Ford reveals the all-new 2015 Mustang {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

23 Apr 2014

Ford has revealed the most important Mustang in the car’s 50 year history today, with an all-new model that takes the legendary muscle car worldwide for the first time. There is independent rear suspension, a 4-cylinder engine option and RHD for the first time meaning it will be sold in the UK – here’s hoping the purists can stay faithful.

Whereas certainly easily recognisable as a Mustang, the new model is a big step away from the classic proportions of the US icon. The nose adopts Ford’s new global grille form, though with the galloping pony still proudly at its centre instead of a Ford badge. The headlights are much slimmer and raked backwards, while there is much more European lower bumper, with foglight housings that wouldn’t look out of place on a BMW. The bonnet has lots of details, with twin ridges and power bulge between them, while the GT gets extra vents. The rear haunches have a much more crisply defined crease line and the sides are more deeply sculpted than before. At the rear, the tail lights are similar in design to previous generations, but the whole back end is now much more sloped, accentuating the fastback profile.

As before, the GT gets a few more sporting tweaks, but the base models still look great, with a powerful stance and expensive detailing. For the first time this is a Mustang that won’t look out of place among the European coupes like the BMW 4-Series and Audi A5, while still looking good. Inside the Mustang gets a familiar design, but with more modern touches and large improvements in quality to enable it to be sold in the UK and Europe at a higher price.

The first of the major changes comes in the engine lineup. At the top of the tree will still sit the Coyote 5.0 litre V8 with 420 bhp, though this will be upgraded to around 500 bhp in 2015. In the US there will still be the option of the 3.7 litre V6 with 305 bhp, but this won’t be coming to Europe. For all markets there will be a brand new engine and one sure to cause issues among purists – a 2.3 litre 4-cylinder turbochanged Ecoboost engine with 305 bhp and 300 lb/ft of torque.

This new engine is, according to Mustang programme boss Dave Pericak. “a ton of fun to drive, very well balanced and rewarding. It sounds powerful and like it belongs in a Mustang.” Which is reassuring as one of the big draws of the Mustang has always been the sound. It should also mean that the new Mustang will have decent economy for once. We expect this will be the biggest seller in the UK by far. For the European market we can also expect to see another engine in 2015 that will surely cause a fuss over the pond – a diesel engine. This is likely to be a 230 bhp 2.2 litre unit from Ford’s current range, but this has yet to be confirmed though a diesel is essential for big sales in Europe.

The next two big changes to the new Mustang relate to the mechanical layout. Firstly, this is the first Mustang to ditch the old leaf sprung rear which dates back to the 60’s – the new model gets a fully independent rear suspension setup which will improve ride quality greatly and give much more assured handling. The Mustang sits on 19-inch alloy wheels and the front suspension is all new as well to match the new rear setup. The second big change is that the Mustang will be available in Right Hand Drive for the first time since the 1970’s, meaning the muscle car is going to be a big hit on UK roads.

The Mustang goes on sale in April 2014 and is likely to cost around £30,000 in base 2.3 Ecoboost form, while the V8 should be around £40,000.

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