After months and months of speculation and rumors, an unnamed Ford executive finally confirmed a few details on the 2015 Mustang, including some engine and design details.
The 2.0 four cylinder EcoBoost engine is coming to the Mustang! If we had to guess, it will be rated similarly to the version that will appear in the new 2013 Ford Focus ST, which makes 252 horsepower and 270 ft./lb. of torque. That number, while slightly less than the current V6, will provide plenty of power in a Mustang that is speculated to be much lighter than the current version.
A new V6 will appear in the new Mustang as well. Ford is calling it “Project Nano,” and it’s a small displacement, high powered V6. It will be much more efficient than the current V6, and more powerful as well. No mention is made of a V8 in this Ford executive’s comments, but we can’t imagine the new Mustang will be without V8 muscle. Speculation remains that, since the 5.0 V8 is only three years old, it will remain. It might become a premium engine option, while the new V6 will be the mainstream engine.
The key word for the styling and suspension is “refinement.” The new Mustang is confirmed to have an independent rear suspension, after nearly 50 years of a live rear axle. That will bring a good bit of refinement to the ride and handling, which has always been a little rough and raw.
The design is confirmed to include several cues from the Evos concept that was released last year, and formed much of the new 2013 Ford Fusion. We’re sure the Mustang won’t just be a two-door Fusion or look too much like the photo above, but, instead, will just include some of the design cues that match the European style and refinement that Ford is looking for, while staying true to the Mustang heritage. It is also losing the retro look that has dominated the last decade, and instead, will become a more modern sports car. There is confirmation that it will be a world car, and will be sold in many markets overseas.
While this Ford executive’s comments certainly confirms many of the details that have long been speculated, there’s still a lot of unknown surrounding the 2015 Mustang. Ford has been closely guarding these details but, as they’re released or leaked, we’ll share them.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts about these latest confirmations?