The current fifth-generation Ford Mustang is a North American-only affair, as Ford doesn’t officially offer the sports car anywhere else in the world. But that will not be the case with the next-generation 2015 Mustang, as the vehicle is set to become a global product offering available in most, if not all, markets where Ford sells its vehicles. And if reports are to be believed, Australia will be one of the markets destined to receive the redesigned and reengineered pony car. The news comes on the heels of Ford’s decision to abandon its manufacturing operations in Australia, thereby discontinuing the highly-acclaimed Falcon sedan — which is the only non-truck Ford vehicle to ride on a rear-wheel-drive vehicle architecture.
Ford has yet to officially confirm its plans about the 2015 Mustang and its supposed arrival to Australia, but the Herald Sun newspaper reports that Ford’s global VP of sales and marketing, Jim Farley, will fly to Australia to make the announcement himself.
Traditionally, it has been challenging for Ford to make the Mustang available in Australia, the UK, Japan, and other right-hand drive countries. In fact, it has been roughly five decades since Ford officially built and imported right-hand drive Mustangs to Australia directly from the factory. The automaker did, however, convert Mustangs from left-hand to right-hand drive for Australia post-manufacture in the early 2000s, but doing so significantly boosted the vehicle’s eventual price. So given that the 2015 Mustang has been designed from the ground-up to be a global vehicle, the model will be carry a much more affordable price in markets .
The Herald Sun pegged the price of the Australian-market 2015 Mustang as being “close to $50,000″, which is for one of the “V8 performance models” — the only flavor in which the Mustang will reportedly be available in Australia. In that regard, it seems that Ford won’t offer the turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost or the naturally-aspirated V6 in the country.
Though there’s nothing official on the 2015 Mustang or its Australian availability as of this writing, we should find out all about it at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in January, or the New York International Auto Show in New York in April — depending on when Ford decides to unveil its next pony/sports car.