Ford Offers Auto Writers a Sneak Peek of the 2015 Mustang Next Week
Ford has invited auto writers to get a sneak peek at the 2015 Mustang next week. The new Mustang will get a new design, a better chassis and more efficient engines and transmissions to broaden the car’s appeal. According to sources, the automaker has invited small numbers of automotive writers, including European media, to its Dearborn, Mich., headquarters for a sneak preview of the new Mustang, beginning next week. The writers have agreed to keep the information confidential until Ford gives the nod.
The 2015 model is expected to go on sale next summer. On April 17, 1964, the original Mustang was introduced at the New York World’s Fair. It was purchased by more than half a million customers in 1965. Eight years ago, the Mustang was last redesigned but with a retro design which attracted fewer buyers. Sales last year totaled just 82,995 and were down another 11.5 percent through September. Ford is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the redesign of the car. As part of Ford’s ‘one Ford’ plan to make all vehicles globally available, European customers will be treated to the new Mustang when it debuts, a factor that is changing the makeup of the car.
A new rear-wheel-drive platform has been developed for the 2015 Mustang, which will feature the same 107-inch wheelbase as its predecessor but is expected to shed several hundred pounds. Ford is revamping the car’s suspension, steering and brakes, and upgrading engines and transmissions, with a new EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine to be offered as an option. Sources revealed that the exterior sheet metal and the cabin have been completely redesigned to give it a more modern look and feel, but the 2015 Mustang will have styling cues inspired by past Mustangs.