We came across an interesting design proposal from Automotive designer Lichen Zhang of a Ford Mustang Electric Coupe for the year 2030. These renderings arrive at the right time as reports filled the web in recent weeks that Ford would introduce the next generation Mustang in 2022 taking the next step in electrification – a hybrid option for the first time – besides a V8. Ford is reportedly working on a system for the new Mustang similar to the recently launched Escape SUV. It would use a four-wheel drive layout with motors powering the front wheels and the combustion engine sending drive to the rear.
Ford is also gearing up to introduce the Mustang in a pure electric form and and a crossover with the Mustang Mach-E.
Back to the design proposal, this is what Zhang told ElectricVehicleWeb:
I am Lichen, an Automotive exterior designer. I’ve been trying to design a Ford Mustang with my take on its styling. My primary inspiration for this project is a P51 Jet Fighter and I want to inculcate its aerodynamic design into the shell of a Mustang. Since it’s based around a Fighter Jet, I want all the elements in the interior to be centred around the driver, to replicate the feel of a Jet cockpit and it will also have a seat for the passenger alongside. It’ll be a very functional layout with lots of fun elements surrounding it. This 2030 Mustang design will have a Coupe silhouette as I want to maintain the swooping rear of the current-gen Mustangs. This new Mustang will have a blend of design elements of the future with some classic touches from the past. To maintain some styling cues from the classic Mustang, I hope to inculcate its long hood proportions and attempt to move the peak of its top further backwards to create a strong tension in its design. Mustangs typically have a C-graphic along the side of its body and to continue this classic trend, I used one large and one small two C graphics for the rear part of the car. As this is intended to be a sporty coupe, cargo space isn’t a priority because the younger audience will drive it by themselves for the most part and the passenger space can be used for cargo. End of the day, it should still be recognised as a Mustang at first glance and it should stay true to that styling, even if it’s sold in the year 2030.