New Mustang a global pony

STEPHEN OTTLEY
Last updated 12:01 17/09/2012
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An artist's impression of what the new Mustang could look like.

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The future of the Ford Falcon may be uncertain, but fast Ford fans just received some good news.

The next-generation Mustang is expected to break free from its traditional North American focus and be sold around the world.

Last week Ford UK confirmed it will offer the car, due to launch in 2015, in right-hand drive.

The new Mustang is expected to undergo its biggest change since launching in 1964, with new, more fuel-efficient engines (including a four-cylinder), independent rear suspension and a radical change to its styling.

As the artist's impression shows, the 2015 Mustang is expected to ditch the retro styling of the current model for a more contemporary look. Expect to see plenty of design cues from the Evos concept unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show last year.

Ford's EcoBoost range of turbocharged petrol engines will lurk under the bonnet. The range is tipped to begin with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo. The Mustang's smallest-ever engine. Above that will be a 3.7-litre V6 turbo and the 5.0-litre V8, which is now found in the FPV Falcons.

The all-new underpinning will finally ditch the live rear axle in favour of independent rear suspension to improve handling and ride comfort.

Ford Australia has obvious expertise in that department but there has been no word if the team at Broadmeadows will be called on. The new car is also expected to use aluminium and high-strength steel in the body and underpinnings as Ford tries to cut more than 100 kilograms of weight compared with the current Mustang.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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