For better or worse, Ford only makes one car that’s available in the United States: the Ford Mustang.
The Mustang, the Ford Motor Company’s iconic pony car, is getting a new generation in 2022.
That’ll be it for the Ford Mustang until at least 2030. This new generation will be the seventh total iteration of the Mustang.
After 2030, there are no guarantees that even the Mustang will continue to exist – although a lot can happen in eight years.
Ever since Ford decided to double down on its focus on trucks and SUVs, the Mustang has been among the few remaining cars in Ford’s ranks. While Ford still makes the Ford GT, the news of the 2022 release of the new Mustang foretells a future in which the Mustang is the last Ford car standing. The GT, already made in limited numbers, is unlikely to be an ongoing production model for the Blue Oval.
As The Drive reports, Ford is anticipated to move the Mustang to the rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive platform shared by the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. That means even the Mustang will likely start looking chunkier, a bit more like an SUV, as Ford abandons the car market entirely.
We understand why Ford has decided to focus on its strengths. The decision has paid off, especially in light of recently low gas prices.
Nonetheless, there are still American car buyers who want inexpensive performance vehicles. Indeed, there are car buyers who want inexpensive vehicles, period. The EcoSport is basically Ford’s only offering for budget-conscious consumers – and who wants to own an EcoSport? Ford’s revival of the Ranger fills the niche for a small truck, but most families aren’t going to fit in the cab of a Ranger.
We’ll have to see if Ford decides to start adding cars back to its American offerings. One small encouragement is that there are still Ford cars produced overseas.