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2020 Ford Mustang getting third engine option?

by Ronan Glon

It's not a hybrid -- yet.

The Ford Mustang lost its mid-range V6 engine as it entered the 2018 model year. Customers who bought an entry-level 'Stang in 2019 received a turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. Those who wanted more power needed to make the $9,000 jump to a GT model powered by the naturally-aspirated, 5.0-liter V8. Ford will reportedly fill the gap between the two powertrains by adding a third engine option for the 2020 model year.

Government-bound VIN documents uncovered by Hagerty reveal the 2020 Mustang's engine codes. One corresponds to the mighty V8, another denotes the GT350's 5.2-liter eight, and a third is linked to the familiar turbo four. One of the codes lists an evolution of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost whose horsepower field says only "TBD." While this is not an all-out confirmation, it strongly suggests Ford will add a second variant of the turbo four to the Mustang's portfolio of engines.

It doesn't take much guesswork to fill in the blank. The 2.3-liter makes 310 horsepower in its current configuration. Since its evolution will power a mid-range model, it will need to compete against the V6-powered Chevrolet Camaro, which boasts 335 horsepower. Ford squeezed 350 horses out of the EcoBoost for the Focus RS, so we'd bet on seeing that number again in the 2020 Mustang brochure.

Ford hasn't confirmed or denied the report. It merely told Hagerty it will "share more exciting news this spring."

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