We are just months away from the market arrival of the S650 Mustang. And once customers start receiving their Coupes and Convertibles, a 2024 Ford Mustang SUV may not be such an outlandish idea.
The 2024 Mustang is a great package, keeping the V8 banner up in this age of electrification. And if you’re looking for extra reasons to praise the pony, well GM will only build the 2024 Camaro through next January, while Dodge appears to be fully committed to the retirement of the Challenger and Charger—yes, there are rumors of the Hurricane turbocharged straight-six keeping these muscle cars alive, but we’ve entered the final part of what is supposed to be the last year of production with nothing more than that.
And while the Blue Oval hasn’t said anything about a five-seater pony with serious ground clearance, digital artist Nikita Chuicko (aka kelsonik), has dreamt up the 2024 Mustang SUV that now sits on our screens.
Many fans will cry foul and yet the main point behind the S650 Mustang SUV wouldn’t be the existence of another machine that has split opinions. That would be the Mustang Mach E (here it is drag racing the Kia EV6 and VW ID4 GTX), whose previously hefty sales have dropped by 20% in Q1 2023, not least due to a month-long production pause at the Cuautitlan Stamping and Assembly Plant, which was planned to expand production capacity.
The 2024 Mustang SUV as a rival to the Corvette SUV
Instead, the 2024 Ford Mustang SUV would be a rival to the 2025 Corvette SUV. Sure, Chevy has yet to confirm that expansion of the Corvette family, but the idea is kept under the spotlights by big names like Car and Driver.
The Corvette SUV is expected to skip battery power, at least at first. Instead, this should ride on the Alpha platform that currently underpins go-fast machines like the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing.
The idea behind the five-seater iterations of the ‘Stang and the ‘Vette would be to target European performance SUVs like the BMW X3 M and X5 M, as well as the Porsche Macan and Cayenne. And while the larger of those Euro super-SUVs pack twin-turbo V8s, the more compact ones are animated by twin-turbo six-cylinder units.
And with this rendering being based on the North American Ford Explorer, which is getting a facelift for 2024, that six-cylinder bit makes us think of the Explorer ST, which is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0L EcoBoost V6 with 400 hp on tap and has received an RWD version for 2023.
Then again, the balance that could see buyers embrace a tall Mustang with a combustion engine probably needs the Dark Horse’s 500 HP 5.0L N/A V8 on the pros side.
Speaking of which, while the pricing for the 2024 Mustang kicks off at $32,515, the most affordable V8 Mustang (GT) starts at $41,495. That’s only slightly lower than the Explorer ST, which kicks off at $51,000 and so the price of a Mustang SUV would probably be higher than that of the two-door versions.