As you can see, nearly every inch of the 2015 Mustang is brand new. It's is much more sleek and European looking, which is fitting since the new 2015 Ford Mustang is destined to sell overseas in Europe, Japan and Australia. However, we love that it still maintains that distinct "Mustang" look, inspired by the past 50 years of Mustang styling.
Looking deeper at the design, the Mustang also picks up some of its styling cues from latest versions of the Ford Taurus and Ford Fusion, particularly in the front grille area. It also steals some design cues from the Evos concept that has been the basis for the 2015 Mustang design speculation for years. This gives the new 2015 Ford Mustang a distinct "Ford" look, yet the unique design shows it is clearly a Mustang.
In the rear, the new design is distinctly Mustang, with the tri-bar taillights and the Mustang logo. The new design looks much more familiar from the rear, and no one can doubt that it's a Mustang. It's also worth noting that this Mustang uses LED lighting extensively, inside and out.
Ford also brought back the fastback styling that was so prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s in the new Mustang. It features bulging rear fenders and much steeper angles on the windshield and rear window. The rear wheels were also pulled out by 20 mm to help create this look.
The new 2015 Mustang sits on the same 107 inch wheelbase as the current 2014 Mustang, but it's riding on an entirely new rear wheel drive platform that features an all-new Independent Rear Suspension, replacing the live axle, which ends it's 50 year run in the Mustang. The new Mustang has also dropped 200 pounds, through the use of much lighter materials and the overall smaller size. The new Mustang is 1/5th of an inch shorter, 1.5 inches wider, and 1.4 inches lower than the current Mustang though it might weigh as little as 3,100 pounds.
Both of the current engines, the 3.7L V6 and the 5.0L "Coyote" V8, have been revised for slightly more power and efficiency, as has both the manual and automatic transmissions. After lessons learned from the 2012-2013 Boss 302, Ford has made some changes to the Coyote V8, which will give it that power boost. See a few of the modifications:
Ford is also introducing an all-new 2.3L EcoBoost 4 cylinder that's expected to slot below the V8 as the mid range engine option. With the additional power from each of these engines combined with the Mustang’s new weight loss, the 2015 Ford Mustang should be a beast on the track. We predict that it will likely outperform any straight-from-the-factory Mustang ever made! In fact, Ford claims it's already beaten a 2012 Boss 302.
The 2.3L EcoBoost is an expanded version of the 2.0L EcoBoost that's found in the Ford Focus ST. In that Ford model, it makes 252 horsepower, but the expanded version in the new 2015 Ford Mustang makes 305 horsepower and 300 ft/lbs of torque, more than the base 3.7L V6. Here's a few of the features of this engine:
Only time will tell if U.S. consumers buy into the new EcoBoost in the Mustang. However, overseas, the 2.3L EcoBoost is easily going to be the mainstream engine, since the price of gas overseas is generally far higher and those buyers are far more accustomed to 4-cylinders in performance cars.
With either of these engines, not only will it outperform any Mustang ever made, but it's likely that the lower weight and additional power will combine to offer much better fuel economy. While the EcoBoost is rumored to be able to hit 40 mpg in the new Mustang, it's realistic that the V6 could see lower 30s per gallon and the V8 could see mid-20s. For a high performance muscle car, that's some incredible performance at the pump!
Ford plans an SVT-inspired performance model that will replace the GT500, though it seems unlikely that the 5.8 supercharged V8 will return, since it won't fit in the engine bay. The new power plant is unlikely to be supercharged and will likely feature less horsepower than the current GT500's 662 horsepower. However, combined with the lighter weight and better performance characteristics of the new Mustang, the new, as yet unspecified engine still might outperform the current GT500's. With the new SVT edition Mustang still a year away and only expected to release as a 2016 model, we'll have to stay tuned.
While much of the speculation regarding the new 2015 Mustang has focused on the exterior and performance, little has been said about the interior--until recently. Just a few weeks ago, a few spy shots were released, followed by the photos in today's unveiling.
Overall, the interior mixes some of the retro cues from the previous model with a whole lot of comfort and modern technology. The steering wheel looks somewhat familiar, though it does include a handful of new buttons for the radio and cruise control. There are also paddle shifters nearby for automatic equipped Mustangs. The new Mustang also features Ford's intelligent access system, which will unlock the car as you approach it, and a standard push button start system.
One of the interior options for the new Mustang is a heavily revised MyFord Touch system. In other Ford models, the MyFord Touch has come under fire for how difficult the touchscreen is to use, whereas the new system in the 2015 Ford Mustang seems to include real buttons instead of exclusively using the touch screen, which instantly makes the HVAC system and audio systems much easier to use. Launch Control is standard on all models as well, along with the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert.
Overall, it seems like the new Mustang interior is heavily based on the Evos concept car, some of which was already implemented in the new Ford Fusion, which means it has already been tested and proven.
As always, the mainstream trims for the new 2015 Ford Mustang will be the base, which will be V6 powered, and a GT, which will be V8 powered. It's uncertain where the new EcoBoost 4-cylinder will slot in, but Performance Packs are available for both the GT and 2.3L trims, giving buyers numerous performance upgrades that includes 15-inch brakes, a first for the Mustang.
The GT500 has been confirmed as being dead for the 2015 model year and beyond. However, it seems like one or more of the GT350, Cobra or Mach 1 names are coming back for 2016. The Shelby name has been spotted on the 2015 Mustang body code sheet provided to dealers, which almost guarantees that model will be available for 2015-2016, though Ford also recently trademarked the Mach 1 name, which adds additional fuel to this speculation. While these upgraded performance models haven't been tied to an engine, it's been speculated that an EcoBoost version of the Coyote V8 would work well, as would a more powerful version of the current GT500 engine paired with the lighter design of the new Mustang.
The price of the 2015 Ford Mustang will start at about the same point, around $23,000 for a base version. That will get any potential Mustang owner a pretty well equipped, powerful and fuel efficient muscle car. This allows Ford to reach a whole new audience with the Mustang--a younger generation that's looking for power, performance and comfort at a very reasonable price.
However, once buyers start optioning out their new 2015 Mustangs, the cost can get significantly higher. It's expected that, whichever version(s) of the GT350, Mach 1 and Cobra that is released will cost 10% more than the current GT500, which is already quite pricy. While this pushes these models out of the hands of the same buyers that Ford is targeting with the new Mustang, the usage of modern materials and technology in the construction of these high performance models certainly will make it worth it for those can that afford them.
Following today's unveiling, the new 2015 Ford Mustang is expected to hit the auto show circuit before being released on April 17, 2014, which will coincide with the Mustang's 50th anniversary. There is also expected to be a limited, 1000 car release of a 2014.5 version of the new design, which will be a special collectors edition paying homage to the original 1964.5 Mustang. The regular 2015 Mustang should be readily available on dealer's lots by the summer.
Now that we've finally seen the new Mustang, CJ Pony Parts is going to be hard at work with many of our vendors to get the first 2015 Mustang aftermarket parts that hit the market. We will have them for you, along with any additional news about the new 2015 Mustang that might be released.
Keep checking the CJ Pony Parts blog for the latest 2015 Ford Mustang news and updates!