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Ford Responds to Model Y Reveal With Cryptic Mustang Tweet

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/15/2019 Motor Trend Staff
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The biggest news from yesterday (and really all week) was that Tesla revealed the Model Y. After the presentation, we even got to go for a ride in Tesla's upcoming CUV. But about an hour before that event began, Ford tweeted out something cryptic—a blue Mustang logo with the caption, "Hold your horses."

Considering the timing, it was hard not to assume Ford's tweet was a response to the Model Y reveal. But it's also not entirely clear what was being teased. The most obvious answer would be the hybrid Mustang that Ford has said we'll see sometime next year. But at the same time, even if it's a plug-in hybrid with GT350-like power, the hybrid Mustang isn't what we'd call a Model Y competitor. After all, one is a two-door sports car, while the other is a fully electric crossover.

Then again, that logo looks identical to the one Ford showed in a previous teaser. At the time, we assumed the car we were looking at was the hybrid Mustang, but if there's an internal combustion engine under that hood, the mostly solid grille doesn't look like it would let nearly enough air in. It's a long shot, but perhaps Ford's developing a fully electric Mustang to sell alongside the hybrid.

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It's also possible the vehicle Ford is teasing isn't a traditional Mustang at all. Ford has said it plans to introduce an electric crossover, originally called the Mach 1, with a design that's been heavily influenced by the Mustang. And based on the teaser we've seen of the rear end, it looks a lot like a Mustang with a taller greenhouse. Teasing your own electric crossover after another electric crossover debuts makes a lot of sense, but we'll just have to wait and see what Ford has in store.

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