With Dodge and Chevrolet's entrants into the modern pony car wars revealed, Ford's almost four year old Mustang is starting to look a bit dated and a bit short on power. But that could all change with the unveiling of the 2010 Mustang update. Ford has been leaking teaser shots all over the internet leading up to the unveiling at the 2008 LA Auto Show. Let's have a look and see what changes we can discern.
The Mustang shown here is a GT model and sports what appears to be a new lip spoiler. Also, we see that the tail lamps have been smoothed over, still retaining the Mustang's three-segment layout, but with clear segments for separations instead of the previous black lines. We can also see that the rear end has had many of its hard edges rounded-out and will probably be less chunky and blocky than the outgoing model.
There's not much different to see in this shot, but what we can tell is that the front fender flares are better blended into the rest of the body, as opposed to the very creased look of the 2009 and older models.
The convertible Mustang will survive the transition (for now), which gives Ford one advantage against Dodge (who have no plans for a convertible Challenger) and Chevy (who just announced that its Camaro convertible has been shelved).
The interior looks very similar to the current Mustang's. The circular center vents have been replaced by rectangular units for a more integrated look. The dash and center console look smoothed out for a much cleaner look than the current model.
Here we can see that the steering wheel buttons layout has been changed from the previous generation, which had a lot of wasted space and tiny buttons. In the background, we see new white gauge faces with what looks like the same retro typeface of the current Mustang.
We don't expect to see a drastic change in the Mustang formula, but it looks like we'll see a general smoothing over and cleaning up of the details. We would like to see more power, better fuel economy, or both. While we're speculating, we'd also like to see a small V-6 with direct-injection and twin-turbos. Hey, we can dream can't we?