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Ford’s new Mustang, from digital workbench

on October 18 2013 | in Industry news, Latest news | by | with Comments Off

Digital images of the new Ford Mustang have been published on Mustang6G.com, a site devoted to the sixth-generation muscle car.

It says the pictures have been “refined from CAD (computer-aided design) images of the actual car, with various spy photos used as a starting point.” It adds: “What you see here is a digitally accurate preview of the base 2015 Mustang.”

The new 50th anniversary Mustang is expected to be officially unveiled at the Detroit motor show in January and later on go into production as a 2015 model.

No word yet on when right-hand-drive variants will be available in New Zealand and Australia, although some reports expect them later in 2015 before Ford shuts down its Australian operation in 2016.

Ford designers have kept the look of the Mustang true to its styling history while breathing into the car modern elements from the Ford Evos concept of 2011.

The pictures show the changes: sleeker silhouette, sculptured tail-lights, fastback roof, and Ford’s new corporate face up front.

The rear-drive two-door is expected to be smaller and lighter than the current model and get independent rear suspension to improve handling and cut fuel consumption.

Under the bonnet will be a choice of V6 and V8 motors, including go-fast versions delivering more than 400kW. These Coyote units are expected to come from Ford Performance Vehicles in Melbourne.

The base model is likely to get Ford’s four-cylinder Ecoboost engine that is already an option in the Falcon. Likely gearboxes for the Mustang are a six-speed manual and an all-new eight-speed automatic Ford is said to be developing with rival General Motors.

 

• More than 9 million Mustangs have been built since 1964.

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