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All-New Ford Mustang Set to Debut Sept. 14 at Detroit Auto Show

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Ford announced this evening that the all-new seventh-generation Mustang will make its official debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show. The curtain will lift Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. EDT, but Ford has yet to reveal any information about the Mustang itself. We do know the automaker is planning a celebration befitting an icon like the Mustang, however.

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We have a lot of questions about the next-generation Mustang: Will it offer only internal-combustion powertrains? Will it be electrified — whether a mild-hybrid, traditional hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric? Some combination of those? Ford is keeping those details under wraps for now, but we hope to know more ahead of the Mustang’s reveal.

Given the reception for Dodge’s Charger Daytona SRT Concept and the existence of the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV, an electrified Mustang doesn’t seem that far-fetched. If Ford really wanted to lean into nostalgia, since the Dodge concept resembles a late-1960s Charger, maybe an all-electric Mustang that pays homage to the 1968 GT390 from the movie “Bullitt” would allow shoppers to reenact that movie’s chase scene (not on public roads and without the shotgun, please). Or maybe Ford has had enough of Bullitt tributes.

To help celebrate the new Mustang, Ford is inviting Mustang owners to participate in what it’s calling “The Stampede.” Owners can register to drive their own Mustang in a parade from Ford World Headquarters to Detroit’s Hart Plaza, where the reveal will take place. An additional event, dubbed “The Drive Home,” begins on Sept. 6 in Tacoma, Wash., at LeMay – America’s Car Museum. Owners will drive to Ford HQ to take part in The Stampede, with a dozen stops along the way.

Stay tuned for more new Ford Mustang information and all the details as they’re released.

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