|12/28/13 12:46PM||, 2015 Mustang, Ford, Power Options for Mustang|
Ford Plans Alternative Powertrains For the New Mustang
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, the quintessential muscle car, a true American icon that has been one of the most popular symbols of American culture ever since it was first introduced, back in 1964. Earlier this month, Ford unveiled the long-awaited sixth-generation Mustang, which has gotten a new, fresh look, along with a more efficient engine. In addition to the unveiling of the latest Mustang, Ford has been making headlines with some news that caught all Mustang enthusiasts by surprise. It's the information that the company plans to equip new Mustangs in the future with alternative powertrains, such as diesel, hybrid or electric.
The sixth-generation Mustang comes with a more modern, bolder design, and looks a lot sportier than previous generations, thanks to the wider fenders, the lower ride hight, as well as the lower roof hight. Also, Ford has updated the interior of the Mustang, equipping it with sophisticated technology, and good quality materials, such as brushed aluminum, instead of the plastics that could be found on older models.
Ford will offer three different versions of the 2015 Mustang, with three different engines. One of them will be powered by a 3.7-liter, V6 engine, delivering 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, one gets a 5.0-liter, V8 engine, with an output of 420 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, and the third one is a new, 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine, with 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will probably get to choose between a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The car's suspension system has also been updated, with an integral-link independent rear suspension, that's replacing the old rear axle suspension design, and is supposed to provide better handling.
As far as the interior is concerned, it looks a lot like a racing car cockpit, with sport seats, and analog dials that are complemented by digital displays that show traffic and navigation information. As with all new Ford models lately, the 2015 Mustang comes with the SYNC infotainment system, featuring a large touch screen mounted on the center console.
Although the 2015 Mustang should be more efficient than its predecessors, at least the version that is powered by an EcoBoost engine, Ford plans to further improve Mustang's fuel economy in the future, and is considering to offer alternative powertrains, which is practically a necessity in order to make the Mustang more appealing in a time when fuel prices continue to soar.
Bob Fascetti, Ford's global powertrain chief, told GoAuto that the company is considering every potential alternatives, such as hybrid and electric, as the most popular options, but diesel is not excluded, either. Whichever way Ford goes, these changes are bound to
improve Mustang's fuel efficiency, which should result in better sales numbers, especially in Europe, where diesel-powered cars are more appreciated than in the U.S., and at the same time, make it more eco-friendly, so that it can comply with stricter emission standards.