecoboost ones. I'm saying it's an eco with the GT badge to throw people off.
     
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    Huh? That's a GT grille...
     
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