“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 competitors are ditching gas-powered performance coupes like the Dodge Challenger, the combustion-powered Mustang will continue, said Kumar Galhotra, who leads Ford Blue, the division focused on internal combustion vehicles.
“We made this investment because we see, for the foreseeable future, there will be a market for internal combustion Mustangs,” he said.
Ford competitor General Motors has set a 2035 deadline for its lineup to be all-electric, but Ford has not made a similar commitment in the United States.
Although the 2024 Mustang coupe has all-new bodywork, it is clearly reminiscent of past models. The headlights appear narrower and, in this new version, have three aligned light bars, forming virtual eyebrows. The trunk area is also shorter and the area housing the taillights is set back deeply, giving the lights a natural V-shape. The grille is considerably larger on the V8-powered cars than on the 4-cylinder models. V8-powered Mustang GT cars also have a large “heat extraction” vent in the hood which, in addition to freeing air past the radiator, reduces aerodynamic drag.
While the exterior of the car approximates the traditional Mustang design, the interior is radically different. A single large display replaces traditional gauges, while also acting as a central touchscreen. The half of the screen that is not directly in front of the driver is tilted towards the driver. The richly detailed gauges and graphics on the screen are highly customizable, as are most of the car’s interior lights.
For those looking to recapture the Mustangs of their youth, Ford is appealing to Gen Xers and Millienials, seemingly shifting from baby boomers who first bought the original pony car. There’s even a Fox Body Gauge option that features dials like those on 1980s Mustangs.
The Mustang will be available with modern driver-assist features, such as active cruise control that can maintain a distance from cars ahead even in traffic, lane-keep assist and speed braking. emergency. It will not, however, be offered with Blue Cruise, Ford’s hands-free highway driving feature. It was felt that Mustang customers, who buy a fun-to-drive car, wouldn’t be interested in taking their hands off the wheel, Levine said.
For better or worse, depending on who you ask, owners of the new Mustang will be able to indulge in their favorite pastime — running the engine while the car is stationary — without having to sit in the driver’s seat. Owners will be able to rev the engine to high speeds simply by using a button on the key fob remote. With each press, the motor will cycle up and down several times. It serves absolutely no practical function and is strictly an entertainment function.
The car also has a traditional-looking parking brake operated by a lever, but it is actually an electronic parking brake of the type that is usually operated by a small switch on most other vehicles. Special adjustments may allow the parking brake lever to be used to drift or slide the rear wheels sideways.
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