Should a Global Mustang Still Be Called a Mustang?
The Ford Mustang will soon turn 50 years old.
In planning for the 2015 edition of the beloved and classic muscle car, Ford has some options.
Option 1: Let the car finish out its natural life then fade into history, proud of the contribution it has made to American culture.
Option 2: Carry on as usual, with a slight nip and tuck but no drastic changes, because Americans will keep buying it.
Option 3: Completely redesign the car, throw out everything the Mustang has ever been and relaunch it to a worldwide audience.
The Ford of the past would be perfectly content with option 2. Plenty of folks throughout the country surely believe the Mustang has run its course and deserves the dignity of option 1.
Option 3, though, could be what’s in store.
Readers of Popular Hot Rodding (after being directed there this week by Autoblog) were treated to an in-depth exploration of what the Mustang’s future holds. While there are no sources cited or quotes from executives who might know what’s going on, the story provides a compelling view into what, it claims, is the impending Mustang III.
The gist of the article says a hybrid drivetrain is likely, along with an independent rear suspension (finally) and a whole new design language. Not surprising, and completely believable, is the indication that the performance coupe will be marketed in the U.K., Australia and Japan.
But will the world embrace the Mustang?
Australia already has the Ford Falcon. The U.K. is saturated with RWD performance coupes, and Japan, well, Japan prefers the likes of tuned Hondas and Toyotas. There’s a reason the Mustang has remained a U.S.-only love affair. No one else has wanted it. In order to appeal to a world market, there’s a huge chance that Ford will turn off its rabid American fan-base. By making such extreme changes, Ford might as well declare the Mustang dead and give this car an entirely new name and identity.
Which option would you most like to see Ford use for the new Mustang: Kill it, keep it mostly as-is or change it completely?