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Ford is planning some big changes for the 2015 Mustang – likely the biggest shift in its iconic pony car since it ditched its previous jelly-bean-ish shape for the retro lines of the current model. Now it's leaving that design behind as well in favor of a more dynamic figure previewed by the Evos concept. But while we've known that to be the case for some time, the only prototypes we've spied to date have been heavily camouflaged. So heavily disguised, in fact, that you can barely tell what's underneath. Fortunately for us, a lot of that shape-obscuring body cladding had to go when it came time for hot-weather testing.

As you can plainly see from the shots above, Ford's development team kept most of the camo in place aft of the A-pillar, but this uncovered nose gives us our best glimpse at the upcoming 2015 Mustang yet. Here we can see the shape of the hood, grille, air dam, air inlets and the outline of the headlights, even if their jeweled intricacies remain obscured, and we can see that the basic Evos shape has been muscled up a bit for Mustang duty.

As for what's sitting under that heavily padded hood, we're not quite clear. Whatever it is – we're thinking a 5.0-liter V8 is likely, possibly along with some smaller turbocharged options – performance should be good considering the rumored weight loss routine the car has apparently gone through. It's intriguing to see a Mustang Boss 302 S following behind, too.

Our intrepid spy photographers report they had to go to greater-than-usual lengths to get these shots, shadowing Ford's team for days on end to bring you this most revealing look at the next Mustang yet. So we hope you enjoy them.

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      I say we start a petition for a 4-Door RWD Lincoln or Ford sedan based off this. With the 5.0L and the EcoBoost 4 and an optional 6 speed manual. Standard Paddle shifted automatic... Grab your pitchforks
        • 1 Year Ago
        Can't have enough RWD sedans now-a-days... especially with manuals.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I will sign it and I will help getting people to sign it seriously I want one!
        • 1 Year Ago
        I want a RWD turbodiesel something so hard.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Smaller and lighter FOR THE WIN!
      • 1 Year Ago
      IRS, even less weight than before and a smaller size equates to a car that should be hard to beat. If they can get weight to be 50/50, watch the hell out!
      • 1 Year Ago
      All of the models will weigh less for 2015, but the 400lb loss refers to the entry model with a smaller engine. Even so, a 250lb+ loss for the V8 model would be welcome.
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the pics where the aspect ratio is correct, you can judge the size of the car by the drivers big ass helmet. This baby is small... BRZ/FT86 territory small. Probably weighs 3350-3400 in V8 form... Pure unadulterated Pony Car.
        • 1 Year Ago
        In an earlier post they say the Mustang will drop 400 pounds so I think you are right maybe even more
          • 1 Year Ago
          Don't think the gt will drop 400 lbs. Its probably 400 lb drop from the current loaded gt to the new mustang v6 or ecoboost model. The gt will prob drop 200. Just my two cents.
      • 1 Year Ago
      on one end its more of the same just cleaned up, but then you wonder What iF they pushed into new territory, that said, were we all ready for something truly new? bad enough people were actually complaining about the car possibly looking like an aston martin. Now i dont consider myself to be the smartest guy in the world but i kinda think its r e d i c u l o u s l y D U M B to actually complain that they make your affordable car look like a 100k exotic!!. not to mention people forgeting that it was Aston martin that copied the mustangs design NOT the other way around. But then theres all these people that think the mustang copied the camaro's look. too stupid to know the mustang was released years before either marque. oh well. guess we gota be thankfull the car looks good. just hope the final hood design isnt as tall.
      • 1 Year Ago
      For everyone wanted to make it FWD, a diesel, a 4 door or whatever go buy something else. There are already lots of cars like that to choose from but there is only one Mustang. Mustangs are Pony/Muscle cars whose purpose and appeal is lost on anyone who wants to drastically change the formula and reason these cars exist.
      • 1 Year Ago
      First off, the car is wrapped & clad that way from the A-pillar back to obscure the sides and rear and roofline. So the only thing we can see clearly is the front end, hood and headlights. I think it looks great -- the grille(s) are aggressive like the 2013 model and echo that a lot. The headlights are narrow because that fits with the design and looks sleeker. Also, since Ford will sell the new Mustang worldwide, it's designed to meet safety standards in Europe also which require lower hoods for pedestrian safety. The double grille is very much like on the current Mustang so I don't understand that beef. Ford/Mustang haters (below) wouldn't have liked anything they came up with so don't put much stock in their opinions. The point is -- it looks like a Mustang but in a newer fresher way, just like a 'Vette has certain design cues as does the Porsche 911. And those are pretty successful & long-lived cars & designs also. I bet they'll also reference the classic Mustang C-scoop on the sides of the car. So now we're just waiting to see if it has a coupe or fastback roof (I hear fastback) and whether the new design references the Mustang's triple taillights which it likely will in some way. So it's not the Evos concept car design (that many feared) or a Xerox of the new Fusion. What it is IS a Mustang and a very cool & edgy update of that marque's design cues. (And yeah, it'll have an independent rear suspension.) Can't wait to see the whole thing and drive one.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll save my opinions until I take it for a test drive.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a little relieved. It's not as groundbreaking as the last generation redesign, but it looks like they didn't totally screw up the front end looks. I'm glad it still has the look of a muscle car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Detroit Auto Show can't get here fast enough....except for the fact the resale value of my '12 GT will probably fall like a damned rock.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't see no hint of a Toyota anywhere, I think it will be a great looking car. I can see features of the current mustang, more contoured and updated. Can't wait to see the finished product.....
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