LOS ANGELES -- When most people think of the Ford Mustang, the interior is not the first thing that comes to mind.
While some past Mustangs have had decent enough cabins, the interior never has been one of the Mustang's main selling points. It has been more functional than inspirational.
But that may be about to change with the redesigned 2015 Mustang, arriving in dealerships later in October. The new Mustang sports a sophisticated, high-tech interior inspired by airplane cockpit controls.
The central concept started with an airbag that is encapsulated in the glove-box door instead of below the compartment, as in the current car.
"When we were doing our earlier sketches, we were using the same kind of package on today's car, which is a much thicker, heavier-feeling instrument panel," says Doyle Letson, Mustang interior design chief, at the media launch here. "Then we had an 'aha!' moment when we came up with the idea to encapsulate the airbag module inside the glove box."