Ford says its longstanding Mustang is the soul of the company. Like Porsche’s 911, this carriage is a true brand icon.
The model has remained an enduring favourite, and that helps explain why the Mustang remains the only non-SUV passenger car still in Ford’s lineup in the US.
An icon often carries distinct design traits, which puts Ford in the same dilemma as Porsche faced the 911.
Going too far from the model’s roots risks jeopardizing the integrity of the Mustang brand, while not providing enough change risks the perception that the model is outdated and unsuitable for new tastes.
With the seventh generation Mustang, Ford decided to go down this road with an evolutionary approach, modernizing the vehicle with the latest technology and a new exterior that preserves the overall shape and classic character. of predecessors.
One distinction that is still relevant, but important to preserve, is the distinction between the American ‘sports car’ and the ‘horse-drawn carriage’.
In the traditional sense, a sports car balances power with control and implies a sleek front end that emphasizes the car’s aerodynamic efficiency.
In contrast, wagons like the Mustang and Camaro, as well as muscle cars like the classic Dodge Charger, focus more on utter power and an aggressive attitude that alludes to the underlying power.
Corresponding to this difference, the new seventh-generation Mustang presents a more monolithic front end, turning closer to traditional carriage design ideals than the older model.
The key point here is that the bonnet has an almost clamshell-like design. Unlike its predecessor, the new Mustang incorporates a strong horizontal line that acts as a solid line, extending past the headlights and a neat front grille frame.
This creates a wider, wider front end compared to the more focused appearance of the sixth-generation car, while seamlessly integrating Mustang style brands such as the distinctive three-bar LED daytime running lights. featured, now oriented horizontally to match the bonnet line.
Instead of a series of over-engineered mesh pieces, the lower front bumper continues this horizontal theme with a simple, elegant design for the air intakes, divided into three distinct zones.
The side profile of the new Mustang is one of the more controversial aspects of the car’s overall exterior design, as it interprets the Mustang’s prototype design elements.
Mustang Fastbacks, especially classic models from the mid-1960s, are defined by three key design elements.
The first is a glass door that is raked at the rear but flows seamlessly into a separate trunk, which can also incorporate a quarter design or small rear shark fin graphic.
A flat but accent shoulder then helps to visually expand the car and further emphasize the flat roofline. Finally, the side profile features a distinct upward kick, or hockey stick image, flowing from behind the front door through the front wing.
While the new Mustang continues to have a steeply pitched roofline, it largely distinguishes it with strong character lines like the hockey stick graphics found on the classic ’60s Mustang, as well as sharp curves. run through the door handles and three rear wheels – the Mustang’s smart dashboard goes.
Instead, the rear end is more emphasized, with a longer, wider character line flowing into the tail.
This has the effect of bringing the new Mustang’s rear three-quarter look closer to the design lines favored by rivals like the Chevrolet Camaro.
The rear end of the new Mustang is probably the least changed compared to its predecessor.
Retaining the iconic three-bar design, the new Mustang offers a revised interpretation of this trait over its predecessors, now featuring a slightly compressed but more angular ‘bend’ shape for each vertical light bar.
The fake diffuser and rear bumper have also been updated with a sportier, more aggressive look that practically translates into a larger, more overhanging design.
The interior is perhaps the clearest proof that Ford has tried to modernize the car and bring it into line with today’s heavy screen design trends.
The upcoming Mustang is known for its unique, if not particularly luxurious, interior, with distinct elements like the turning aluminum trim, the classic round air vents surrounded by the dashboard. Dual controls and aircraft-style plasti-chrome toggle switches for air-conditioning and heating controls.
In contrast, the latest Mustang has a much more sophisticated tech dashboard, but also one that won’t be found in any other sports SUV or touring car.
Ford claims the design was inspired by young people who grew up playing racing video games.
Thus, at the heart of the new Mustang is a freestanding 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster and a 13.4-inch infotainment system (which roughly applies to the iDrive 8 display used in new BMWs). most) covered by a glass and tilted towards the driver.
To facilitate this, the more elaborate double-sided design and bull’s-eye A/C vents have been removed for the usual replacement, while the aluminum trim has also been replaced with a faux carbon fiber material. cheaper plastic.
Other improvements include a flat-bottomed steering wheel that can help optimize driver kneeroom, as well as an electronic parking brake with a drift function.
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