It’s no secret; the next-generation Ford Mustang is going global. The iconic American ponycar has finally applied for a passport, but in order to get visas for some countries it needs to make a few changes, namely what’s under its long, bulging hood.
Fuel prices in the United States are something of a fairy tale. Sure, nobody’s going to call $4.00 for a gallon of regular-grade dino-juice a bargain, but compared to just about every other country out there it really is. In Italy, for instance, the same 3.785 liters of petrol are at least twice the price.
Obviously if the 2015 Mustang has any chance of selling in Europe it needs a more fuel-efficient powertrain. The GT’s 420-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 is probably about as much fun as the EU allows, but with only 18 miles per gallon in city driving (when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission) the car doesn’t have a chance in the Old World.
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Of course Mustang is also offered with a V6 engine, and it’s considerably more efficient than the 302, but it’s still not enough for miserly European motorists. However, Ford has a solution to this problem and it’s called EcoBoost.
Reports indicate the automaker is developing a 2.3-liter version of the 2.0-liter turbo used in the Focus ST as well as the Explorer and Edge crossovers, to name a few vehicles. That four-pot dynamo delivers 252 horsepower in the Focus, but the enlarged version that’s expected to see Mustang duty should put out around 300 ponies. And of course it should also be a lot more efficient than a big-displacement naturally aspirated engine.
The big question now is whether that same engine will be offered in North America. Our guess, is that it will.
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