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Makings of a Mustang: The 2015 Ford Mustang From Sketch To Production

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/23/2014 Megan Stewart

Ford's team of designers had their work cut out for them when they began reimagining the Mustang. Balancing a modern design that was still unmistakably the iconic pony car was no easy feat, but once a design was settled on, the team dedicated themselves to perfecting each and every line and angle to create the model that made its debut last year.

But what goes into establishing a design of this magnitude ? Ford already showed off a significantly refreshed fifth-generation by the second half of 2009, which enabled not only the designers, but engineers and marketers to focus solely on what would come next for the nameplate.

When talking about the process, Moray Callum, Ford vice president of global design, said in a release, "To the people inside Ford, Mustang is considered the heart and soul of the company. We spend a lot of time amongst the team and with customers discussing the history of Mustang and what it meant to people and concluded that we needed to move forward with a modern design that retained the essence of the brand."

There were of course elements that would be expected to return on the new models like a performance V-8 engine and everyday usability, but the design team had the biggest challenge. The team laid out the elements that the new model needed to showcase, and in 2010, the sketches started rolling in. It took the team nearly a year to narrow down the sketches to a handful of promising interpretations that would then be turned into clay models. As 2012 rolled around, those clay models were narrowed down even further until only three remained.

Makings of a Mustang: The 2015 Ford Mustang From Sketch To Production

At this point, the Dearborn, Mich. design studio took over to develop the model that would ultimately make it into production. The exterior would come to feature a long-sculpted hood with a forward leaning nose, along with a refined grille, widened rear track, and the elimination of front and rear bumper shells. Attention was also paid to the interior, with inspiration for the double-brow dash and center stack drawn from the wing of an airplane. Ford designers wanted to achieve a clean fit and finish, and placed all the gauges, switches, and other elements onto the "wing," keeping everything within arm's reach. 2015 Ford Mustang Design Sketch© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Mustang Design Sketch

After all the hard work, countless hours, and refining, the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang made its world debut in December 2013. The first models will hit U.S. dealerships this fall and will be available in Europe next year.

Source: Ford

2015 Ford Mustang Design Sketch© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford Mustang Design Sketch
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