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2014 Ford Mustang to ditch the retro styling - report

 2014 Ford Mustang to ditch the retro styling - report
Ford Evos Concept making of 31.08.2011

Could look like the Evos concept

New details are starting to emerge about the 2014 Ford Mustang.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the model will adopt a modern design that draws inspiration from the Evos concept. Details are limited, but the car will reportedly have a shark-nosed grille and round headlights.

If the reports are correct, Ford is playing a dangerous game by eliminating the car's classic lines. Sources say this is in an attempt to appeal to younger consumers, but nothing is official as of yet.

Note: Ford Evos concept pictured

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NickolasHemp
Can anyone say Ford Probe part 2? The funny thing is the Probe almost was new Mustang at one time. I would have hoped Ford leaned it's lesson from the A** Probe but I guess not by the looks of this.
Jul 21, 2012 5:20 am
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RuleZ
NONSENSE, I think....they didn't have headlines, so they went to overhear a bunch of conversations...mixed them all up...and came up with a headline that would attract people! Much like this: -We will have a new design language for the upcoming Focus! -Mustang will have a new 1000 litre V20 engine - or whatever! -The 2014 Thunderbird (lest just say) will NOT have retro design! They take a few words out of that: 2014...Mustang...no retro design... And it'll be: The 2014 Mustang will not have retro design! Ford knows that it would kill them, as it's the main thing that keeps Mustangs flying out of dealers within 15 minutes! Don't worry about it!
Apr 22, 2012 5:16 pm
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Han Solo
Can't wait for the Design Sketches.
Apr 19, 2012 3:27 am
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nahidrahman
No you fools @Ford! don't you realise why the last gen of Mustangs have done so well?? it's only because they look retro. they make the older 'modern' shaped mustangs look hideous.
Apr 18, 2012 8:22 am
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SirLukkas
One does not simply steal Aston Martins' grille and then call it their own new design direction... bad Ford.
Apr 18, 2012 5:05 am
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adz911
Man i really hope they don't change it. Ok so the Retro thing has gone on for too long, but it's still a very pretty machine. I dunno, replacing the classic styling is going to be a hard job. I wouldn't wanna be the man in charge of that decision/project.
Apr 18, 2012 3:38 am
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sensei
People who call the 1994-1998 Mustang as bland need to get their eyes checked. This generation was the best looking Stang since 1970! Its rather pathetic that Ford has had to rely on past glory for sales instead of being forward thinking. The New Stang needs IRS and for those who lament a V6 as a top of the range, ask Nissan how disappointed they are with a turbo V6 "that doesn't perform as well as a V8".
Apr 18, 2012 12:54 am
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eddie
Change is good. Lets see some modern more futuristic rather than more of the same. Ford is taking the right direction.
Apr 17, 2012 11:43 pm
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Han Solo
Yes...yes...this is exactly what I wanted....Ford Mustang based on the EVOS Styling....Shark Nose Grille is my favourite and I hope they retain the classic Front Longitudinal RWD Configuration.
Apr 17, 2012 8:11 pm
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Mark633CSi
When Ford introduced the Fox body Mustang in 1979 it was critized by many of looking like the Mercedes-Benz SLC. Too European. Too different. They sold 369,936 Mustangs that year. That was one of the best single year sales totals of the Mustang's history. I love the current Mustang but sometimes change isn't a bad thing.
Apr 17, 2012 5:33 pm
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Han Solo
Exactly, this will definitely refresh the Mustangs look and cater to the newer generation. A majority of buyers these days are techno savvy young people who require constant styling upgrades...I can't wait for the Shark Nosed Grille and I hope the vehicle is a Standard 2 Door Coupe or Sedan with a Front Longitudinal RWD Configuration.
Apr 17, 2012 8:20 pm
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e92miami
Finally, Ford is going forward instead of looking old...
Apr 17, 2012 1:56 pm
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HEMI426
Perhaps a v8 could back up that 'american classic' feeling while the outside is all modern. Honestly it would be a shame if a v6 was the rangetopper.
Apr 17, 2012 12:47 pm
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HEMI426
Perhaps a v8 would keep the 'american classic' feeling alive. Honestly it would be a shame if a v6 was the rangetopper, no matter how the outside looks.
Apr 17, 2012 12:42 pm
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PawL
In my opinion this would not be the first time they ditch the muscle car aspect. The 1994-2004 generation did that too. And i liked that car. I'm european, if that matters.
Apr 17, 2012 12:22 pm
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DeRay
Thank you for bringing that up!! And... they still sold Mustangs and people still tuned the heck out of them! It's only with the last two models that they went retro. But how many companies are going "retro" with their designs? I have the utmost faith in whatever decision Ford makes because I don't think they have made a bad one since 2008.
Apr 18, 2012 9:27 am
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NYyanks
Eliminate the classic style? Hell no. Although the fox body mustang was pretty good, you just can't take away today's Mustang's retro touch. Too bad if Europe thinks it's "TOO AMERICAN", it's an American Classic and it shall REMAIN an American Classic!
Apr 17, 2012 12:20 pm
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pzxpjy
I will definitely choose this over the current model. Next generation mustang would be available worldwide. It should look swift, gentle and environmentally-friendly. So ditch the American heavy metal styling please. PS: I really hope to see the Mustang compete against Audi A5 and BMW 4er.
Apr 17, 2012 12:03 pm
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bmwfordrivetrain_porscheforchassis_rangeroverforinteriors
Might turn out to be a good thing... We will se. Who knows now ill consider getting one.
Apr 17, 2012 11:30 am
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bmwfordrivetrain_porscheforchassis_rangeroverforinteriors
Ford is doing all the right things now, specially ford of europe. I think this has potential..
Apr 17, 2012 11:31 am
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DocBones
100% agree. Most stangs feel outdated before they are released officially. There will undoubtedly be some call back details, but every product ford uses Europe as a design guide has had huge sales. Case closed. I for one would drive an EVOS way before a 2013 stang.
Apr 17, 2012 11:56 am
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N20_Purge
The modern styling is sure to be a hit in European markets, which this Mustang is now entering.
Apr 17, 2012 11:21 am
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TheCarMan
If that means bland mainstream styling as was the case between the mid-70s and 2004, then it's very bad news… I hope it will still have a distinct styling from the rest of the Ford range though, otherwise it'll only a coupe among others. What's more, I don't really see the point, since all their contenders are coming back to neo-retro pony cars (after having left the Mustang alone in its niche for almost half a decade), so why does Ford suddenly want to move away from what's obviously a successful segment?
Apr 17, 2012 11:07 am
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C-KING
They probably plan to sell this new model world wide and the current retro mustang styling is just too American to sell anywhere else. Thats my guess.
Apr 17, 2012 11:37 am
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TheCarMan
As a Frenchman, I think I can say that what many Europeans like about the Mustang (and the reason why we'd like to have it on our market) is precisely this "Americanness". If Ford wants to sell a mainstream(but still good)-looking sports coupe on the European market, fine, but I think the Capri name would be more appropriate in this case.
Apr 17, 2012 11:51 am
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DeRay
@TheCarMan, I feel that the only reason contenders are coming back to the neo-retro styling is because of the Mustang. Mustang is the leader and everyone else follows them. Dodge released their Charger the Challenger and Chevy released their Camaro, after they saw how the public response was for the Mustang. If Ford goes with a more modern design... everyone else will be trying to keep up, they have to.
Apr 18, 2012 9:35 am
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RaulLeal
suicide!!! why not lunch a new mustang type car instead?? a ford caprissimo perhaps?
Apr 17, 2012 10:59 am
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PAA
I would be disappointed to see a futuristic Mustang. On the other hand I find the current model outdated so change may be a good thing.
Apr 18, 2012 1:26 am
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