It’s another day closer to the release of the next Ford Mustang, which means each successive production mule should look closer and closer to the final product. Our spies caught this 2015 Mustang mule driving between Ford testing facilities, showing off the best evidence yet that the next Mustang will look something like the 2011 Ford Evos concept.
So far, the only evidence we’ve shown of the 2015 Ford Mustang being Evos-inspired (that is, with a smaller and curvier front end) were some curved frame rails on a production mule that was otherwise shod in 2013 Mustang body panels. This time, it’s a little bit clearer. Despite wearing a hefty disguise, the mule, as you can see in the shots, has a sloping front end, and small, angular headlights. Behind the camouflage fabric there appears to be two trapezoidal apertures, a large one in front of the radiator, and an inverted opening on the lower front fascia. It’s a familiar pattern: we’ve already seen it on the Evos concept from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and thousands of 2013 Ford Fusions have already left dealer lots wearing similar shapes on their front ends.
As usual with these shots, it’s anyone’s guess what’s under that body work and camouflage, but we do know from the last set of spy shots that the Evos-inspired 2015 Ford Mustang should be able to fit Ford’s excellent 5.0-liter V-8 engine, although anything larger than that (like the ’13 Shelby GT500’s engine) might be too big for the bay. We’ve also seen the new 2015 Ford Mustang will also ditch the live rear axle in favor of an independent rear suspension. Most Mustang buyers shouldn’t have to worry about that, however, because we’ve long heard that the next-generation ‘Stang may have a turbo-four option along with the typical V-6 and V-8 offerings. That power will–obviously–be sent to the rear wheels through manual or automatic transmissions.
The 2015 Ford Mustang will likely make its debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show–exactly 50 years after its initial debut at the 1964 World’s Fair–which means there’s plenty of time between now and then to see the Mustang as it transforms from its current shape to the next-generation, Kinetic 2.0-styled car. Stay tuned.