Ford India has unveiled the iconic Ford Mustang just ahead of the 2016 Auto Expo that will take place next month. This is the first time that the muscle car is offered in right- hand-drive since it started production in 1964.
The Mustang is a car that needs no introduction. Now in its sixth generation, the two-seater features a contemporary and aggressive exterior while retaining classic design cues. These include a long bonnet with bulging power dome, short rear deck, prominent wheel arches, muscular haunches and the signature fastback profile. The rear comes with dual exhaust and the instantly recognizable tri-slat LED tail lights that echo the LED DRLs at the front.
The interior sports an aviation-inspired cockpit with Ford saying that it has “the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in a Mustang.” The aircraft-cockpit theme is most evident in the center console that houses toggle switches and knobs for controlling various functions; the infotainment touchscreen is powered by Ford’s SYNC system that has support for voice commands and navigation. The cabin is also endowed with bucket seats, leather-wrapped three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and customizable gauges as well as ambient lighting. The feature list includes push-button start, passive entry, electrically-powered side mirrors and rearview camera.
Sticking true to tradition and giving Indian auto enthusiasts the absolute best, Ford Mustang will be offered only in the top-spec GT trim. This beast is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine belting out a thumping 420 hp of max power and 529 Nm of peak torque. The drive is relayed only to the rear wheels through the 6-speed automatic gearbox. A performance pack will come equipped as standard on the India-spec model.
Dynamic capabilities of the Mustang are better than ever before thanks to the new front and rear suspension. The front also gets a lighter and stiffer perimeter sub-frame, while the rear suspension is an integral-link independent unit. By using Selectable Drive Modes (SDM) the driver can switch between normal, snow, sport and track modes. Selecting any of these modes elicits a different response from the steering, engine, transmission and stability control.
The Ford Mustang will come to India via the CBU route. Ford is not looking at the muscle car as a volume seller, but more as an image builder. And with its heritage and popularity among petrol heads and car enthusiasts, that is a reasonable expectation. Launch is reported to take place in the second quarter of this year. Sharing his thoughts at the launch Nigel Harris, president, Ford India said, “The new Mustang is a modern interpretation of the American icon, and we are thrilled to be giving our customers in India the opportunity to experience this piece of automotive history for the first time.”