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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12/9/2013 3:56:49 PM
Also there were no 4cylinder engines before that time. The 64 1/2 model used the 240 and 260 V8 as options versus the standard I6. 65 and 66 offered the 289 High Performance upgrade with I6 standard. 67 and 68 saw the change from the 289 to the 302 with the I6 still standard. 67 and 68 also saw the introduction of larger engines like the 370, 427, and 428 since the body size was increased those years to hold them. Body size kept increasing up until 74 when they were downsized due to the oil embargo fuel prices and stiffer emission standards and they became the Mustang II. Those years were not so good because the few that had the 302V8 were so weak that you could actually warp the body with the power even that engine produced.
I better stop or I will be sounding like a Wiki article lol.
12/9/2013 3:57:31 PM
Edit: Oops 390 not 370 V8.
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