First Look: 2015 Ford Mustang [Updated with More Photos]

By | December 04, 2013
Ford is celebrating 50 years of the iconic Mustang, which is now in its sixth generation with the all-new 2015 model you see here. But what makes this vehicle special is the amount of input the designers, executives, and engineers received from those involved with the company. We've known the Mustang to be a staple of the classic American muscle car that rivals the Chevrolet Camaro, and the design team delved back into its roots to produce the latest model. Taking cues from the 1965, 1967, and 1969 Mustang, the automaker was able to create a completely new model that gave a nod to the versions of the past. Joel Piaskowski, director of exterior design, said, "We pulled out all the stops. And in the end we were able to lower it and rework the proportions that give it that right stance." We know many enthusiasts have been waiting on the edge of their seats for this vehicle to finally debut, and we don’t think they'll be disappointed. What's New Paragraphimage Ford wanted its designers to have as much freedom as possible when creating the 2015 Mustang, so the automaker agreed to let the design team change what they needed to. Yes, costs were added, but the result is well worth it. The 107.1-inch wheelbase is one of the only features to remain, while the hood was lowered 1.3 inches, the decklid was lowered 2.8 inches, and the roof was lowered 1.5 inch. Showing off some of its 50-year history, the 2015 Ford Mustang features a rear shoulder that is reminiscent of the '69 fastback. These shoulders provide the base for the back end, featuring the signature three-piece sequential taillights. The new model also features blackout B-pillars and an angled tail lamp closure panel. Looking at the front of the model, the grille brings to mind that of the current Fusion's trapezoid grille. The interior design team merged ideas from two ideas. On the one hand, an aviation theme is clear throughout the cabin thanks to added gauges to the top and bottom of the center console, while clean and high-end luxury themes draw the eye's attention. Visibility has been improved with the repositioning of the windshield pillars along with the ease of using all the controls in the center stack. Paddle shifters sit behind the steering wheel in automatic-equipped models. Ford added a driving mode selector, adaptive cruise control, and a push-button start to the new model, pushing it further into modernity. Engines and Drivetrains Paragraphimage The 2015 Ford Mustang was originally only going to offer two engine options, but Ford wanted to make sure that the new model was accessible to all customers. The automaker will offer the new Mustang with a 3.7-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8, and the all-new EcoBoost 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The latter two are paired with six-speed manual transmissions that have been improved to handle the added power and offer smoother shifting as the preferred option. Official performance numbers haven't been released for the different engines, but it's safe to assume that the 3.7-liter V-6 will deliver the same 305 horsepower that it does now, while the 5.0-liter will get a boost, thanks to bigger intake and exhaust valves. We expect it to hit over 420 horsepower, but we do know that top speed will be electronically limited at 155 mph for the new Mustang GT. Expect the new EcoBoost to get the best fuel economy numbers and further the brand's engine line reputation. The new 2.3-liter engine makes 275 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque in the 2015 Lincoln MKC; we expect it to make more power and more torque than the V-6 it slots over in the lineup. Putting that power to the rear wheels will be either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. And for the first time in the Mustang's history, an independent rear suspension will be standard on each and every model set to go on the road. Ford says to expect the Mustang to drop approximately 200 pounds across the board, putting it at about 3,300 pounds in base V-6 form. That ought to up the ante over its competitors, coming in at right around 450 pounds fewer than a V-6-equipped Camaro with similar power levels. Our Thoughts Paragraphimage Generations of Americans have enjoyed the Ford Mustang, and the new model continues in the iconic tradition of providing a fun-to-drive and affordable vehicle. By keeping costs down, Ford is enabling a wider audience to come and enjoy what the Mustang line has to offer, while still managing to bring it into modern times. We like that it gives a nod to past models, especially the classics that gave it such an iconic status. Long-favored as the top choice for drag racers everywhere, Ford has improved on its handling, enabling less-experienced drivers to handle it with relative ease. Raj Nair, Ford's head of engineering, commented that "This car will be easier to drive to higher limits." If he is to be believed, we can expect the 2015 Ford Mustang to be more promising than the original model that helped create the muscle car craze. We can't wait to find out for ourselves.
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Power Probe—Atomotive Diagnostic Tools
Power Probe—Atomotive Diagnostic Tools

Ford needs to make an electric version of this great car! Tesla took the initiative of taking a great car and making it all-electric. Ford does have it Focus and C-Max, but they are NOT Mustangs.

I suppose we at Power Probe will have more business because of gas-driven vehicles since our diagnostic and testing tools are primarily for non-electric cars, but I'd still like to see a Mustang in an all-electric version. www.powerprobe.blogspot.com

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