We have been reporting on the more solid of news that has eeked out here and there about the next generation 2014-2015 Mustang. As we reported last October, the next Mustang will be lighter and smaller, more efficient to meet stringent new emissions and efficiency regulations brought on by the Obama Administration.
While it is sad our own government of the people, by the people feels the need to step on our American icons in such a heavy handed way, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel when the ingenuity of our American spirit and talent come to fore.
Our friends at Motor Authority are reporting that indeed a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine may very well be in the works for the 2014-2015 Mustang as we had hinted last October. They report that Ford may be developing a 2.3 litre version of the 240hp 2.0 litre EcoBoost turbocharged four.
That engine is coming soon to the Ford Focus ST, Explorer, Taurus, and Edge. The direct injected engine is built to ultra-high strength standards and offers considerable power with top efficiency. It would be an engine likely to be used as a base engine for the new slimmed down Mustang 3 as it has been loosely termed.
Based on simple math, an enlarged 2.3 litre version with a head design that makes it conducive to a north-south rear wheel drive installation could produce at least 275hp, giving similar performance to the current Mustang with the 305hp 3.7 litre V6.
All the news out there still points to the calming notion that the 5.0 litre V8 isn’t going anywhere, so Mustang faithful should not be inducing vomiting about now. And Motor Authority also believes as do we that the 5.0 will eventually get direct injection for higher efficiency, if not more power.
A smaller V-6 engine under 3.0 litres with turbocharging was also mentioned in the Motor Authority article as a potential intermediate engine. Bottom line is that with the ever escalating CAFÉ standards on the way, the majority of Mustangs sold will need to get up into the high 30 mpg and even 40 mpg range in the coming decade if it is to stay alive. Period.
That means smaller more efficient engines at the lower end of the range, and engines that will appeal to most customers. The larger V8 engines will still exist but likely be more and more exclusive to keep fleet economy averages in check. And while a four-cylinder Mustang seems a travesty at face value, remember that the Mustang had a four cylinder engine for 19 out of its 48 years.
When we hear more, we will bring it.