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    Oops: 2015 Ford Mustang Leaks Out


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    December 3, 2013

    Someone at Ford and Autoweek Magazine aren't having a very good day as the first shots of the 2015 Mustang have leaked out before the official reveal on Thursday. SVTPerformance.com member Screamin 40th posted images of the December 9th Autoweek that happened to be delivered early and features the 2015 Mustang prominently.

    The 2015 Mustang's design is an obvious evolution of the current model with elements of the new Fusion on the front end and side profile. The back end features an updated three-bar taillight setup, rear diffuser, and the lack of a faux gas cap. Inside is a deep-dish steering wheel, dual-gauge instrument cluster, and a revised center stack with MyFordTouch.

    We can't make out much of the article from the pictures, but there a few items that we able to make out:

    • 2015 Mustang will feature a independent rear suspension setup
    • Curb weight will drop around 200 pounds
    • Keyless ignition will be standard
    • Mention of a performance pack for the 2.3L EcoBoost and 5.0L V8

    Luckily we don't have to wait much longer as Ford will spill the beans on the 2015 Mustang on Thursday.

    Source: SVTPerformance.com

    Pic Credit: Screamin 40th

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

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    bleh. nice Ford G37 coupe window line.

    The most recent spy stuff was too blocky. This is different in that it not as retro and to be honest is like putting some of the retro grill and ass on Asian side body.

    Chevy could continue to produce the current Camaro body against this for several years to come and still have success if this is the case. GM must be wetting their pants over this.

    Dash looks hodge podge $h!ty too. What happened to the nice Evos look that would put the baby boomer style mustang finally under for good?

    I guess if you are going to put a turbo 4 in it, you probably would want to style it for Asian intenders..........

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    current 'stang with Fusion grille

    Agreed, it is a bit of a mismash but it sort of works. I think if they were going to go with the Fusion front they should have changed the body shape more though. 200 lb weight drop is good since it wasn't too heavy to begin with.

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    Based on all the early renderings, I thought I was going to like it. Upon seeing the actual photo's, not so much. I guess I will reserve final judgement until NAIAS but for the moment I can say I don't really like it. Will it even have a back seat any more? With no foot room and now what would appear to be no head room, what is the point?

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    it ain't this though

    2015-ford-mustang-artists-rendering-phot

    or this

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    but it could be closer to this than originally thought

    2015-Ford-Mustang1-e1382904717326.jpg

    my pick would be the Aston looking one. Would play well in Europe and would have really classed up the Mustang look.

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    Hmmm...too much of a mix of the Fusion and Ford truck grille themes up front. I like the shape overall, though the side window profile is too similar to the Accord coupe. Not sure what is going on w/ the rear. With the curvature of the roof, I wonder if they are going to offer a sunroof? It's rather absurd that the Mustang hasn't had a sunroof option in decades.

    The rear deck spoiler looks like an afterthought, what's the point of that?

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    I actually like this. It finally evokes the first generation model -- specifically the '69 Ford Mustang Sports Roof -- without being blantantly retro.

    1969-Ford-Mustang-Mach-1.jpeg

    2015-mustang-01.jpg

    I don't get the connection some you guys are making with the grille, specifically that it looks like it could've come from a Ford pickup truck. Yeah, it's tall and it looks like a toddler could get wedged up in there, but you have to remember that this car will be sold largely unchanged in Europe. It has that tall hood and big grille to meet those draconian European crash standards and, you know, it doesn't look horrible. It meshes well with the rest of the car.

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    The grille connection w/ the trucks I was referring to is slight...it's the vertical dividers on the GT grille (not the base grille in your post) at the sides..reminds me of various Ford pickup grilles in recent years (like the '10 Ranger or '05 F-150).. but I suppose it's really more of a stylistic connection to a similar theme in the Focus ST grille.

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    that greenhouse and side window profile has no Mustang style to it whatsoever.

    They were trying not to be overly retro and go in a new direction, though it's got a similarly arched roof to the '05-14.

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    Didn't take me long to warm up to it. Low, sleek and wide, it is a true successor to great Mustangs of yore. I love the fact that the decklid is almost two inches lower than the 2014. This thing is hot. I want to see it in that green shown in a lineup of colors available in one of the YouTube vids Ford has up.

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    After seeing all the official reveal photos and all the angles, I think it looks pretty good. It has a mean look too it, I like the tail lamps, the triple LED bars in the headlights look cool too. The convertible looks good also, overall I think it looks good from every angle. The interior is about what you'd expect, some retro cues mixed with some modern, looks like it is pretty well put together and the materials seem decent for the price of the car.

    On the engines, if the V6 makes 305 hp, I don't know why people would pay more for a turbo 4 with 300 hp. The fuel economy difference probably won't be that big to make it worth paying more for the turbo. They should do a 300 hp turbo 4 as the base, a turbo V6 (maybe smaller than the current ecoboost) with around 360 hp, then the V8 as the top end. That would make more sense. And if the 2.3 turbo is your CAFE champion, you'd want to sell the most of those anyway, so make it the standard engine.

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    After seeing all the official reveal photos and all the angles, I think it looks pretty good. It has a mean look too it, I like the tail lamps, the triple LED bars in the headlights look cool too. The convertible looks good also, overall I think it looks good from every angle. The interior is about what you'd expect, some retro cues mixed with some modern, looks like it is pretty well put together and the materials seem decent for the price of the car.

    On the engines, if the V6 makes 305 hp, I don't know why people would pay more for a turbo 4 with 300 hp. The fuel economy difference probably won't be that big to make it worth paying more for the turbo. They should do a 300 hp turbo 4 as the base, a turbo V6 (maybe smaller than the current ecoboost) with around 360 hp, then the V8 as the top end. That would make more sense. And if the 2.3 turbo is your CAFE champion, you'd want to sell the most of those anyway, so make it the standard engine.

    There's been talk about a 2.7EB in development, so maybe you'll see that come true. Also, a poster on another board says that the 2.3EB is largely targeted toward countries that have a displacement tax in effect, which makes sense.

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    There are so many details I love on the design and very few I don't like. I think the three dimensional taillight elements are absolutely brilliant and the low decklid is an absolute breath of fresh air. The interior looks to have had a massive injection of better materials and plastics. My only real complaint is with the convertible, which would be the model (like the Camaro) that I would be more interested in- and that is how the car looks with the top down. While the current Mustang really didn't have this problem, it looks like the top lives in a bathtub when it's down due to the upwardly sloping body contours around the tonneau on the quarterpanels and decklid. But, if that's all I have to nitpick about then I think, once again, they've done an amazing job. Escpecially capturing the essence of what makes a Mustang a Mustang without relying on as many overt retro cues.

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    I'm warming up to this thing with regard to the exterior styling.

    The 2.3L Ecoboost is offered mainly to be the entry level engine here in Europe; the 5.0 will have very limited appeal to us.

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