Ford has unveiled the seventh generation of its popular and timeless Pony Car. The outgoing generation, already presented in 2014, was a huge success, so it is only logical that the newcomer builds on this success. So let purists be reassured: no mild Mustang or plug-in hybrid, no electric version or even influence of the electric Mustang Mach-E. The Mustang will remain a classic Mustang in every way.
eight or four
And that starts first under the hood. With the good old roaring 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8, for example, reworked for better response and more power. It can be mated to a 10-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual. Ford has yet to reveal the exact horsepower of the eight-cylinder, but it’s safe to assume it’ll be more than 460 hp, the output of the outgoing Mustang Mach 1.
It was no longer available from us for some time, but the much more tax-efficient and fuel-efficient 4-cylinder Ecoboost also reappears under the hood. Ford claims to have also reworked this block in depth, without giving further details. At the end of its career with us, the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder developed 290 hp, so count on some more power here. The four-legged can only be combined with the 10-speed automatic gearbox.
Visually, Ford has refined the lines of its seventh Mustang compared to its predecessor. This is particularly noticeable in the design of the new LED headlights and rear lights, which receive their characteristic three stripes. Especially from the front, the new Mustang looks much meaner. However, the general lines remain the same, with a long, muscular hood that merges into the windshield and then into a fastback-like rear section. Good news for tanning enthusiasts: the new Mustang is also available as a convertible.
Inside, the classic double-arch dashboard should give way to modernity. The instrument cluster is still digital and measures 12.4 inches, but now integrates seamlessly with a 13.2-inch infotainment screen that leverages Ford’s latest SYNC4 system. This screen is angled slightly towards the driver and now includes climate controls. In addition, Ford claims to have worked on the quality of interior materials, an often-heard criticism of the outgoing generation.
No 4 for us
The new Ford Mustang was presented in the United States, but it is also coming to us. Granted, you’re only entitled to the 5.0-litre V8, whose throaty roar should ease the tax pain. It’s not yet known if the more powerful and more aggressively dressed Mustang Dark Horse will also make an appearance.