Spied! Complete 2015 Ford Mustang Test Mule Spotted in the Wild
As the Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary draws nearer, work on the vehicle that will help celebrate that milestone, the sixth-generation Mustang, continues. After catching numerous early 2015 Mustang test mules late last year, our spy photographer has caught what very well may be our first true look at what the next-gen Mustang will look like.
The first thing that stands out about this heavily camouflaged Ford Mustang mule is just how small it is. Even with a limited frame of reference, you can’t help but get the impression that the next Mustang is going to be much smaller and lower-slung than it’s been in recent years, though it’ll probably still be bigger than the best-forgotten Mustang II. Peeking through the heavy camouflage are thin, Evos-inspired headlights, and though it’s difficult to see, possibly a trapezoidal grille similar to the one found on current Mustangs.
Around its flanks we can see that the 2015 Mustang will have a smaller greenhouse than before, with sleeker side mirrors, sharp-creased rocker panels, and big brakes. The new Mustang will retain its long hood and short rear deck, as well as a fastback body style, though it’s difficult to determine just how the rear deck will look.
Codenamed S550 (superseding the current S197 generation) the 2015 Mustang will be powered by a base 3.7-liter V-6, with the 2015 Mustang GT getting Coyote power in the form of an upgraded 5.0-liter V-8. Europe will get an EcoBoost 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 for its Mustang, with the possibility of that engine also making it to the U.S. As we’ve seen on past test mules, the most controversial feature of the current-generation Mustang — its solid-rear axle — will be replaced by an independent rear suspension.
The 2015 Mustang will likely debut in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show, and go into production in July of next year, paying homage to the original “1964½” 1965 Mustang.
Source: Chris Doane Automotive