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On December 5, 2013, Ford officially revealed the new 2015 Ford Mustang. As Ford says, the car, which features a completely revamped design, was inspired by 50 years of Ford Mustang heritage.
“We crafted this car with the goal of creating a contemporary interpretation of Mustang – an American automotive icon that symbolizes optimism and freedom for millions of people around the world,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln.
Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer, added, "We didn't originally start out as this being all-new, but it is now an all-new car, meaning there is not a piece of sheet metal anywhere, or any other part that hasn’t been touched."
A New 300+ Horsepower EcoBoost Engine
First things first, the new Ford Mustang will feature three engine options: a more powerful 5.0-liter V8 (See photo), a 3.7-liter V6, and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. According to reports, the V8 engine produces 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque thanks to an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads. It also features a new intake manifold designed to improve low-speed breathing for better fuel economy, idle stability, and emissions. The 3.7L V6 engine is said to produce at least 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.
Of course, the real newsmaker here is the all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine (See photo). Ford says it will produce more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. Yes, the 4-cylinder EcoBoost option will be more powerful than its V6 neighbor. How so? The twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver plenty of usable performance and projected segment-leading fuel efficiency.
“This EcoBoost engine delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to, with a broad, flat torque curve that pours out when you stand on it for easy passing or hustling down a twisty road,” said Pericak.
Ford will also offer two transmission options for the 2015 Ford Mustang. There will be the Getrag six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
Return of the Fastback
In the looks department (See video), the 2015 Ford Mustang is not a serious departure from the previous generation Mustang. Ford has incorporated the return of a Mustang fastback with a sleeker profile featuring a more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass. The car also features a lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear fenders and track. From the front, the most noticeable features are the car’s signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille. The rear view touts three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals.
Pericak said, "Some people don’t understand, but they’re looking at proportions, so what they’re looking at is a car that has been lowered, a car that has been widened, a car that has more of a animalistic stance to it. One that is more aggressive and sporty, then where we were, but taking all of the heritage that we have within Mustang and interpreting it in an extremely modern way."
That said, the coupe is not the only model getting a makeover. The new convertible Mustang will feature a standard multilayer insulated cloth top designed to give the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin. In addition, Ford reports the top lowers twice as fast as before, and it features a sleeker profile when folding for open-air motoring.
“You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when you see this car you immediately see a Mustang strong and true,” said Moray Callum, Ford executive director, design, The Americas.
Independent Rear Suspension
For many years now, Mustang enthusiasts have been asking for independent rear suspension on the Ford Mustang. Well, Ford listened up and incorporated all-new front and rear suspension systems (See photo) on the 2015 Ford Mustang. Ford says that, 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 rear of the new Mustang features an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. Ford says the geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for this high-performance application. New aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.
In addition, a new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system allows for the use of larger, more powerful brakes on the 2015 Mustang. We’re talking about 12.6 inch front rotors on the standard Mustang and 13.9 inch versions on the V8, with four-piston calipers. If you opt for the V8 performance package, you'll get 15-inch rotors and Brembo six-piston calipers.
“We already set a very high standard for Mustang’s dynamics with Boss 302, and our goal was to go above and beyond that with this new car,” said Pericak.
A Redesigned Interior and Numerous Creature Comforts
The Mustang is all new on the inside as well (See photo). Ford says that the aviation-inspired cockpit features large, clear instrumentation, putting the vehicle information right in front of the driver in a roomier cabin. The company also incorporated improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control. Since the Mustang is wider, and features a new rear suspension, the car boasts more shoulder and hip room than in the past. As for the car’s trunk, Ford says the more usefully shaped trunk can accommodate two golf bags.
Creature comforts? Well, the new Mustang has quite a few. For instance, the car features push start technology as well as new driver-assist features such as Blind Spot Information System (BLIS). The car also features cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. The Mustang’s SYNC AppLink technology lets drivers control their smartphone apps to listen to their favorite form of entertainment.
- Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
- Keyless Entry Standard
- Heated and Cooled Seats
- Selectable Drive Modes: Sport, Track, Rain/Snow
- Track Apps Returns
In addition, drivers can now tap the new toggle switches on the console to quickly adjust steering effort, engine response, and transmission and electronic stability control settings using the available Selectable Drive Modes. Nice touch, Ford, we’re impressed.
The car also features a new Ford-developed stability control system. For instance, the Mustang GT comes with standard launch control that, Ford says, enables drivers to achieve smooth, consistent starts every time.
Pericak explained, “We have intelligent access standard in the car, push-button start is standard. We have blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled seats, you name it we’ve got in this car and we’re even showcasing some new technologies to Ford, like tire-pressure monitoring by location, so you’ll be able to see your tire-pressure in each of the corners, first for Ford and debuting it on the Mustang.”
Pricing and Availability
Ford has yet to say how much the new Mustangs will cost. Word is, they will become available at the end of 2014 in the United States. They are expected to go on sale in Australia in 2015. Stay tuned.
Source: Ford Motor Company