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    2015 Ford Mustang Heads Out Into The World



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    December 5, 2013

    When an automaker introduces a new version of an iconic vehicle, there is a sense of trepidation from the fan base of whether or not the new version will live up to expectations or not. Case in point is the Ford Mustang. Rumors have been swirling for the past for years about what was in store for the next-generation model and many worried that Ford would miss the point of what made the Mustang special. Well Ford introduced the 2015 Mustang this morning and we have to say Ford kept what made the Mustang special in this new model.

    The 2015 Mustang's design is a mix of other Ford vehicles and previous Mustangs. The front features a similar front clip design as the new Fusion and a set of of wrap-around headlights. The long hood remains as does a bulge in the hood. Possibly the biggest change to the Mustang's design is long roof slope which transitions to a short trunklid. This gives the 2015 model a fastback shape that hasn't been seen since the late sixties and early seventies.

    Moving inside, Ford designers say the 2015 Mustang's interior was inspired by aircraft cockpits. Taking a look at the interior with the layout of the gauges, controls, and a long strip of metal running along the dash, we can see it. The 2015 model will feature better materials, more interior space, and MyFordTouch.

    Under the hood will reside the choice of three different engines. The base is the 3.7L V6 with 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Next is a new 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder that will offer at least 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Wrapping up the engine lineup is a 5.0L V8 with 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual and six-speed automatic with paddle-shifters are the available transmissions.

    The big change for the Mustang is the transition from a solid-rear axle to a integral-link independent rear suspension. The front suspension also sees a change with a new perimeter subframe and double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system. This allows Ford to fit larger brakes and tires.

    Ford will introduce driving modes tweak the throttle response, steering weight, and stability control settings. Launch control will be available on the V8 model.

    The 2015 Mustang will arrive at dealers next fall.

    Source: Ford

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    Ford Mustang Marks 50 Years with All-New Sleek Design, Innovative Technologies and World-Class Performance

    All-new sophisticated design clearly inspired by 50 years of Mustang heritage evolved to attract wider array of customers and expand global market availability

    Mustang now available with three engines offering a broader power of choice – a more powerful 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine

    Mustang sets new performance and dynamics benchmarks for the brand with world-class handling, more precise steering control and enhanced ride comfort

    The next chapter in the life of the iconic pony car begins today as the all-new Ford Mustang – loaded with innovative technologies and delivering world-class levels of performance – is simultaneously revealed around the globe in six cities on four continents.

    "Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. "The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they've never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford."

    Mustang's impact goes well beyond the 9 million-plus cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the world's most-liked vehicle on Facebook. For the first time ever, Ford will bring Mustang to customers in key parts of Europe and Asia.

    "We crafted this car with the goal of creating a contemporary interpretation of Mustang – an American automotive icon that symbolizes optimism and freedom for millions of people around the world," said Jim Farley, executive vice president of Ford global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln.

    All-new shape, yet unmistakably Mustang

    The clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – with contemporary execution.

    "You only get one chance to make a first impression, and when you see this car you immediately see a Mustang strong and true," said Moray Callum, Ford executive director, design, The Americas.

    Several key design features define the all-new Mustang, including:

    - A lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear fenders and track

    - The return of Mustang fastback with a sleeker profile enabled by more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass

    - Three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps with sequential turn signals

    - Contemporary execution of the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille

    Mustang convertible drivers will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin. The new top lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile when folded for open-air motoring.

    The information and controls an active driver needs are all readily accessible in the aviation-inspired cockpit, which is executed with the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in a Mustang. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, while improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control. 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.

    The Mustang experience

    The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers just want to get in and hit the road. With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V6 and V8 are joined by an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

    Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-liter V8, now featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that yield more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque. A new intake manifold improves low-speed breathing for better fuel economy, idle stability and emissions.

    "This EcoBoost engine delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to, with a broad, flat torque curve that pours out when you stand on it for easy passing or hustling down a twisty road," said Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer.

    The Mustang EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver plenty of usable performance and projected segment-leading fuel efficiency. A unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing enable it to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect with output projected at more than 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque.

    With at least 300 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque on tap from the standard 3.7-liter V6, even the most accessible Mustang delivers the performance customers expect.

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

    Most nimble pony ever

    When life throws drivers a curve, the all-new Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for the brand, delivering world-class dynamics and ride quality.

    "We already set a very high standard for Mustang's dynamics with Boss 302, and our goal was to go above and beyond that with this new car," said Pericak.

    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. This is expected to be the best stopping Mustang yet, with three available brake packages.

    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.

    Smarter than your average pony

    The all-new Mustang features a significant amount of innovative technologies providing drivers with enhanced information, control and connectivity when they want it. From Intelligent Access with push-button start to SYNC® and MyKey® in every Mustang built, plus available Track Apps, MyColor gauges and new Shaker Pro audio system, drivers will be able to customize their time behind the wheel.

    The feeling of freedom and confidence Mustang instills in its drivers is amplified when they can take control of how the car behaves. On a twisty back road or a weekend track day, the driver 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 to create the perfect Mustang at any time.

    The advanced new Ford-developed stability control system is tuned to maximize Mustang's dynamic capabilities. When the time comes to turn up the wick at the track, Mustang GT includes standard launch control that enables drivers to achieve smooth, consistent starts every time.

    When it's time to back off and relax for the drive home, available advanced driver-assist features including Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control can help ease the load, while SYNC AppLink™ lets drivers control their smartphone apps to listen to their favorite form of entertainment.

    50 years of Mustang

    April 17, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the original Ford Mustang and each 2015 model celebrates the milestone with a badge on the instrument panel that includes the galloping pony logo and the words "Mustang – Since 1964." Mustang will continue to be built in the United States at Flat Rock Assembly Plant.

    "From day one, we knew if we were going to build a new Mustang, we had to do it right," said Pericak. "We built a new Mustang from the ground up that is quicker, better-looking, more refined and more efficient, without losing any of the raw appeal that people have associated with Mustang for half a century."

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    Why offer the V6 and the 2.3 Ecoboost at the same time? The V6 is probably cheaper to produce, but probably not by much given that it is a DOHC powerplant with twice as many cams and phasers as the four, not to mention 50% more valves, springs, lifters, pistons, rods, etc. The 2.3 having a turbo with its implicit lag and reliability issues (perceived or real) may be objectionable to some, but those who really care can go for the V8 and most will be fine with the V6. Point is, the Mustang would have been just fine with a V6 + V8 or I4T + V8 powertrain selection. No need to throw two roughly equivalent output and cost engines into the mix.

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    Why offer the V6 and the 2.3 Ecoboost at the same time? The V6 is probably cheaper to produce, but probably not by much given that it is a DOHC powerplant with twice as many cams and phasers as the four, not to mention 50% more valves, springs, lifters, pistons, rods, etc.

    Avis, Hertz, Budget almost never order turbo-charged cars

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    From the pictures I am not impressed. The concept was very cool and excited me, but this is just a warmed over pig with lipstick. Yes 200lbs lighter pig, but still the same pig as I see hints to the concept but mostly still see the same old car.

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    Maybe they should have worked on or sourced an 8 speed auto to pair with the 6 if they wanted a marketable high mpg #.

    I like the exterior now based on the new pictures and am very happy with the weight loss and IRS.

    The interior I really dislike, though I never liked the previous gen design either and this is just a more modern interpretation of it. I can hear Clarkson ragging on it now..

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    Why offer the V6 and the 2.3 Ecoboost at the same time? The V6 is probably cheaper to produce, but probably not by much given that it is a DOHC powerplant with twice as many cams and phasers as the four, not to mention 50% more valves, springs, lifters, pistons, rods, etc.

    Avis, Hertz, Budget almost never order turbo-charged cars

    Actually, I think they do... I got a Cruze 1.4T from Budget before.

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    Moving inside, Ford designers say the 2015 Mustang's interior was inspired by aircraft cockpits. Taking a look at the interior with the layout of the gauges, controls, and a long strip of metal running along the dash, we can see it. The 2015 model will feature better materials, more interior space, and MyFordTouch.

    LOL... yeah well...not surprising given that the man who runs the company was product manager for the Boeing 777 in during its gestation.

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    Why offer the V6 and the 2.3 Ecoboost at the same time? The V6 is probably cheaper to produce, but probably not by much given that it is a DOHC powerplant with twice as many cams and phasers as the four, not to mention 50% more valves, springs, lifters, pistons, rods, etc.

    Avis, Hertz, Budget almost never order turbo-charged cars

    They do sometimes, and with the proliferation of turbo charged engines, I expect it will increase

    Actually, I think they do... I got a Cruze 1.4T from Budget before.

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    Microsoft needs a clue and a breakup. MSFT is too big to be nimble enough to embrace the future.

    As for the new Mustang, why bother with an EcoBoost 4cyl again?

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    Why offer the V6 and the 2.3 Ecoboost at the same time? The V6 is probably cheaper to produce, but probably not by much given that it is a DOHC powerplant with twice as many cams and phasers as the four, not to mention 50% more valves, springs, lifters, pistons, rods, etc. The 2.3 having a turbo with its implicit lag and reliability issues (perceived or real) may be objectionable to some, but those who really care can go for the V8 and most will be fine with the V6. Point is, the Mustang would have been just fine with a V6 + V8 or I4T + V8 powertrain selection. No need to throw two roughly equivalent output and cost engines into the mix.

    The 2.3 EcoBoost was added to the range with mainly European consumption in mind.

    Additionally, the 2.3 produces 30 lb-ft more of twist than the 3.7. That's something else every one seems to be over looking right now. The 3.7 V6 only cranks out 270-ish lb-ft of torque.

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    I like the exterior, I think I prefer the current interior though. This one clearly looks better made, but its more blocky. The center stack especially, and without MyFordTouch it looks like something out of the 80's. Still, the lightest of the 3 pony cars losing another 200 lbs while gaining IRS and more power makes it ok.

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    We'll the first thing that stands out is how freakin many times it takes for the engine to turn over to start.

    Way too many.

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    The new Mustang is in a bit of an odd place for me. I'm a big fan of the current Mustang and as such, this comes off as a rather large departure. At the same time, it has it's own sex appeal that seems very European, especially the side silhouette. The rear, in contrast, is more retro than either of the last two generations of the Mustang. The front seems to be mish-mash of this retro-European combination that is probably throwing me off the most. I can't quite pinpoint where it's losing me, as every element of the design, viewed by itself, is appealing. I keep migrated towards, perhaps, the grill and headlights. As if, maybe, its the proportions and general placement in regards to each other. I'm not sure... In some pictures, it looks great, especially those shots from decidedly low angles. It'll probably make sense to me in person, as so many designs tend to.

    I think I like it, overall. Though, I can only hope that the current generation's resale value dips a bit in anticipation of the next model. Locally, there's an ever-so-slightly used '14 V6 with the Performance Package in the correctly named Gotta-Have-It Green that I just... Gotta have.

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