Taking on a thorough redesign, the 2015 Ford Mustang gets an updated look but still features exhilarating driving performance on the road.
The new look Mustang is first noticeable with its redesigned front end, which features new headlight groupings that have LED daytime running lights with three sport stripes. The descending roof line leads to a lower-slung rear, which enhances the sleekness of the car. The three-bar taillights are still present in the back along with the popular sequential turn signals that light up one by one when activated. The Mustang has standard 17-inch wheels, with 18- or 19-inchers optional.
Another new feature for this year is the fully independent rear suspension. The Mustang for quite a while had a live rear axle. The change has been a positive one, as the ride quality and handling are vastly improved. The tightness of the suspension really bolsters the Mustang’s sports car credibility. But, if you opt for the GT model you can use the electronic line lock feature to jam up the rear axle and burn rubber til your heart’s content, as some Mustang aficionados have been known to do over the years.
Our test drive model had a new engine choice: a four-cylinder. It features Ford’s EcoBoost fuel-saving technology and is a turbocharged 2.3-liter that makes 310 horsepower and 320 pounds-feet of torque. It was quite impressive. Also available are a 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 300 horsepower and a 5.0-liter V-8 in the GT model that gets a boost from last year to 435 horsepower and 400 pounds-feet of torque. Available transmissions are six-speed manual, which the tester had, or six-speed automatic.
On the interior, the large round gauges that Mustang drivers are accustomed to on the dash are still there, as well as large round vents. All the controls are intuitively placed; fortunately, Ford didn’t fall into the trap that some automakers have in trying to get too cute with putting basic controls in “creative” places. Available interior options include dual zone climate control, power front seats and Recaro leather front seats that are sporty as all get out.
For safety, the Mustang features a standard backup camera on all models. In a couple of years, this will be a mandatory feature on all cars and trucks sold in the U.S.
For the first time, the Mustang will be sold outside the North American market, so you have to figure that Ford was trying to put its best foot forward in introducing the iconic muscle car to international markets. The results are quite impressive. The tricky task was to maintain the character and tradition that Mustang fans in the States have loved, while modernizing and adding global appeal that would win fans elsewhere. It’s too soon to say, based on sales numbers, if Ford hit a bullseye, but don’t be surprised if it’s seen as a big success.
The Mustang starts at around $24,000 and tops out at about $50,000.
This classic American muscle car has come into the modern era nicely, and seems poised to do well on the global stage.