For its latest model year, Ford’s iconic pony car Mustang receives a retro-modern look, a new choice of engine and a couple more updates that bring it to the modern times. Beyond the changes, though, its performance is every bit as strong today as it was first introduced back in 1964.
NEW FOR THE 2015 FORD MUSTANG
o The sixth generation Ford Mustang is all new. It has a new exterior design with a familiar retro touch, a contemporary interior and an additional 2.3-liter four-cylinder powertrain option.
UNDER THE HOOD
Three engine choices are offered for the new Ford Mustang. All of them can be paired with either a six-speed manual designed by Getrag or a six-speed automatic gearbox that is controlled by shift paddles located behind the steering wheel. Both transmissions send power to the vehicle’s rear wheels.
The base Mustang is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. This engine’s EPA fuel economy estimates are 17/28 mpg for manual configuration and 19/28 mpg for automatic.
The top-range GT is equipped with the upgraded 5.0-liter V8 that cranks out 435 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. For this powertrain, EPA fuel economy ratings are 15/25 mpg for the manual version and 16/25 mpg for the automatic.
Meanwhile, the latest addition to the Mustang’s powertrain lineup is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is tuned to generate 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Although it is the smallest in the group, this EcoBoost engine offers the best mileage, receiving EPA fuel economy ratings of 22/31 mpg for manual and 21/32 mpg for automatic.
ON THE ROAD
Compared to previous models, the latest Mustang performs and handles better. The new independent rear suspension does a good job in making this luxury sport coupe or convertible move with ease, while the steering has good response, giving the Mustang a new level of stability and accuracy that show well during cornering.
The engines themselves have their own personalities that just make the Mustang the best in its class. The turbocharged four-cylinder offers a smooth power, but lacks the muscular sound that enthusiasts love. The 5.0-liter V8, on the other hand, is obviously the most powerful, offering a thrilling ride that would pin drivers and passengers to their seats. Even the base Mustang will satisfy most buyers’ need for speed.
INSIDE THE 2015 FORD MUSTANG
The interior of the new Mustang follows a retro-modern style as highlighted by its dual-cowl dashboard, which is a nod to its iconic predecessor, vintage-inspired gauges that are more legible, modern toggle switches and knobs and three-spoke steering wheel. A push-button ignition has also been added for the first time in the history of this pony car.
Select versions of Mustangs are equipped MyFord Touch. While this infotainment system controls almost everything from navigation to sound system, some reviewers find the interface a bit hard to operate.
The materials used for the new Mustang have greatly improved and the space is more cavernous than previous models. Either the coupe or convertible body style is capable of accommodating four adults, though the rear seat is a bit tight. The trunk space is fairly generous at 13.5 cubic feet for the coupe and 11.4 cubic feet for the convertible. This can be further expanded to hold longer items by folding the rear seats.
The new Mustang has two body styles, but will be initially available as a coupe. Three months after the coupe’s sale, the convertible body style will be available for purchase. Either way, the Mustang is offered in three primary trims: V6, EcoBoost and GT. The features available for each trim level are written below.
V6: The base trim has a long list of standard equipment that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, selectable-effort power steering, high-intensity headlamps, LED taillights, blind-spot mirrors, A/C, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheels, full power accessories, rearview camera, Ford’s Sync communication and entertainment system and AM/FM/CD audio with an auxiliary input.
V6 buyers can spiff up their vehicle through the 051A package that has 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED fog lamps, trunk-mounted spoiler and six-way power driver’s seat.
EcoBoost: Features available to the V6 trim come standard to the EcoBoost model. It further adds the turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain, six-way power-adjustable front seats, rear spoiler, fog lamps, dash trim, track app system and a noise cancellation system.
The EcoBoost Premium version comes standard with the EcoBoost’s equipment. It further gains 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, nine-speaker sound system, MyFord Touch interface, selectable drive modes, leather upholstery, chrome and aluminum interior accents, satellite radio and heated and ventilated front seats.
List of optional equipment for the EcoBoost is similar with the V6 along with an EcoBoost Performance package that contains upgraded brakes, firmer suspension calibrations, Recaro Sport seats and 19-inch wheels.
The EcoBoost Premium version, on the other hand, can be upgraded using the 201A equipment package that bundles memory driver’s seat, premium sound system and blind spot monitoring system with cross traffic alert, or with the 50-year Appearance package, which includes model-specific 19-inch aluminum wheels, heritage-inspired grille, gas cap badge and leather-trimmed seats, just to name a few.
GT: The top-tier GT trim enjoys all of EcoBoost’s standard equipment. To up the ante, it is also equipped with the V8 powertrain, 18-inch wheels, launch control for manual transmission version, line-lock, chrome exhaust tips and enhanced brakes and hood vents.
Optional equipment for the GT is similar with the V6. A Performance package can also be had for this trim, which adds 19-inch aluminum wheels, Brembo front brake (manual version), spoiler delete, strut-tower brace, chassis tuning, upsized rear sway bar, heavy-duty front springs and interior gauge pack, among others.
The GT Premium has the EcoBoost Premium’s optional and added features. Lastly, the Mustang GT 50 Years Limited Edition boasts the GT Premium’s equipment in addition to 19-inch wheels, navigation system, 12-speaker audio system, premium upholstery, chrome exterior trim as well as the GT Peformance and 50-year Appearance packages.
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