Report: 2015 Ford Mustang to Shed 400 Pounds to Boost Fuel Efficiency
August 14, 2013 1:02 PM
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Ford's pony car to go on a massive diet according to a new report
Ford's iconic Mustang is due for a major redesign next year, which should give it some momentum against the Chevrolet Camaro, which has been outselling it in recent years (to be fair, the Mustang has
clawed back in recent months
). The new Mustang is supposed to gain a few new engines and an independent rear suspension.
However, a new report from
suggests that the new Mustang is also supposed to lose a lot as well -- namely a few hundred pounds from its curb weight. According to sources familiar with the 2015 Mustang, the vehicle will be a minimum of 400 pounds lighter than the current model.
Ford hopes to achieve this astonishing weight loss partially by trimming down the dimensions of the pony car. "The big thing is that it will be a 'smarter' size," said Edmunds' source for the 2015 Mustang information. The vehicle will feature shorter front and rear overhangs, trimming just over a foot off the overall length. The new Mustang is also reported to be about 6.5 inches narrower.
Computer rendering of a possible design direction for the 2015 Mustang
"They are going to use more aluminum, better structural engineering in terms of spot welds and so on and so forth, basically using less material and making it stronger," added the source.
A 2014 Mustang with 3.7-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed manual transmission weighs 3,501 pounds and is rated at 19/29 mpg (city/highway). Opting for the automatic transmission boosts the EPA rating to 19/31 (city/highway).
We previously reported that the 2015 Mustang is set to get a
2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine
producing close to 300hp. There are also rumors that an
EcoBoost V6 engine
will join the existing 5.0-liter V8 engine in the lineup. All of the new engine options will be
optimized to improve fuel economy in response to government CAFE mandates
2015 Mustang test mule
The Mustang, however, isn't the only upcoming Ford model set to go on a serious diet. The best-selling F-150 could see a
weight reduction of up to 700 pounds
due to a greater use of aluminum and high-strength steel.
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RE: Finally we are seeing real engineering improvements
8/14/2013 2:57:15 PM
You make a good point. Cars are pretty inexpensive in the US. It's the gas that adds up. But it's difficult to argue that government mandates aren't raising prices on cars. For example the Tata Nano is devoid of our safety regulations and it's dirt cheap. Nobody in this country should buy one because a used car would be better and safer and just as cheap, but it IS cheaper to buy new.
I'd also argue that increased prices on gas has had more impact on the increasing fuel efficiency of cars than CAFE has. But that's a hard one to prove.
RE: Finally we are seeing real engineering improvements
8/16/2013 6:31:02 AM
Personally, I consider it an important "feature" that if I happen to get into an accident with my car, there's at least a solid chance of walking away from it. I'm sure car companies could make really inexpensive cars if they just disintegrated on impact, but who wants to drive around in that sort of death trap? If safety is of no concern to you, then you can always buy a motorcycle-- they are fairly inexpensive.
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