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Rumor Mill: Is Ford Really Planning a Mustang-based 4-door?

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2018 Ford Mustang GT PP2 rear quarter

Oh boy — what to make of this one? A poster at Mustang6g.com discussion board claims two sources who attended this month’s Ford supplier meetup in Las Vegas say the Blue Oval has one thing fascinating up its sleeve.

No, it’s not the Mustang-impressed electric crossover Ford expects to launch for 2020 (probably, however not in all probability carrying the Mach 1 identify). Relatively, it’s both a 4-door Mustang or a Mustang-impressed 4-door GT car with premium intentions and one eye on upsized engines.

Okay, let’s decide this aside.

Provided that we now have completely no official or unofficial affirmation of this rumor, this poster (who solely joined the discussion board earlier this month) could possibly be making the factor up out of entire material, both to stimulate debate or simply be a jerk. That, or he’s been bought a invoice of products by these sources.

That stated, a nice many individuals don’t belief Ford to maintain its arms off the Mustang’s branding and aura. The Mach 1 fiasco, which raised the hackles of FoMoCo purists throughout the nation, is proof of that. Whereas automobiles definitely aren’t Ford’s cup of tea proper now, a excessive-margin area of interest mannequin isn’t out of the query for a firm that presently gives the (more and more un)restricted version GT.

It’s usually believed that the subsequent-era Mustang, reportedly pushed again to 2021, will debut atop Ford’s new CD6 modular platform, the identical structure underpinning the upcoming Lincoln Aviator and 2020 Ford Explorer. Made to accomodate all drive wheel configurations, it appears that evidently RWD/AWD is Ford’s intention for this platform (the RWD/AWD Aviator and Explorer are its solely confirmed makes use of proper now).

Over the summer time, a lot speak was heard of the upcoming “modular Mustang.” Round that point, Ford launched particulars on its plan to maneuver to 5 distinct architectures for all of its future automobiles. The Mustang was assumed to maneuver to the devoted RWD/AWD platform — ie, the CD6.

“Mustang continues to be going to be a robust, nicely proportioned vehicle,” the Mustang’s chief designer, Darrell Behmer, informed Automotive Information in August. “The modular architectures will nonetheless give us flexibility; it’s not going to bastardize Mustang.”

The mannequin’s future appears clear, no? Not precisely. Sources inform TTAC that the subsequent-gen Mustang will not undertake the CD6 platform; moderately, it is going to soldier on with its present structure, attainable in a mildly revised type. If Ford deliberate to construct a 4-door Mustang — the longest of lengthy photographs, albeit one talked about sometimes over the previous decade — it’s arduous to consider they might give the Mustang’s single-mannequin platform a tug and name it good, particularly when the model’s future calls for brand spanking new structure.

Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

The extra possible state of affairs is that Ford would undertake the extra versatile, refined CD6 platform and create a vehicle that isn’t a Mustang by-product, however an altogether totally different vehicle with a trace of Mustang taste. It already needs to do that with its electric crossover. The discussion board poster claims the automaker needs to go up towards the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera, which is a few fairly rarified air for Ford. It might even be a excessive bar to clear. Maybe the Lincoln model can be a higher match? Then once more, there’s no Lincoln Efficiency arm.

Beneath the hood of this vehicle can be a turbocharged V8, the poster claims, which is fascinating, contemplating Ford doesn’t make one. The engine within the upcoming Shelby GT500 is a supercharged mill, although aftermarket suppliers (in addition to Ohio’s Lebanon Ford) can definitely set you up with a turbo V8 proper now, do you have to want.

A efficiency-packed, 4-door grand touring car definitely would give Ford some newfound status, even when it remained a area of interest mannequin. There’d be huge costs and potential revenue as soon as it paid for its personal improvement. Nevertheless, how such a mannequin would match into Ford’s $eleven billion, truck-heavy streamlining plan, in addition to the place it will be constructed, stay legitimate questions. Additionally: aren’t automobiles a factor Ford has no time for, and with pretty good purpose?

Perhaps this rumor is, like so many others, simply a whisper with out weight.

[Images: ©2018 Chris Tonn/TTAC, Ford Motor Company]

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