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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 Edmunds 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.

Source: Edmunds



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By Reclaimer77 on 8/14/2013 5:31:49 PM , Rating: 2
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Using your argument its safer to crash in a 747 then a Cessna because the 747 is bigger.


?????

Did you actually research that one before you spoke? Because, yes, you have FAR more of a chance surviving a crash in a 747 than a Cessna.

Most people in passenger liners survive the crash. The leading cause of death is smoke inhalation. A third of all deaths are from smoke inhalation, NOT the crash itself.

http://planecrashinfo.com/cause.htm

Notice your Cessna, a general aviation craft, has orders of magnitudes more fatalities than a passenger liner.

I don't know if they just don't teach physics anymore in school or what. But why does this discussion keep happening? I'm sorry this doesn't jive with your political ideology, but all safety equipment being equal, a larger vehicle is inherently more safe for the passengers of that vehicle. And it's a simple matter of physics to understand why, if you people would just apply yourselves.


By Jeffk464 on 8/15/2013 12:06:57 PM , Rating: 2
The roads would be more safe if everyone drove mid sized sedans that were well designed for crash tests. What happens when your chevy suburban collides with another suburban. Sorry two accords crashing is a safer bet.


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