Ford Ponders Diesel, Hybrid Versions of the Mustang to Meet Fuel Efficiency Guidelines
December 9, 2013 10:12 AM
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Mustang could get diesel power in the future
Ford unveiled the new
earlier this month and with the unveiling of the new car also came a new engine. The 2015 Mustang will get the fuel-efficient EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that will generate roughly 305 hp and around 305 lb-ft of torque. It will be the first 4-cylinder turbo Mustang since the SVO version in the Fox body generation of the Pony car.
Ford has yet to offer official mileage estimates for the EcoBoost engine in the 2015 Mustang, but it is expected to be one of the most fuel efficient engines in its class.
However, EcoBoost isn't the only green tech that Ford is considering for the Mustang. Ford has said that it is considering a future for the Mustang that could see diesel power, hybrid, or fully-electric versions of the car. Many high-end supercars – like the
Porsche 918 Spyder
-- are utilizing hybrid systems for fuel efficiency and improved performance.
The new Lexus RC coupe will
also be available in a hybrid version
Traditionally, the Mustang wasn’t a car purchased for its fuel efficiency. The 2015 Mustang is designed from the ground up to be a world car and options such as diesel engine would make the care more appealing
Ford Global powertrain boss Bob Fascetti said, "We’re not looking at diesel at the moment, but given where we need to go with fuel consumption we are looking at all our options, and diesel is one of those options, along with hybrids and electric."
The future for the Mustang will likely see new transmissions as well. Ford and GM are currently working on a joint project to develop new nine and ten-speed automatic transmissions to improve fuel economy.
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focus ford focus!
12/9/2013 12:04:24 PM
While I love small torquey diesel engines, I don't think its a good fit for the Mustang. That's not what your traditional Mustang buyer is looking for.
Ford makes some great 4-cyl diesels that have big V6 torque, with Prius-beating fuel economy. They only offer them in Europe however.
Listen up Ford, here's your winning lotto numbers: Keep the gasoline V8 in the Mustang, and instead offer a 4-cyl turbodiesel in the Focus and Escape, and offer a V6 turbodiesel in the Edge, Explorer, and Fusion. You already sell these engines in Europe, so no new engineering effort is required. Do it!
RE: focus ford focus!
12/9/2013 12:31:16 PM
They need to do all the stuff that was done on the vette's new engine to increase mileage on the V8 mustang.
RE: focus ford focus!
12/9/2013 1:48:44 PM
They're not getting rid of the big V6 and V8s so they already have that segment covered.
They're trying to appeal to people like me who are interested in a car with good performance and reasonable fuel economy. I'm looking for something sporty and halfway practical (Mustang works there, the trunk is a reasonable size).
There is definitely a (younger) market of buyers who don't care if an engine is a V8, V6 or tiny 4-cylinder with a huge turbo. If it puts out 300+ HP and Torque then I really don't care. Heck, every car I've ever owned has been a 4-cylinder so I'm already used to the sound they make.
You are right about them needing to bring in more diesel crossovers, I think they're worried that the cost will scare the traditionally cost-shy American consumer away.
Anyway, love the look of the new 'Stang. This could really be the thing to steal people back from Hyundai's Genesis coupe (their biggest low-end competitor).
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