Making move to Explorer bones for 2023
Expected eight-year production run takes car to 2030
The current Ford Mustang is going to be around a little longer than we had thought, and the next one will be around for eight years too. That’s good news, because in a market offering fewer cars by the day, one of the most iconic should see production until at least the end of the decade.
Automotive News reports that the next-generation Mustang will have an expected life cycle of eight years. With production of the new car expected to start at the end of 2022, that means the Mustang should be around until 2022.
The surprise, though, is that the next-generation Mustang is likely to be built on a new platform. An SUV platform. That’s the underpinnings used by the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Navigator, models that were unveiled very recently on a rear-drive-biased platform in case you were worried about a front-drive or AWD-only pony car.
It’s the last car Ford builds for the US and Canada, with production of the Fusion ending at the end of the month. Fiesta, Focus, and Taurus are all a distant memory as well.
AN says Ford suppliers have been told to expect around 100,000 units per year of the next Mustang, and a refresh for 2025 to keep the car feeling new. On top of that, Ford is excellent at slowly trotting out special editions of the ‘Stang like the Bullitt, Shelby models, and Mach 1 to keep the car fresh. Originally, the next Mustang was expected to get a six-year run, but suppliers were told recently to expect eight.
It could end up as a much larger car, though, because of the new platform. The Explorer rides on a wheelbase surprisingly just near six-inches longer than the Mustang (and three inches wider), and it’s not yet clear how much Ford could affordably shrink that for the pony car.