The next Mustang will not only be used to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the pony car, it’s the first time this model will be offered overseas, serving as a halo car in Europe and China. Add in competition from the new Camaro, and Ford has some high expectations to fulfill. The result is a car that pushes the design into the future while leaving the core features intact.
The design can still be traced back to the DEW95 platform, but every panel has been altered so it shares nothing with its predecessor. The wheelbase remains the same, while the body has been lowered, the overhangs shortened and the front and rear track widened. Curb weight hasn’t been announced, but it shouldn’t be much less than the current Mustang.
The designers tried to keep the look as simple as possible, removing any unneeded detail. Styling is a mix of the old and new, pairing classic design features like sequential triple taillights with Ford’s current design language to create a car that looks completely contemporary.
The story is the same inside: The car gets modern electronic features including adaptive cruise control, adjustable driving modes and a MyFord-based track app to measure performance metrics like 0-60 and quarter mile times, while metal detailing and deep-set gauges recall previous Mustang modes.
The 3.7 liter V6 returns to keep the base price low, but performance-oriented buyers will want the returning 5.0 liter Coyote V8 or the new 2.3 liter Ecoboost four cylinder. The Ecoboost gets a twin scroll turbocharger for faster throttle response and should beat the V6’s 305 hp and 280 lb-ft. of torque while providing class-leading fuel economy. Meanwhile, the V8 gets a larger intake and internal parts from the Boss 302. The Shelby’s 6.2 liter won’t fit in the new Mustang’s engine bay; it will probably be replaced by a supercharged or turbocharged version of the 5.0.
The 6 speed manual and automatic return with the option of rev matching for the stick shift; an 8 speed auto should be added in a year or two. The solid rear axle will finally be replaced by an independent rear suspension, but it may be offered as an option for drag-oriented versions.
Since the 2.3 will be the standard-bearer outside the U.S, cars equipped with the engine will have access to the same performance upgrades as the V8 GT.
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