The hype and hysteria over the all-new 2015 Mustang’s reveal are still fresh in the air, as journalist and consumers alike scramble to learn every detail and fact about America’s newest pony car.
Ford ’s launch of the Mustang can only be described as spectacular with reveals in multiple cities and countries around the world. The overriding fact that Ford is going global with the 2015 Mustang is perhaps the biggest news about the Mustang nameplate. It’s hard to imagine a bigger birthday present to an iconic car celebrating its 50th year in production.
We’ve already covered the nitty-gritty details concerning the Mustang’s updates here , but now we present the “Reader’s Digest” version – the “just the facts, Ma’am” edition with all the details nestled snugly into 10 categories. Jump on down for TopSpeed’s top-ten list of 2015 Mustang improvements.
Click past the jump for an overview of the 2015 Ford Mustang
1. All-new exterior design
The changes cosmetically are apparent. The new fastback design and cab-rearward stance sets the 2015 Mustang apart from its predecessors. The entire car looks more planted and is accented by a longer, lower hood and deck lid. The grille is more rounded, yet more aggressive than the current model, and the fog lights have been relocated to the lower bumper on the GT trim. The Mustang is shorter by one-fifth of an inch, but is wider by 1.5 inches overall. It still retains the current Mustang’s 107.1-inch wheelbase.
The exterior design is a respectable step forward for the Mustang. It is definitely categorized as evolutionary rather than revolutionary in terms of changes, but that is perhaps the whole idea of the Mustang.
2. All-New cockpit
Changes abound inside the 2015 Mustang. Materials are more premium while fit-and finish seem industry-leading. The dashboard design still retains the double hunch design, but now features a more athletic look. A placard sits left-justified on the passenger hunch and reads, “Mustang – Since 1964” — Heritage is clearly important in the 2015 car.
Ford says much of the inspiration for the updated dashboard came from aviation. Cockpit-style toggle switches, military-style font, and yards of aluminum trim make the cabin a place of important business. Updated infotainment options grace the center stack (more on that below) as does the standard push-button starter.
3. New 2.3-liter I4
The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost in-line four is big news. It represents the first four-cylinder Mustang since the 1980’s and will not be the base engine. Rather it’s slotted between the 3.7-liter, naturally aspirated V-6 and the 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V-8. The EcoBoost is said to produce 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, while producing the best fuel economy numbers ever seen in a Mustang. A twin-scroll turbocharger is responsible for the extra gusto, while direct injection and variable valve timing keep up the efficiency.
The EcoBoost also features an integrated exhaust manifold that separates the inner and outer pairs of cylinders into each inlet passage to the turbo. The result is a cleaner-burning engine that maximizes the exhaust’s pulse energy flowing to the turbine wheel.
4. Revised Carryover Engines and Transmissions
The 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 are returning for 2015, although not unchanged. Ford has retrofitted the 5.0 with new cylinder heads with high-flow ports. A new set of larger intake and exhaust valves aid in breathing, while a rebalanced crankshaft and forged connecting rods will likely push the engine redline further north. Ford says the 5.0’s output won’t change over the 2014’s 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, but we have a hard time believing that.
The 3.7-liter V-6 is again the base engine option. But just because it’s the base engine doesn’t mean it’s no fun. Still making 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, the 3.7-liter V-6 will outrun a Mustang GT from a decade ago.
Two transmission options are available: a six-speed manual from Getrag and a six-speed automatic. The manual enjoys shorter, crisper shifts thanks to a new linkage and the automatic finally gets big-boy paddle shifters – replacing the dinky toggle button dangling off the 2014’s gear selector. The actual transmission hardware is carryover.
5. Independent Rear Suspension
The Mustang will now feature independent rear suspension – a first even after 50 years (save for that low-volume SVT Cobra between 1999 and 2004). Ford’s engineers deserve a medal for all the work poured into making the live rear axle handle well in the previous generation car, but limit-handling and axle hop were always issues. The new independent rear end will help the Mustang compete with its cross-town rivals the Camaro and Challenger, not to mention increase its skid pad and figure-eight times.
6 New Front Suspension setup
Ford planed on leaving the front suspension alone for 2015, but testing revealed the setup didn’t work well with the new independent rear end. So they swapped it for a double-ball-joint independent setup with MacPherson struts attached to a new perimeter subframe that’s stiffer and lighter.
7. Soft-top convertible
We were quite surprised when Ford revealed both the coupe and convertible models the same day. Manufacturers usually save the drop-top for a few months after the initial design debut for an interest pick-me-up before the model goes on sale. Either way, the convertible is here.
Despite the rumors of a hard top, the Mustang’s drop-top uses fabric and features an electronic motor for operation. It folds nicely into the rear deck lid leaving a smooth area seemingly designed for parade queens.
8. Infotainment and User Interfaces
Changes for the 2015 Mustang are apparent the moment you start it up. Intelligent Access with push-button start comes standard across the board as does SYNC and MyKey. Optional is Ford’s Track Apps and MyColor gauges, along with a new Shaker Pro audio system.
Toggle switches mounted low on the center stack control the adjustable steering, along with Ford’s Selectable Drive Modes that change engine response, transmission shift points, and ESC nannies.
Blind Spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control are also available.
9. First Global Mustang
The 2015 Mustang will be the first global Mustang Ford has ever produced. Right-hand-drive models will be sold in Europe, Asia, and Australia. This means big business for Ford. The profitability of a popular global platform like the Mustang will pay for its development and production many times over, so we suspect Ford is looking forward to roaring revenue.
Even more exciting is that all Mustangs will continue being built in Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. Real American jobs and a product made for export is news the U.S. doesn’t often hear of anymore. Kudos to Ford for waving the Red, White, and Blue!
10. Price and Availability
Of course, the official word on pricing hasn’t been released. However considering the current Mustang starts at $22,200 for the base 3.7-liter V-6 – and the same engine will power the base 2015 Mustang – pricing shouldn’t increase more than a few hundred dollars. Even with the inclusion of high-cost parts like aluminum finders and its independent rear suspension, we suspect Ford will keep the cost obtainable for the average consumer. After all, the Mustang is the American workin’ man’s sports car.
Ford says the 2015 Mustang will arrive in dealer show rooms Fall 2014.
Ford Mustang Marks 50 Years with All-New Sleek Design, Innovative Technologies and World-Class Performance
All-new sophisticated design clearly inspired by 50 years of Mustang heritage evolved to attract wider array of customers and expand global market availability
Mustang now available with three engines offering a broader power of choice – a more powerful 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine
Mustang sets new performance and dynamics benchmarks for the brand with world-class handling, more precise steering control and enhanced ride comfort
The next chapter in the life of the iconic pony car begins today as the all-new Ford Mustang – loaded with innovative technologies and delivering world-class levels of performance – is simultaneously revealed around the globe in six cities on four continents.
"Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. "The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford."
Mustang’s impact goes well beyond the 9 million-plus cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. For the first time ever, Ford will bring Mustang to customers in key parts of Europe and Asia.
"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.
All-new shape, yet unmistakably Mustang
The clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – with contemporary execution.
"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.
Several key design features define the all-new Mustang, including:
A lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear fenders and track
The return of Mustang fastback with a sleeker profile enabled by more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass
Three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals
Contemporary execution of the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille
Mustang convertible drivers will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin. The new top lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile when folded for open-air motoring.
The information and controls an active driver needs are all readily accessible in the aviation-inspired cockpit, which is executed with the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in a Mustang. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, while improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control. The added width and a new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers, and a more usefully shaped trunk can accommodate two golf bags.
The Mustang experience
The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers just want to get in and hit the road. With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V6 and V8 are joined by an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.
Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-liter V8, now featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that yield more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. A new intake manifold improves low-speed breathing for better fuel economy, idle stability and emissions.
"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 Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer.
The Mustang EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver plenty of usable performance and projected segment-leading fuel efficiency. A unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing enable it to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect with output projected at more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque.
With at least 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque on tap from the standard 3.7-liter V6, even the most accessible Mustang delivers the performance customers expect.
Drivers will appreciate smoother shifts from the updated manual gearbox, while a reworked automatic transmission features new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for drivers who want the choice between convenience and control.
Most nimble pony ever
When life throws drivers a curve, the all-new Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for the brand, delivering world-class dynamics and ride quality.
"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.
Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. 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 new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system also enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes. This is expected to be the best stopping Mustang yet, with three available brake packages.
At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. 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.
Smarter than your average pony
The all-new Mustang features a significant amount of innovative technologies providing drivers with enhanced information, control and connectivity when they want it. From Intelligent Access with push-button start to SYNC® and MyKey® in every Mustang built, plus available Track Apps, MyColor gauges and new Shaker Pro audio system, drivers will be able to customize their time behind the wheel.
The feeling of freedom and confidence Mustang instills in its drivers is amplified when they can take control of how the car behaves. On a twisty back road or a weekend track day, the driver can tap the 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 to create the perfect Mustang at any time.
The advanced new Ford-developed stability control system is tuned to maximize Mustang’s dynamic capabilities. When the time comes to turn up the wick at the track, Mustang GT includes standard launch control that enables drivers to achieve smooth, consistent starts every time.
When it’s time to back off and relax for the drive home, available advanced driver-assist features including Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control can help ease the load, while SYNC AppLink™ lets drivers control their smartphone apps to listen to their favorite form of entertainment.
50 years of Mustang
April 17, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the original Ford Mustang and each 2015 model celebrates the milestone with a badge on the instrument panel that includes the galloping pony logo and the words "Mustang – Since 1964." Mustang will continue to be built in the United States at Flat Rock Assembly Plant.
"From day one, we knew if we were going to build a new Mustang, we had to do it right," said Pericak. "We built a new Mustang from the ground up that is quicker, better-looking, more refined and more efficient, without losing any of the raw appeal that people have associated with Mustang for half a century."