Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Ford | posted December 05, 2013 14:50
Rekindling the pony wars
After leaks, speculations and such, the Ford Motor Company has at last revealed the official images of the next generation Ford Mustang coupe and convertible via their media site prior to the official global reveal across 5 time zones tonight.
The all new Mustang features an evolution of the classic shape and design, a look that Ford says began from a clean sheet of paper. The key elements of the long bonnet and short rear deck are there, along with many of the modern touches expected of the next generation of Ford vehicles.
“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.
Inside, Ford gave the Mustang an 'aviation inspired' cockpit, showcasing large displays, improved ergonomics and greater driver involvement. The cabin is roomier than before, as Ford states.
The new 2015 Mustang retains the front engine, rear wheel drive layout, as well as the prior two engines: a 5.0 liter V8 that makes 426 PS and 528 newton meters of torque as well as a 3.7 liter V6 that makes 309 PS and 379 Newton meters of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission has also been reworked, and now includes steering wheel paddle shifters for greater control.
What is new for the model is the arrival of EcoBoost power in the form of a 2.3 liter Inline-4 engine that has direct injection and turbocharging, developing 309 PS and 407 Newton meters of torque.
Standard features for the Mustang include Ford SYNC, MyKey smart key, Track Apps and other bits.
The reveal of the Mustang coincides with the 50th anniversary of the iconic Blue Oval pony car.