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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 Monkey's Uncle on 8/14/2013 8:50:40 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you on the SUVs, but not so much on the on the pickups. Sure there a buttload of them sold -- the trades have to work :D But not everyone works in the trades or has space for one in the driveway as a second vehicle.

There are huge numbers of folks that commute to the office in midsize sedans like the camry/accord as well as driving those SUVs/crossovers/mini-crossovers. There are still an awful lot of minivans out there but the perceived safety of the SUV/CO 4-wheel drive has been taking a big bite out of the minivan market (thank freaking GOD!).


By FITCamaro on 8/15/2013 8:46:04 AM , Rating: 2
And plenty of people commute in trucks. I work in software engineering and out of 125 people, there are about 30-35 trucks in the parking lot.


By Monkey's Uncle on 8/15/2013 11:16:10 AM , Rating: 2
I worked in software engineering too (retired ;)) Out of the 1500 cars in our parking lot there were only about the same 30-35 pickups trucks. There were a lot more SUVs, minivans and crossovers though - I would guessimate about 60% of the lot was taken by those. But pickuips? Nah, vary few and of those most were owned by the support & maintenance staff (we kept full time HVAC, Electrical, plumbing and grounds keeping staff onsite).


By Spuke on 8/15/2013 2:20:38 PM , Rating: 2
Half of vehicles sold every month are "trucks". Statistics considers minivans, SUVs, pickups, and crossovers as "trucks". The other half are cars. Crossovers sell the most in the pickup category and midsized cars in the other category (with small cars very close behind). I must apologize to Brandon as I read the car data all wrong. I was focusing too much on the individual make and model sales and not on the category sales. He's entirely correct on crossovers being near the top in sales. Midsize cars still outsell crossovers BUT not by much and crossovers are growing. Hell, I own one (wife's car).

I'll also change my statement and admit that it does seem that the switch to crossovers accounts for the average price increase in cars. They do cost more than the average midsize sedan.


By Monkey's Uncle on 8/15/2013 6:40:45 PM , Rating: 2
yes indeed. If you you pull SUVs, minivans and crossovers into the truck category I can see that would definitely be covering at least half (if not more) of automotive sales.

My limited view of the world usually sees trucks as pickups and the large haulers ;) But yes I will agree that these others could be put into that same category (we do call our Venza a 'truck').


By Spuke on 8/15/2013 7:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure where you live but I was always under the impression that pickups mostly sell in the western states. Might account for you not seeing them that much. Where I live (CA) trucks are as common as Camry's. I own one of those too. :)


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