The Ford Mustang may not be the first vehicle that comes to mind when you think of environmentally-friendly forms of transportation. The arrival of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the new Mustang could do a lot to combat that perception, but the EcoBoost engine may just be the tip of the iceberg in that regard.

Speaking with Ford powertrain boss Bob Fascetti at the reveal of the new Mustang in Australia, GoAuto reports that the Blue Oval automaker is considering offering its latest pony car with a diesel, hybrid or even electric powertrain in the future.

"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," said Fascetti. Other options could include a nine- or ten-speed automatic transmission to replace the current six-speed unit in order to help improve fuel economy and emissions for the Mustang, although figures for the current lineup have yet to be revealed.



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      Camaroman101
      • 1 Year Ago
      As long as they keep offering it in a rwd V8 configuration, who cares what else they want to offer? Many buyers only buy the car for the looks anyway and could care less what's under the hood, why not let them get hybrid-like fuel economy with it.
      Hal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Electric all the way.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      EV= no mustang rumble. :( _
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Yeah, but you could put in an electronic sound rumble and make it sound like a V12 or anything you want. It would be funny if it sounded like a Jetson's car…
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          If we're going electrified sounds, I'd love to see a Star Wars sounding Mustang. Pod racer sounding Mustangs anyone? :-)
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford should focus on a diesel half-ton first, as is their chief breadwinner and most likely the easiest conversion.
      kensucharski
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish they had kept the cutout side window.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Personally, the only way I'd ever buy a Mustang for myself is if it has the V8. Power is only part of the reason though, engine character plays a bigger role to me. Different types of engines have that certain quality to it that just clicks (smoothness with straight 6's and V12's, rumble of boxers, peaky screamer NA 4 cylinders...) and I'd have a hard time detaching what I know and respect of the Mustang from it's V8 (yeah I know 'Stangs and 'Vettes had straight 6's first, but let's be real, the world has always seen them as V8 cars). The Ecoboost is great, but I still prefer a V8. Diesels can be great for some cars (Focus RS perhaps?), but I couldn't see many people actually buying a diesel Mustang. Doesn't seem worth it. Plus, if you really need that extra mileage, then perhaps it'd be better to look into a different car. That said, if Ford can develop an electric drivetrain that can haul and shred like a Tesla Model S, that'd be a great fit for the Mustang. Of course, I don't expect it to happen for this gen, but as costs continue to drop and the technology becomes more common, I could see the Mustang being a great candidate for a high performance electric drivetrain.
      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Use this platform for other cars like a Galaxie first then do this.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm as Green as the next guy but I think that a hybrid is probably a bad idea for the Mustang unless it can keep up with the stock V6. Putting a hybrid powertrain in the Mustang just for economy/efficiency would undermine the brand and make much of the engineering that went in to making the Mustang an affordable performance car pointless. But if they can put a hybrid or electric model out that can perform as well as the V6 or better, then I'm for it.
        Thunderbuck
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
        When you consider that McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche are using hybrid tech in their latest hypercars, it's clear that properly-applied hybrid tech can definitely "keep up" with the stock V6. It could conceivably be used to give the 2.3 EcoBoost comparable performance to the 5.0 V8, for instance, and that would win some fans.
      Mercer
      • 1 Year Ago
      A four door Mustang and a lincoln variant are more immediately needed.
      ocbrad1
      • 1 Year Ago
      In general, I think the EcoBoost 4 is enough. That being said, there are three things to consider in whether to go hybrid or diesel. First, the Mustang doesn't exactly have a spacious passenger compartment OR cargo compartment. This would limit the space available for a battery pack. Second, this space limitation would likely dictate most of the battery space be given up from the rear of the car (either back seat or cargo area). This would have two impacts: 1) it could shrink the car down to a two seater which would increase insurance rates and lessen the "people-mile per gallon" benefits of a hybrid drivetrain; 2) adding a bunch of weight in the back would screw up the car's balance and negatively impact handling abilities. The third consideration is Europe. Ford has made no secret of its desire to sell the Mustang abroad (hence the EcoBoost option). Diesel is king in Europe, and for good reason. Huge torque, solid performance, and great highway mileage completely fits with the European methods of travel. All of this says to me, the EcoBoost 4 is sufficient, but if Ford really wants to add a higher mileage option, diesel is the best choice.
        Tweaker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ocbrad1
        Europe is officially moving away from diesel. They make no secret that they see diesel as dying.
      Robert Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford Mustang Electric/Diesel or Hybrid?? They must be joking. That "launch" was probably the quietest Ford has ever done here, as the shuttering of local production of the Falcon and Territory is a very sore point with many people here and Ford products are as popular as leprosy at the moment.
      XT6Wagon
      • 1 Year Ago
      3L V6 diesel used in the current Jaguar line in europe would make for a very nice Diesel Mustang 275HP and 440ft-lbs would be pretty fun.
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        But he said in the article he is not looking at diesel now.
          XT6Wagon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Seal Rchin
          and that has... nothing to do with my statement. I wasn't saying it WILL exist. I'm saying it would be pretty fun for a "eco" option.
          SloopJohnB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Seal Rchin
          He lied. The V6 diesel is a drop in more or less. However, diesels are so popular and profitable in Europe that they would be unlikely to be available in sufficient numbers for a US application.
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