Spotted: 2015 Ford Mustang's Independent Rear Suspension

This undercarriage shot is of the same 2015 Ford Mustang mule we spotted just the other day. What makes it so special? Well take a look at what's not there: a live rear-axle.

We now have photographic evidence that the Mustang will finally ditch the old live rear axle setup in favor of an independent rear suspension. As we reported yesterday, it was expected for the next-generation Mustang to use a version of the Control Blade trailing-arm setup used down under by the Ford Falcon. Thanks, to this picture, we can pretty much confirm that will be the case when the 2015 Mustang is revealed in 2014, most likely at the car's 50th anniversary at the New York auto show.

Expect the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 to carry over from the recently refreshed 2013 Mustang, but not much else. There have been rumors that the Mustang will use a range of turbocharged EcoBoost engines, including even a turbo-four for an SVO model. The 3.7-liter V-6 may or may not reappear; the crystal ball is still hazy on that matter. What it is clear on is that the 2015 Mustang will use Ford's new Kinetic 2.0 styling language, as seen on the Evos concept car and the 2013 Fusion. According to Ford's VP of global product design, Hau Thai-Tang, the next Mustang won't eschew its heritage-based look but will also have a clear familial link.

I own a Control Blade IRS equipped FG Falcon. Sensational car. That is not a Control Blade IRS. I also own an AU Falcon with double wishbone IRS. Unbelievable traction from that setup. The above picture has alloy lower arms unlike the pressed steel CB IRS but does mount the springs in a similar fashion. Looks to me to be a double wishbone rear end but with alloy arms and a steel subframe. Mustang could benefit greatly from using the alloy IFS as fitted to the Australian FG Falcon and SZ Territory. Lincoln would like it too!

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