The 2015 Mustang marks several huge milestones for Ford and the iconic pony car. First, the 2015 Mustang starts the 6th generation of the car. Second, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. Finally, the new Mustang will sell worldwide for the first time.
Set to go on sale later this year, the following pictures cover all the changes to the new car.
The 2015 Mustang features a shark-like nose of a front end with design cues from the original Mustang. The shark gill LED lights are design elements straight from the first generation Mustang.
Designed in a wind tunnel, the front breaks the wind when it strikes it. The low nose of the hood recaptures the wind to flow evenly over the rest of the vehicle. Beneath it, an air dam sucks the air underneath the car. In track package models, the air flows up into the wheel wells to keep the brakes cool.
Projector headlights are standard. HID headlights will be an optional extra. Fog lights will be standard across all models.
The 2015 Mustang will have several different wheel options depending on which car they are on. Expect the biggest wheels to be on the track package Mustang, which will need the extra size to accommodate larger brakes from Brembo.
Regular GT Mustangs will have the wheels shown above. A larger, blacked out set of wheels will be on the track package version. The yellow Mustang in this slideshow features the black wheels from the track package.
To comply with pedestrian safety standards, the hood on the 2015 Mustang must sit higher than previous versions. Ford went to the wind tunnel to make the higher hood as aerodynamic as possible. The side mirrors moved to the doors based on wind tunnel testing. The position on the doors directs wind away from the side windows, making the cabin quieter.
5.0 badges show that this Mustang is the GT. If the car does not have a badge, it could be either the V6 or the 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder.
The 2015 Mustang sports a fastback design. The rear window slopes downward towards the rear of the trunklid. The 1964.5 was only available in a coupe and convertible. The fastback was not introduced to the Mustang until late 1965.
Steve McQueen’s Mustang in Bullitt was one of the most famous fastback Mustangs in history. Still memorable today, the Bullitt Mustang chase scene through the streets of San Francisco made the car famous.
The wind tunnel testing did not end at the front of the car. A rear diffuser keeps the air clean exiting the underside of the car. A lip on the rear bumper of the GT model adds downforce to improve handling. This engineering makes the car handle better and makes it more fuel efficient.
All Mustangs will have dual exhaust tips. Ford chose to locate the rear reverse light down between the exhaust tips. Expect to see a rear fog light in this location on European versions of the Mustang.
The LED sequential tail lights carry over from the 2013 and 2014 Mustang. When the driver presses on the brakes, all three lights light up at the same time. If the driver turns on the turn signal, the lights will flash in sequence the direction the intended turn. In European markets, the LED lights will not be sequential due to regulations.
The three bar design of the tail lights comes from the design of the original Mustang, which also had three bar lights. Ever since, the Mustang has had styling cues from these original tail lights.
The V8 engine in the 2015 Mustang GT is a carryover from the 2014 model year. For 2015, expect the car to make at 420 hp and 390 lbs/ft of torque. Rumored to be 200 lbs or more lighter, the new Mustang should get better fuel economy than the outgoing version.
The GT Mustang will also have launch control for the first time. This system allows a driver to accelerate the quickest by using the onboard computers to control wheelspin. Burnout Control will also be available to help the driver do a nice, smokey burnout without destroying the car.
The 2015 Mustang will be available with a 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. According to Ford, this EcoBoost motor will make at least 305 hp and 300 lbs/ft of torque. This engine will be a paid upgrade from the standard 300 hp V6. Expect this engine to be faster from 0-60 mph and in the 1/4 mile.
Also expect this engine to be more fuel efficient than the V6. The 1.6L EcoBoost in the Fiesta ST is good for 35 mpg on the highway, and the 2.0L EcoBoost in the Focus ST is 32 mpg. We expect the 2.3L to fall into this area.
Mustang designers looked to an airplane for inspiration on the interior. Buttons for systems like traction control and the window defroster use toggle switches instead. The 2015 Mustang is the first Mustang to have push button start.
For control, the Mustang will be available with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The Mustang also receives Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system as an option. Blind spot monitoring, radar cruise control and parking sensors are also available.
Carrying on with the cockpit theme, the speedometer indicates speed in Ground Speed MPH. A thicker steering wheel with audio controls replaces the previous Mustang’s tiller. Big analog gauges remain, giving the Mustang the retro feel.
A screen in the center of the instrument cluster gives the driver access to the car’s performance features. Launch control, burnout control, 1/4 mile lap timer and performance gauges are all available from this screen.
The new independent rear suspension on the 2015 Mustang allows for better comfort under normal driving, and better performance on the race track.
With an independent rear suspension (IRS) setup, the suspension treats each rear wheel individually. If one wheel is sitting at a lower elevation than the other, the car doesn’t get get bent out of shape trying to adapt. The solid rear axle of old would cause the Mustang to hop and skip down the road if it was bumpy. The new setup will just cope with it.
Expect to see more information from the 2014 New York International Auto Show; the 50th anniversary of the Mustang. We will give you all of the latest updates.