Four-Cylinder Engine to be a European-Only Option for 2015 Ford Mustang
March 7, 2013 9:22 AM
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No V8 for European Mustangs?
Any Mustang enthusiast is likely to have both fond and not so fond memories of previous generation Mustangs when a four-cylinder engine option was available. That anemic four-cylinder that hid under the hood of so many Fox body Mustangs over the years was enough to make enthusiasts cry.
However, Ford has made no apologies for moving the
“global” 2015 Mustang
to a new platform that will offer more efficient engines across the board -- the all-new Mustang will also ditch the live rear axle in favor of an
independent rear suspension
. We know that the muscular 5.0-liter V8 engine will soldier on in the United States. In addition, rumors continue to swirl that there will be an EcoBoost V-6 engine option available.
2013 Mustang GT
Word has now surfaced that while Europeans will be able to purchase the 2015 Ford Mustang with a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. While
doesn't specify this fact, on a recent episode of the hit UK television show Top Gear the hosts said that only the four-cylinder engine would be available for European buyers.
reports that the four-cylinder that will be under the hood of the Mustang in Europe will be based on the 2.0-liter engine featured in the 2013 Focus ST. In the Focus ST, the turbocharged four-cylinder produced 252 hp. In the Mustang, the 2.3-liter engine will produce around 300 hp according to company insiders.
Ford has remained quiet on pricing for the Mustang in Europe and the vehicle is expected to be a low-volume specialty car within Europe.
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RE: Out with the new, in with the old.
3/7/2013 4:38:06 PM
“I believe that Europeans are taxed on engine displacement, so the smaller the better. That's why you see a lot of 2.0-liter and below turbo'd engines.”
In the UK employees using a company car had a tax liability for this perk and that was based on engine size back in the day; not sure these days. It used to be a tax free perk and was then increasingly taxed until it possibly became of marginal if any value.
As for any EU mandate I suspect it will be based on volumes of cars sold. You can’t release a gas guzzling car that sells in the hundreds of thousands and offset that with a very frugal model that sells in the hundreds. They can’t be that stupid, surely?
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