Ford isn’t rocking the boat with its seventh-generation Mustang coupe and convertible, with evolutionary styling, up to date variations of present powertrains, however a extra driver-focused cabin.
It’s due in Australia in late 2023. That means we’ll solely be a number of months behind the US market, the place it’s due in showrooms from the northern summer time of subsequent 12 months.
Local pricing and specs have but to be introduced.
It’s powered by new, fourth-generation variations of the acquainted turbocharged 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre Coyote V8.
A ten-speed automated stays out there with each engines, nevertheless the six-speed guide is now unique to the V8.
Power and torque outputs and gasoline economic system figures are nonetheless being licensed and due to this fact haven’t been introduced, however Ford says the Mustang may have extra energy, higher effectivity and faster 0-100km/h dash occasions.
The outgoing mannequin’s 2.3-litre produces 236kW of energy and 448Nm of torque, whereas the V8 produces 339kW and 556Nm.
The rumoured hybrid powertrains haven’t eventuated, and so they don’t seem like in Ford’s plans.
“We have a Mach-E, and that’s our electrification story,” mentioned Eddie Kahn, automobile engineering supervisor for the Mustang.
“We actually need to give our buyer the selection between an ICE and electrification, to allow them to go both approach,” he added, pouring chilly water on the notion of a hybrid Mustang.
Likewise, rumours of an all-wheel drive model haven’t come to fruition.
“If you’re a Mustang buyer, do you need to have all-wheel drive?” requested Mr Kahn, suggesting the reply for many prospects could be no. Of its key rivals, solely the outgoing Dodge Challenger affords AWD, and solely in V6 guise.
Ford highlighted two new options for the Mustang: the choice to remotely rev your Mustang – certainly one thing that can endear you to your neighbours – and a brand new drift brake operate.
The digital handbrake resembles a standard handbake, and a particular drift mode may be activated by way of the touchscreen when in Track Mode.
It’s normal on fashions with the Performance package deal and comes with selectable modes. Ford says the brand new brake been designed that will help you learn to drift. It’s unclear as but if this function will come to Australia.
The Mustang is underpinned by a model of the sixth-generation’s platform, which Ford says was the “finest match” for the automobile.
There’s carryover suspension structure, although there have been some updates here, together with new aluminium decrease management arms and new rear linkages. The Magneride adaptive damping system stays elective.
Ford says there’s a brand new steering rack and a sooner steering ratio, whereas it has a brand new era of security gear together with adaptive cruise management (with cease/go on auto fashions), lane centring, evasive steering help, and reverse brake help.
Styling is an evolution of the outgoing sixth-generation mannequin, with Ford saying it wasn’t attempting to reinvent the wheel stylistically.
It has, nevertheless, sought so as to add a bit of bit extra muscle car-style aggression to the outside, versus what it referred to as the extra international-focused sixth-generation.
Ford previewed two iterations of the seventh-generation Mustang’s design with focus teams, and the extra aggressive of the pair proved extra standard and was due to this fact chosen.
The Mustang’s trademark three-element tail mild signature has been echoed up entrance, with segmented headlights that includes three projectors and three separate daytime working mild components.
The beltline has been lowered and the detailing is extra chiselled, with new sheetmetal and extra sheer sides.
A sharper rear undercut additionally provides it the phantasm of trying even wider, although the Mustang’s monitor width is unchanged.
GT fashions get a novel entrance fascia with their very own bonnet with a useful vent, and bigger, useful decrease air intakes.
The GT grille additionally has distinctive nostrils, in addition to high-gloss black accents. Down again, GT fashions additionally get quad exhaust retailers as a substitute of the twin retailers on 2.3-litre fashions.
The Mustang will likely be out there in 11 colors, together with a solid-looking steely blue that modifications within the mild and a vivid tri-coat Yellow Splash.
Brembo brakes may be had with callipers completed in both gray, black, purple or Grabber Blue. There are three out there brake packages, with the 19-inch one coming with six-piston fastened entrance callipers and four-piston fastened rear brake callipers.
Perhaps the best stylistic departure comes contained in the Mustang, with the dual-cowl – double-brow in Ford parlance – dashboard changed with a extra linear unit.
Premium fashions and up function a 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch instrumentation show a single wraparound housing, whereas base fashions function standalone shows. The touchscreen runs Ford’s newest Sync 4 working system.
Physical local weather controls are gone, changed with shortcuts on the base of the central touchscreen. There’s a single row of bodily switches, together with the hazard lights, whereas beneath these there’s lastly a storage shelf, which additionally features a wi-fi charging pad.
All fashions function a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a primary for the Mustang. Automatic fashions function paddle shifters with a silver end.
Like the outgoing automobile, the digital instrument cluster options totally different layouts for various drive modes.
Ford says it seemed on the outgoing automobile’s graphics, in addition to these of the GT and Mustang Mach-E, for inspiration, and there are extra angular, fashionable components with copper-coloured highlights.
In a retro contact, Ford has additionally developed a Nineteen Eighties-inspired theme for the digital instrument cluster that simulates the devices from the long-running 1979-93 Mustang that rode the Fox platform. The numbers even glow inexperienced at night time in true Nineteen Eighties Ford trend.
Functions just like the ambient lighting adjustment have moved to the touchscreen, as have auxiliary gauge readouts.
There are USB-A and USB-C retailers, whereas there additionally two overhead USB ports designed so that you can plug in a monitor digital camera.
A black inside colourway is normal, with new Space Grey and Carmine Red choices additionally out there. Ford can be introducing colored seatbelts.
The firm says it has moved away from animal grains for its inside trim items, as a substitute going for a extra technical, laser-cut look.
There’s additionally in depth use of a fake carbon fibre-look trim referred to as carbonite.
As manufacturers like Jeep have accomplished, there are ‘easter eggs’ to be discovered across the Mustang. Most notably, coupe fashions have the silhouettes of all seven generations of Mustangs alongside the decrease fringe of their rear window.
Ford says the Mustang has been the world’s best-selling sports activities coupe for seven consecutive years, and the present mannequin is bought in six of the world’s seven continents.
Its fellow American pony vehicles, the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, are anticipated to cede this explicit section.
A Challenger alternative has been previewed with the Charger SRT Daytona concept, eschewing the present automobile’s V6 and V8 engines for a purely electrical powertrain.
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