The layout for a Mustang has always been incredibly simple. You start with a front-mounted V8 that can shake mountains, sending its power to the rear wheels. The cabin is spacious yet stylish and can handle four to five people and it has a large boot.
The challenge set forth for the designers was to create a new Mustang which was stylish, contemporary and bold, having the iconic Mustang look. Typically, the birth of a new car starts off with the design team deciding on what the needs and wants are. However, with the Mustang, that was laid out about 50 years ago. They knew - without a briefing - what the new Mustang should look like. Different sketches were submitted in early 2010 incorporating many of the primary Mustang’s DNA. The long hood/short deck, bold grille, shark-front nose, fastback profile, side hockey stick contour and rear tri-bar tail lamps, were reinterpreted in dozens of different ways. Similarly, sketches of the interior were also variances of the Mustang DNA but in different degrees.
By the summer of 2012 - as with all previous generations - the main Dearborn, Michigan studio took the lead by developing the Mustang into a production car for Ford to sell. Details such as the shape and size of the grille and headlamps were refined and the rear track was widened by 70mm, giving the new car an even more aggressive stance. The B-pillar, hidden behind the rear windows contribute to the new Mustang’s more contemporary shape. The designers took the opportunity to use current technology to shape the front and the back of the car. Indirect LEDs illuminate the blade style tri-bar tail lamps with a uniform glow. LEDs are also used for the three gills mounted inboard of the high-intensity discharge headlamps, recalling the gills melded into the headlamp buckets of the original 1965 Mustang. On the inside, inspiration came from an aeroplane, setting the dashboard and interior up as though it were a cockpit of a plane, this means that all the gauges and switches are placed within convenient reach.
The 2015 Mustang will also be available in a convertible model. From the raised and straightened muscle line on the rear haunches, to the re-contoured boot lid, the new Mustang convertible has a more linear quality, whether the top is up or down, giving the car its own distinct presence on the road.
The 2015 Mustang will be available in the UK by the end of 2015.