“Investing in another generation of Mustang is a big statement at a time when many of our competitors are exiting the internal combustion vehicle business,” Ford CEO Jim Farley said in a statement.
So, while its competitors drop gas-powered coupes like the Dodge Challenger, the fuel-powered Mustang will continue, said Kumar Galhotra, who drives Ford Blue, the division focused on internal combustion vehicles.
“We made this investment because we see, for the foreseeable future, that there will be a market for internal combustion Mustangs,” he said.
Ford’s rival General Motors has set a 2035 deadline for the date of its all-electric lineup, but Ford has not made a similar commitment in the United States.
While the 2024 Mustang has an all-new chassis, it is clearly reminiscent of previous models. The headlights look narrower, and in this new version, they have three strips of light in one line, forming virtual eyebrows. The trunk space is also shorter, and the area with the taillights is deeply slanted, giving the lights a natural V-shape. The grille is much larger on V8-powered cars than on four-cylinder models. V8-powered Mustang GTs also have a large “heat extractor” vent in the hood that, in addition to releasing air that comes in through the radiator, reduces aerodynamic drag.
While the car’s exterior is close to a traditional Mustang design, the interior is radically different. One large screen replaces traditional gauges, while also serving as a central touchscreen. The half of the screen that is not directly in front of the driver is at an angle towards the driver. The highly detailed on-screen gauges and graphics are highly customizable, as are most of the car’s interior lights.
For those looking to relive the Mustangs of their youth, Ford is wooing Generation X and Millenials, apparently going from Baby Boomers who bought the original pony car for the first time. There’s even a Fox Body Gauge option that features dials like those on an ’80s Mustang.
The Mustang will be available with state-of-the-art driver assistance features, such as active cruise control that can maintain distance from vehicles ahead even in choppy traffic, lane-keeping assist, and emergency braking. However, it won’t be offered with Blue Cruise, Ford’s hands-free highway driving feature. Levine said there was a feeling that Mustang customers, who buy a car focused on driving pleasure, wouldn’t be interested in taking their hands off the wheel.
For better or worse, depending on who you ask, new Mustang owners will be able to indulge in a favorite pastime – accelerating the engine while the car is idle – without having to sit in the driver’s seat. Owners will be able to start the engine at high speeds with just one button on the remote control key. With each press, the motor will rotate up and down several times. This serves no practical function whatsoever and is strictly a recreational feature.
The car also has a traditional looking parking brake that is operated by a lever, but it is actually an electronic parking brake of the type that is usually operated with a small switch on most other vehicles. Special settings can allow the parking brake lever to work Used to drift or move the rear wheels sideways.
Ford also revealed a new high-performance version called the Mustang Dark Horse. Besides the 500-horsepower V8, the Mustang Dark Horse will have various suspension improvements, as well as dark-colored headlight caps and other visual cues. It also includes changes made to aerodynamics and cooling, such as air ducts to cool the brakes and more powerful fans for the radiator. The Mustang will have special decals that show a horse’s head facing forward, but the front will still show a matte version of the usual pony horse icon.
Ford will also offer track-only Dark Horse S and Dark Horse R versions that will come with safety equipment, such as a rolling cage, needed for track racing but with other non-essential options and features, including a passenger seat, that are discontinued. (Passenger seat can be added as an option on the Mustang Dark Horse S.)
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