The halo car long known for raw horsepower will be offered in Australia with a suite of tech and performance programs aimed at making it more tailored to individual driver needs.
Unlike the original Mustang launched 50 years ago, the sixth-generation model due to be introduced locally in 2015 will come standard with a launch control system (on Mustang GT) and four different driving modes, among other functions.
“While Mustang unquestionably has always been about the ride, we can now do a lot of cool things with technology to let the true personality of the car come through the driver’s fingers and backside,” said the chief engineer for the Mustang, Dave Pericak.
“Everything we added to Mustang is designed to let its drivers personalise the car to their tastes and wants to get the most out of it.”
Headlining the list of features is Ford’s newly-developed stability control system that provides improved performance on high-traction surfaces.
Ford’s so-called Curve Control system will help to slow the car if the driver goes into a corner with too much speed. The newly available selectable drive mode system builds on that foundation for further more control over how the car feels.
A toggle switch located at the base of the centre stack enables the driver to change between Normal, Sport+, Track and Snow/Wet functions.
The Mustang will be offered with a launch control system which holds the engine speed between 3000rpm and 4500rpm to suit style, surface, tyre and climate conditions for best performance.
Drivers can further tailor the car’s feel by making adjustments to the steering, traction control and stability control functions.
A track app standard on Mustang EcoBoost and Mustang GT will allow the driver to keep tabs on key performance data through the instrument cluster.
Ford claims the new model will be available with more driver assist features than any car in the Mustang's segment. These include a suite of radar, ultra-sonic and optical sensors which help detect blind spots during driving and parking manoeuvres.
Other features include forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and cross traffic alert (which alerts the driver to oncoming traffic when backing out of a parallel or perpendicular parking spaces).
“A customer would have to spend thousands more on a premium German sports coupe to get all of the technology,” Ford says.
High-intensity discharge headlamps, individual tyre pressure monitoring, a 4.2-inch colour screen and smart key access with push-button start complete the tech features.
Ford marketing manager Steve Ling said the latest iteration Mustang would appeal to a broader audience than before.
“We set out to create an all-new Mustang that would appeal to the core enthusiast audience with the performance and feel they expect,” he said.
“At the same time we wanted to broaden the appeal of Mustang to drivers looking for advanced assistance, convenience and connectivity.”
The Mustang will be offered in two engine grades when it lands in Australia next year.
An entry-level 3.7-litre V6 will still be available in the US, but Australians will only have a choice between a 2.3-litre four cylinder in the Mustang Ecoboost that is expected to produce at least 227kW and 407Nm while the Mustang GT will be powered by an upgraded version of the 5.0-litre V8 that will generate more than 313kW and 529Nm.