Few upcoming debuts have been as eagerly anticipated as the all-new Ford Mustang that's expected to debut shortly as the Mustang's 50th anniversary year approaches. Well, Car and Driver magazine would have us wait no longer as it claims to be leaking Ford's new global pony car early.

Of course what you're looking at is just as likely to be a composite rendering based on what C/D projects the new Mustang to look like, but to our eyes it looks spot on. Combining design traits from the Evos Concept with classic Mustang signatures and Ford's Aston-inspired grille treatment, C/D's images – including a complete 360-degree digital navigator – show a Mustang not only for the modern era, but also for global distribution, taking a quintessentially American car to markets its predecessors were never designed for.

Those global considerations are expected to spell the demise of the outgoing Mustang's holdout live rear axle in favor of an independent suspension, and a slight constricting of the exterior dimensions. And thanks to a separate leak, coming from a digital survey, we have apparent confirmation of what will power the new pony car. While the existing 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 engines will apparently carry over with only slight adjustments in output, the survey confirms a new 2.4-liter turbo four will be positioned in between them, offering slightly more power than the V6 but markedly improved fuel economy for a manageable $560 premium over base.

Car and Driver reports that Ford could replace the base V6 with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost from the Taurus SHO, slot the current supercharged 5.8 into the new GT500 and an all-new twin-turbo V8 into a new GT350. The successor to the Boss 302, however, could go with the new engine or stick with the previous one. We'll have to wait a little longer, but hopefully not much, to see how this all plays out. In the meantime you can head over to C/D to delve into their project details and play around with the virtual navigator.

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      Not bad at all. But I can't help but wonder what the designers couldn't come up with if they weren't required to incorporate styling elements from the Fusion. I love the way the Fusion looks but I hate the way design cues are forced onto other cars. The Mustang is an iconic brand. It's design should not be required to incorporate design elements of the rest of the lineup.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I kinda like the front and lower sides, but the rear looks bad. I hope it's more refined than this.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I agree. The rear end has looked strange ever since they rounded it off. I'm only assuming but, I bet C&D didn't really know how the rear end looks so they rendered it with the previous design in place. If ford was going to change anything for 2015 I thought it would be the style of the rear end.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm primarily a Camaro guy, but I also love the Mustang, and I think this looks fantastic.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The image is definitely a render, but hopefully the actual car looks that good! Good mix of retro 'Stang and the Evos concept, works well.
      Ben Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      C&D was inaccurate with the 2010 Mustang refresh. Its modeled like a finished car though. I remember a Ford insider saying that the front renderings predictions were accurate but the rear was way off. I hope thats the case with this. The rear looks like a softened up 2010. Wheres the rear fender kink?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a 'leak'. It is C&D's render, and less accurate than what can be found on Mustang6G.com. Lots of speculation in the article. Way off.
      Candy White
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would honestly consider a Mustang if it looked like that!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the headlights are just a bit too narrow, it's really the only thing taking away from the Mustang vibe and appearing too much like a Fusion, because the rest of the design still works with the Mustang look, including the "Aston" grille. In fact, even if it does look too much like a Fusion, that's not a terrible thing because the Fusion is let down visually by having to cater to typical FWD midsize economy sedan proportions (aka bloated to maximize aerodynamics and passenger space) while the Mustang has the benefit of wringing the most out of a cool design by having the classically good looking RWD sports car stance: long hood, short trunk, sloped roof line, 2 doors. The rear isn't bad...less cool than the 2013 taillights but a cleaner design similar to the 2010-2012 that fits the design better. If this rendering is accurate completely, then that's not really such a bad thing. It probably isn't but it looks promising so far. I think everyone here hoping for a 400lb reduction might be in for a disappointment. That is a massive weight loss to achieve without severe downsizing (not likely, prototypes seem to be only a couple inches smaller), exotic materials (won't happen in any noticeable amount, unless prices skyrocket), decontenting (a Mustang is hardly a luxury car stuffed with frills and useless toys), or going with an all new aluminum frame, which doesnt seem likely either. Don't be surprised if the rumored 400lb figure only applies comparing 2014 GT500 apples to 2015 Ecoboost I4 oranges, or some other non-equivalent comparison. I think, for something with the same engine choice, roughly same performance and pricing, a 100-200lb weight loss would be more likely. That could still mean a V6 or I4 3200lb Mustang, but don't expect something with the 5.0 Coyote or 5.8 Trinity engine to weigh below 3400lb. The thing is, combined with revised suspension, geometry, better brakes, tires, and a lower center of gravity, a little weight loss could go a long way.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have owned 5 Mustangs, a '68, '87, '94, '98, and an '04. I am very pleased with the new S550. It has successfully helped the Mustang design language evolve and I think it looks great. Modern, but still no doubt it is a Mustang.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it, looks good, but the main question is, how much will it weigh? Is it a 100 pound drop, 200 or even 300? Sure it's great when a company produces a new car, but what's the point if there's no weight savings?
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can bet it will look like a mustang. They cannot deviate to far w/o loosing the link with the past.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks very Mustang.
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