Ford actually broke their own embargo by accidently publishing the first official photos of the new Mustang on its dedicated micro site before releasing the remaining content as a result.
The exterior is an obvious evolutionary take on its predecessors while incorporating elements of the modern muscle car established by the new Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro.
"We understand Mustang's heritage and iconic status it has in the world and as a symbol of Americana," said Peter Horbury, Ford's North American executive director of Design. "We wanted to create a face that is more muscular but unquestionably, unequivocally Mustang and carry that spirit through to the entire car."
Special attention has been paid to the interior trimmings which have raised quality issues in the past, with Ford boasting a mesh of “world-class materials and execution" for the new model.
"That's the difference between good enough and exceptional," said Gary Morales, Interior Design manager. "We wouldn't accept anything less than leadership design and world-class craftsmanship."
The drivetrain and suspension components of the 2010 Mustang have been largely carried over from its predecessor, although with some improvements made on the V8 GT model.
The 2010 GT retains its 4.6-litre V8 engine which now develops an unremarkable 235kW and 440Nm, while the 4.0-litre V6 engine has been carried over unchanged.
The new 2010 Ford Mustang will go on sale in the US by early 2009 and will be available in three body styles: coupe, convertible and a glass roof model.