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New Ford Mustang set for world debut
Ford to bring legendary muscle car to UK showrooms for first time, dealers already being briefed ahead of its arrival

To coincide with the muscle car’s 50th anniversary in 2014, Ford will launch it across the world, and in right-hand drive for the first time.

Sources have revealed that dealers are being told to prepare for its arrival. The newcomer will sit at the top of the range alongside regular models such as the Fiesta and Focus in dealerships. It will be the most European-friendly version of the coupé ever – but will still be a proper Mustang, with V8s for the fastest models.

The company’s ‘One Ford’ strategy is behind the Mustang’s migration. To cut costs and reduce the number of models (and platforms) the firm makes globally, the all-new model will be a ‘world car’, sold in different markets virtually unchanged.

The Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo already follow this approach, and it means there is a business case for producing right-hand-drive Mustangs in the States and shipping them to Europe. But the UK won’t be the only right-hand-drive market the car is offered in; Australia and Japan will take the car, too.

An insider revealed: “The design studios in Europe and Australia are working on it, as well as those in America. It will be smaller and closer in spirit to the original 1964 Mustang.”

Our illustrations give you a good idea of how the new ‘pony’ car will look. It’s leaner and ever so slightly smaller, but still very mean, and packs all the visual aggression for which the legendary model has been famous. This includes recessed headlamps, a traditional C-pillar and triple lens tail-lights.

Yet while it harks back to Sixties Mustangs, the new car will be the most technically advanced version ever. It will be far lighter than the current model, for improved fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.

Plus, for the first time, it’s set to feature independent rear suspension. As on the Chevrolet Camaro, this set-up replaces the decades-old live rear axle of the current car, and should mean better ride comfort and traction.

Power will come from a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo with around 300bhp, while a range-topping 500bhp 5.4-litre V8 will be available, too. Six-speed manual and auto transmissions are likely to be offered with torque vectoring to keep the performance in check, while the handling is expected to be tuned by Jost Capito and his team at Ford’s Global Performance Vehicles arm.




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Next Ford Mustang won't be retro
"No way," was the statement from Ford design chief J Mays when asked whether the redesigned 2014 Ford Mustang will be another retro job. He says the next iteration of the pony car will follow a different road.

The design for the next Ford Mustang is currently being "locked down," according to Mays. It's a big milestone for the company, marking 50 years of the Mustang and the sixth major redesign.

"The challenge or the opportunity for 2014 with a 50th-anniversary car is to not just look back over your shoulder, but to try to win all of the Mustang faithful yet bring the brand forward as well," Mays told Automotive News.
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Future Vehicles: 2015 Ford Mustang
Is this the 2015 Ford Mustang? Close to it, at least that's what a Ford insider told us recently. Set to be released about two years from now on its 50th anniversary, the 2015 Mustang will be much closer to a "world car" than any Mustang before it.

For one, it will be smaller in many ways. Most other markets prefer sports cars with a little less metal and a few more curves. That means a sleeker, less bulky Mustang that should weigh less and cheat the wind better. The Evos concept was a hint of that look, but we were assured that the current Mustang's long hood/short deck proportions will remain along with several signature Mustang design cues like rear-quarter windows and triple-lens taillamps.

Another big change will arrive out back. After years of making the most of the Mustang's straight axle rear end, the Mustang will finally move to an independent setup. This will go down much better with European customers who are used to the precise feel of fully independent rear suspension setups. It will still do just fine on the drag strip, though, along with improved manners at tracks with turns.

There will be less drastic changes under the hood as most of the current Mustang's offerings will likely carryover, at least initially. Ford may eventually switch the Mustang's base engine to a turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers better mileage and nearly the same horsepower as the current V6. From there, the current 5.0 V8 will remain in place so the Mustang's performance credentials are in good hands.


 

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2015 Ford Mustang Rendered
Mustang fans and Ford loyalists may decry the automaker’s modern new style language but the changes we’ve seen in Ford’s lineup until now are only the beginning.


It’s hard to argue that the Focus doesn’t look better with it’s more European look, while many are still taking stock of the 2013 Escape‘s sleek new body. The biggest shock, however, will come when Ford unveils the 2015 Mustang, with styling inspired by the Evos Concept. What that means, is that you can expect a nose similar to that found on the 2013 Fusion sedan, which it’s hard to argue takes cues from the Aston Martin lineup.

While some amateurish renderings have been floating around the Internet since the 2015 Mustang styling revelation came to light, we’ve employed the services of artist Jon Sibal to provide a better idea of exactly what Ford is planning. Trading its extra long nose for one more appropriate for a sports car, our 2015 Mustang rendering takes the Evos grille and adapts classic Mustang lines for an aggressive yet dynamic front.

Ford has said the 2015 Mustang will be more modern, tossing aside its current retro looks, in part due to previous announcements that it will join Ford’s One Ford global model policy. The current Mustang may work well in North America, but its styling simply won’t sell overseas.

With the redesign Ford is also smartly planning for a bright future for its staple sports car. Boomers and the Gen X crowd may still find the Mustang’s retro look appealing, but Generation Y wants nothing to do with it. With that in mind, a modernized Mustang should help change attitudes. Without this shift in design philosophy, Mustang sales would slowly disappear.

But big styling changes aren’t all Ford has in store of the 2015 Mustang. Rumors they may just be, but there’s continued talk of a full independent suspension that will help transform the Mustang into a true modern era sports car. In fact, with the car’s new powerplants, including the high-output 420 hp 5.0-liter V8, as well as the tight steering and responsive pedals, perhaps the only things outdated on the Mustang are its solid rear axle and retro styling.

Don’t expect Ford to stop the development process there either. No confirmation is available yet, but look for a return of the turbocharged Mustang, starting with the V6. Ford is reportedly working on an EcoBoost 2.7-liter 4-cylinder that could certainly produce over 300 hp. As to whether an EcoBoost V6 could replace the V8, only time will tell.

Already lighter than its key rivals, if only Ford could help the 2015 Mustang shed a couple hundred pounds and the BMW M3 will go from top of the heap to being overpriced and underpowered.
 

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2015 Ford Mustang to get 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder with 310 horsepower?
The rumors of an EcoBoost four-cylinder coming to the 2015 Ford Mustang have been all but confirmed, but the technical specifications of the engine including displacement and horsepower and torque outputs are still up for debate. Earlier this year it was surmised that the engine could be the same turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder slated to be in the next generation Ford Focus RS, which could produce anywhere from 250 to upwards of 320 horsepower. Of course, that leaves little room for a V6 option, and it’s possible that Ford might drop the six-cylinder for the Mustang all together.

According to one forum user over at AllFordMustangs.com, though, the rumor of a 300+ horsepower four-cylinder offering is correct. Member GT_STYLE, claiming to be have been part of a market research study for the next generation Mustang, states that an EcoBoost 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine was listed as an engine option, producing 310 horsepower and netting 34 MPG on the highway.

GT_STYLE also gave his impressions of the design, saying that “the body is very similar to the current body but the sides are formed/indented and the trunk length is smaller. The front was very very cool with a beehive grill. The Mustang logo was centered and about 3 inches from the grill and it had a chrome line/piece going from side to side on either side of the logo.

He continued by describing the headlights and taillights.They [the headlights] were little slants, not the traditional round Mustang lights or even close to the current HID style. They [the taillights] are actually louvered and projecting out. Kinda like the quarter window louvers. They are solid red. The traditional third break light on the trunk lid was gone. The third break light is now actually quite large and under the license plate.”

Of course, all of this information has to still be considered rumor, and it’s likely specifications and the design of the 2015 Mustang could still be tweaked. Either way, expect a four-cylinder option for the 2015 Mustang with power outputs and fuel mileage as good or better than the current Mustang V6.
 

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Ford Mustang (2014) more news and pictures
(artist's impressions by Christian Schule)

I thought the next Mustang was ditching the retro look?


Initially, the rumours suggested the retro Mustang design that's served the latest iteration so well since 2005 would die along with the current car. There was even talk of the Mustang replicating the look of the Ford Evos concept, whose slim grille and headlights influenced the snout of the new Mondeo and facelifted Fiesta.

Instead, there's been a change of heart at Ford. The Mustang will keep its retro cues, but make slight tweaks to the design. The grille and headlights will indeed shrink, and the rear arches will be sharply profiled to give the car's 'shoulders' more definition. Angular creases and a frowning face have done the resurrected Chevrolet Camaro no harm at all in the US, so expect Ford to take a leaf out of its arch enemy's styling book as inspiration.

Are things staying the same under the skin?

While the styling keeps a direct link to the Sixties, mechanically the Mustang is galloping into the 21st Century. Ford says that building an internationally available Mustang allows the sort of ground-up rethink that simply wouldn't be approved (or neccessary) if the car was simply being tweaked for the USA. That means a new engine family, less weight, and better suspension.

In the UK we're accustomed to Ford's low-displacement turbocharged Ecoboost engines, like the 1.0-litre three-cylinder in the new Fiesta. In America, Ecoboost technology is used in larger motors; the 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged Ecoboost V6 is good for up to 360bhp. It's been hugely popular in the F-150 pick-up truck, rapidly outselling the thirstier V8s.

The next Mustang will certainly use Ecoboost technology when it enters more fuel-conscious European markets, though a GT-badged V8 flagship could be offered here.

What about the live rear axle?

Ford has gamely honed its live rear axle set-up throughout the Mustang's half-century career - it even sees duty in the mentalist 662bhp GT500 on sale in the US right now. However, the all-new 'world Mustang' gives the opportunity to switch to a more advanced independent set-up, like the Holden-based Camaro's.

Ford always argued the Mustang's bang-for-buck value was partly a result of the lo-fi suspension, and a more complex multi-link design would up the car's bargain price-tag. But now the car will have more scale to fund the upgrade.
 

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2015 Ford Mustang Engine Bay Has 5.0-Liter V-8, Curved Frame Rails
These spy photos from under the hood of a 2015 Ford Mustang reveal two important pieces of information about the next-generation car. First, it will continue to use the 5.0-liter V-8 engine from the current Mustang GT, and second, the new Mustang may have a more rounded snout than the current car’s flat-nosed design.

The engine in this test car looks identical to the 5.0-liter V-8 that powers the Mustang GT, as evidenced by the intermeshed intake runners and black “Powered by Ford” cylinder-head covers. It’s too early to say whether the engine will receive any upgrades for the next-generation Mustang; the 5.0-liter V-8 currently produces 420 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque in the Mustang GT, while a tuned version in the Boss 302 offers 444 hp and 380 lb-ft.

Even if the 5.0-liter stays in place, Ford will need a base engine for the new Mustang. There’s a possibility the standard 3.7-liter V-6 will stay in place, but other reports suggest Ford may introduce a 2.3-liter turbo-four engine either as an option or to replace the base V-6. The forced-induction engine would not only be more powerful than the current Mustang’s base V-6, with about 320 to 350 hp, but it also should be significantly more fuel-efficient.

Another important clue to the design of the new Mustang is the way in which the front of the engine bay tapers toward the center. Whereas the current car and its engine bay have a squared-off front end with almost 90-degree angles at the front corners of the engine bay, the frame rails on this prototype curve inward behind the headlights, and a plastic shroud betrays a front radiator support that makes a continues curve along the front end of the car. That almost certainly signals that the 2015 Ford Mustang will have a rounded front fascia, marking a dramatic styling departure.

Ford engineers have previously told us the new car will adopt the company’s so-called Kinetic 2.0 styling language that is seen on new Ford cars like the 2013 Fusion. That means rounded, curving shapes instead of straight lines. The new Fusion demonstrates a rounded nose with taillights that are mounted at an angle at the edges of the car, and that design direction will likely carry over to the Mustang. Seeing curved, tapering frame rails in this Mustang prototype lends even more credence to suggestions the new car will be styled like the dramatic, swoopy Ford Evos concept that was revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

A more cramped engine compartment also could pose problems for the massive 5.8-liter supercharged V-8 used in the current Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Either Ford will use a gigantic shoehorn to fit the big blown engine into the new car’s engine bay, or future high-performance Mustangs must adopt physically smaller (and smaller-displacement) mills.
 

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Evos-Inspired 2015 Ford Mustang Testing in Michigan
The 2015 Ford Mustang is inching closer to its debut–likely in early 2014–so it’s only right that our spies caught it sporting a new front end inspired by Ford’s Kinetic 2.0 styling language and the Ford Evos concept.

So far, the only evidence we’ve shown of the 2015 Ford Mustang being Evos-inspired (that is, with a smaller and curvier front end) were some curved frame rails on a production mule that was otherwise shod in 2013 Mustang body panels. This time, it’s a little bit clearer. Despite wearing a hefty disguise, the mule, as you can see in the shots, has a sloping front end, and small, angular headlights. Behind the camouflage fabric there appears to be two trapezoidal apertures, a large one in front of the radiator, and an inverted opening on the lower front fascia. It’s a familiar pattern: we’ve already seen it on the Evos concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and thousands of 2013 Ford Fusions have already left dealer lots wearing similar shapes on their front ends.


 

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2015 Ford Mustang To Get Four-Cylinder Engine, But for Europe Only
The 2015 Ford Mustang is slated to get a fuel-efficient 2.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, but for European customers only.

Just the Facts:

The 2015 Ford Mustang is slated to get a fuel-efficient 2.3-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine, but only for European editions.

The engine is based on the turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine featured in the 2013 Ford Focus ST.

Engine output is likely to rise from 252 horsepower to 300 hp in 2.3-liter form, according to company insiders.
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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."
 

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