Our trusty spy photographers have snapped the first photos of the 2015 Ford Mustang prototype out on public streets. With nearly every square inch of the machine covered in heavy camouflage, it's difficult to discern details, but we can see smallish horizontal headlamps at work in the coupe's nose. Ford has made it clear that modern lighting technology will allow the company to get away from large, expensive headlamp arrays in the near future, and the 2015 Mustang may very well be the first of the automaker's products to bow with the new tech. The philosophy was first displayed on the very attractive Evos Concept.

The extensive cladding doesn't extend all the way to the prototype's rockers in the instance, giving us a look at the heavily-sculpted sills. Overall, this test car looks considerably smaller than the current generation Mustang, and elements like a short front overhang and beefy dual-piston calipers give us plenty of hope for the future model. Of course, reports that the 2015 Mustang will bow with an independent rear suspension and EcoBoost power certainly don't hurt our feelings, either.

UPDATE: Chris Doane reports the 2015 Mustang is currently codenamed S550 and will come with the current 3.7-liter V6 or 5.0-liter V8 under the hood. European buyers will be able to enjoy a turbocharged four-cyliner engine option, though it's possible that engine could show up in the US as well.


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      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "retro is dead" mantra has been way overblown. This car clearly utilizes the 67-70 fastback design like the 05-14 uses. The sugar on top will be weight loss (200-300lbs) and the all new S550 platform that has IRS. Expect a nicer interior and just being better all around than any Mustang they've ever built to date.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        Well, it has been stated that the next generation would be moving away from retro look, but I do agree that it is a little overblown at times. When looking at these prototypes, I see some familiar design cues, such as the long hood that the Mustang has always had as well as the vertical taillights. The photos suggest, to me at least, that the new Mustang may still have a sleek fastback roofline as well. The only real difference I see so far through all of that armor, is the front end. What I suspect we will see when the 2015 Mustang is revealed will be a more modern looking car with a lot of very distinctive Mustang design cues so that there is no confusing it for something else. I think that the car remaining recognizable as a Mustang is key to its success, not only in North America, but around the world. With that said, I wouldn't give too much credence to the "retro is dead" talk because that's done primarily get people all worked up.
        Jake FourBears
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        except for looks. those headlights begin to reveal a horrendous front end
          EXP Jawa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jake FourBears
          Cuz you can really see enough to make a judgement call there...
      hubemx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please take this rwd platform to all the Lincoln lineup and ditch the stupid "MK.." names!!!!!!
      Harry & Fran
      • 1 Year Ago
      The all-new Ford Mustang already looks like a real winner! America's original, most popular and best selling ever Muscle Car will be the one to wait for ,drive and BUY! Kudos to all at America's Ford Motor Company for building the BEST MUSTANG ever! Can't wait to drive one!
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the best bangs for the buck, not my taste, but I look forward to the reveal.
      Randy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Calm down on the size. It is probably 3" smaller and probably has styling that just makes it appear smaller than it is.
        Blakkar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Randy
        I have said this elsewhere: the current D2C/S197 Mustang it just about the exactly the right size to do everything FORD wants the Mustang to be able to do, speed, handling, maneuverability, able to handle copious amounts of horsepower safely, looks and styling (Whether you like "retro" or not), and so on. Since that has proven to work for the car, the 2015 Mustang will not be drastically smaller. So, get those delusions of a "FORD FR-S" out of your head. This isn't going to be that car.
          colin.shark
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Blakkar
          You're right, because the first thing I want in a high horsepower car is enough "size" to "handle" the horsepower "safely". Just kidding, I don't want size.
      Julius
      • 1 Year Ago
      As far as I can tell (the angle is not so hot), there's no tell-tale live-axle pumpkin in the rear showing... so that's a good sign.
      SCOTTM
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the size of the New Edge ('09-'04). Ford has hinted at that and seems reasonable for the fuel economy and european sports car like goals they wish to achieve. It would also lend credibility to the rumor the 5.8L DOHC in the GT500 will not fit in the engine bay. I can't imagine Ford going any smaller than the 182"/72" dimension. These pictures (with little doubt) indicate it is larger than the Fox body.
      Lab Rat
      • 1 Year Ago
      Think Fusion coupe...
        Lab Rat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lab Rat
        http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7199/6977760817_79bfaf85e7_b.jpg
      FloppyRunner
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised so many people are saying that the current cars are too small... If you think the current Mustangs are too small, go buy a Challenger, or even a Camaro. I don't want a fat pig for a car, I want a sporty and (at least reasonably) lightweight muscle car. It's a Mustang, not a Taurus.
        Sekinu2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FloppyRunner
        You ever drive a challenger or camero? Both are much smaller inside then the mustang so thats going to a smaller car right there.
          Bob
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sekinu2
          Dude, no... The Challenger has the front passenger room of a Crown Victoria. Never driven the Challenger, but I sat in two at an auto show last year along with a few Mustangs and your blind assumption is dead wrong.
        Fonin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FloppyRunner
        the current cars are too small? They are too freakin big! needs 6 inches or more cut out of the front end, not to mention over-hang. the front width is massive and much of the shoulders/hips are just stying and eat into the interior space in the back. needs to lose 300 lbs too. I understand some of these cuts are coming to the 15. and add telescoping wheel and passkey.
      ryanm
      • 1 Year Ago
      like those big front calipers and the irs, looks like a sports car. definitely going to trade my ninja for a down payment on one of these!! hope we get direct injection on the 5.0 also
      s162430
      • 1 Year Ago
      mmmm i love me a sexy stang
      Bendir01c
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please oh please ditch the bulky b-pillars of the retro mustangs.
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