Executive Chairman Bill Ford has today introduced the new Mustang at a special event in Barcelona, Spain.
The new Ford Mustang will be the first Mustang to go on sale in the Europe following almost 50 years of production in the States.
More than 9 million Mustangs have been sold since it was first launched in 1964. Said to be the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook, Mustang has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is one of 25 new vehicles that Ford will launch in Europe in the next five years.
A choice of powertrains will be available when the car officially goes on sale in Europe, including a 5.0-litre V8 engine and an all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. Power output for the latter is projected to be over 309 PS and 407 Nm of torque.
The new car also features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the front structure while reducing mass, which Ford claims improves handling, steering and ride. The new double ball-joint front MacPherson strut system also enables the use of larger brakes.
At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for European roads.
Speaking of the new model’s design, Moray Callum, Ford’s design director, said: “You only get one chance to make a first impression and when you see this car, you immediately see a Mustang strong and true.”
Representing the fifth complete Mustang redesign, Ford is hoping the latest design is better able to compete with Chevrolet’s Camaro, which has outsold the Mustang for the first 11 months of 2013. Camaro currently enters December with a 4,093-unit lead in total sales. More importantly, Camaro has an estimated 10,000-unit lead in retail sales. If that lead continues through the end of the year, 2013 will be the fourth consecutive year Camaro has been the best-selling sports car in the U.S.
Key design features of the new Mustang include a low roof height and wide stance; a steeply sloped windshield and rear glass; three-dimensional, tri-bar taillamps; and a reinterpretation of the car’s signature ‘shark-bite’ front fascia.
The car’s interior cabin, meanwhile has an aviation-inspired ‘cockpit’ design, while the vehicle’s width and new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers and a bootspace that can accommodate two golf bags.
April 17, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the original Ford Mustang. Mustang will continue to be built in America at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant.