We’ve seen plenty of photos, but now we have our first look at the 2015 Ford Mustang on video. The pony-car fans at Mustang6G.com spotted a camouflaged Mustang prototype and managed to film it driving. The 2015 Ford Mustang spotted in this video looks almost identical to the one our spy photographers spotted earlier this month.
As in our spy shots, this video shows that the 2015 Ford Mustang will have a more steeply sloped windshield, and that its roofline will curve more dramatically than the current car. Despite the blocky cladding out front, expect the nose to have a more rounded design, as well as a gaping-mouth grille reminiscent of the Ford Evos concept and contemporary production models like the Fusion. Seen from the side, the new car’s hood looks longer and its decklid appears shorter than on the current Mustang. The sides of the greenhouse also appear to taper inward toward the roof, potentially narrowing the car’s cabin somewhat.
The video lacks enough engine noise for us to guess what’s under the hood of this 2015 Ford Mustang prototype. Previous spy photos revealed that the car will continue to use its 5.0-liter V-8 engine, and other reports suggest a 3.7-liter V-6 will carry over as the base engine. A 2.3-liter turbo-four could join at a later date, and it will be the only engine choice for European exports of the Mustang.
Glancing underneath the 2015 Ford Mustang also revealed to us that the car will have independent rear suspension, marking a significant shift away from the car’s typical live rear axle. That change could improve the car’s ride and handling balance.
Although the Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary next April — the original was introduced at the 1964 New York World’s Fair — one source tells us the 2015 Ford Mustang will debut at the Detroit auto show in January. Production could start by July 2014, with cars in showrooms by the fall.
To tide fans over until then, Ford made a handful of small changes to the 2014 Mustang. There are new colors and aesthetic packages, but the 444-hp Boss 302 model has been discontinued. Pricing for the 2014 Ford Mustang coupe starts at $22,995 (including a $795 destination charge).
By Jake Holmes