This year’s biggest new-car introduction will be the 2015 Ford Mustang. In fact, there’s so much hype that we’re not even certain when Ford will lift the curtain.
Rumor has it that Ford will bridge the gap between the Los Angeles and Detroit Auto Shows with a reveal in New York City. The move would be a nod to the unveiling of the original 1964 1/2 Mustang, since this car marks the 50th anniversary of the model.
Ford may be mum on details, but car enthusiast magazine Car and Driver has published a whole punch of potential info about the next pony car.
We won’t know how accurate C/D is until the cover comes off, but the magazine’s reporting seems to be fairly exhaustive, and much of it jives with other reports we’ve seen.
First off, the Mustang will mostly shed its retro duds, although not totally. Its headlights will be more in line with the Ford family look, but the grille will be more “Mustang” than “Ford.” The car will shrink in size slightly, according to our friends in Ann Arbor, and we expect the rear quarter windows will be gone, replaced by side windows that don’t have a wide B-pillar in between. There will also be large vents on the front of the hood.
Powertrains are expected to carry over initially, with the 3.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 gaining no power (but losing none, either) at first. That will change eventually though. The V-6 might not change much in the first model year or two, but the boys and girls over at C/D are quoting 500 horsepower from the V-8. That’s 80 more than the current 420 in GT models, making for one bad-ass horse. Further down the line, a higher-power EcoBoost V-6 could replace the current base engine, and it’s all but certain that a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that makes a hair over 300 horsepower will slot between the base V-6 and the GT’s V-8, both as an homage to the SVO of the ’80s and an answer to tough European fuel-economy standards — Ford is planning on making the Mustang suitable for sale in overseas markets.
Transmissions won’t change at first, either, with six-speed manuals and automatics carrying over, but a 10-speed automatic that’s being co-developed with rival GM could be on the horizon.
Also potentially on the horizon are two engines to replace the 662-horsepower, 5.8-liter monster currently in the Shelby GT500 (also likely to carryover at first) — a twin-turbocharged “Voodoo” V-8 between 5.0 and 5.5 liters that might eventually take over for the 5.8-liter unit, and either a naturally-aspirated version of the so-called “Voodoo” or a bumped-up version of the 5.0-liter “Coyote” currently in use in the GT.
The main changes to the chassis include the addition of independent rear suspension (the first time an IRS has been available on a ‘Stang that wasn’t also a Cobra) and a 200-lb diet.
Inside, the car will continue to have two big, round dials in the gauge cluster, vents that look similar to the current version, and a dual-cowl dashboard. What’s new is the availability of the MyFordTouch infotainment system — a Mustang first — which will be updated to address consumer complaints. The ambient lighting system will be expanded to other parts of the interior.
That’s a lot of new for an old car. We can’t wait to see it in the flesh.