After 50 years of uninterrupted sales, the newest generation of Ford’s iconic pony car was simultaneously revealed around the globe in six cities on four continents on December 5th.
To date, Ford says over 9 million Mustangs have been sold since the first model hit the showroom floor in 1964.
For this latest reveal, Ford will bring Mustang to customers in key parts of Europe and Asia. The 2015 Mustang is set to compete in global markets with a right-hand-drive factory variant.
Still looks like a Mustang
The 2015 Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the Mustang brand, most notably the long sculpted hood and short rear deck.
Several key design features include:
- Lower roof height, and wider rear fenders and track
- Three-dimensional, tri-bar tail lamps with sequential turn signals
- Larger front grill provides a more aggressive stance along with the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille
Mustang convertible drivers will appreciate the new convertible top. According to Ford, it now lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile.
A base V6 and an upgraded and V8 are joined by an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine. Mustang GT comes with the tried and true 5.0-liter V8, now featuring an upgraded valve train and cylinder heads. Ford says the 2015 Mustang GT engine will put out 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. A new intake manifold improves low-speed breathing for better fuel economy, idle stability and emissions.
The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging. Ford says the 2.3-liter engine will provide segment-leading fuel efficiency. A unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing helps the small displacement engine to put out 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque.
The base V6 engine provides 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Sources inside Ford's marketing department say the company considered dropping the V6, but retained it to keep base trim level Mustangs affordable.
Finally Mustang gets IRS – independent rear suspension in the form an of all-new integral-link design. Gone is the Mustang's solid live axle. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings have been specifically modified and tuned. New aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling. (Unsprung mass is the mass of the suspension, wheels, brakes, tires and other components not supported by the suspension.)
At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride.
The new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system also enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes. Ford says this will be the best-stopping Mustang yet, with three available brake packages.
The new Mustang will hit showrooms sometime in 2014 - as a 2015 model.
See Ford executives talk about the development of the 2015 Mustang on You-Tube.