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2015 Ford Mustang designated as S550 platform

By Drew Phillips - February 5, 2013 – 9:25 am17 Comments | 45,810 views

2015 Ford Mustang

The next generation 2015 Mustang will be called the S550 platform by Ford, MustangsDaily.com has learned from an anonymous inside source. The last several updates to the current generation Mustang – 2010, 2011 and 2013 – while significant in terms of both powertrain and design changes, have all been within the current platform, the S197. However, the changes to the 2015 Mustang will be significant enough that a new designation is required. It will be only the fifth time Ford has introduced a new Mustang platform, marking a significant milestone in the model’s history that spans nearly five full decades.

So what can we expect from the next generation Mustang? For starters, Ford will be bringing America’s favorite pony car to the rest of the world, officially announcing last year that the 2015 Mustang will be sold in Europe and likely elsewhere as part of the company’s goal to have global products. As a result, the car will be both lighter and smaller than the current platform.

As far as styling goes, Ford’s Chief Creative Officer J Mays has said that the design will be less retro and “bring the brand forward.” Rumors persist that styling cues will be inspired by the futuristic Ford Evos Concept that debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, although to what extent is unknown.

The Mustang’s solid rear axle has been a point of contention for several years now, and it looks like Ford will finally be giving the car an independent suspension for 2015. Prototype models have already been caught testing using the new suspension setup.

Finally, as far as powertrains go, the big news will be the addition of an EcoBoost engine to the Mustang lineup. Ford executives have all but confirmed that a turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be offered for 2015, although it could come at the expense of the V6. The 5.0L V8 will remain an option, although possibly not for Europe. The Shelby GT500 will also remain part of the lineup, although its powertrain is unknown. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if a production derivative of the Cobra Jet Concept’s twin-turbo 5.0L V8 finds its way into the car.

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17 Comments »

  • Twin Turbo says:

    Looks like you’ve nicely captured most of the current crop of information.

    I hope the V6 doesn’t die…..although I’d personally like to see Ford’s new “Nano” 2.7 EcoBoost take the place of the 3.7 litre.

    With a little over 14 months until the 50th anniversary, lets hope a few more mules are spotted and the info starts to flow.

    I, for one, can’t wait to see S550 :)

  • Dave says:

    A plasma sprayed, bored and stroked coyote engine displacing 5.8 liters (351ci) with TIVCT using boss heads, CJ cams, CJ intake, CJ TB and twin turbos or a procharger i-1 making over 700HP would be a great start for the next Cobra. And a dual clutch manual or 7 speed Tremec. And an eco button…to make the epa happy.

  • Dave says:

    A direct injected 5.0 in the GT with 500HP at 7500rpm for the 50th anniversary would be awesome.

  • jim smith says:

    hose that euro junk… i want a mustang to look like a mustang. if i want eurotrash i will buy a bmw.been driving stangs exclusively for near 25 years but if you do, im NOT BUYING IT>

  • Dave says:

    If Jay Mays and his group of designers get this wrong he will go down in history as the guy who ruined the mustang after 50 years. That is a lot of pressure!

  • dan says:

    to start with i have a 07gt when the car debuted in 05, similairities to my 67 fastback sold me on the car.When the styling started changing in 10 to 13 it took awhile but i’m digging it, would love to put the ponies and suspension of a 13 underneath my car.Now getting a glimpse of the 15 i have to say i’m digging it also because i like to see progress if it’s going in the right direction and i think ford just might have something going on here.God forbid that the car gets to much smaller lighter okay but smaller c’mon, america and canada are headed in always to becoming european our car,homes,lifesytles,wages,multiculturalism in someways good but mostly bad,so don’t give us another throwaway car, let the europeans have their small engines,small car ( eg, 74-78 mustangs )let us have our mustang the way it was meant to be ” in your face ” and proud of it.

  • Scott says:

    It the 2015 looks as good as the rendering I’d be in hog heaven but I’m pretty sure J. Mays is going to screw it up. How does he still have a job with his list of utter failures? Has he ever really hit one out of the park for Ford?

    He took the Taurus from best seller to so bad they had to retire the name for a few years. And even now the new model is on life-support dependent on fleet sales to keep it viable as per Consumer Reports.

    New Thunderbird: Ugly, and another miss.

    I love Mustangs. I own a Mustang, my second in fact. But I’d rather see the Mustang retired than have its heritage destroyed by a bad redesign.

  • a.n.onimous says:

    I don’t doubt the ’15 Mustang IF it looks this good,will be a seller.Shame there won’t be a Boss 302,but then,as long as us “europhiles” get a chance of a right hooker,i for one shall be pleased.Queing up right now for one!!

  • izi1 says:

    A look that whispers “Let’s drink a cup of tea!”

  • TBS260Z says:

    Thats the nicest rendering ive seen

  • BobbyJ says:

    Pretty sure this will be the sixth generation of mustang, unless they don’t count the third gen mustangs which can’t really be considered true mustangs.

  • MustangsDaily says:

    Bobby – by saying that this will be the fifth time Ford will introduce a new Mustang, we weren’t counting the first one. Perhaps we should have worded it better.

  • nate hampton says:

    love this car!It would be awesome to own this mustang.the body is a little diferent, but thats good because they have stuck with sort of the same body since 2006

  • Albert Su says:

    Nice car of future.

  • tracey says:

    The retro styling gave the Mustang brand a breath of fresh air. That’s why I bought my 2005 convertible – I loved the look. Why make it smaller to appeal to the European market. People buy Mustangs because they like the beefy muscle car look. Its an AMERICAN car. The look should reflect that. I was looking forward to buying a 50th anniversary Mustang, but if this is it, I’ll stick w/my 2005.

  • Diesel says:

    I for one want to see a modern interpretation of the original design that is world class in execution. Ive modified my Focus ZX3 with Ford Racing and Roush parts but Id let her go if the Mustang checked all my boxes. Great design inside and out. No excuses. World class handling. A smile every time behind the wheel. A drivers machine.

  • Carl says:

    Best redesign so far. Sad to see the v6 go but ford needs to set the gt apart from the lx. There will be kits to put a solid rear in the car for the hardcore drag racer. Good job Ford

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