Spied: 2015 Ford Mustang Prototype

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Our spy photographers caught yet another look at the 2015 Ford Mustang, and even though the prototype car is wearing plenty of camouflage, it gives us several clues about the future of the Mustang. Whereas the cars we saw previously were mules cobbled together on the basis of the current Mustang, this one appears to be a full prototype of the 2015 car.

The latest batch of spy photos provide even more evidence the 2015 Ford Mustang will draw styling cues from the Ford Evos concept, as well as the so-called Kinetic 2.0 design language seen on cars like the 2013 Fusion. Out front, the nose is rounded and tapers to a large grille opening, which is bookended by narrow Evos-like headlights. Earlier spy photos hinted at a more rounded front end design and an Evos-like, wide-mouth grille aperture.

Although the abundant camouflage and cladding attempts to mask the car's roofline, the shape of the window glass suggests the roof of the 2015 Ford Mustang will have a much more dramatic curve, falling sharply aft of the doors. The tail, though, still appears to be relatively flat and stubby. This particular test car may wear a trunklid spoiler and a subtle hood bulge. Close examination also reveals sporty, sculpted side skirts along the car's rockers.

Based on an earlier batch of spy photos, we expect that the 2015 Ford Mustang will feature the same 5.0-liter V-8 engine in today's GT model. The current 3.7-liter V-6 will continue as the entry powertrain. In addition, there will be a new 2.3-liter turbo-four mill that could be shared with a Ford Focus RS; it will be the only powertrain option for European Mustang exports. Moreover, the 2015 Mustang will finally ditch its live axle in favor of independent rear suspension, which should improve handling and ride comfort.

Although we expected the 2015 Ford Mustang todebut at next spring's New York auto show -- the original Mustang was introduced April 17, 1964, at the New York World's Fair -- one source indicates the car will instead appear at the Detroit auto show in January 2014. Production of the new model is reportedly scheduled to begin in July 2014, meaning it could be in showrooms by next fall.

To tide fans over until then, Ford has rolled out a series of small changes for the 2014 Mustang. There are new colors and aesthetic packages, but the 444-hp Boss 302 model has been discontinued. Pricing for the 2014 Ford Mustang coupe starts at $22,995 (including a $795 destination charge).

MRUSA1776
ONLY HOPE THERE WILL BE AN AWD OPTION; I'VE HAD RWD IN THE PAST AND IN SNOW AND OR RAIN JUST NOT TO FRIENDLY TO DRIVE; BOTTOM LINE!!
MRUSA1776
I only wish an awd option was available, as In certain areas there is snow or if there is rain; rwd is actually useless.  I have had rwd cars and in rain it is horrible and lets not get into snowy conditions.
jmccool6969
This could be the one we have all been waiting for!
materialman80
They have a lot riding on this and I think most folks are really hoping they get it right. It it time for a change, the current car has pretty much run it's course. I'm looking forward to seeing it! If they could generate half the excitment they did in 64 they would have a huge hit on their hands.
OMEGATALON
Making the Evos concept car the next Mustang could be a major mistake, while it borrows design cues of other Ford vehicles like the Fusion; one has to remember the heritage of the Mustang as a disconnect could cause defection from the brand as it happened at General Motors and caused the F-cars to die.
dollarandsense
50 years later and finally independent suspension at the rear wheels I hope. All the body changes, interior tweaks, slight engine HP increases, slight mpg increases mean nothing to me but the suspension Hooray! Will I miss the flat dry straight road 1/4 mile advantage of the straight axel, nope....
stanczyk
 .. f'''ck "global product" hipster-mobiles ...
Mustang should stay pure american ! ..viva Modern Muscle ..
mustangfan1
CANT  WAIT :))

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