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2015 Ford Mustang Preview

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Ford’s sixth-generation Mustang has been revealed, just a few months out from the iconic pony car’s 50th anniversary. The latest Mustang goes on sale next year as a 2015 model and brings with it fresh new styling, an advanced chassis, a plusher interior and a trio of engines including a new four-cylinder turbo.

The 2015 Mustang features a low and wide stance plus a reduction in roof height that gives it a very sporty look. The fenders are also wider than on the predecessor, which has allowed engineers to install a wider track.

Part of the reason for this was to accommodate a brand new suspension design, which finally gets rid of the antiquated solid rear axle that’s been part and parcel of the Mustang since the original made its debut on April 17 at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

At the front, new double-ball-joint front MacPherson struts feature and enable the use of larger, more powerful brakes. At the rear is an ‘integral-link’ independent rear suspension. New aluminum rear knuckles also help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.

Under the hood, buyers will find one of a trio of engines: the familiar 3.7-liter V-6, a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a more powerful 5.0-liter V-8. The V-6 delivers at least 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, the new EcoBoost unit, which features turbocharging and direct-injection technologies, offers up 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, while the V-8 rates in at more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

A six-speed manual transmission remains standard while a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is available. Further down the track, look for more powerful variants including a new model from Ford’s SVT performance division.

Also down the track will be a new Mustang Convertible. Buyers of the convertible will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin, according to Ford. The new top also lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile when down.

Inside, there is a distinct aviation-inspired theme. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, while improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control.

High-tech features include driver-adjustable stability, steering systems, throttle and transmission systems; launch control, SYNC with MyFord Touch; Shaker Pro audio; and blind-spot monitors, cross-traffic alert, and a lot of other safety features your average Mustang driver will completely ignore are also available.

Sales of the 2015 Ford Mustang commence next summer, following an official debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January.

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