• Jun 4, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of 2010 Ford Mustang interior spy shots

Hot on the heels of our own reader-submitted spy shots of the 2010 Ford Mustang comes this new batch of images taken by professionals. Here we see for the first time the next Mustang's redesigned interior, and while it doesn't appear that the instrument panel and dash will stray too far from the current car's design, there are many notable differences. First and foremost is the new three-spoke steering wheel with redundant controls for cruise control on the left and multimedia buttons, no doubt designed to help operate Ford's SYNC system, on the right. Spy photographers also noticed that while the gauges look the same as those in the current Mustang, they are now white-faced and the speedometer and tachometer have switched places. We can also make out new rectangular vents sitting atop the center stack, though a familiar round vent remains to the left of the steering wheel. The basic shape of the center stack appears to be tweaked somehow, but we can't say for sure what the switchgear for the stereo and HVAC controls will look like since they were well covered in this prototype. Also included in the gallery below are new shots of the 2010 Ford Mustang's front and rear with exposed views of the 1970-inspired headlamps as well as the updated taillights. We expect to see plenty more spy photos between now and the car's official introduction at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the e-brake has a leather boot now that covers the whole thing. Nice addition. The current metal and rubber version is kinda ugly and in a pretty visible location.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah the IRS debate remains a sticky wicket. It added about 125lbs to the 99-04 Cobras, but it reduced unsprung weight and put the weight in the rear helping balance out weight distribution. Adding it to the current stang would bump the gt weight up to around 3700lbs and price for a base gt to around $28,000. I would assume this redesign will come with a price bump so if it had IRS it would likely sticker closer to 30k. Weight reduction to keep it at, or what many want, below 3500lbs = 33k. When options get thrown in the price would push well north of 35k. 7k is a lot to pay for many customers that don't care or don't want IRS. That price increase would turn away more customers than it would add. Most people complaining about the weight and rear suspension wouldn't buy a mustang if it had it. The Mustang does what has done since the beginning, sell on value and style.
      • 6 Years Ago
      RE.....Go buy a brand new BMW with 300+ hp for $30k.

      A.. when I bought the 89 new (not an 88, as I wrote before), I could have afforded the BMW, which was a bit to small inside for 6'3" me, and not so manly looking. The Mustang GT Premium interior was fine.
      B...the 2000 GT Premium interior is HALF the quality of the 89, except for the carpet. That was Ford's error, not me hating on American cars.
      C... maybe you live someplace where the GT convertible does not outsell the coupe. I live someplace sunny, 1/2 mile from Beverly Hills, where I dont feel intimidated by the Ferrari in the next lane, because the Mustang is enough (if I overlook the crap leather and cheap controls.)
      D... nicely, the V-8 coupes have always been blue-collar cars, the convertibles cross most social lines. YES, the BMW takes customers who like the Mustang, but want better quaility.
      E-- the GT convertible that has "300+ hp for $30k." is a stick, no options, cheapest interior. The good ones are closer to $36K.

      MY POINT IS THAT AMERICAN CARS SHOULD BE EQUAL OR BETTER IN ALL ASPECTS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "IRS plus SEVERAL hundred pounds off the curb weight as well..."

      If I'm not mistaken the hardtop weighs in at 3500lbs and a fiberglass Vette weighs in at 3200lb (Z06 3100 with extensive use of aluminum and magnesium).

      So you expect them to add IRS and shave off several hundred pounds of weight to make it lighter than a Vette? Oh and keep the price around $30k?

      I guess you want them to get you a girlfriend too. Well, now that I think about it, it might be easier to make it lighter than a Vette!

        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed, especially when the IRS was specifically NOT included because it would add too much weight and add too much in cost.

        Remember, people, the federal government is setting stricter and stricter safety regulations for vehicles. Safety usually means more weight, and the only way to get weight down usually involves lightweight materials, ie, carbon fiber, which adds ridiculous cost.

        Just ask the folks who designed the Z06 and the ZR-1.

        JR
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad all the schmucks talking about the "cheap" materials in a photograph didn't notice the ACTUAL aluminum on the steering wheel. How can I tell from a photo? I can't, but I've touched that wheel and it's aluminum.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agree 100%!!!!! Like today's Mustang this is **REALl** ALUMINUM on the dash and steering wheel, not silver painted sh*t plastic. Take that, Camaro and Challenger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have no idea how people can tell materials quality from a photograph. From the right (or wrong) angle, I can make a Bentley look like Cavalier, especially if I'm shooting in daylight and without a decent camera and stage. The reverse is true of press-photos: between the lighting, soft focus and detail work, you can polish some pretty awful product.

      My only complaint with this interior is they're sticking to the retro-useless font in the gauges. I know it's a stylistic choice, but while some things age well (the long good/short deck proportions, for one) the terrible ergonomics of the 1960s are not something we should be dredging up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pure speculation based on the shifter- looks like an AMT (automated manual) or DSG variant (clutchless manual)- thoughts? The rectangular opening looks too narrow for traditional 6M and doesn't look like an Auto either...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Compare these pics to the first we saw of the Camaro. If these are the first test pics of the Mustang, it's gonna kick a$$. Also makes the Challenger look like a dumpy rental car.

      Yes, muscle cars are about muscle, but you want to feel like you got your money's worth during the 90% of driving when you're not doing 400-horse smoky burnouts.

      And with gas prices rising, people will be comparing V6s to Hyudnai Genesis and 350Z which have higher quality than today's Mustang- so this is a step in the right direction. A welcome surprise.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of the things I never liked about the interior (other than the rubbermade look) is the high hight of the dash. Always made it feel less sporty when behind the wheel. The dash seems too high and more akin to a truck dash then a sporty car's. I ford makes some adjustments to the appearance of the dash and the materials. I dont know how some can determine the materials to be low quality from a picture. Anyway, hopefully the changes are good. The outside will be subtile I'm sure - that aint broke.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont buy the argument that a quality interior will raise the price significantly. Look at the Hyundai Tiburon. Not the best interior but it is quality and looks way better than the mustang's. No frills, all dark and plastic, but still done better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is the 2010 Mustang supposed to be an all-new model, or a refresh? It looks like the latter.

      As to an earlier post, it's kinda hard to tell interior quality from these pics. Obviously the leather on the seats aren't Audi-quality, but then again this ain't a luxury car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its a major refresh, not an all new car. That comes in 2-3 after this car comes out. About the same time the Camaro arrives ha ha!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its a refresh so it wont be totally different and you really can not see that much but the differences are there. The e-brake is different, the vents are diff, the center stack will be different as evident by the new hide-away storage in front of the shifter. Cant really tell much more than that.
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