2014 Mustang – A Lighter Model On The Way
In Dearborn, the 2014 Next Generation Mustang is in developing stages and the plan is for a lighter, smaller model than the current model. It is loosely known as the Mustang III in Dearborn, but don’t get upset just yet. Thankfully, it will be nothing like the Mustang II. (and amen to that!)
The internal nickname was given only because the new model supposedly won’t resemble the current model today just like the Mustang II back in 1974. The Mustang pictured weighs about 3500-4000 lbs depending on the model but the 1965 Mustang only weighed approximately 2450-2800 lbs. We all know the current Mustang is a tank. It is one of the heaviest and largest built to date. Newer engines are capable of excellent gas mileage, but with new CAFÉ regulations, the mileage will have to increase at a minimum of 5-8% each year on average for lifespan of the Mustang III which means it will have to be significantly lighter. This model will have aluminum and high strength steel in the body structure to make it a much lighter car.
Also, the One Ford plan wants all platforms to be shared worldwide. It is too expensive for the Mustang to keep its own. A new, independent rear suspension plan is in place for the next Mustang generation.
We are hoping that the Mustang can stay RWD as it needs to share the platform but that is still up in the air. There is the possibility of the Australian Ford Falcon sharing the same platform that the American Lincoln might share as well but no news yet.
Talk of a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine has been circulating for a base model to bring down the price of the 2014 to be considered for the entry level market. Millions of dollars have been invested in the 2011 3.7 liter V6 and 5.0 V8 so don’t expect those to go away just yet.
No mock-ups have been seen to determine the styling of the new, lighter Mustang. Ford has kept all of this information private. Is retro over? Is it going to be more modern?
Ford design man, Jay Mays, said of the 2014 Mustang, “”We can’t lose the Mustang DNA, which is really important, but we’ve got to signal that Mustang has got another 50 years of life left in it. In order to do that we are going to have to take a bit more of a stretch with the car, bring all of our Mustang faithful along with us.”
Lucky for us, the guys in Dearborn are hardcore Mustang enthusiasts and hopefully we can trust them to not disappoint but only time will tell.