Ford’s iconic Mustang is due for a significant update for 2010, and while Ford is still holding back images of the freshened pony car itself, it has revealed an official image of the studly steed that will grace its grille.
Compared with the outgoing badge, the new pony has been working out: it’s more angular and defined, its head has been raised a bit and its neck tilted into the wind to give it a feeling of greater speed and better balance.Proportions are also more realistic. Base Mustangs will wear badges with a tinted chrome finish, while GT models will be available with a black chrome finish. “It’s just a faster-looking steed,” said George Saridakis, design manager for the 2010 Mustang.
This is the fifth iteration of the pony badge that has been leading Mustangs down the road since 1964, although it disappeared from the Mustang’s exterior between the years of 1979 and 1994.
Affordable and attractive right?
This is the latest installment in Ford’s pony-car story. In this chapter the current Mustang that borrows heavily from the 1965–67 version gets restyled to look like the 1970 Mustang.A mid-’70s Mustang II can’t be far behind. An all-new interior purported to be far richer and more attractive will also debut.
The 4.0-liter V-6 powers base versions, with a new direct-injection, turbocharged Ecoboost 3.5-liter V-6 coming in 2010.
By 2011 the Mustang should get Ford’s new, more efficient modular 5.0-liter, SOHC V-8, good for about 350 horsepower.
Competition: Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger.
Production and sales should begin next spring. Prices will start in the low-$20,000 range for a basic V-6 version and rise well over $30,000 for a loaded-up GT.
Note: The information and artist’s rendering above are speculative and subject to change.