The day has finally come for Ford to officially pull the wraps off the 2015 Mustang. All-new for the 2015 model year, the new pony car represents the introduction of the sixth-generation Mustang, and it’s loaded with new technologies to deliver world-class levels of performance. Yes, it has a design inspired by the Ford Evos Concept, an independent rear suspension, and an optional EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The all-new exterior design contains several key features that define the vehicle. A lower and wide stance with a reduced roof height is complemented by wider rear fenders and track. A more steeply-sloped windshield and rear glass enable a sleeker fastback profile, while a contemporary interpretation of the pony’s signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille make it unmistakably a Mustang. Out back, a set of new three-dimensional tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals round out the most noticeable parts of the new body.
Inside, the redesigned aviation-inspired cockpit provides readily-accessible information and controls that are executed in the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in a Mustang. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information directly in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, while improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control.
For the time being, the 2015 Mustang will sport the same naturally-aspirated V8 and V6 engines for the GT and base model. The 5.0 liter V8 Coyote features a few revisions that allow it to produce over 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque with improved fuel economy. The base 3.7 liter V6 Duratec makes at least 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. But the real surprise (or possibly not) is the availability of the new 2.3 liter EcoBoost inline four making over 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. Updates to the Stang’s transmissions are also in store, delivering smoother shifts from the updated manual gearbox, and new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for the automatic for drivers who want the choice between convenience and control.
The all-new front and rear suspension systems provide the best-available handling in a Mustang, with world-class dynamics and ride quality. Meanwhile, a host of new technologies provide drivers with enhanced information, control, and connectivity. Intelligent Access with push-button start, SYNC and MyKey will be the core technologies in “every Mustang built”, according to Ford. Optional tech includes Track Apps, MyColor gauges and a new Shaker Pro audio system.
Ford is simultaneously unveiling the 2015 Mustang around the globe in six cities on four continents and, for the first time ever, will make the Mustang available to customers in key parts of Europe and Asia. Production at the Flat Rock plant in Michigan is slated to begin by the fall of 2014, and sales should commence shortly thereafter.