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Next generation Ford Mustang due in 2022 – report

A job listing on LinkedIn has confirmed the next generation of Ford Mustang will debut in 2022.
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We now know when the next generation Ford Mustang is expected to land thanks to Ford’s Human Resources team.

A user on the Mustang 6G forums found a Ford job posting on LinkedIn seeking a plant vehicle team engineer specialising in wind and road noise.

In the job listing, for which Ford is no longer accepting applications, the company said it was looking for someone to be the final sign off on the "2023 Ford Mustang S650 vehicle program".

The listing goes on to confirm the S650 will launch in 2022 for the 2023 model year.

The current generation is referred to internally as the S550, indicating this is a new model.

The next Mustang is expected to have powertrain options beyond the current car's turbocharged four-cylinder and naturally-aspirated V8.

Then-CEO Mark Fields confirmed in January 2017 a hybrid Mustang would arrive in 2020 which would provide “V8 power and even more low-end torque”.

The following year, Fields' replacement, Jim Hackett, pushed the launch of the new Mustang generation from 2020 to 2021.

The electrified Mustang, therefore, could appear as part of the S650 redesign.

Ford filed a patent in 2017 for a hybrid, all-wheel-drive system, consisting of a V8 engine augmented by an electric motor on each front wheel.

Since 1993, the Mustang hasn't shared its platform with any other Ford vehicle, though it could move a variation of the CD6 rear- and all-wheel-drive architecture used by the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.

The first generation of Ford Mustang shared its platform with the Ford Falcon, while later iterations shared underpinnings with cars as diverse as the Ford Thunderbird, Mercury Cougar and Lincoln Continental.

The rival Dodge Challenger shares much with the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans, while the Chevrolet Camaro uses a slightly older version of the Alpha architecture underpinning the new Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans.

Shortly after the next Mustang launches in 2022, it may find itself with less competition.

GM is reportedly shelving the arch-rival Chevrolet Camaro after 2023.

That will leave the venerable Dodge Challenger as the only other American pony car, though regrettably Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continues to keep the big brute from Australian shores.

The current S550 Mustang entered production in 2014 and arrived here the following year.

Sales have been surprisingly steady for a sports car on the Australian market.

In 2016, Ford sold 6208 Mustangs, while last year it sold 3948. Though that represents a 36 per cent decline, it's still more than three times as many vehicles sold as the next best-selling car in its segment.

That's despite significant price increases which accompanied the 2018 mid-cycle enhancement.

Over the same period, Toyota 86 sales declined 72 per cent.