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by Brett FooteOctober 16, 2020, 1:00 am3Comments

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1

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While the 2021 Ford Mustang carries over mostly unchanged from the current, 2020 model year, there are a few changes worth noting. That includes the addition and subtraction of a couple of models and option packages, as we’ve recently reported. And now the 2021 Mustang will also gain a number of active safety features as standard equipment.

For the 2021 model year, the Ford Mustang will come standard with the following safety features on all series (models and trim levels):
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    -Auto High-Beam Headlamps
    -BLIS (Blind Spot Information System)
    -Lane-Keeping System (includes Lane-Keeping Assist, Lane-Keeping Alert, and Driver Alert)
    -Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), which includes Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Dynamic Brake Support
    -Rain-Sensing Wipers

These additional safety features accompany a few other changes to the 2021 Ford Mustang lineup. The Bullitt, Shelby GT350, and Performance Package 2 have all been discontinued for the new model year, while the Mach 1 returns to the Mustang lineup following a 17 year hiatus. Order books for the Mach 1 just opened up yesterday, and the car features a base MSRP of $52,915 including destination and delivery.
Otherwise, the 2021 Ford Mustang is essentially unchanged from the 2020 model, with no other updates or facelift of any kind. Those waiting for the all-new S650 Mustang will reportedly have to wait until late 2022 to see the car enter production for the 2023 model year. Like the current S550, the next-gen Mustang will reportedly have an eight-year life cycle.
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The seventh-generation 2023 Ford Mustang is expected to receive a complete overhaul consisting of a thorough redesign and re-engineering. It will ride on the Ford CD6 platform currently utilized by the 2020 Ford Explorer and 2020 Lincoln Aviator. The platform features a longitudinal powertrain configuration with standard rear-wheel-drive, but the architecture is also capable of all-wheel-drive and electrification.

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In terms of powertrains, the 2023 Mustang is expected to be powered by at least two Ford EcoBoost engines, potentially including the 2.3L EcoBoost I4 and 3.5L EcoBoost V6, as well as FoMoCo’s 5.0L Coyote V8, and 5.0L Coyote V8 with a hybrid-electric system and all-wheel-drive. Ford’s ten-speed automatic transmission and a manual transmission are expected to be offered as well. Like the current Mustang, the S650 will continue to be produced at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.
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