In sharp contrast, Ford Motor Company has ramped up big time for the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. Ford will show significantly improved cars that boast, among other enhancements, all-new styling and an expanded availability of hybrid powertrains.
Provided that any of the Detroit manufacturers make it to next spring (your author isn't laughing … and certainly isn't hoping this disaster might actually happen), that's when these 2010 models will go on sale.
2010 Ford Mustang
Hoping to steal some excitement from the launch of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and the recently expanded 2009 Dodge Challenger line, Ford is showing their revamped 2010 Mustang. Every bit of sheetmetal (except that which surrounds the fastback glass) is new. The look is smoother and more modern than the current 2008 Mustang, and we particularly like the muscular lines of the rear fenders and the new powerdome hood. (See all 78 photos at the 2010 Ford Mustang model page here on TheCarConnection.com.)
At TheCarConnection.com offices, there's been talk about which manufacturer would be the first to put sequentially firing turn signals back into production (Ford Thunderbirds, Mustangs, and Mercury Cougars had the features back in the 1960s). Ford uses LED technology to bring the feature back. Very cool.
We'll have to wait until the evening of November 18 to see the actual vehicle, but we've been told to expect a much richer interior with higher-quality materials. If the interior of the 2009 Lincoln MKS is any indication, the new Mustang could be quite nice. We're less convinced about the value of the "My Color" interior lighting system that claims 125 different ambient and instrument lighting combinations.
Power for the V-8 in the Mustang GT is up to 315--just a tad more than the 3.6-liter V-6 that will be standard in the new Camaro and well behind the HEMI found in the Challenger R/T at 370 horsepower. While the current market focuses on MPG, everybody really knows that pony cars are about muscle, and the Mustang GT isn't the lead horse in this race. Expect more Shelby editions (and the requisite new models from other Mustang tuners) to gallop ahead in this race.
The Mustang's suspension is also recalibrated. New 17-inch wheels are standard, with 19-inch rims optional. The rear axle is still solid, and this leaves the Mustang as the sole purveyor of the technology. While the Camaro and Challenger have both moved on to IRS, as demonstrated with the current 2008 Bullitt edition, a relative to an old truck axle can do pretty well out back.
There is a special reveal for the 2010 Mustang Tuesday evening. We'll bring you more details as soon as we have them.
Additionally, we'll bring you more details on the other products Ford is showing in L.A., including 2010 editions of the Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln MKZ.
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