NEW FOR 2015:
– All-new model.
America’s pony car turns 50 in 2015, and there’s no more fitting way to celebrate its birthday than an all-new model. As with the latest version of the Edge crossover, Ford is making the Mustang a global vehicle for the first time in its storied history.
To ensure that the Mustang can wave the Ford flag proudly no matter where it’s driven, Ford has made this the most technologically advanced Mustang to date. Gone is the state of the ark live rear axle, replaced with a fully independent unit for reduced weight and better handling. Greater use of high-tensile steel has allowed for a stiffer structure without major weight gains, too. These changes ensure the Mustang is fighting fit and ready to take on the next-generation Chevy Camaro, and the recently updated Dodge Challenger.
The cabin is also a cut above the previous model maintaining its retro look while featuring better materials. There’s more soft touch plastic around the cabin, as well as metal switchgear and accent trim, plus aircraft-style instrumentation. Premium models can also be fitted with lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, heated and ventilated leather seats, and even radar cruise control.
Available in Fastback (coupe) and Convertible forms, the new Mustang can be had with three different engines – all of which make 300 horsepower or more. The base motor, a 3.7-litre V6, carries over with 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, while the GT’s 5.0-litre V8 now turns out 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Between the two is a new 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo model, which makes 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. It’s the first turbo Mustang since the SVO of the ‘80s, and also the most fuel-efficient version, too. All can be had with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
There are eight different trim levels split between both body styles. The Fastback can be had in V6, EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT, and GT Premium. The Convertible can be had in V6, EcoBoost Premium, and GT Premium.
The V6 Fastback features climate control with air conditioning and cabin filter, automatic headlamps, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, centre console with full armest, carpeted front floor mats, illuminated locking glovebox, leather-wrapped parking brake handle, leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt and telescoping steering column, cruise control, sun visors with illuminated mirrors, power windows, proximity key with push-button start, two 12-volt power outlets, Track Apps, Sync voice-activated controls, reverse camera, AM/FM stereo with single CD player, dual USB outlets, 50/50 split folding rear seats, four-way manual front seats, cloth upholstery, HID headlamps with LED accents, LED tail lights, fog lamps, body-colour mirrors, wide-angle “spotter” blind spot mirrors, capless fuel filler, limited-slip rear differential, 17-inch alloy wheels, tire-repair kit, perimeter alarm, and tire pressure monitor. When equipped with the optional automatic, remote starter becomes standard equipment.
Packages for the V6 Fastback include the Enhanced Security Package with electronic-locking centre console, anti-theft alarm, and wheel locks; and Equipment Group 051A that adds a rear spoiler, black-painted 18-inch wheels, and a six-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support.
Key options include rear parking sensors, spare wheel and tire, and a 3.55:1 limited-slip rear differential.
The Convertible adds power roof plus the Enhanced Security Package as standard equipment, but deletes the rear folding seats.
The EcoBoost Fastback builds on the V6 Fastback, adding body-coloured rear spoiler, six-way power driver’s seat and six-way power passenger seat, engine block heater, active noise cancellation, and a 3.31:1 limited-slip rear differential.
The Performance Package for EcoBoost models adds aluminum instrument panel trim, boost and oil pressure gauges, sport-tuned suspension, larger rear sway bars, heavy duty front springs, larger radiator, larger brakes with four-piston front calipers, 19-inch wheels and summer tires, performance calibrated power steering, ABS, and stability control, 3.55:1 limited-slip rear differential, and rear-spoiler delete. The Wheel & Stripe package adds side stripe and 19-inch wheels. The Enhanced Security Package is also available.
Key options for the EcoBoost Fastback include rear parking sensors, spare wheel and tire, 18-inch black-painted alloy wheels, and cloth-upholstered Recaro seats.
EcoBoost Premium Fastback adds heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, aluminum foot pedals, ambient lighting, soft-touch plastic door trim, illuminated sill plates, garage door opener, MyFord Touch infotainment system with nine-speaker audio system and amplifier, Pony projection lights, selectable-effort steering, selectable drive modes, 18-inch wheels, and remote starter.
Equipment Group 201A also adds 12-speaker Shaker Pro Audio system, driver’s side front memory seat and mirrors, and blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert. The 50 Years Appearance Package adds 19-inch wheels, 50 Years Grille with bright surround, rear gas cap badge, unique aluminum interior trim, unique Raven Black seat inserts with Cashmere stitching, and 50 Years badge on the instrument panel. The Premier Trim with Colour Accent Group adds black interior with colour accented seats, unique door trim, and custom-stitched instrument panel. The EcoBoost Performance Package and Enhanced Security Package are also available.
Key standalone options on the EcoBoost Premium Fastback include radar cruise control with forward collision warning and rain-sensing wipers, navigation, rear parking sensors, spare wheel and tire, 18-inch black-painted alloy wheels, 20-inch black-painted alloy wheels, and leather-upholstered Recaro seats.
The EcoBoost Premium Convertible adds standard Enhanced Security Package and deletes the rear folding seats. The EcoBoost performance package carries over from the Fastback model with the exception of the rear sway bars, and heavy-duty front springs. Recaro seats are not available.
The V8 Fastback builds on the non-premium EcoBoost model adding 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, air extractor hood vents, launch control, and electronic line lock. Automatic models delete launch control.
The GT Performance Package (manual only) adds strut tower brace, larger radiator, unique chassis tuning, upsized front and rear sway bars, heavy-duty front springs, gauge package, K-Brace, Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers and larger rotors, 19-inch alloy wheels with staggered-width tires, 3.73:1 Torsen limited-slip rear differential, and track-tuned stability control, power steering and ABS brakes. The Enhanced Security Package is also available
Key options include rear parking sensors, spare wheel and tire, 3.55:1 limited-slip rear differential, 18-inch black-painted alloy wheels, engine block heater, and cloth-upholstered Recaro seats.
The GT Premium Fastback includes heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, aluminum foot pedals, ambient lighting, soft-touch plastic door trim, illuminated sill plates, garage door opener, MyFord Touch infotainment system with nine-speaker audio system and amplifier, Pony projection lights, selectable-effort steering, selectable drive modes, 18-inch wheels, remote keyless entry.
Packages for the GT Premium Fastback include Equipment Group 401A which adds 12-speaker Shaker Pro Audio system, driver’s side front memory seat and mirrors, and blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert. The GT Performance Package (manual only), 50 Years Appearance Package and Enhanced Security Package are also on offer.
Key standalone options include radar cruise control with forward collision warning and rain-sensing wipers, 3.55:1 limited-slip rear differential, navigation, rear parking sensors, spare wheel and tire, 18-, 19-, or 20-inch alloy wheels, and leather-upholstered Recaro seats.
The GT Premium Convertible adds standard Enhanced Security Package and deletes the rear folding seats. Unlike the EcoBoost model, a performance package is not available. Neither are the Recaro sports seats.