The next-generation Ford Mustang may drop its iconic V8 engine for an all-electric powertrain.
The popular Ford coupe may be offered with a single, fully-electric powertrain, abandoning the petrol V8 format which has powered the Mustang since it was launched in 1965.
The current sixth-generation Mustang was unveiled in late 2013, receiving a facelift in 2018.
The delay in introducing the seventh-generation model has been attributed to retooling the company's Flat Rock factory to accommodate an electric vehicle production line.
These renders from artist Somak Biswas imagine what the 2029 Ford Mustang could look like.
Ford has been hinting at its shift towards the electrification of the Mustang for some time, introducing the Mustang Mach-E electric SUV in late 2019, and building an all-electric drag car, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400.
The Blue Oval also unveiled an electric Mustang coupe the 2019 SEMA trade show.
"Ford has made no secret of the fact that we are electrifying our most popular nameplates," Ford's chief product development and purchasing officer Hau Thai-Tang said at the time.
With a number of governments introducing bans on the sale of brand-new petrol and diesel passenger cars from 2030, Ford may have made the decision to continue the development of the current Mustang platform for the better part of this decade, and launching the next-gen model as a purely-electric vehicle.
In November 2020, a spokesperson at a Canadian auto trade union revealed details of a new 6.8-litre V8 engine being developed by Ford for the Mustang and F-150.
The 'big block' motor could end up being the swansong of the petrol-powered Mustang, signifying a major – and final – update to the current model.
If the rumours prove to be true, a heavily-facelifted version would be expected to arrive in 2023.