Mustang fans and Ford loyalists may decry the automaker’s modern new style language but the changes we’ve seen in Ford’s lineup until now are only the beginning.
It’s hard to argue that the Focus doesn’t look better with it’s more European look, while many are still taking stock of the 2013 Escape‘s sleek new body. The biggest shock, however, will come when Ford unveils the 2015 Mustang, with styling inspired by the Evos Concept. What that means, is that you can expect a nose similar to that found on the 2013 Fusion sedan, which it’s hard to argue takes cues from the Aston Martin lineup.
While some amateurish renderings have been floating around the Internet since the 2015 Mustang styling revelation came to light, we’ve employed the services of artist Jon Sibal to provide a better idea of exactly what Ford is planning. Trading its extra long nose for one more appropriate for a sports car, our 2015 Mustang rendering takes the Evos grille and adapts classic Mustang lines for an aggressive yet dynamic front.
Ford has said the 2015 Mustang will be more modern, tossing aside its current retro looks, in part due to previous announcements that it will join Ford’s One Ford global model policy. The current Mustang may work well in North America, but its styling simply won’t sell overseas.
With the redesign Ford is also smartly planning for a bright future for its staple sports car. Boomers and the Gen X crowd may still find the Mustang’s retro look appealing, but Generation Y wants nothing to do with it. With that in mind, a modernized Mustang should help change attitudes. Without this shift in design philosophy, Mustang sales would slowly disappear.
But big styling changes aren’t all Ford has in store of the 2015 Mustang. Rumors they may just be, but there’s continued talk of a full independent suspension that will help transform the Mustang into a true modern era sports car. In fact, with the car’s new powerplants, including the high-output 420 hp 5.0-liter V8, as well as the tight steering and responsive pedals, perhaps the only things outdated on the Mustang are its solid rear axle and retro styling.
Don’t expect Ford to stop the development process there either. No confirmation is available yet, but look for a return of the turbocharged Mustang, starting with the V6. Ford is reportedly working on an EcoBoost 2.7-liter 4-cylinder that could certainly produce over 300 hp. As to whether an EcoBoost V6 could replace the V8, only time will tell.
Already lighter than its key rivals, if only Ford could help the 2015 Mustang shed a couple hundred pounds and the BMW M3 will go from top of the heap to being overpriced and underpowered.