Goodbye retro, hello world. That, in a nutshell, sums up the difference between the 2015 Ford Mustang and the current model.
Ford is taking the Mustang global for the first time in its 50-year history, and the 2015 version gets a design makeover aimed at keeping the iconic car's essence while luring a new breed of younger customers.
The 2015 Mustang is sleeker looking than its predecessor, but still has the same broad shoulders and big, blunt front end Ford designers like to compare to a "fist breaking glass." Those who feared Ford might shrink the Mustang for narrow European roads can rest easy. This horse still has plenty of brawn but it looks much less upright and slab-sided.
The 2015 Mustang is a "lower, wider, more exotic proposition" than the previous version, says Joel Piaskowski, Mustang design director. The GT version of the new vehicle is nearly 3 inches wider in the rear and more than an inch shorter in overall vehicle height.