Ford and General Motors are currently in the process of co-developing a new 10-speed automatic transmission that should find itself into future vehicles from both automakers. Automtoive News says the gearbox will initially be used in the thirteenth-generation Ford F-150 and other large vehicles, but will eventually be adapted for use in the sixth-generation Mustang as well.
The 10-speed will allow the Mustang to properly battle in other segments outside America, as it will likely result in fuel efficiency gains for the sports car. The transmission will replace the six-speed automatic unit the car was introduced with, likely in the 2016 or 2017 timeframe.
The 2015 Mustang has a new, middle-of-the range power plant in the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4 engine, which serves as the middle-of-the-range powerplant, slotting between the base V6 and V8 GT. In Europe, the EcoBoost is the base engine while the V8 is the optional motor. Ford has not confirmed the 10-speed Mustang rumor. For its part, GM may use a different transmission for its next-generation 2016 Camaro, even though the 10-speed was co-developed by the two automakers.