The Ford Mustang got all-new engines for the 2011 model year and next up for Ford’s ponycar is the 2014 model year. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Mustang and according to Motor Trend, Ford aims to have an all-new pony car to celebrate it.
The big challenge facing Ford’s product planners is how are they going to build the next Mustang. CEO Alan Mulally’s “One Ford” theme insists that vehicles cannot be built unique to one country. Ford’s original plan was for the Mustang to be apart of the global rear wheel drive platform which would have also been the basis for the next generation Australian Ford Falcon, and possibly a new flagship sedan for Lincoln. But the next-generation Falcon isn’t going to happen due to slow sales.
Either way a source insists that the next Mustang will have an independent rear suspension. Ford’s planners are apparently looking at three different possibilities for the next Mustang: an evolution of the current model with a continued focus on the 412-hp 5.0L V8 as the halo engine; an M3-style car with a turbocharged V6 for markets outside the US, like Europe; or to transform the Mustang into ultra-high performance coupe like the Nissan GT-R.
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2011 Ford Mustang Pricing Leaked. 2011 Mustang Starts at $22,145, GT Starts at $29,645