Car & Driver confidently claims that the 2015 Mustang will have an independent rear suspension, sporting a split-and-jointed drive axle. This would only be the second Ford Mustang with an independently suspended rear, the only other factory model being the 1999-2004 SVT Cobra.
Ford’s departure from solid rear axle Mustangs is positive change in the eyes of most enthusiasts, as it finally raises the Mustang to the level of its competitors. With an independent setup, we can expect the 2015 to provide a much smoother ride than its predecessors and you’ll experience less wear on the axle.
The suspension isn’t the only change we can expect in terms of performance for the 2015 Mustang. Buyers may have the option to choose between the base 3.7-liter V6 and an upgraded 5.0-liter Coyote V8, as well as a turbocharged Ecoboost four-cylinder engine. The possibility of a turbocharged four-cylinder excites many who opt for more power, and the Ecoboost component is confirmed by Ford, which could be either a 2.0 or 2.3 liter version. We’ll also see a 2015 Shelby GT500 in the lineup. This GT500 won't likely feature the current 5.8-liter V8, since it won't fit into the new body. What is speculated, however, is that it will feature an EcoBoot version of the 5.0 V8.
In terms of aesthetics, little is known or confirmed about the style, but we do know they are developing a new platform for the 2015 Mustang, the S550. It is predicted to be a bit smaller and smoother than current models, and perhaps taking some cues from the Evos look.
With near certainty, we can expect Ford to move away from the “retro” look as of late and towards a fiercely modern appearance for 2015 coupe and convertibles. This will be only the fifth time Ford has created a new platform for the Mustang.
So when will we expect to see Ford’s 2015 Mustang? Figure some time in 2014 for an official announcement, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Ford decided to debut it as a 2014.5 Mustang as tribute to its 1964.5 Mustang. With this said, perhaps we should keep our eyes peeled on April 17, 2014, which is exactly 50 years after the first Mustang made its debut at the New York World’s Fair.
Sources: Car & Driver