2015 Ford Mustang To Gallop Globally

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When it comes to iconic cars, the Ford Mustang is easily on par with the Porsche 911. Its shape is recognizable globally, even if the car isn’t officially sold in much of the world. It’s old-school recipe of a big engine up front, driving the rear wheels though a live axle, still manages to produce impressive performance.

It’s even been in production continuously since 1965 (actually, 1964 1/2), something that can’t be claimed by rival pony cars from Chevrolet and Chrysler. Yes, there have been low points in Mustang history, such as the terrifyingly under-powered Mustang II of 1974, but even that car was a sales success for Ford.

As the 50th anniversary of the Mustang approaches, it’s clear that Ford is planning something special to commemorate the occasion. The 2015 Mustang can’t be “just another” Mustang variant, and it’s hard to separate the rumors from the potential truths on what the car will and won’t be.

Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport confirms that the 2015 Mustang is being built under the “One Ford” global strategy, which means the car will need to meet European standards for things like pedestrian impact protection, as well as meeting U.S. safety standards. That seems to be confirmation that the car will officially be sold in Europe.

Popular Hot Rodding reports that the 2015 Mustang is being designed to accommodate both left and right-hand drive, opening up exports to countries like the U.K., Japan and Australia. Today, Mustangs imported into Australia must be converted to right-hand drive, a costly requirement that limits the car’s potential pool of buyers.

Expect the new Mustang to be smaller, too, both for global appeal and for improved fuel economy. The front-engine, rear-drive layout will remain, and Ford will certainly offer versions with V-8 power. Beyond that, nothing is sacred, and we expect to see future Mustang models with turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

While an independent rear suspension is likely, purists will object that the live rear axle is one of the Mustang’s defining properties. Still, Ford will be selling the new Mustang around the world, and sports car customers used to fully independent suspensions aren’t likely to embrace nostalgia for a nameplate.

Perhaps the biggest mystery will be the 2015 Mustang’s styling. All we know for sure is that it won’t be retro, since retro design has fallen out of fashion. Like the resurrected Camaro, expect the new Mustang to be influenced by classic Mustang design, even if it won’t carry the same lines.

Ford is playing this close to the vest, which means that valid and accurate information will be scarce until the automaker is ready to talk about the car. We’ll bring you any information we can as it breaks.
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Comments (8)
  1. never thought ill see this day, i use to own a few mustangs still do and still cant stand the live rear axle. so am glad to see that go. but a global mustang not too sure what to think about that.

  2. @ Enzo, the Global mustang makes sense, especially as the current one is actually a Ford Falcon (from Australia) underneath, in the same way that the Camaro is a Holden Commodore underneath). It onlyt stands to reason that they will use this global platform accordingly, especially as the next gen Falcon is gain a smaller platform which this mustang will be based on !

  3. The biggest problem with the mustang is two doors. Its boot is limited in size and opening. In Aust the iconic Ford brand is the GT and its four doors. It's not just the cost of conversion going against the Mustang but it also limited in appeal by its design.

  4. The current Mustang has absolutely nothing to do with the Ford Falcon, The current Mustang is based on the Jag S-Type/Lincoln LS with bits of Mazda 3 thrown in to make it less expensive.

  5. you guys got that a little wrong the 1964-1973 mustang was base on the falcon, 1974-78 base on the Pinto,1979-1993 was base on the fox platform witch was use with other Ford cars including Mercury,1994-04 updated version of the Fox call Fox-4, 05-present use the D2C witch the only car using it it the mustang.

  6. which*

  7. @ian, @WizardsLore, I appreciate your global perspective on this. The challenge for the next Mustang will be broadening its appeal without compromising the elements that make it a Mustang. No matter how good it is, it will still pick up detractors.

  8. A "global" Mustang will just help ensure that the brand continues to stay strong. I think that doing away with the live rear axle is a great idea, as well.

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