Official: 2010 Ford Mustang breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

The Ford Mustang, the preferred muscle car of America for 45 straight years, will be available with a new surface design, the latest world class interior highlighting highly-crafted materials and up-rated technology, and a V8 under the hood packed with extra power generating a more powerful Mustang exhaust sound signature. 

Merge those features with the latest of Mustang's enhanced handling attributes, superior standard safety and technology elements plus its already tough safety and quality performance and credentials, and it's it becomes apparent why the most popular muscle car in the world keeps its promise of speed, excitement and affordability for a whole new level. In keeping with the famous vehicle tradition, the 2010 Ford Mustang is truly a "steed for every need."

During its opening, buyers will have the option between a V-6 and V-8 with their selection of coupe, convertible or ground-breaking glass roof design, plus several fresh options and attributes providing the opportunity for would-be owners to customize the overall appearance of their Mustangs. It is with the tough-looking grill that it all begins, marked with the original Mustang logo from the car's debut in 1964.

Unique to each model, both the V-6 and GT come with totally new sculptured front-end designs. Currently incorporated into a single unit, the headlamps and turn indicators are contemporary understandings inspired by the 1970 Mustang. The fog lamps are located on the lower fascia on the V-6, while they are in the upper grille on the GT, but are smaller than the retiring version, comparable to the original lamps of the 1967-68 variants that motivated them. Except for the fast-back roofline, the surface sheet metal is totally new for 2010. The new headlamps, lower fascias, fenders and grille are topped by a powerdome hood that brings more muscle to the already muscular look even as functionally permitting for improved air cooling of the engine.

Tucked into the cowl are Mustang's washer-fluid nozzles, although the antenna has been removed to the back, both of which create a cleaner look while also providing wind noise reduction.Front rear fenders highlight tight, body-hugging wheel flares, like a taut skin stretched over the wheels. A traditional spear character line on the doors leads to a contemporary hint of "hip" rear fenders. "It helps give the car aggressive, forward direction, like it's ready to jump," said Mustang chief designer Doug Gaffka.

Aggressively angled rear corners highlight the rear end, with a sculptured decklid and an outstanding rear logo. A rear-view camera installed into the spoiler is offered on some versions. Three LED bulbs firing in sequence from the inside for indicating turns are featured in the new tail lamp design. The sequential bulbs were a distinctive feature of the 1960 Mustang and shall be found in the 2010 version for the first time since that time. Reverse lamps vertically located provides a modern variant of the ford classic three-lens tail lamp.

The unique characteristic of the 2010 version is the intelligent merger of contemporary technology with Mustang tradition in terms of both creativity and engineering. The combination of the wheel and tire are 1 inch larger across the board, varying from 17 to 19 inches, which tremendously enhance handling and braking. Shocks on all models have been retuned as well. The 4.6-liter V-8 of the 2010 Mustang profits from improvements brought by the popular Bullitt model. Power has been improved to a maximum of 315 horsepower. Currently standard, the AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control (ESC) completes Mustang's all-speed traction control and anti-lock braking system (ABS).

The 2010 Ford Mustang is designed to preserve its high government safety ratings in addition to all of the design and driving enhancements it has acquired. Mustang's typical safety equipment consists of double stage front driver and passenger air bags; front seat-mounted side air bags; and, Ford's Personal Safety System. The design inside, like that of the outside, is totally new with first-class materials and finishing. The commanding new single-piece instrument panel design is fashioned in smooth soft-touch TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) skin fully surrounding available genuine aluminum-finish panels. Chromed-ringed gauges and double-vane air register vents are accurately fashioned and situated.

Another link to Mustang tradition is the merging of the instrument panel and console into one seamless shape. The seats and arm rests have softer materials with premium edging. The latest center stack design adds the latest version of Ford SYNC, with new features 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Report. Drivers also can personalize their ambient and instrument illumination via the My Color system, which highlights 125 color choices.

Besides all the enhancements in technology and comfort, drivers will observe a much quieter ride. With regard to this Barnes said, "It's much more vault-like. But we maintained the signature Mustang sound." To enhance quietness in the cabin, especially at high speeds or off-roads, new sound diffusers were added to selected areas. All the better to hear the roar that Mustang is well-known for. With an outside that was totally redone that reflects the traditional Mustang designs of the past, an inside highlighting first-class materials, plentiful technology improvements and an enhanced driving experience, the 2010 Mustang is set to become the newest classic in the proud lineup of Ford's legendary American muscle car.The 2010 Mustang will be created at the Auto Alliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, USA. 

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