2015 Mustang Parts
We’ve been waiting for months, but it’s almost here. The brand new 2015 Ford Mustang was unveiled on December 5, and we finally were able to get a glimpse into the next generation of the Mustang. While we've seen it, we have a lot to learn about what the new 2015 Mustang will and will not contain. It’s going to be a very dramatic change in most respects, as the new car looks to be new from the ground up. Check out a preview of some of the details and speculation…
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Ford Mustang 2015By Bill Tumas
Body & PlatformThe biggest news for the new 2015 Ford Mustang is that after 50 years of using a solid rear axle, the new Mustang will have an independent rear suspension. While an independent rear suspension was available in the 1999-2004 SVT Cobra, it wasn’t mass-produced across the entire lineup, making the new independent rear suspension truly a first. It’s expected the new suspension in the 2015 Mustang will provide a much smoother ride and better performance, and it raises the new Mustang to the level of the competition, which has sported the independent rear suspension for years.
The new 2015 Ford Mustang will also ride on an entirely new platform, designated the S550. This signifies only the 5th time that Ford has developed an all-new platform for the Mustang over its 50-year history. The new platform is set to host a smaller Mustang, which may be styled a bit like the Evos concept that was released a few years ago and was used as the basis for the 2013 Ford Fusion. The new 2015 Ford Mustang is also expected to move away from the retro cues to a more modern, European look.
The 2015 Mustang is also expected to be lighter. After gaining over 1000 pounds in 50 years, Ford is expected to shrink the Mustang down by over 200 pounds. Just like many of the other upgrades, this is expected to dramatically increase performance.
EnginesSome changes are expected under the hood of the new 2015 Mustang, too. First, the two existing engines, the 3.7L V6 and the 5.0L “Coyote” V8 aren’t going anywhere. Both are expected to receive minor tweaks for increased power and performance. Both of the existing engines are rumored to only get slight specification increases, with the 5.0L V8 getting another 10 horsepower and 6 ft./lb. of torque.
The biggest news is the new engine being added to the lineup—a 2.3L EcoBoost inline-4. For those long time Mustang fans, this is the same displacement of the old SVO Mustang from the mid-1980s, but is a completely new, modern engine. It’s based on the EcoBoost 4-cylinder from the Ford Focus ST and will make over 300 horsepower and over 300 ft./lb. of torque. In mid-November, Lincoln released this engine for their new MKC utility vehicle. For that vehicle, the new 2.3L EcoBoost will make 275 horsepower and 300 ft./lb. of torque, though it is slightly detuned from what will be in the Mustang, so our horsepower estimate is still on track. If it holds true, it will make it more powerful than the 3.7L V6, and it is expected to get greater than 32 mpg in the new 2015 Mustang.
With the addition of the 2.3L 4-cylinder, the engine line-up is changing for the 2015 Mustang. While the 3.7L V6 remains the entry-level engine, the new 2.3L 4-cylinder is expected to be a new mid-range engine. It’s also believed that this will be the most popular and sold engine in the new Mustang. The premium engine is believed to be the 5.0L V8.
InteriorThe interior of the 2015 Ford Mustang is also expected to be all new and a big upgrade. While it should pick up a few of the retro styling cues from the existing model, the redesign focuses on comfort and technology. It’s expected that a heavily revised MyFord Touch system is part of the redesign, which should be much more usable than the version in previous Ford models. Ford has also included paddle shifters for automatic 2015 Mustang models, which is, again, a welcome addition. A keyless ignition system is also now standard on all Mustangs.
ModelsThere’s still a lot of uncertainly how the model line up for the 2015 Ford Mustang will break down. While we’re pretty certain that the Base model and GT model will remain, the biggest question mark is where the new 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder slots in. Will the SVO return? Will there be a new model designation? Will the EcoBoost be an upgraded version of the Base model? These answers might not be revealed until the launch.
The convertible, however, will be returning for 2015 and will be available with all of the engines, a unique top system and a custom style to set itself apart from the coupe. According to Ford, the convertible has been redesigned from the ground up, so they could focus on the little details that would make it just as great as the coupe. One of those details is the top, which features a full fabric outer layer and a full inner headliner, with the five-bow structure sandwiched in between. At 10mm thick, it offers quietness that rivals that coupe when it's up. Several body panels are also unique to the convertible, giving it a distinct feel.
The fate of the GT500 has already been revealed and, unfortunately, it’s planned to disappear after the current model year ends. It’s the replacement for the GT500 that’s very much up in the air. Rumors and speculation has been all over the board, though much of the speculation has centered on the return of one or more of the Cobra, GT350, Boss 302 or Mach 1. The most common rumor is that either or both of the GT350 or Mach 1 are coming back. Very few details exist on either model, though the Shelby name has been spotted on the 2015 Mustang body code sheet, and Ford did recently get approved for a trademark for the Mach 1 moniker, which points to each model’s potential return. Beyond that, though, we don’t know much except that there are lots of rumors.
PriceThe price point for the base model of the new 2015 Mustang isn’t expected to change. Ford’s looking to target younger buyers with this redesign, so they are keeping the price low to allow those individuals to still be able to afford a new 2015 Mustang. However, from there, as buyers add options and bigger engines, the price can skyrocket. It’s not out of the question to pay nearly $50,000 for a loaded GT model of the new 2015 Ford Mustang, and the revised premium version could be even more expensive. This clearly pushes these premium models out of the hands of the same audience Ford is targeting, the new premium models make use modern materials and technology, so they’re pricier to build, but worth it to buyers.
Debut/LaunchThe new 2015 Ford Mustang was unveiled on December 5, 2013--and CJ Pony Parts was there! Bill Tumas and our video team attended, bringing you photos, video, interviews and more, right from the site in Dearborn, Michigan! Follow CJ Pony Parts on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and Instagram to see the updates from that day, and as more news is released on the 2015 Ford Mustang.
The official launch will happen on April 17, 2014. Shortly after, in May, the new Mustang will be available to consumers for pre-order. Production is reported to begin in mid-August and, sometime in the 3rd Quarter of 2014, the new Mustang will arrive on dealer lots and we'll be able to get our first review. When you're ready, just choose your color, options and make your order.
AftermarketCJ Pony Parts has been working with our vendors for months already, laying the groundwork to be the first to get aftermarket parts on the market. These include parts that can make your 2015 Mustang look completely unique, from body and styling parts to interior design. The CJ Pony Parts rendering of a 2015 Mustang is just some ideas of what our aftermarket suppliers might allow you to do to it when they release their parts. When aftermarket parts are available, this is right where they will be with plenty of videos and information. Keep checking back to see the latest news and aftermarket parts for the new 2015 Ford Mustang!
Last Updated: March 6, 2014