The 2015 Ford Mustang is already making headlines for the return of a four-cylinder turbo engine, coming in at around 300 horsepower. But a four-cylinder turbo probably won’t be enough to stave off upcoming increases in fuel economy, and one Ford executive has said that all options, including hybrid, diesel, and electric versions of the Mustang are on the table.
GoAuto spoke with Ford’s chief of global powertrain engineering, Bob Fascetti, who is quoted as saying;
“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,” he revealed.
“And diesel is one of those options, along with hybrids and electric.”
Wow. To put that out there in the open, not even a week after revealing the all-new 2015 Mustang, that’s going to hurt some traditionalists. Naturally, I’m even more excited for the Mustang than I thought I could be, as I thought the Mustang was at least a generation away from adopting such radical powertrains. And maybe it still is, though from the sounds of it these options are being considered in the not-too-distant future.
Then again, it only makes sense. With the Mustang going global, Ford has to bend and twist to the demands of markets where gasoline regularly costs $8.00 a gallon or more. Turbodiesels are incredibly popular in Europe and Australia, and are gaining in North America at a surprising rate too.
Specific options weren’t mentioned, but a plug-in hybrid 2015 Mustang with a power boost option from the electric motor is one fun possibility. An all-electric Mustang would be a much harder sell, though it’s hard to gauge how the public might react to a torque-heavy turbodiesel.
I’m game for any/all of the above in a 2015 Mustang, but can the traditionalists get on board too? After all, women think green cars are sexy, and what could be sexier than a hybrid Mustang that out-performs the V8 and gets 50 mpg?