It is finally here. After spy shots, renderings, leaks, and teases the 2015 Mustang has landed. I must say, I like it. Based on early speculative renderings I didn’t like it. Based on the Autoweek leak I didn’t like it. Now that it is here and we can see it in all its glory I am pleasantly surprised. We’ve heard all sorts of comparisons to its looks with the most common calling it a Fusion Coupe. But believe you me, this is no Fusion coupe! Despite having a similarly designed front end to match the rest of Ford’s Evos design language there is no further similarities. Like the new Corvette, this Mustang takes a slightly more European approach to the design. Even so, it remains true to traditional Mustang style. The grill for example, retains the classic Mustang shape despite some crying Aston Martin. The tri-bar taillight design remains as well. I love the overall look of the car. The taillights are probably one of my favorite parts but I don’t like the angle the back end slopes down at.
Dimensionally the car is nearly the same as the 2014 model. The wheel base is the same and the overall length is a fifth inch shorter. The big difference is the rear track width which grows nearly three inches. Why the drastic growth in the rump? To the dismay of drag racers but the delight of road racers, Ford has finally decided to move away from a live axle to independent rear suspension. This should improve handling greatly. The powertrain will include the 3.7L V6 and an updated version of the Coyote 5.0L V8 and slotted between them will be a 2.3L turbo-4 EcoBoost which will greatly improve fuel efficiency. While power figures for any of the three have yet to be officially announced, Ford admitted the V6 will continue as is producing 305hp. With the EcoBoost slotted between the base and GT models we expect the numbers to be around 320-340hp while the 5.0L will likely get a bump in power. It currently produces 420hp in the GT however the recently axed Boss 302 produced 444hp which is the more likely ballpark figure as Ford claims the new GT is faster than the Boss.
The interior looks to the past as well while skipping the retro. The dash reminisces of the dash pads of the 60s cars while the center stack features MyFord Touch and a push button starter is now featured. Seen above is the GT interior. The 2.3 EcoBoost’s interior features two gauges in the center of the dash including a boost gauge.
Ford is taking the Mustang brand global for the first time. The car has been sold in several locations around the world but for the first time it will be offered everywhere. It will even be offered in right-hand drive for the first time. Look for it to go on sale late next year.