2015 Ford Mustang
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: Fall 2014
Expected Pricing: Starting around $25,000
After much anticipation, Ford unveiled the latest rendition of its iconic pony car at a special event just in time for the car's 50th anniversary. Images leaked a few days ahead of the reveal, prompting critics to question whether the new design was revolutionary enough.
For certain, the lines and proportions of the 2015 Ford Mustang are still unmistakable. Long in front and short in the rear, the new Mustang is lower and wider, with a wider rear track and rear fenders, giving it a more hunkered-down appearance. In a nod to Mustangs past, coupes return to the fastback-style rear window. As before, a convertible variant will also be available, with a new soft top that Ford says will lower and raise twice as fast as that found on the outgoing model. New design cues include LED headlamps and accent lighting, as well as a new three-dimensional interpretation of the classic tri-bar tail lamps.
Three engines will now power the all-new 2015 Mustang. The standard 3.7-liter V6 is good for 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A new 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 Ecoboost engine is the most efficient, which Ford estimates will make at least 305 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. The star of the lineup is the 5.0, the newest edition of the Mustang's line-topping V8 model, which Ford has revamped with new valvetrain and cylinder heads, as well as a new intake manifold for better low-speed aspiration and improved fuel economy. The 5.0 is no slouch, putting out 420 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque.
Unlike many car companies, Ford still has love for the manual transmission. The standard gearbox on all models is a 6-speed manual with hill start assist. A 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters is optional.
Handling should improve on the 2015 Mustang thanks to an all-new suspension setup on front and rear. Up front is an independent MacPherson strut system that uses double ball joints, which Ford says allows space for larger brakes. In back, the Mustang finally goes independent, too, an integral-link setup that features retooled springs, dampers and bushings, as well as aluminum rear knuckles that reduce weight.
Four-wheel disc brakes come standard on every Mustang, with a choice of three brake packages. Standard wheels on V6 and Ecoboost models are 17-inch aluminum; the 5.0 gets 18-inch aluminum wheels. A Performance Package with summer tires is available on the Ecoboost and 5.0.
Pushbutton start and Ford's Sync voice recognition system. Drivers can also change colors of the gauge display.
The 2015 Ford Mustang should be available in the fall of 2014. Coupes will come first, followed by the convertibles. Pricing hasn't been announced, but we expect the new Mustang to cost slightly more than the outgoing model. A bare-bones 2014 Mustang starts around $20k, so we're guessing the 2015 Mustang will begin around the $25,000 mark.