• Oct 4, 2010
Designer J Mays on Ford's future styling direction – click above to watch the video

The crew at Mustangs Daily has let the internets in on the first morsels of information about the 2014 Ford Mustang. As you may know, America's pony car will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in just three years, so there's been more than a little interest in what FoMoCo will come up with to celebrate the occasion. It turns out, the '14 car won't be an evolution of the current machine we all know and love. Instead, it will be something completely different. Ford is keeping exactly what that means to itself for the moment, other than to say that the next design will be a huge leap forward for the nameplate.

Here's hoping that doesn't mean the re-introduction of the Mustang II.

Fortunately, Ford seems pretty pleased with the way that the design is going so far, saying that we'll see a "pretty cool" Mustang crop up in 2013 as a 2014 model. Given how far the car has advanced over the past three years, we can't wait to see what Ford is up to with its muscle car. Listen to what else J Mays, Ford's vice president of global design, has to say about future styling of the Blue Oval's entire portfolio in the video after the jump.

[Source: Mustangs Daily]
photo copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it going to be a birth of Mustang range?

      4 Door Mustang Sport Sedan, 5 Door Mustang CUV, Mustang Hybrid, Mustang Electric... et etc...

      • 4 Years Ago
      Agreed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the current version and I trust ford will make it even better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope it will resemble some of the concepts they drew up for the current Mustang. They were just a little more futuristic/racy but with plenty of Mustang character, and I think it would be a great evolution.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to know where Mr Mays was when they were designing the taillights for the current Mustang...they are God-awful. It looks like someone screwed up the CAD drawing: the bottom of the taillights are lower than the truck line so they angle up to meet it...its so "Un-Mays"

      If I could get the rear of the last-gen Mustang with the front end (and 5.0) of the new one I'd walk down to the dealer and get it today...
        • 4 Years Ago
        dead on...the tail lights suck.. they look girlie
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Kitko and sugaki

        You two are idiots. The REASON for the Mustang is a 'backward look'. You can 'beat a dead horse' all you want, but numbers and lifespan speak for themselves. The Mustang is exactly what the people want and have always wanted: cheap, powerful, and stylish. It is brash, in-your-face, fun that has evolved into a very refined car despite your hang-up with the IRS (And just FYI, IRS is not always the best choice, but if you knew anything about REAL driving / automobile suspension dynamics you would know that already).

        And about the taillights... they look like someone fudged the CAD design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So tail lights are the sole reason you're not buying a new Mustang? Lame.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with Jamiescale about the tail-lights of the current Mustang. That's nitpicking though as the rest of the 2011 is practically flawless.

        I was watching someone autocross a 2010 Mustang a month ago and was VERY impressed. That thing was keeping up with tuned Porsches, Honda S2000s, Miatas etc.

        Looking forward with GREAT anticipation to the 2014 'Stang!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny, the first thing I thought before getting to the comments was, "Gee, I hope this 'something completely different' means finally getting rid of the live rear axle." I do love the bang-for-the-buck that the Mustang provides, and the current incarnation has successfully combined heritage features with modern design, but really...the LRA needs to go. It's one piece of antiquated design whose strengths are far outflanked by its weaknesses.

        I mean, really, my 1975 Mercedes 240D (aka "Gutless Wonder") had IRS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Being a longtime Mustang hater (especially those hideous Fox-body Mustangs, blegh), I must disagree and say this current-gen 'stang is the nicest yet.

        Back on topic, only one thing comes to mind... IRS... IRS... IRS... I will continue beating the dead horse until the Mustang ditches the torsion beam.
        • 4 Years Ago
        mkarmy_mail:

        And you know fully well that short of glass smooth track surface and drag race there's absolutely no other benefit for the LRA in the mustang. Drive that mustang on less than perfect surface, e.g. REAL streets and that LRA shows its inherent flaw. If the rear end doesn't feel almost out of control you're either not driving fast enough and/or the road is smooth enough to hide that rear-end problem.




        • 4 Years Ago
        I dunno, those sequential taillights make me smile all the time...even with my dad's GT500.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'd like to see a notch back to increase the rear head room and give it the silouette of the original 64 1/2 cars.


      And IRS :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just think what would be if Ford had updated the Ranger every few years instead of , let's see, not since 1992. They would be #1 in full size AND small truck sales. But no they put tons of money in a great selling car(Mustang).They will probably ruin the Mustang again like they did in the early 70's mid 70's, 80's and 90's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The small truck market is dying even faster than the full-size truck market. It simply doesn't make sense to pour hundreds of millions into a market segment where even the segment leader is seeing their sales go into free fall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds exciting. I have a feeling this will either be a huge hit or a huge miss. A change like this probably won't land in the middle ground.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He's just not the same without his mini-mullet
      • 4 Years Ago
      people must be apprehensive about buying mustangs now.

      every year they improve so much you'd feel like a chump
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      they should just sell the exact same model they built in '64. They'll clean up and outsell any car GM has to offer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well if by completely different you mean like the new explorer then you are right. I think the next mustang will be based off the Taurus platform. it has a eco-boost v6 with a rumor of 400hp to come. I think Mustang will be Front wheel drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would bet rear wheel bias AWD.
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