Right out of the gate we will disclose that we are not huge fans of the Mustang in general which may also be the reason as to why we are not that offended with idea of the 2014 Ford Mustang Sedan. Yesterday Road and Track Magazine posted an article on announcing that the Ford Motor Company has made their plans of creating a sedan version of the original muscle car. With sales of rival two door rear drive sports cars cutting into the 50 year old Mustang profitability, the gang form Dearborn has decided to take a radical approach with this 2014 full sized sedan.
The prototype that was released with the news has been dressed up to look like a Boss 302 which isn’t a bad thing, however I think that the lip spoiler may not be required as you drive your family to the shops on the weekend. We would assume that the 4-door variant would inherit more of the features and styling of the Standard Mustang coupe. The addition of two door will make the Mustang more user friendly and the cars spacious back seat will increase the Mustang’s name plate to an entirely different type of consumer.
There hasn’t been any word on what will power this stretched muscle car but we would think that it would be safe to say that the base car will use the 305hp 3.7-liter V6 that is currently found in the Mustang coupe and convertible. The top trim level of the sedan will then be powered by the 412hp 5.0-liter V8. We assume that both engines will transmit their power to rear wheels through a 6-speed automatic and we wonder if they would even offer the 6-speed manual. As the typical clientele of a car sold in the full size sedan segment are usually not interested in rowing their own gears.
The same debate is there for how the longer wheel base Mustang will have its suspension configured. As a general rule of thumb a full sized family saloon will have a softer suspension configuration and more relaxed steering setup. Since we are talking about ride and handling we may want to point out to all of you Mustang enthusiasts that the extra volume in Mustang production may finally see the brand adopting an independent rear suspension. This fact alone may be the silver-lining in your brand destruction storm cloud.
Ford’s executives were teasing the idea that a Fusion adopted hybrid-powered variant, and even a diesel version of the 4-door sedan to help lower the name plates over all fuel ratings. We thought that it was strange to have no mention of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with its 355hp and 350ft-lb of torque was not mentioned at all. Especially when Fords upper management was talking about fuel economy figures.
We are expecting to see the car make it’s world debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a possible L.A show debut if there is in fact a true hybrid version. With pre-orders happening this time next year and the cars on dealers lots by early summer of 2013.