Ford is rumored to be getting back into the sedan business with a 4-door Mustang.
We were very surprised earlier this year to hear that Ford was getting out of the car business. But as 2018 wears on, we’re hearing about more and more exceptions to the new “no cars” Ford.
First, we were told that there would be an exception for the Ford Focus, where they’d make a crossover-type design to compete with the Subaru Crosstrek. That got turfed due to an ongoing trade war with China that meant the company couldn’t build them cheaply enough to be profitable.
Next, we get told at a Ford dealer conference earlier in October that they weren’t getting out of cars, per se, just getting away from sedans. The logic here is that if you squint really hard at a crossover it’s sort of like a 4-door car that got a bit taller. It’s not a sedan at all. Flawless logic from Ford, right there.
Now we’re getting rumors that Ford isn’t actually getting away from sedans either. A 4-door Mustang might be on its way.
The news comes courtesy of Mustang6G (by way of Motor1) who reports that at the same dealer conference where Ford execs were redefining the word “sedan” they were also teasing a 4-door Mustang that would compete against the Porsche Panamera and Audi A7 and carry a turbocharged V8 engine.
That engine will most likely be the same 5.2-L V8 that’s found in the GT and GT350 trims, only given twin-turbos for each bank of cylinders. To beat out the Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo (which is a mouthful of a car) would mean defeating a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 that puts out 550 hp.
Since Ford’s 5.2-L V8 already puts out 526 horses without the benefit of any turbochargers, it probably wouldn’t be too hard to take on the Porsche.
We know absolutely nothing else about this rumored Mustang other than the fact it’ll likely be its own distinct car and not just another Mustang trim. It’ll also have nothing to do with the Mach 1 Mustang-inspired electric crossover, which is also no longer called the Mach 1 since everyone hated the idea of an electric car given a former special edition Mustang’s name.
Stay tuned for more Ford backpedaling on the whole “no cars” thing.