Remember when Bob Dylan went electric? It was on July 25 1965 when the folk singer took to the stage at the Newport Folk Festival with his familiar acoustic guitar nowhere to be seen. His fans shifted restlessly as he adjusted his Fender Stratocaster and it wasn’t long after he snarled the words to “Maggie’s Farm” that a chorus of boos rained down on him from the dismayed crowd. Dylan had turned his back on folk music, the genre that had given him fame and fortune and now another American icon is about to go down a similar route; Ford will offer the legendary Mustang as a hybrid by 2020…

Although we grew to love Dylan’s transition, it still caused a massive stir. The world of music as a whole was astounded and it seems history is about to repeat itself but will fans of the muscle car be crying when it is launched? Since almost every carmaker is offering a hybrid in its lineup due to the times it isn’t as surprising as that night when Bob did the unthinkable. But, it’s still a massive change and it isn’t just the Mustang either – the F-150 is also to be offered with a hybrid drivetrain three years from now. Ford says that it will be launching 13 new global electrified vehicles in the next five years and that’s all fine and dandy but these two models were the last we expected to go down this route.

For now, there aren’t many details about the new Mustang hybrid apart for the Blue Oval revealing that it will have “V8 power and even more low-end torque.” We’re not quite sure if that means the electric motors will be added to the V8, V6 or the blown four-cylinder but the prospect of instant torque and hopefully even smokier burnouts does interest us. Even though the Mustang is all about raw power and delivers thrills best when equipped with a V8, a hybrid version – which sure is a break from tradition – could work wonders so before you get those tissues out, it’s worth remembering how well hybrid drivetrains have done for other carmakers, not to mention the extra power they can bring. The Ferrari LaFerrari, BMW i8 and McLaren P1 remember are all hybrids and very fast and lots of fun, and the Mustang will be joining a stellar cast. Let’s hope it shares more in common with those than er, the Prius. The Ecoboost motor has gone down well for its efficiency, especially in Europe, and now a hybrid version could also do well, but it’ll sure take some getting used to.

Details about the F-150 are also sketchy for now and all Ford is saying that it will offer “powerful towing and payload capacity and operate as a mobile generator.” It’ll be sold in the US and here in the Middle East but the Mustang will start sales on home turf and if does well it could be heading to our region too.

“As more and more consumers around the world become interested in electrified vehicles, Ford is committed to being a leader in providing consumers with a broad range of electrified vehicles, services and solutions that make people’s lives better,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO.

That night in ’65, Dylan electrified one half of his audience and electrocuted the other. Will the hybrid Mustang/F-150 have the same effect on their legion of loyal fans? Time will tell…