The 2015 Ford Mustang is More Than Just a Very Pretty Face (Live Images)
Over the past months (or has it been years?), we have been so fixated on the front end design of the 2015 Ford Mustang that we seemed to forget that this is an entirely new Mustang with new, fresh lines from front to back.
As expected, the front end of the new 2015 Mustang does indeed wear the Evos styling design that is shared with several other cars in the Ford lineup and while some might find that to be a little too Fusion-like – the 6th generation Mustang is way more than just a new front end.
First of all, shy of the elongated headlights, the 2015 Ford Mustang sports a great looking and super sporty front fascia that has a pair of large grille openings with some wicked looking matte black “spokes” that run from top to bottom. Flanking the lower grille is a set of circular foglights mounted in matte black bezels and when combined with the long projection headlight housings, this new Mustang has a super modern look that I love. The front end is punctuated by a chin spoiler (that I suspect is a feature of the GT package) and that adds an extra element of that high-performance look that helps to emphasize the powerful face of the 2015 Mustang.
Above that controversial front end, the 2015 Mustang GT wears a hood with a pair of distinct ridges raising up out of the hood and running towards the cowl with a set of heat extractors mounted just outside of those raised points. The hood is longer than the previous Mustang and this design gives the 2015 models a very sleek, poised-to-strike look while also following the trend of the longer front end area that has been displayed by many of the world's best-known performance cars.
Along the sides, the 2015 Ford Mustang is far more sculpted than the outgoing models with sharpened lines running along the tops of the wheel openings and another down towards the lower rocker area. The fenders are flared in a similar manner to the 2014 Mustang but designer J Mays pointed out that the track of the 2015 Mustang has been widened in the front and rear for a more aggressive stance. Finally, a black trim piece runs along the bottom of the rocker area and I suspect that this piece adds some element of aerodynamic quality while also making the car look sportier along the sides.
Also along the sides, we see the new, super curvy greenhouse that starts with a quickly sloping windshield that leads into a short roof surface that immediately begins to curve back down so quickly that there really isn't any flat portion of the roof. At the back of that short roof is a huge rear window that stretches nearly all f the way to the back of the car – stopping literally inches from the subtle, low profile rear spoiler. It might not be a fastback in the conventional sense but the design of the 2015 Mustang is every bit as close to a fastback as possible without actually being a fastback.
If it was up to me… I would call the 2015 Ford Mustang a fastback but regardless of what you call it, the silhouette of this new Mustang is strikingly sleek and while still being shaped somewhat similarly to the outgoing models, it is very clearly all new from top to bottom and front to back.
Finally we get to the back end of the 2015 Ford Mustang and this new rump is one of the most exciting features of the 6th generation pony car. At the top of the rear end, the trunk lid curls upwards slightly to help elevate the super subtle rear spoiler with a prominent ridge separating the integrated spoiler area from the taillight panel. Then there is the taillight panel…oh that beautiful taillight panel. As has been the case for decades, the 2015 Ford Mustang has three unit tail lights but for the 2015 models, each of those three lenses is raised individually for a super cool 3D design. These big, accentuated tail lights are set in a gloss black bezel that dominates the rear end with the GT logo proudly displayed in the middle of this rear blackened portion.
A simple license plate area stands between the tail light panel and the ultra-aggressive integrated lower diffuser. This two-piece diffuser has a black portion that starts just behind the rear wheels on the sides of the car and stretches around to the back end where it wraps around the dual exhaust tips and then thins out where it runs above a second portion of the diffuser that is painted the same color of the body. This gives the 2015 Mustang GT a very high end, almost supercar look with the reverse indicator set in the middle.
Aside from the new, sharper angle of the taillight panel, this backend is much of what so many previous Mustang owners have attempted to achieve through aftermarket modifications. The blackout taillight panel is a popular add-on for 1999-2014 Mustang owners and the integrated lower diffuser is both an aspect of many Mustang aftermarket body kits and some of the world’s best-known performance cars.
I could go on for hours about the styling but I will leave you by saying that the 2015 Ford Mustang is an awesome evolution from the previous generation of the fabled pony car. Change-haters be damned…the 2015 Ford Mustang is a gorgeous machine. Click on any of the thumbnails above for a closer look at more of our pictures from today’s debut of the Race Red Mustang GT and tell us whether you love or hate the new Mustang in our comment section below!
Congratulations to Ford Motor Company for building yet another awesome performance car that will surely help continue the legacy of the mighty Mustang.
This story about the 2015 Ford Mustang is updated on May 18, 2018.