Bill Ford Jr. confirms Ecoboost Mustang

Article by Christian A., on February 18, 2011

Ford chairman Bill Ford Jr. confirmed that an Ecoboost engine will soon be offered in the Mustang. However, he didn’t disclose a timeline or engine specifications. Ford was recently a speaker at Princeton University where he was asked if an Ecoboost Mustang is possible. He confirmed that Ford’s pony car will get the turbocharged engine.

Ford’s current Ecoboost 4-cylinder can deliver up to 247hp, while the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 can generate up to 365hp.

They don’t come up to what the larger V6 and V8 engines are capable of but fuel economy figures make up for the performance deficit. It is possible that either application will be available in the Mustang. A 4-cylinder Ecoboost would be a potent rival to smaller engined cars such as the Hyundai Genesis.

The Mustang V6 is now considered a legitimate performance car in its own right. Meanwhile, an Ecoboost V6 could bridge the gap between the regular V6 and the 5.0 V8.

Jalopnik implied that the “SVO” trim, which featured a 2.3L turbo 4-cylinder in the 1980s, may come back but there isn’t much evidence to support the idea. However, Ford revived the 5.0 badge and this means that children of the 1980s could finally fulfill their dream of buying a Mustang.

By having a grille that is more pronounced, this allowed the new Ford Mustang to display a design that is clearly more aggressive. This look is further intensified with the addition of the powerful splitters. Heat extractors have been placed on the GT’s hood and they are there for an important function which is to make sure that hot air is channeled out of the engine compartment and thus help cool the engine.

Having these rocker panels in the same color as that of its body resulted in a more premium look. The rear section meanwhile has been upgraded and now has a panel, in high-gloss black, connecting the tail lamps.

Since the Mustang is known for its sequential turn signal, the brand made sure to retain this while giving the tail lamps a smoked appearance which complements the purposeful appearance of the front region. Its wheel lineup has been modified as well with the V6 version fitted with the 17-inch wheels while both the GT and the V6 Performance Package are offered with the 19-inch wheels as an option.

Aside from having new designs, the wheels have new finishes allowing for a more powerful look. Specifically, the 17-inch wheels have two finishes which are painted and machined-aluminum. Three options are offered which include the 18-inch painted aluminum, 18-inch polished aluminum set, and the 19-inch painted wheel. For the latter, it will have a new theme under the V6 Performance Package.

New to the Ford Mustang as well are the high-intensity discharge headlamps, or HID, which are offered with the V6 and GT. The same signature lighting is still there but this has been upgraded technologically for the 2013 version.

Highlighting the headlamps in the front are two individual bars, both of which utilize light-emitting diode (LED) technology. Meanwhile the rear lights continue to have the trademarked three-bar look due to the three LED ropes. Sales of the new Ford Mustang are expected to begin by the spring of 2012.

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