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2015 Ford Mustang Preview

By: Jeff Youngs, 12/6/2013
Fast Facts:
  • All-new redesign celebrates 50th anniversary
  • Fastback or Convertible body styles
  • Standard and GT trim levels
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder, V-6, and V-8 engines
  • Paddle shifters included for automatic transmission
  • Expected performance and fuel-economy improvements
  • New independent rear suspension, improved brakes
  • Adjustable steering and powertrain settings
  • Optional launch control system
  • Same wheelbase, similar length
  • Lower and wider than before
  • Roomier interior and trunk
  • New infotainment and safety features
  • Three new exterior color choices

Introduction
The 2015 Ford Mustang is a 2-door, 4-seat, rear-wheel-drive performance car celebrating its 50th anniversary with a complete redesign. Ford acknowledges that the new Mustang is a bridge of sorts, one that must appeal to American Mustang loyalists, while simultaneously expanding the model's appeal on a global stage and among younger buyers who might be considering their first sports coupe or convertible.

As such, the redesigned 2015 Mustang will compete against the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, while also broadening its customer consideration set to include those who might be cross-shopping smaller models like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and Scion FR-S, as well as more luxurious offerings in the form of the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Exterior Features
By blending historical Mustang styling cues with current Ford design idioms, the automaker has created what it describes as a lean and fit physique that doesn't look pumped up. Acknowledging the Mustang as "an icon of freedom and adventure," Ford Director of Exterior Design Joel Piaskowski, says "A Mustang is about emotion." He points to the new 2015 model's fastback roof design, shark-nose grille, and lower, wider bodywork as examples of styling intended to spark desire.

The new Mustang may look smaller--it is slightly shorter--however, it rides on the same wheelbase as the current car. Height drops and width increases by about 1.5 inches each, and the rear track is wider by a considerable 2.8 inches. Ford designers also dropped the rear deck by 2.75 inches, making it easier to access a slightly bigger trunk that the automaker claims will hold two sets of golf clubs with no difficulty. Thanks in part to the use of aluminum for the car's hood and front fenders, weight is reduced by approximately 200 lbs.

Interior Features
In order to make the 2015 Mustang more appealing to new audiences, Ford says it has redesigned the car's cabin for "a more modern and discerning customer." From materials and appearance to execution and content, the redesigned Mustang's interior is claimed to be an improvement upon the car it replaces.

Traditional cues include a dual-cowl dashboard design, aluminum trim panels, round gauges, and a thick-rimmed, 3-spoke, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. In Mustang Fastback models, occupants gain space in all respects except headroom, which is reduced by approximately one inch. While the Mustang Convertible also has reduced headroom, that is easily remedied by powering down the fabric top, which drops in about half the amount of time as before, according to Ford. The convertible's rear seat is narrower than the previous car.

Optional Features
In addition to the safety and technology features described below, the new 2015 Mustang offers leather upholstery with extended-leather treatment on the dashboard, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a premium audio system, navigation, and more.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available for the 2015 Ford Mustang. A 3.7-liter V-6 engine is standard, preliminarily rated to make a minimum of 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox delivers the power to the rear wheels, and a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is optional.

Buyers can replace the V-6 with a new turbocharged, 2.3-liter, EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine expected to produce at least 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque, each made at lower rpm than the V-6 engine's power peaks. In addition to feeling livelier when the driver presses the accelerator, the EcoBoost engine is also forecasted to return superior fuel economy. In fact, according to Ford, this engine could ultimately be rated to return nearly 35 mpg on the highway. Both transmission choices are available with the EcoBoost engine.

The new 2015 Mustang GT is equipped with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Ford expects this motor to deliver 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque at a minimum, as long as premium fuel is pumped into the tank. Manual and automatic transmissions are available with the V-8.

All Mustangs are equipped with a new suspension, bigger brakes, and larger wheel-and-tire combinations for 2015. Note that an independent rear suspension is installed and that Ford is offering an optional Launch Control system for the 2015 Mustang GT. Drivers can also adjust the steering and powertrain calibration to their liking, and optional Performance packages aim to further upgrade the car's acceleration, braking, and handling capabilities.

Safety
One way Ford hopes to improve the new 2015 Mustang's appeal with new customers is by upgrading the car's technology offerings. Traditionally, the Mustang has offered features such as MyKey programmable vehicle features, SOS Post Crash Alert, and Sync smartphone pairing with 911 Assist service. For 2015, America's pony car will also be available with a reversing camera, blind-spot information system, rear cross-traffic alert system, and an adaptive cruise control system with forward-collision warning.

Technology
In addition to the safety features listed above, the 2015 Mustang is offered with MyFord Touch technology. Due to customer feedback, Ford is including redundant knobs and buttons for the stereo and climate controls in 2015 model-year Mustangs that have the MyFord Touch system.

Standard equipment includes Ford's Intelligent Access keyless entry and push-button ignition system, and the new Mustang will offer Track Apps technology that allows the driver to monitor performance data related to acceleration, braking, and cornering. Sync connectivity with Sync Apps technology is also available for the 2015 Mustang.

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