If you can’t wait for the 2015 Mustang to arrive, it’s safe to assume you have heard all the rumors, digested endless amounts of conflicting reports, studied spy photos and listened to educated opinions before coming to the conclusion that no one outside of Ford really knows what power plant the redesigned Mustang is going to have. Now it seems we finally have something to hand our hats on.
An EcoBoost Mustang for 2015
A member of a popular Mustang forum had a pow-wow with a gentleman currently working on the next generation Mustang. The assumed Ford employee spilled the beans on the powertrain lineup for the 2015 and guess what? Ford is planning to have a three engine lineup that will include a 300-HP, 2.5-Liter EcoBoost four cylinder–get ready to say hello to a new SVO!
” I met a guy a few weeks ago who said he was working on the next-gen Mustang. Aside from the styling cues coming from Ford’s recent Evos concept (Ford Evos Concept Photos, Info, News – Car and Driver), he told me the powertrain lineup.
2.5-liter four-cylinder @300hp
3.7-liter six-cylinder @305hp+ (but he did say there were talks of upping the power to somewhere near 400hp)
5.0-liter eight-cylinder @475hp+ ”
Apparently the redesigned Mustang will look “very” European as well…
” That’s what I was thinking (and heard) as well, but this gentlemen was adamant about it. He also said it looked very European. “
That little tidbit leaves us wondering HOW European are we talking–a more rounded exterior or full-on EVOS?
Ford’s Three Engine Plan
Possibly even more interesting than the Mustang getting an EcoBoost is the three engine option Ford is pushing for 2015. Taking into account the current V6 returning to the lineup and that the new 2.5L EcoBoost is said to have roughly the same power output, we are left with a few intriguing questions–which will be the base model Mustang, how will pricing and available options differ, and if the V6 is bumped to 400HP (mentioned as a possibility), what motor will it be? By asking ourselves this, we can begin to paint a partial picture of what Ford has in mind.
Which motor will the base model 2015 Mustang receive?
Ford can go in a number of different directions when it comes to choosing a base model motor for the next generation Mustang. However, by taking a look at the two different V6 motor choices presented by our tipster, understanding what implications they would each have on the lineup leaves us with two foreseeable futures.
1. If Ford does go with the 400HP capable V6 you can bet on it being positioned between the 4 cylinder and Coyote motors. Going this route gives them the benefit of having a fuel-efficient yet peppy base model, a powerful and likely EcoBoosted V6 (the current EcoBoost V6 is already pushing 365HP and 350FT-LBS of Torque, so it wouldn’t be much of a stretch) for consumers wanting more power and better fuel efficiency (remember, the ’10 Taurus SHO gets 17/25 mpg) and the gas-guzzling, tire shredding V8 that is the 5.0L Coyote.
2. The second likely option is that Ford keeps the current 3.7L V6 and adds the EcoBoosted 2.5L. This is where things start to get far more interesting. If they put out both options with roughly the same power output and the boosted 4-banger gets noticeably better gas mileage, you then have a perfect scenario for the return of the famed SVO. Attaching “SVO” to the 4 cylinder and added performance benefits over the V6 will allow Ford to continue positioning the V6 as the base model Mustang. The SVO would be a great grab for fuel-conscious buyers and those Mustang purists whose heart strings are tugged at the mere thought of a new SVO. Not to mention the collector value that would be created if they only put out a limited edition run.
What makes this leak so credible?
So one guy says he met someone who “knows” this, what makes this report so believable? First and most obviously, the reporting forum member is from Michigan–American automotive Holy Land, and home of the Detroit Red Wings. If Ford is building the next Mustang, it is probably happening in Michigan.
There’s also the fact these claims directly reinforce statements made by an AllFordMustangs member who has said to have been part of a test group used to examine the 2015 Mustang. While the forum thread has since been removed, there was plenty of press coverage and even a check produced by the AFM member as proof (see said check above). This member gave specific details and even questions asked of the test group that indicated three engine choices, including a V8 and an EcoBoost option:
“ They listed the V8 on the stat sheet and Ecoboost was listed. We did not get to actually see the engines. One of the questions the computer asked was, “would you buy the V8 over the 4 cylinder for $8000 more?” That does not mean that is what is going to happen. It was just one of the questions asked. ”
” The questions about the Mustang included 3 engine options, one of which was the 5.0. We did not look under the hoods. ”
This also comes after Bill Ford Jr. previously said there would be a 4 cylinder found under the hood of a Mustang in the future. Ford as a company also refused to deny the claim.
While the thought of a Eurostang has many enthusiasts blood pressure rising, some also say this may not be a bad thing. The most recent Car and Driver rendering gives an accurate representation of everything we’ve been told to believe the new pony car will resemble. It’s also not as hated by Mustang die-hards as the EVOS concept said to dominate the styling of Ford’s future automotive fleet and seems to be a comfortable medium between the EVOS and some of the spy photos that have surfaced.
When you sum up everything, there is a ton of different information from various sources all pointing towards the same thing: A 4 cylinder EcoBoost will be under the hood of the next generation Mustang. It’s time to get prepared for a lighter, faster, and more European styled Mustang.
What do you think of Ford’s plans for the 2015 Mustang?