2020 Mustang ‘Entry Level’ Performance Model to Debut at New York Auto Show

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2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost with Performance Pack 1

Bargain performance hunters will soon have another option to choose from in the Mustang lineup.

By all accounts, the current Mustang GT is a performance bargain. But at the same time, not everyone can afford to upgrade to the 3rd gen Coyote platform, and oftentimes high insurance premiums prove too big a barrier to overcome for cash-strapped youngsters. Of course, that’s where the Ecoboost comes into play. But now, it looks like Ford is cooking up another option for performance-hungry bargain shoppers.

According to Motor1, the Blue Oval is planning to debut a new ‘entry level’ performance Mustang model at the New York Auto Show, which kicks off on April 19. And this isn’t just some rumor, either. They know this because, well, Ford is giving them a special preview of the car and all the deets before it officially debuts at the show.

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Other than that, no one knows what this new budget performance Mustang will be like. But Motor1 reckons that it won’t be some sort of V8-powered stripper. Instead, they believe it will be more of a revival of the much-beloved SVO, which makes a lot of sense. The Ecoboost already shares some similarities with the original, the major one being its turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant.

2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost with Performance Pack 1

Give it a boost in power from the base car’s 310 ponies, add in some suspension/brake upgrades, and voila – new SVO. Or ST. Who knows. Heck, maybe Ford is just bringing back the V6 to bridge the gap. At least we won’t have to wait long to find out. And who knows, maybe we’ll finally get some concrete numbers for the GT500 while we’re at it.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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