Spied: 2015 Ford Mustang Prototype

Our spy photographers caught yet another look at the 2015 Ford Mustang, and even though the prototype car is wearing plenty of camouflage, it gives us several clues about the future of the Mustang. Whereas the cars we saw previously were mules cobbled together on the basis of the current Mustang, this one appears to be a full prototype of the 2015 car.

The latest batch of spy photos provide even more evidence the 2015 Ford Mustang will draw styling cues from the Ford Evos concept, as well as the so-called Kinetic 2.0 design language seen on cars like the 2013 Fusion. Out front, the nose is rounded and tapers to a large grille opening, which is bookended by narrow Evos-like headlights. Earlier spy photos hinted at a more rounded front end design and an Evos-like, wide-mouth grille aperture.

Although the abundant camouflage and cladding attempts to mask the car’s roofline, the shape of the window glass suggests the roof of the 2015 Ford Mustang will have a much more dramatic curve, falling sharply aft of the doors. The tail, though, still appears to be relatively flat and stubby. This particular test car may wear a trunklid spoiler and a subtle hood bulge. Close examination also reveals sporty, sculpted side skirts along the car’s rockers.

Based on an earlier batch of spy photos, we expect that the 2015 Ford Mustang will feature the same 5.0-liter V-8 engine in today’s GT model. The current 3.7-liter V-6 will continue as the entry powertrain. In addition, there will be a new 2.3-liter turbo-four mill that could be shared with a Ford Focus RS; it will be the only powertrain option for European Mustang exports. Moreover, the 2015 Mustang will finally ditch its live axle in favor of independent rear suspension, which should improve handling and ride comfort.

Although we expected the 2015 Ford Mustang todebut at next spring’s New York auto show — the original Mustang was introduced April 17, 1964, at the New York World’s Fair — one source indicates the car will instead appear at the Detroit auto show in January 2014. Production of the new model is reportedly scheduled to begin in July 2014, meaning it could be in showrooms by next fall.

To tide fans over until then, Ford has rolled out a series of small changes for 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).

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