A sign of the times, future forward, whatever you want to call it, it’s a pretty big announcement. The Chevrolet Camaro’s longtime rival, the Ford Mustang, is receiving a hybrid variant. The sixth-generation Camaro has continually romped on similarly equipped Mustangs on the track since its launch, and continues that pattern with the 2017 Camaro ZL1. The performance benefits of electrification are well documented, so this could be Ford’s attempt to leapfrog the Chevy Camaro, which has no plans to go hybrid has far as we know.
Ford Authority reports that the Blue Oval will debut at hybrid pony car in 2020, likely when the Mustang will undergo other significant changes, or possibly be all-new by that time. The Mustang hybrid announcement was coupled with a $4.5 billion commitment for the future of Ford propulsion methods in conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles; Ford officially plans for 13 new electrified vehicles by the end of the decade.
Ford states the Mustang hybrid will arrive with V8 power and will receive “even more low-end torque” thanks to electric motors. The automaker did not go into further specifics on the 2020 Ford Mustang hybrid, but we can imagine fuel economy improvements will be present, too.
With these sorts of innovations on the horizon in the pony car segment, it’s safe to say the rivalry between the Camaro and Mustang is not slowing down any time soon.