Ford Design did the right thing: keeping some classic identity markers from the first Mustang but not reiterating every detail cue, as several previous versions did. Not as linear as the original, this one’s notably less puffy -- “fat” might be a better descriptor -- than the current car. Carefully sculpted, it’s much better looking in reality than in photos. We think you’ll really like it when you see it on the street, whatever your prior favorite variant. Unmistakably Mustang, this new model is clean, and it’s almost infinitely superior mechanically -- a proud, worthy swan song for Ford design chief J Mays.
Front View1. This defining cross-section cutline is flatter than on recent Mustangs but doesn’t ape the original linear character.
2. Center section of the roof is dropped slightly from the nominal surface.
3. The rippling grille texture is elegant and enhances the sense of motion for the galloping pony badge in the center.
4. Flanked by three small lamps that pick up the taillight theme, the whole headlamp cluster works well aesthetically and aerodynamically.
5. Small single round headlight really suits the shape . . . and the Mustang’s heritage.
6. Nicely round wheel openings are simple and declarative. They accommodate multiple wheel sizes well, so base models still look fine.
7. Black undertray extension keeps the sill perimeter straight in plan view, adds a racer-like touch.
Rear View1. Built-in spoiler lip defines rear plane, with negative band around taillight area. Nice sculpture on entire rear end.
2. This may or may not actually work as a downforce device, but it surely looks the part of a race car’s rear diffuser.
3. Recapitulating the three-part original Mustang taillights is a clever 3-D execution, skewed and angled. Very nice workout.
4. This blip looks slightly stupid in photos, but in reality it does a good job of carrying the longitudinal character line in the door.
5. Roofline peaks over front passengers’ heads, with extra height here giving adequate headroom for long-torso people in the rear seats. We tried it. It does.