Rabu, 15 Januari 2014

NAIAS 2014 Highlights: 2015 Ford Mustang

Okay, we admit it: When we leaked the new 2015 Ford Mustang, we didn’t know everything. Some of the details still needed work. We got the shape of the hood scoops wrong. We weren’t sure what the headlight innards looked like. (Who would have guessed they’d mimic the taillights?) And, no, we didn’t have the trunk badge right, either. 

But the rest of our story rings true, as Ford confirmed today with its first official images and specifications of the new Mustang. As expected, the car will shrink just a bit in length and height, although it will have a significantly wider rear track. More important to its long, sleek look is that the A-pillar moves back by more than an inch and the hood and rear deck are lower. Interior volume increases, but the rear seats in the Mustang are still best enjoyed by the headless. Try not to bleed all over the place though, since the materials and finishes are much improved, with lots of soft-touch plastic, metallic trim, and better leather. 

Both current Mustang engines will carry over, joined by a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder—first seen in Lincoln’s MKC. This new addition to Ford’s EcoBoost family is direct-injected and uses a twin-scroll turbocharger and air-to-air intercooler to produce at least 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Ford is being coy about power levels, declining to give exact numbers for any of the three. However, the folks in Dearborn project that the 3.7-liter V-6 actually will lose five horses and 10 lb-ft, dropping to 300 and 270. The 5.0-liter V-8 is expected to make at least 420 horsepower and 396 lb-ft of torque, but don’t be surprised if Ford announces bigger numbers before the car goes on sale. 

A choice of manual or automatic transmission will be offered regardless of engine selection. The six-speed Getrag manual has a redesigned linkage, although we’re even more excited that Ford has moved the cup holders out of the way of the stick. The six-speed automatic gets paddle shifters, and Ford says that now operates with reduced friction. Launch control is standard on the Mustang GT. 

Ford would be disappointed if we didn’t mention that its venerable pony car finally receives MyFord Touch, along with other new-to-Mustang technologies like adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring. You won’t have to take any of them. 

Thanks to: Car and Driver

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