The all-new sophisticated 2015 Ford Mustang featuring an all-new sleek design, innovative technologies, and ‘world-class’ performance has just been confirmed for launch in South Africa – this will be the first time that this model enters the South African market.
This launch of a 2015 model marks 50 years of the iconic pony car’s heritage which according to Ford “has evolved to attract a wider array of customers and expand global market availability.” Since its first launch in 1964, 9 million units have been sold.
Improved classic Mustang designs
Looking very similar to renderings that have cropped up on the web, the 2015 Ford Mustang features the iconic signature shark-bite front fascia with a prominent grille that is flanked by three-dimensional tri-bar taillamps. It is further equipped with a front splitter, aerodynamic side skits and a bulging hood.
The sporty styling is carried over to the sides as the Mustang has been given muscular fenders, a more dramatic roof-line and weighs about 90.7 kg less than its predecessor.
The rear end has a bold design with an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension which Ford says improves handling, ride and steering precision.
The 2015 Mustang is will be offered with a variety of engines including a four-cylinder 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine with 205kW to 231kW of power, a 3.7-litre V6 engine with 227kW and a 5.0-litre V8 unit that develops 313kW.
Improvements have also been made to the interior including the addition of a large instrument panel with easily accessible ergonomic and tactile switches and knobs to provide better control for the driver.
The front seats now also feature ‘memory recline’ which will return to the driver’s preferred seating position after being moved forward in order to get the rear passengers out of the coupe. The vehicle’s width and new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers and a boot space that can accommodate two golf bags.
The fast-back coupe will be launched alongside a convertible model which Ford says it drops its top in half the time of the current Mustang. South African fans can look forward to seeing the completely redesigned and re-engineered Mustang on local roads in 2015, however models destined for local debut have yet to be confirmed.
The 2015 Mustang is also one of the 15 new vehicles that Ford plans to launch in South Africa by 2017.