Much Speculation and Just as Many Questions
For starters, Ford plans to launch the new Mustang using a completely new vehicle platform. It’s also been reported that Ford plans to take the Mustang international, which means this platform will need to conform to international needs.
Say Goodbye to the S197 Platform
According to an article by Inside Line, a Ford insider is reported to have said, "The only thing 'retro' about it are the proportions — long hood, short deck." They added, "It will still look like a Mustang." Meanwhile, Ford’s Design Chief J Mays reinforced this theme by telling the Automotive News, "The challenge or the opportunity for 2014 with a 50th-anniversary car is to not just look back over your shoulder, but to try to win all of the Mustang faithful, yet bring the brand forward as well."
To give you an idea, it’s been rumored the new Mustang will look somewhat like the Ford Evos Concept, which is somewhat in line with the modern-day Nissan Z Car. Several publications have created their own 2015 Ford Mustang renderings. While enthusiast feedback has been mixed, there’s no doubt such a Mustang would look cutting edge when compared to other “modern day” racers.
New Technology and Engine Offerings
Another topic of much discussion pertains to the 2015 Mustang’s engine lineup. It’s been said that Ford will offer an EcoBoost engine option for the upcoming Mustang. The team at MotorAuthority, a popular online automotive blog, noted that a new Focus RS could feature a turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost engine. They speculate that this engine would be the new base option in the 2015 Ford Mustang. Estimated output is somewhere in the 330 horsepower range.
Meanwhile, the folks at Car & Driver speculate that, in addition to this EcoBoost option, the 2015 Ford Mustang will continue to feature the company’s existing 5.0L Coyote and the 3.7L V6 engines. There has even been talk of a 4-cylinder option, although nothing solid has surfaced.
Many in the Mustang community have reminded us of the Mazda-designed Ford Probe, which was introduced in 1989. The car was originally set to replace the Ford Mustang. When all was said and done, the idea to replace the Mustang with the Probe was eventually shot down, largely due to negative consumer feedback. While Ford did eventually launch the Probe, production ended after the 1997 model year.
As long as Ford continues to embrace its repeat buyers, the enthusiast group behind the car’s longstanding run, the Mustang will likely continue to live on for many more years to come. Take that group out of the equation, and the Mustang’s future becomes a bit sketchy. What will happen? We’ll just have to wait and see.
It’s been rumored the new 2015 Ford Mustang might debut in April 2014, possibly as a 2014 1/2 model, paying homage to the 1964 1/4 Mustang.
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Sources: MotorAuthority, Automotive News, Inside Line, Car & Driver