America’s original pony car will turn 50 in 2014, and Ford is celebrating the monumental birthday by taking its maiden voyage overseas. The 2015 Ford Mustang will find its way into right-hand-drive markets, such as England, Japan and Australia. Moreover, for the first time in the Mustang’s history, England and Australia studios will aid in the design of the new-generation muscle car. Add that to the fact that the 2015 Mustang will receive independent rear suspension for the first time ever, with exception of the Cobra version a decade ago, and the Mustang suddenly becomes a hot topic among enthusiasts.
With such dramatic changes in the geographical availability of the Mustang, as well as the move away from the cheaper live axle, not much else has to change in order for this new-generation Mustang to find its new niche in the 2015 model year. That being said, expect the updated muscle car to get a radical redesign while still staying true to its overall look and style.
Also, for the first time, the Mustang is offered with an EcoBoost engine and a series of new technologies that will push it on top on the market.
Updated 12/05/2013: After much teasing and many rumors, the sixth-generation Ford Mustang finally made its world debut today.
Updated 12/05/2013 @ 2:06 p.m.: Ford has released a pair of images of the convertible version of the 2015 Mustang. You can see them after the jump.
Updated 12/05/2013 @ 2:40 p.m.: Ford released a new video featuring Sienna Miller’s Ford Mustang shoot by Rankin.
Updated 12/27/2013: Ford unveiled a new video showing the new Mustang in action at Route 66. Enjoy!
Updated 02/17/2014: Ford unveiled a new set of images for the new generation Mustang. Check the picture gallery to see them!
Updated 02/27/2014: Ford unveiled a new commercial for the 2015 Mustang, revealing shots from the upcoming "Need For Speed" movie, where the muscle car will play the leading role. Enjoy!
More details on the 2015 Ford Mustang after the jump.
UPDATE 06/13/2012: The guys over at CarAndDriver have managed to catch a mule of the next generation Mustang during testing. As usual, the spy shots reveal more details on the future car. The next Mustang will be built on a heavily revised version of the outgoing car’s platform, with the biggest change being made for the suspension system.
UPDATE 06/28/2012: Today we have created a new rendering for the upcoming Ford Mustang. Click past the jump to learn more about it.
Updated 11/19/2013: Ford revealed, in a rather sneaky way, on the Mustang YouTube channel that it will unveil the sixth-generation Mustang on December 5th, 2013.
Updated 11/22/2013: Ford has officially confirmed the 2015 Mustang’s unveiling on December 5th, via a short statement. It will be unveiled on the 5th at 12:01 a.m. in six cities around the world: Dearborn, MI; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Barcelona, Spain, Shanghai, China; and Sydney, Australia. Ford will also release one teaser videos of the new Mustang on its Instagram page per day for the 15 days leading up to its reveal. Ford also revealed a teaser image that you can see after the jump.
Updated 12/03/2013: We still have to wait a few more hours until we’ll finally have the chance to see the sixth-generation Ford Mustang, but thanks to a leaked issue of Autoweek magazine, we can now take an early look at the upcoming model. And yes, it looks way better than we imagined! You can see these images after the jump. We also learned that the new Mustang will feature aluminum front fenders, weight 200 pounds less than the current model, have massive, 15-inch rotors on the GT model, feature Selective Drive Modes, standard keyless start and a data-recording. (Mustang6g)
Updated 12/04/2013: After Autoweek broke the embargo yesterday, a new set of clearer images surface online today, showing that the sixth-generation Mustang will look indeed as cool as we’ve expected. You can see one image above and the other two after the jump. (Mustang6g)
Rendering Vs. Reality
When comparing our rendering from months ago to the real deal, one can see that we missed the mark a little. Then again, did anyone actually get their renderings 100-percent correct. We did get a few key details pretty close, like the grille shape, the redesigned headlights, the ridges on the doors, and the fastback design. Overall, however, we missed the mark. Well, we guess you cant win them all, right?
The sixth-generation Mustang adopts an evolutionary design, with a "shark-bite" front fascia and trapezoidal grille flanked by slender headlights. The new Stang marks the return of the fastback profile, thanks to a sleeker profile enabled by a raked windshield and rear glass.
Ford also lowered the Mustang’s roof, giving it a sportier look, while the wider rear fenders and track give it a stout stance. The hood is long and sculpted, while the rear deck is short, adding the popular cab-rearward look to the Mustang. The rear is defined by three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals and a splitter offered in the same color as the body.
The only thing we can think that could make the Mustang any better would be some carbon fiber!
2015 Mustang Convertible
Here you can see that the Mustang convertible, loses its fastback look with the convertible top in place. This is pretty standard oin all drop-top models with a raked rear glass like the Mustang’s.
With the top down, the new Mustang looks as stunning as ever.
New Sequential Taillights
Sloped Nose Looking Real Mean
New Headlights Give New Life to the Stang
The new Mustang’s interior adopts an aviation-inspired cockpit with the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in Ford’s pony car. Thanks to the Mustang’s increased body width, the cabin is now larger, while the new independent suspension system affords the rear passengers improved shoulder and hip room.
Rounding out the interior enlargements is a larger trunk that can accommodate two golf bags.
Galloping Horse Emblem on a Retro-Inspired Steering Wheel
Eight Ball Gear Shift Knob
The sixth-generation Mustang is offered with a choice of three engines: a more powerful 5.0-liter V-8, a 3.7-liter V-6 and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.
The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is equipped with direct injection, variable cam timing and turbo, resulting in output of at least 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the flat and broad torque curve of the EcoBoost engine affords the drive on-demand power.
Durability is a concern when pumping this kind of power from a small-displacement engine, so Ford reinforced the EcoBoost 2.3-liter engine with a forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, piston-cooling jets, steel piston ring carriers, premium bearing materials, upgraded valve seat materials, high-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block with ladder-frame bearing caps, and a deep-sump, die-cast aluminum oil pan
The base-line 3.7 liter, V-6 engine delivers at least 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. By Ford using the term "at least," we expect to see a mild boost over last year’s output numbers for the base model. Maybe Ford will finally get the 3.7-liter near the 323 horsepower that the base Camro churns out.
The most powerful engine is the updated 5.0 liter, V-8 engine used in the GT version. It receives an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads, a new intake manifold, new piston tops to clear the larger valves, rebalanced crankshaft for higher rpm, and sinter-forged connecting rods, which combine to push the output beyond last year’s 420-horsepower and 390-pound-feet marks, though Ford did not provide specifics on its output.
We anticipate seeing a few higher-output V-8 engines in the near future, but these will likely be the engines that debut with the new Mustang.
All the engines can be mated to an updated Getrag manual gearbox with a new shift linkage for crisper shifts and a gear shifter that is closer to the driver. An optional automatic transmission featuring new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, rev matching, and a redesigned case for better rigidity is available.
Initial Drivetrain Specifications:
|Type||3.7-Liter V-6||2.3-Liter I-4 Turbocharged||5.0-Liter V-8|
Handling and Stability
For the first time in 10 years, the Ford Mustang will be use an independent rear suspension. This new suspension will be a one-off, of sorts, derived from Ford’s Control Blade suspension. This setup is similar to that of the Ford Falcon from Australia, marking the area in which Ford’s Australian arm comes into play.
Up front, the 2015 Mustang will get a new double-ball-joint MacPherson strut system. Sure, that’s nothing revolutionary, but it is still nice to see that Ford didn’t ignore the front suspension.
Ford gave the Mustang’s handling an extra kick in the pants with the addition of computer-controlled, torque vectoring. This system applies and holds torque where it is needed for more aggressive and controlled handling. This type of setup is typically reserved for higher-end sports cars, proving that Ford is not kidding around with in making the Mustang the cream of the muscle car crop
Prices for the 2015 Ford Mustang will be announced closer to market launch.
The Camaro already received a pretty hefty revision for 2014, so we likely have a few years before we get to see the new-gen Camaro. This puts GM behind the eight ball a little, and gives Ford a head start on reeling in fringe buyers. Of course, don’t expect any hardcore Camaro fans to stray onto a Ford lot looking for a Mustang...
The current Camaro is offered with a choice of two engines: a 323-horsepower V-6 or a 426-horsepower V-8 engine, reserved for the SS versions.
Prices for the 2014 Camaro start from $23,455.
Gallery Chevrolet Camaro SS
The Challenger is a real niche model that caters to buyer who want a true retro muscle car, as it lacks the modern technologies and design of the Mustang and Camaro. However, the Challenger has its set of fans that won’t buy anything else, so don’t expect a dramatic response from Chrysler any time soon.
The Challenger is offered with a base 3.6-liter V-6 with 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque, a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 375 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque or a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 470 horsepower and a peak torque of 470 pound-feet.
So, the waiting game with the Mustang continues. Sure, we got a little information and a good look at the car now, but we are still waiting to hear the final specifications. We also anticipate a few high-performance versions to roll out over the next year, so keep an eye out for those.
In terms of design, we love what Ford did with the new Mustang, as it kept the design true to the history of the model, while giving it a modern twist. Nice work, Ford.
- awesome new styling without straying too far from its roots
- Wider array of engine options, including a new EcoBoost one
- Dropping a few pounds should improve fuel economy
- Independent rear suspension vs live axle; could a feud erupt?
- We’re still waiting for the prices
- A little light on the details still
Gallery Ford Mustang
Front Three-Quarter View
From here, we can see that the Mustang retains much of its muscular look, just withe a softened nose. As expected, it adopts the Aston Martin-like grille shape, wraparound headlights, a more sloped nose and aggressive hood ridges.
The profile view gives us a nice look at the new Mustang’s elongated hood and cab-rearward design. It also shows off its sleek roofline and the more forward-leaning rear fascia.
The back end gets a boxier perimeter than the current model, and an all-new rear bumper and diffuser. The taillights remain sequential, but with vast restyling, and the floating horse returns on the center of the fascia.
The changes on the dashboard are pretty incredible too, including a textured center insert on the dashboard, round air vents, a revised steering wheel with the floating horse, and a set of gauges above the center stack, where the air vents used to be.
The Ford Mustang is one of the most successful muscle cars ever to roam the streets of America market and one with the longest history. The model arrived on the market in 1964 and, depending who you speak to, it is either on its fifth or tenth generation. If you consider platform changes as generations, then you are on the side that says this is the sixth generation. However, if you take major body changes as new generations, then you know that the Mustang is on its 10th rendition. We’re not here to argue semantics, so we’ll just stick with the five platform changes to make things easier...
First Generation: 1964 - 1973
The first-generation Mustang was offered in coupe and convertible, plus a sporty 2+2 fastback body style added just a few months after the car’s official debut. The 1964 Mustang was offered with a 170 cubic-inch six-cylinder and a pair of V-8 engines. The most powerful Mustang of the first generation was unveiled in 1968 when Ford announced the 428 Cobra Jet, which delivered a total of 335 horsepower.
In 1967, the Stang underwent a metamorphosis that some consider a new generation, as it grew in length and width, but rode atop the same 108-inch wheelbase. In 1969, the Mustang grew once again, plus it received a four-headlight setup, a sharp nose and a revised grille. This is considered by some enthusiasts as the "third generation," but the basic platform and 108-inch wheelbase remained the same as the debut model.
The 1971 model year was likely the most hated of the first-gen Mustangs, as it grew into a 187.5-inch-long whale of a muscle car whose base 145-horsepower six-banger just wasn’t up to the task of hauling this much lard around. However, the 375-horsepower Cobra Jet 429 was certainly up to the task.
The first-generation closed out in 1973 with emission regulations choking the Mustang to just 150 horsepower from the once-feared 351 cubic-inch V-8 engines.
Second Generation: 1974 - 1978
The second generation arrived in 1974 and, when the Mustang II arrived with smaller dimensions, thank to a chassis that was borrowed from the Pinto. Sure, the chassis was modified for the Mustang II, but it was still a basic Pinto structure and had a petite 96.2-inch wheelbase. This generation used engines ranging from a Pinto-sourced 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 88 horsepower to a 5.0-liter V-8 with 134 horsepower. The Mustang II’s only claim to fame was its Cobra II model in "Charlie’s Angels".
Third Generation: 1979 - 1993
In 1979, Ford released the infamous "Fox Body" Mustang with the hopes of winning back the Mustang’s reputation. The debut Fox Body was a four-eye-style - four headlights - and came with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 88 horsepower as standard and topped out with a 5.0-liter V-8 with 140 horsepower.
In 1987, Ford dropped the four-eye look and released a flat face with composite headlights. This gave the Fox Body the iconic look that everyone remembers.
By time the third generation came to its final year in 1993, the Mustang boasted a healthy line of engines, ranging from a 105-horsepower 2.3-liter to a 235-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 in the Cobra model.
Fourth Generation: 1994 - 2004
The fourth generation was unveiled in 1993, as it dropped the hatchback coupe model in favor of a traditional notchback setup. The base model was offered with a 3.8 liter V-6 engine delivering 145 horsepower and up to a V-8 with an output of 215 horsepower.
The 1999 model year is another transition year, as some consider it a new generation, thanks to the drastically restyled body, but Ford essentially swapped out the fascias, sharpened the fenders and restyled the grille. Much everything else on the 1999 Mustang was the same as the year before.
The pinnacle of the third-generation Mustang was the 2003 Cobra, which featured a 390-horsepower V-8 powerplant.
Fifth Generation: 2005 - 2014
In 2005 , Ford went retro with the Mustang, bringing back the rounded headlights, three-element taillights and extending the wheelbase by 6 inches. A new 4.0-liter V-6 with 210 horsepower debuted in the fifth generation, as did a 300-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8.
The 2007 model year brought a new Shelby GT and Shelby GT500 . The former featured a 319-horsepower 4.6-liter V-8 and the latter enjoyed a 500-horsepower supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 engine.
In 2011, Ford shocked the world with two new engines. First was a base 3.7-liter V-6 engines with 305 horsepower and the other was the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 with 412 ponies.
The most powerful Mustang ever - the 2013 GT500 - offered up a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine with an output of 662 horsepower.
Check this link for a full history on the Mustang.
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.”