Big things are headed your way, Mustang fans. Ford's iconic coupe is destined to get a modern dose of styling, based on the bodywork that graced the Evos concept car in 2011, to go along with its long-awaited independent rear suspension.

Hallelujah.

A new set of spy photos indicates that Ford is well into the development of the 2015 Mustang. Based on what little we can see underneath all that thick black camouflage, the new face really does share DNA with the Evos, not to mention the latest Ford Fusion, due in part to the shape of its grille.

It's also easy to see the influence of European pedestrian safety standards on the slope of the hood and height of the fascia. Everything behind the A pillars is covered with current-gen Mustang bodywork, though we do spot some interestingly unclad stampings surrounding the car's undercarriage.

Under the hood, the spy photographers note that there's less room for massive (and often forced-induction) V8 engines, though it does appear that the current 5.0-liter mill indeed fits inside. Barely. Which makes us ask this inevitable question: Is the world ready for Ford Mustang EcoBoost? We certainly are.

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      andy_george
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm concerned.... as a current generation mustang owner, I love the bold, modern-yet-traditional styling of my car. But I also like the look of the current crop of other Fords (Fusion, Taurus, Focus, etc.). I just don't know if heading the way of the Evos can have the same toughness as todays Mustang and Camaro styling. Time will tell....
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to know who works in the metal shop that has to graft this old body onto that new structure and somehow make a working car to make these test mules. I will bet you it's harder than it looks. Hey autoblog, THAT would be a story.
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        You'd be surprised what sort of things that go one, this one was relatively mild comparatively. Last month, I saw what appeared to be an Alfa that had been sliced down the middle with a 6" or so width extention slipped into the centerline. I think it was a Dart mule or something, though why they'd still be using mules for that program is beyond me. The sort of swaps that go in the OEM shops for building these test beds would shame any custom car show on TV...
      usa1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nose too high. Thanks Europe.
      FSLIV
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok . . So Im not the only one who sees a fusion in the front end, even with the camo.
      rmt_1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not the biggest fan of the "Evos" Concept, but if it looks anything like the "Evos"-inspired artist concept of the 2015 Mustang shown on the Car & Driver web site, then I'm hopeful that it could be a revolutionary advancement for the model. After all, a Mustang starting around $23k with strong styling hints inspired by the Aston Martin DB7 and DBS would be a very attractive package to someone getting tired of the retro-1960s look. As for the photos, it's too soon to tell just what the final look of the front end will be, but at least now real sheet metal is being tested and more clues will be revealed in the coming months.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      SLow change to the newer design Ford or else a loyal mustang buyer here will not trade in the 2012!!
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      From an engineering and performance standpoint, this will be the best Mustang ever. Let's hope the styling can keep up. Back in 2005, there was an interview with Hau Thai-Tang in Motor Trend, and in one of the photos there was a cork board covered in unused/rejected design ideas. Several of them were not in the least bit retro and looked great. I'm glad they're abandoning the retro theme, but I hope the Evos look works well on the new model. I thought the Evos looked great on it's own, but as a Mustang? If I remember correctly, the Mustang has never really shared styling with the rest of the Ford lineup. It will be strange to see a Mustang that looks so much like other cars in the lineup (i.e. the Fusion).
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      America has some hot cars filming out in a few years.......by this time a new camaro, dodge is think about bring back the barracuda.......Nd this ! It's going to be one hell of comparo !
      Don G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm.. the cover over the front end has the Fusion shaped grille, but im not so sure about the front end underneath..
      EXP Jawa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something that all of the folks lamenting the apparent use of the Evos grill on the car haven't considered - the car's traditional "corral" grill opening is roughly the same size & shape. That cut out in the nose mask may resemble the Fusion front end, but it also could be a red herring. Or maybe the Mustang grill has evolved slightly to more resemble the family face. But I'd bet that the forward leaning, open corral will still be present one way or another. But either way, I think it's a mistake to assume that the nose from the Evos/Fusion/Focus ST is being literally translated onto the Mustang. I think much of the traditional character will remain, somewhat more streamlined and the shapes slightly tweaked. There's no need to worry about it changing for the worse just yet. Don't Panic!
      kv1296
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope they don't neuter that aggressive front end, but honestly....I cannot wait.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think I'll be happy with the results. It seems like it will look more like a Focus ST with a high-up main grille rather than the general kinetic design clip.
        Sekinu2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        So your obviously not a Mustang guy if your happy with Focus and euro styling on a Mustang the exact opposite things Mustang buyers and lovers want in a Mustang.
          timbrands
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sekinu2
          Say You! LOL I've had several Mustangs,and a bit of Euro styling would be great with a few classic cues. You do know the original Mustang was considered European inspired, right?
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