The all-new Ford Mustang has been revealed, and confirmed for the global market, including South Africa. Today Ford released images of the final product and a few technical details of the latest generation of super-pony, promising it will be the best Mustang yet.
Since introduction of the original Mustang, Ford has sold over 9 million units in its nearly 50 years of production. The iconic vehicle, seen in many movies, that left us lusting after muscle cars as children has now been remodelled with more contemporary styling to suit the global market. Feature details include the 3D 3-bar tail-lights, low roof height, and wide stance, highlighting the rear shoulders.
The new Mustang is said to be a technological leap forward on two fronts. 1st, the Mustang has finally lost the live rear axle in favour of independent rear suspension, which should help the handling improve tremendously. The front suspension has also been redesigned.
The 2nd innovation for the Mustang brand comes in the form of a new engine line-up. Whilst details are yet to be confirmed, 3 engine are likely to be used; a 5.0-litre V8 with roughly 305kW, which may find its way to South Africa, a 3.7 V6, and an entry level 2.3-litre EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, with rumoured outputs of 220-235kW and 400-420Nm, also for global release, and rumoured to be the powerplant of the future Ford Focus RS. Details have come to light that the V6 baseline model is likely to have similar power outputs to the EcoBoost but with less torque, suggesting South Africa may be in line for the V8 and the 4-cylinder engine variants.
Technology on-board will include push-button start, blind-spot assist, and Ford’s SYNC entertainment system, with a touch screen and voice control.
Details of the model line-up destined for South Africa have not been revealed, but the 4-cylinder and V6 EcoBoost engines seem likely. We’re hoping for pricing to come in at beneath R500 000 for the entry level model when the vehicle is released in late 2014-early 2015. The Mustang will be available initially in Fastback guise, and later as a convertible.