Thursday, November 15, 2012

Spied: 2015 Ford Mustang

What It Is: We present the latest spy shots of the next-generation Ford Mustang. The pictures don't reveal any detailing, but the heavy camouflage disguises an entirely redesigned front end. With a gaping grille and slim, rectangular headlights, the new Mustang will draw from a styling language set forward by several concept cars, including the Evos, as well as production models like the brand-new Fusion. The rear end of this prototype, however, still wears current Mustang sheetmetal. The interior is expected to once again go its own way stylistically, and should incorporate a much heavier dose of technologies. That is sure to include a new version of MyFord Touch. 

Why It Matters: The quintessential pony car is so pivotal to Ford's image with enthusiasts that design staff all over the world are involved. Under the skin, we expect a turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder as an alternative to the usual V-6 and V-8 choices. That's big news, as Ford hasn't offered a turbocharged engine in the Mustang since 1986, when the SVO with its buzzy 2.3-liter inline-four was last offered. 

Platform: The Mustang will keep its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, but it will gain a more sophisticated independent rear suspension—as we saw on a next-gen Mustang mule we spied earlier this year. We hear that the new car will be slightly narrower, and that the engine bay will be slightly more cramped with the adoption of crash structures and pedestrian-safety measures more agreeable to tightening regulations. It’s possible that passenger and cargo space could increase slightly. 

Thanks to: Car and Driver

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