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What Changes Are In Store For the 2014 Ford Mustang?

If you are an avid fan of the Ford Mustang, you are probably searching for the anticipated changes to the next generation, to be released with the 2014 model year. Since the inception and introduction of this sporty consumer-style racing vehicle in 1964, there have been a variety of performance and appearance enhancements. With the 2005 release of the fifth generation, the next generation is greatly anticipated by those that follow this iconic vehicle, affectionately known as the “pony car.”

What Changes Are In Store For the 2014 Ford Mustang? For one thing, reports are suggesting that independent rear suspension or IRS is already in the works. According to recent news from Motor Trend, after speaking with company insiders, this is based on a couple of facts. Ford cancelled the platform that was originally going to be available in upcoming Lincolns, Australian models of Falcon and of course, probably would have been used in the Mustang, while a new global platform is in the works. There are many fans of the “pony car” that aren’t too crazy about the idea, but there are probably just as many that think they shouldn’t have done away with it in the first place, so it could end up being offered as an option, but it’s a little far off to know, for sure.

There are other rumors that suggest changes may be based on the marketing placement and strategy of the next generation of Mustang. While Jim Farley in charge of the company’s marketing has indicated that it was unlikely this model would ever become a global vehicle, it is possible it could compete with other global leaders in the marketplace, such as the smaller, yet powerful line of BMW-M3, with a twin-turbo V6 or the more exotic Nissan GT-R, depending on how they make their design changes and tweaks.

Another factor to consider about the 2014 Ford Mustang is that it will need to be a lighter car, with a modern chassis, along with more advanced technology for performance and fuel-efficiency. When you consider that the most recent models are still a little heavier than some of the competition, their fuel-efficiency meets government standards currently, but they might have stricter guidelines to follow by then.

The other thing is that the marketplace seems to be attracted to better fuel-efficiency, even though they might have to sacrifice some power. Are there enough “muscle car” buyers to support a powerful car that sacrifices fuel-efficiency? It might be unlikely, overall, so you can expect the 2014 Ford Mustang to adapt, in order to survive, according to industry insiders.

The one thing that Ford will not want to do is repeat the past mistakes it made with the Mustang II, but their new Eco-Boost technology seems to have become part of their core strategy. By using turbochargers on smaller direct-injection engines, they are producing more power, while still keeping up with fuel-efficiency standards. If this mindset stays in the forefront, there might be a unique offering when the next generation of Ford Mustangs is released in 2014.




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