Ford Motor Company unveiled the new 2024 Ford Mustang at the Detroit Motor show on Wednesday, with a major design overhaul, both inside and outside.
Although not as extensive as most expected, the Mustang retains pretty much the same exterior silhouette, as well a majority of the engine options under the bonnet (hood, if you fraternise American). In addition to the convertible and GT variants, the Mustang now also comes in a more track focussed “Dark Horse” guise as well as two track-only ‘S’ and ‘R’ configurations, in preparations of its return to big-time racing stages like Le Mans.
What’s new in the 2024 Mustang?
On the outside, Ford decided to keep it simple. A modern front bumper, a new headlamp cluster with new grille openings differentiating between the models come off mostly as the upgrades. The Mustang gets a new redesigned front splitter for improved aerodynamics (if Mustang owners were ever concerned about that). Out back, there’s the new tail lamp design continuing the tri-bar setup of classic Mustang design language. Design-wise, it looks more of a facelift rather a generational upheaval.
The new Mustang’s interior takes the cake for the biggest share of upgrades. Remember how the current gen Mustang looked rather old on the inside and people were well vocal about it? The American racing pony now gets a modern ‘fighter jet-inspired’ cockpit design, the most advanced interior fitted in a Mustang at that. Chief among those is a 12.4-inch instrument cluster with all the bits you come to expect from a modern car.
The infotainment system is also a 13.2-inch centre stack that can be optioned to be in a single piece trim with glass curved towards the driver. The car of course comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with Amazon Alexa integration. That said, Ford has in fact fallen down the inevitable abyss: removed the physical climate control buttons and integrated them all with the two screens at the driver’s disposal.
What’s under the hood?
The Ford Mustang will still be powered by the same monstrous 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 “Coyote” engine that makes EV fanatics absolutely shiver with each rev. Ford says it is the most ‘athletic engine’ ever on a Mustang, with slight updates to the airbox and throttle body design for greater power. Do not expect a massive performance bump, but it is still expected to churn out north of 480hp. Mated to these engines are the 10-speed automatic, and……wait for it, a 6-speed manual gearbox! Thank you, Ford!
Performance pack options include a Torsen limited slip differential, active suspension, Recaro seats, and active exhausts along with Brembo brakes. Add to that, Ford has put something called an “electronic drift brake” to aid in your hooliganism. Speaking of hooliganism, you can now rev your Mustang with your key-fob, how “petrolhead” is that.
Safety is not overlooked in the upgrade palette either, with the Mustang now getting adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist, and even ‘active pothole mitigation’.
The new Mustang will drop on sale from early 2023 in the Americas, and obviously do not expect it to come to India anytime soon; especially after Ford’s exit from the country.