The next-gen Ford Mustang is slated to arrive for the 2023 model year. There aren’t too many details on that yet, but new information may reveal the lead designer responsible for interior and exterior styling. A user on the Mustang 6G The forum found Aiden Chang-il Lee’s LinkedIn profile showing him as the person responsible for the look of the new pony car.
Motor1.com contacted Ford to find out the role of a senior designer in creating the look of a vehicle within the company. These people contribute to the design of a vehicle but do not manage a team of people. It is a mid-level position in the hierarchy of designers.
Although Chang-il Lee does not have immediate name recognition, he is a design veteran having previously worked at General Motors and FCA (now known as Stellantis). His LinkedIn page says he worked on the cabin production details of the 2021 GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe. He also worked on the interior of the 2015 Dodge Charger, 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the initial production theme. the cabin of the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Chang-il Lee previously worked at Ford between 2011 and 2012. During this stint, he was part of the 2017 Fiesta Advanced Exterior Team and contributed to the 2016 Taurus interior for the Chinese market.
The next-generation Mustang will debut in the fourth quarter of 2022 and go on sale the following year. The new pony car would have an eight-year product cycle, rather than the original six-year plan.
There are lingering rumors that the Mustang is adopting an all-wheel drive configuration for the first time. Although it seems unlikely that this is the only setup after decades of establishing the model as a rear-wheel-drive performance machine.
Ford’s product plan for the Mustang dies until 2028, when an electric model allegedly arrives. The information available suggests that it would have a completely different platform. The timeline suggests that the next-gen pony car and the EV would be available simultaneously for at least a few years.