On the evening of the official media preview at the 2022 Detroit Auto Show Ford grabbed the spotlight with the debut of the all-new seventh generation Ford Mustang. Bucking the latest trends, this new Mustang is not electrified, and enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that the powerful V8 and manual gearbox will remain staples of this iconic pony car. With a bold new design, digital cockpit, improved interior materials and powerful new engines, the Mustang tradition is set to continue well into the future.
The introduction of the 2024 Ford Mustang took place at The Stampede, an event organized by Ford to celebrate nearly 60 years of Mustang history as well as the future of this legendary car. Taking place at Hart Plaza along the Detroit riverfront, The Stampede features music, art, design and food trucks – attendees were even encouraged to dress in attire from their favorite era of Mustang. Hundreds of Mustang fans, owners and Ford employees registered to drive from Ford World Headquarters to The Stampede in Mustangs to be displayed at the event.
Another Generation of Mustang
“Investing in another generation of Mustang is a big statement at a time when many of our competitors are exiting the business of internal combustion vehicles,” said Jim Farley, CEO of Ford Motor Company. “Ford, however, is turbocharging its ICE growth plan, adding connected technology, opinionated derivatives, and hybrid options to our most profitable and popular cars – all in the Ford Blue family – on top of investing $50 billion in electric vehicles through 2026.”
2024 Ford Mustang Design
When designing the new Mustang Ford designers sought to add a modern edginess to the traditional heritage-inspired design. At the front a horizontal brow emphasizes the width while the grille shape is influenced by the original 1960s design. The Tri-Bar LED headlights continue the Mustang’s lighting signature although they slant back at a sharper angle than on the previous generation.
The Mustang’s profile shows the sleek roofline with a beltline that has been dropped for less of a wedge shape but more chiseled with strong rear haunches. At the rear is a sharp undercut and the chevron-shaped taillights continue the Tri-Bar tradition. The rear diffuser is redesigned for improved aerodynamics.
Unique Styling Cues
“Both the EcoBoost and Mustang GT have unique styling cues that deliver on their promise of Mustang Performance,” said Christopher Walter, Ford Mustang design manager. “The new Mustang is more chiseled and edgier, leaning into Mustang’s classic brawniness and timelessness.” The Mustang GT is differentiated from EcoBoost with larger, more aggressive grille openings to increase air flow as well as the addition of new hood vents and a redesigned front splitter.
Inside the new Mustang is dominated by the large, dual screens that create the most technologically advanced and driver centric Mustang cockpit ever with the ability to quickly customize to display a wide range of content for the driver. The 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster is based on the same Unreal Engine 3D creation tool used in modern video games and can be customized to display different animated designs and new visuals dependent on the drive mode selected. As an option the digital instrument cluster can be combined with a 13.2-inch SYNC 4 center stack behind a single piece of glass that is angled toward the driver.
“We’re taking advantage of every pixel,” said Craig Sandvig, Ford Mustang interaction design manager. “We can be creative in showing necessary driving information and give the driver control of selecting colors, classic Mustang gauges or even a ‘calm’ screen where only minimal details are displayed.”
A new race-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel is added and the standard cloth interior features all-new cloth with optional Micro Suede vinyl inserts. Premium models get upgraded material and accent stitching on the dash and door panels. EcoBoost trims feature ActiveX synthetic leather with multiple color options and GT adds leather seat inserts. Higher trim levels add a full-leather steering wheel, color choice for accent stitching, perforated seat inserts and color coordinated accent stipes on the seatbelts.
The Mustang GT is powered by an advanced 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine – Ford has not yet released performance output numbers but the new engine is expected to produce the most naturally-aspirated horsepower of any Mustang GT. The engine features an innovative dual air intake box and dual-throttle body design, that helps minimize induction loss by enabling higher air flow rates. Mustang GT offers a standard 6-speed manual transmission, or an optional 10-speed automatic transmission. Mustang EcoBoost is powered by a new turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine teamed with a standard 10-speed automatic transmission.
Mustang offers six available drive modes: Normal, Sport, Slippery, Drag, Track and Custom. The different drive modes allow the driver to adjust steering effort, engine response, transmission and electronic stability control settings for different conditions. When a new mode is selected the changes are shown with graphics on the digital instrument panel. “This is the most athletic and confidence-inspiring Mustang EcoBoost and GT to drive yet,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Mustang chief nameplate engineer. “Whether driving an automatic or manual transmission, thanks to drive modes combined with fine-tuned digital engine, suspension and steering controls, we’re now able to give drivers peak performance everywhere, from their favorite roads to their local track.”
Both Mustang GT and Mustang EcoBoost are offered with an optional Performance Pack that includes enhancements for improved track performance such as front Tower Brace, Torsen Limited Slip differential, optional MagneRide active suspension, wider rear wheels with wider rear tires and larger Brembo brakes with 390 mm front rotors and 355 mm rear rotors. The GT Performance Pack adds brake ducts and auxiliary engine oil cooler. Mustangs equipped with the Performance Pack are available with optional Recaro seats and active exhaust.
Electronic Drift Brake
The Performance Electronic Parking Brake comes standard with the Performance Pack and allows the driver to use the parking brake handle like a traditional mechanical hand brake to lock up the rear wheels to break the back end loose. The parking brake handle has a unique design. Another new feature for Mustang is Remote Rev that allows the driver to use the remote to start the car and then rev the engine using the remote.
Coming Next Year
The 2024 Mustang is expected to go on sale in summer 2023. Pricing will be released closer to the on-sale date.