Detroit Auto Show 2018
2015 Ford MustangThe new Mustang isn't an entirely new story, but we're seeing it in the flesh as a convertible. It's more global looking, less parodic.
-Well, the 2015 Mustang is something new at the show per se but this is a fairly fresh model. We've got the Ragtop right next to the Fastpack which is the yellow car in the deep background which you have probably seen a bit of. Ford has done a real major redo on this car. It still looks like a Mustang clearly. But, it's less sporadic if you will. It doesn't have that kind of big haunches and squared off face look. Although, it's much wider in the back now, in actual measurements compared to the previous vehicle, which gives it a more interesting stance and perhaps better road dynamics as well. Now, the body of the new Mustang is different. It ain't nothing compared to this new engine. This is a new entrant, a 2.3 L turbocharged inline-4. They haven't had a Turbo 4 to Mustang since the limited production SVO back in the mid-80s. This is big news. They haven't published horsepower numbers on it yet but guess, around 300 a little bit more than that. This is also an engine that got a slot in the middle of the line. The base engine remains a 3.7 V6. And of course, it's [unk] the big boy 5.0 L V8. That's iconic, they could never get rid of that. But this is a very different story. Coupled with a revised 6-speed manual with a better shift link as they say. And a slightly revised 6-speed automatic, which for the first time will have paddle shifters on the wheel. Big needles in the butt, even though you won't see it, is an independent rear suspension underneath the rear quarters. Aside from its special models in the past, Mustangs have also had this kind of agricultural technology of solid rear axle that met when you wind around the corner and got any kind of pavement uneven this-- the rear could end up just about anywhere. That's a nasty habit that will lose. Now, inside I'm seeing much better materials. Mustang has been getting better and better at that. But they got to stay nip and tuck with Camaro which is a very close horse race. Here's something new, my Ford touch in the dash for the first time. There's more of a chrome metal feel on some of the buttons than just this kind of plastic. Toggle switches down here are very historically retro. Push button start for the first time. Paddle shifters in the automatic for the first time and they're also gonna revise the shift link to join the manual. Notice you've got a very strong harkening back to the second generation Mustang, in particular here with these eyebrows on each side. This vehicle comes out in fall of 2014. By then we'll have actual pricing and some of those horsepower numbers on that rather remarkable Ford 200 Turbo.