And here it is, the 2015 Ford Mustang. It’s been a LONG time coming – you could say 50 years in the making – but the company officially unveiled the car today. As you know, this has been one of the most hotly anticipated vehicles of the past few years.
As with today’s model, the brand-new ‘Stang borrows from its styling past because you can’t just walk away from five decades of heritage, but the car is by no means shackled exclusively to retro design.
Unmistakable Mustang cues are still there, things like the galloping pony logo, the long hood and the three-chamber tail lights. But now designers have added some new elements into the mix. The grille shape and headlamps were probably inspired by the hot new Fusion sedan while the shape of the side glass reminds me a bit of an Audi A7. These traits should help it appeal to customers around the world because remember, the Mustang is going global.
An all-new interior should help attract customers as well. The cockpit was supposedly aviation-inspired and it features more room, better visibility and improved ergonomics, to say nothing of better craftsmanship. But design is only part of this story. Numbers are what you’re really interested in and here are the big ones.
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As with today’s car a 3.7-liter V6 serves as the base engine while the alpha option is once again a screaming 5.0-liter Coyote V8. Official output numbers have not been released at this time but the Five-Oh is expected to have in excess of 420 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque.
But the biggest powertrain news is the availability of a new EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Clocking in at 2.3-liters it’s expected to deliver more than 305 ponies. Updated manual and automatic transmissions are also part of the package and the car finally gets paddle shifters.
The 2015 Ford Mustang’s other big news is independent rear suspension. Yes, the Roman chariot-grade technology propping up the hindquarters of today’s car has at last been put out to pasture, for better or worse.
Heritage runs deep with the Blue Oval and especially with the Mustang. In fact over the last 50 years they’ve delivered more than 9 million of these ponies. As Mark Fields, the company’s Chief Operating Officer said during the big reveal, this car is the “heart and soul of the Ford Motor Company.” If any ‘Stang is going to beat in sync with a new generation of drivers around the world this 2015 model is the one to do it.
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