The car will sport muscular styling, with slimmer, more modern headlights, and a new grille in keeping with Ford's latest design language.
Its appearance also confirms predictions the new Mustang will adopt a look closer to that of the Ford Fusion and Evos concept coupe, a departure from the current car’s retro-inspired design, in the hope of enticing a younger customer base.
In good news for enthusiasts, the shots reveal the Mustang alongside a current model car fitted with a roll cage and large rear wing, suggesting the car’s dynamics are being benchmarked with track work in mind.
The car’s rumoured independent rear suspension – replacing the solid rear axle that has featured on every Mustang to date – should also go some way to improving the muscle car’s handling.
Power is anticipated to come from a series of turbocharged ‘EcoBoost’ engines in four-, six- and eight-cylinder configurations.
Ford Australia recently announced the next Mustang would be imported locally in right-hand drive configuration as a part of Ford’s ‘One Ford’ global vehicle strategy, the same strategy responsible for the demise of the Falcon by 2016.
The Pony car will slot into Ford’s local line-up as a new hero car, and it is hoped it will help increase local sales as Ford winds down domestic manufacturing operations.
The Mustang should be revealed in time for the model name’s 50th anniversary next year, with a likely debut at the New York motor show next April.
Images from KGP Photography.