2015 Ford Mustang Spied with Next-Gen Bodywork
The next quintessential pony car begins to take shape.
What It Is:
We present the latest spy shots of the next-generation Ford Mustang
. The pictures don't reveal any detailing, but the heavy camouflage disguises an entirely redesigned front end. With a gaping grille and slim, rectangular headlights, the new Mustang will draw from a styling language set forward by several concept cars, including the Evos
, as well as production models like the brand-new Fusion
. The rear end of this prototype, however, still wears current Mustang sheetmetal. The interior is expected to once again go its own way stylistically, and should incorporate a much heavier dose of technologies. That is sure to include a new version of MyFord Touch.
Why It Matters:
The quintessential pony car is so pivotal to Ford's image with enthusiasts that design staff all over the world are involved. Under the skin, we expect a turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder
as an alternative to the usual V-6 and V-8 choices. That's big news, as Ford hasn't offered a turbocharged engine in the Mustang since 1986, when the SVO with its buzzy 2.3-liter inline-four was last offered.
The Mustang will keep its front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, but it will gain a more sophisticated independent rear suspension—as we saw on a next-gen Mustang mule we spied earlier this year
. We hear that the new car will be slightly narrower, and that the engine bay will be slightly more cramped with the adoption of crash structures and pedestrian-safety measures more agreeable to tightening regulations. It’s possible that passenger and cargo space could increase slightly.
The entry-level engine will be the 3.7-liter V-6; the turbo four will offer similar performance but ostensibly better fuel economy. There will be another 5.0-liter V-8, but nothing definite has emerged on a top-of-the-line engine that would power, say, a next-gen GT500. A twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V-8 is a strong possibility, as it’s unlikely that thecurrent GT500
's supercharged 5.8-liter monster V-8 will continue. It’s simply too large to fit in the reworked engine bay.
Competition: Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, Hyundai Genesis coupe, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ.
Estimated Arrival and Price:
Expect the Mustang to arrive in 2014 as a 2014.5 or 2015 model, the former designation would nicely work with the 50th anniversary of the original car’s debut as a 1964.5. Prices will begin somewhere below the $25,000 mark for the V-6, with the V-8–powered GT starting around $30,000. View Photo Gallery