SEMA eNews Vol. 16, No. 49, December 5, 2013

Ford Unveils 2015 Mustang Worldwide

By SEMA Editors

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The all-new ’15 Ford Mustang was revealed today in cities across the globe.
   

The all-new ’15 Ford Mustang was revealed today around the globe in six cities on four continents. Ford has sold 9 million-plus Mustangs in its 50 years of continuous production and, for the first time ever, Ford will bring the car to customers in key parts of Europe and Asia.

The clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible retains key elements, including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck, with contemporary execution. Several key design features include a lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear fenders and track; a more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass; and three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals.

The Mustang convertible features a standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin, according to Ford. The new top lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile when folded for open-air motoring. Inside, the added width and a new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers, and a more usefully shaped trunk can accommodate two golf bags.

Under the hood, the upgraded V6 and V8 are joined by an all-new 2.3L EcoBoost engine. Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the 5.0L V8, now featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that yield more than 420 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. A new intake manifold improves low-speed breathing for better fuel economy, idle stability and emissions. The Mustang EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver performance and fuel efficiency. The standard 3.7L V6 delivers 300 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.

An updated manual gearbox offers a smoother shift, while a reworked automatic transmission features new steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles for drivers who want the choice between convenience and control.

The ’15 Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride. The new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system also enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes.

At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for this high-performance application. New aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.

The all-new Mustang features a significant amount of innovative technologies, from Intelligent Access with push-button start to SYNC and MyKey. Drivers can tap the toggle switches on the console to quickly adjust steering effort, engine response and transmission and electronic stability control settings using the available Selectable Drive Modes.

Available advanced driver-assist features include a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control and SYNC AppLink, which allows drivers to control their smartphone apps to listen to their favorite form of entertainment.

Ford hasn't yet released pricing information for the new Mustang. The current model starts at around $23,000.

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