Chevrolet Camaro Rival Ford Mustang Tipped For 2021 Redesign2
The Chevrolet Camaro‘s chief American-made rival, the Ford Mustang, is expected to undergo a complete redesign by 2021, and the next generation could bring with it an all-wheel-drive option as the pony car migrates to the forthcoming Ford Explorer’s scalable RWD/AWD architecture. That’s not to mention the forthcoming hybrid Mustang model that Ford confirmed some time ago, which is planned for a 2020 launch.
As we reported on our sister site, Ford Authority, the Ford Mustang’s anticipated switch to a scalable, modular vehicle architecture is the result of Ford’s attempts to slash engineering costs. Currently, the Blue Oval’s hallmark pony car rides on a unique platform not shared with any other vehicle. The ability to offer AWD is an incidental benefit of the expected switch; should the next Mustang give customers an AWD option, it would become the second pony car after the Dodge Challenger to do so.
As of now, AWD is still unconfirmed as an option on the next-generation Ford Mustang. On the other hand, Ford confirmed way back in January, 2017 that a hybrid version of the pony car would be launched in 2020.
It’s unknown whether General Motors plans to offer either AWD or a hybrid powertrain in its next iteration of the Chevrolet Camaro pony car, although a survey sent to GM customers earlier this year attempted to gauge interest in either a 2.0T I4 or a 6.2 V8 hybrid powertrain. This suggests that the automaker is certainly thinking about gracing one or more Camaro models with hybrid power, and could do so as the Camaro enters its next (seventh) generation.
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Prediction: The Mustang will have AWD, and once GM’s managers see the sales figures they’ll panic and rush an AWD Camaro to the market. It will be fine in the lower engine options since Cadillac have already engineered AWD for the Alpha platform, but the V8 AWD Camaro will be a hot mess that didn’t get enough development.
Here’s the dumbest thing said by the Camaro’s chief engineer:
“Oppenheiser stated that while “he has the keys” to the Camaro program, we shouldn’t expect to see an all-wheel drive Camaro…”
Combined with Oppenheiser’s refusal to design a Camaro with good outward visibility, this suggests that Oppenheiser is morally opposed to selling too many Camaros – or perhaps he’s just a bad businessman.
If Ford can leverage a SUV platform into a good looking and driving new mustang while simultaneously keeping the weight where its at, or better yet, actually get lighter; I’ll be very impressed.
As for the long term prospects of a AWD pony/muscle car? Yeah whatever. Considering these cars appeal and whats likely to happen to them in their lifespan, unless these drivetrains are robust beyond reproach and stupidly simple to maintain and modify, they wont go far.