The past two generations of the Ford Mustang have had retro styling, hearkening to classic Mustangs from the 1960s. However, Ford has announced that the next generation Mustang will drop the retro appointments.
Trying to attract a new generation of buyers
The Ford Mustang has an iconic status matched by few other cars produced by American car makers. Few cars have been in production as long as the Mustang. Therefore, every time a new generation of the model comes along, it’s king of a big deal.
The next Mustang is supposed to debut in April 2014 on the 50th anniversary of the debut of the original model, according to Inside Line. Ford wants to be able to attract younger buyers. Though muscle cars are typically the province of younger people, it is felt that the current Mustang, with its retro-styling that recalls the classic Mustangs, appeals more to older people. The average age of a Mustang buyer these days is older than 50.
To attract more buyers from Generations X and Y, Ford is going to take the Mustang into the 21st century, design-wise.
Taking cues from Evos concept
It’s been confirmed that the 2015 Mustang is going to be based heavily on the Evos concept Ford displayed at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Evos concept looks like a cross between the Fusion and an Aston Martin, decked out with four butterfly doors that give the appearance of a coupe with the doors of a sedan.
At the time, according to MotorTrend, it was believed that the Evos was going to become either the next Fusion or the Mondeo, the mid-size performance sedan that Ford sells internationally. However, an anonymous source from inside Ford confirmed much of the Evos’ design would wind up as the new Mustang, though, according to Inside Line, it will still distinctively be a Mustang.
Don’t mess with perfection
It likely won’t be getting the butterfly doors, but the new Mustang is said to be getting a diverse selection of engines, much like the current one. There will be naturally aspirated and forced-induction V-8 engines, and there is talk of an EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder model. It will still be rear-wheel drive, but Ford is also said to be ditching the live rear axle in favor of an independent rear suspension. The Shelby series will also continue.
The next ‘Stang has some work to do. It was the only muscle car available to blue-collar buyers who couldn’t afford the high price of a Corvette, from 2002 to 2010, according to AutoBlog. At that time, Chevrolet introduced the Camaro, which has been beating the Mustang about its retro-styled head and shoulders; the Camaro outsold the Mustang by 17,811 cars, according to AutoWeek.