Ford’s catchy jingle in their recent commercials “you got me looking for the next best thing” is right in tune with society today, reflecting our attitudes on new and trendy products coming out everyday. Then there is the Ford Mustang. Released April 17, 1964, the Mustang has been a cornerstone of performance vehicles and American muscle for 50 years now and still continues to grow. To celebrate this 50 year mark, Ford is releasing the all new 2015 Mustang with a plethora of new options and engines on the way. Early this week Car and Driver leaked all the details Ford doesn’t want you to know about the 2015, here is everything you need to know.
Over the past few years the Mustang has continued to enlarge its global fan base, and Ford has made sure to make the newest edition appealing to the masses in 2015. The vehicle will have to be lighter and more efficient, and even have a different fog light set up to fit legal requirements overseas, but this does not mean traditional fans will be disappointed. Hint: Possibly the cheapest 500hp car?
Let’s talk about exterior looks first. The most noticeable change is that the Mustang will no longer stand apart from the rest of the Ford line up. The overall look, especially the front end will take familiar design notes from the Fusion and the Ford Evos concept. The rear end will still feature the same trademark taillight design consisting of three vertical bars that will sequentially illuminate when turning. The headlights will conform to rest of the ford line up to accommodate those pesky overseas requirements, but the grill will still have the upright Mustang feel. The front hood will feature a pair of large vents to give it that Mustang flare. With all the new design, the engineers still managed to shrink the exterior dimensions slightly.
As we move inside you’ll find two “firsts.” The first brand new evolved MyFord Touch is debuting in the 2015 Mustang, and this will be the first Mustang to include a MFT system. After doing studies on the current MFT system, Ford found that people would still rather have real buttons compared to the MFT digital controls. You will find an array of tangible controls in the cockpit along with your touchscreen controls. Circular air vents will rest a top the center stack, accompanied by rectangular vents accenting the side dash. Ambient Lighting will still be a feature but will spread to more than just the dials, speakers, and cup holders.
The most interesting changes we’ll see to the 2015 Mustang model will be under the hood. When the 2015 first hits dealer lots, it will have the same engine options as the current Mustang; a naturally aspirated 3.7-Liter V6 with 305hp and the “Coyote” 5.0-Liter V8 with 420hp. Transmission options will also remain the same with the 6-speed automatic and manual available. These transmissions will stick around for the next 2-3 years until will see the new 10-speed automatic that is currently being developed debut. Since Ford will be releasing the 2015 on the anniversary date April 17th, the 2015 model year will be an extended one. Ford will take advantage of this by releasing upgraded engines in the following months after launch. The V6 engine changes will be minimum, but it is being said that it is more than rumor surrounding the 5.0 engine getting a boost up to 500hp.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Within the first few months of the Mustang being available, well start to see new underhood options available that we haven’t seen since the 1986 SVO model, a turbocharged four cylinder engine. This engine is designed to accommodate European and increasing federal fuel-economy standards, but will still be marketed as a step up from the V6 we have now. The 2.3-Liter will boast 310hp with direct injection and will offer an increased mileage gain and a high, flat torque curve. By the 2017 model year we might see the 3.5-Liter V6 Ecoboost replace the current V6 engine. This engine will be tuned to produce around 400hp and will serve as a stepping stone between the 4 cylinder Ecboost and the Coyote V8.
Last but not least we have the introduction of the first independent rear suspension seen on a Mustang since the 1999-2004 SVT Cobra. The IRS will improve handling, ride comfort, and packaging and will be another selling point when Ford tries to break out in the European markets.
Love it or hate it, the 2015 Mustang is on pace to break down barriers at home and in the global markets. Plan to hear more official news from Ford once we hit 2014!