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The 2024 Ford Mustang is technology steeped in tradition

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Ford unveiled the seventh-generation Mustang at the Detroit Auto Show on Wednesday. In contrast to Dodge’s latest electric muscle car that powers the Challenger Daytona, this generation Mustang remains petrol-powered, but draws from the fast, electric Fords that came before it.

But not under the hood. The engine bay will look familiar to him on the 2024 Mustang with two options. The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will continue in cheaper models, and his iconic 5.0-liter V8 will power the Mustang GT.

Ford says the 5.0-liter engine will make this generation of GT the most powerful Mustang ever, though the exact amount won’t be revealed until closer to the 2023 launch. The current model makes 450 hp.

Ford also didn’t reveal the horsepower of the small engines, but said both will offer either a six-speed manual transmission or a ten-speed automatic transmission.

The Performance Pack returns with upgraded parts, including a front strut tower brace, limited-slip differential, MagneRide adjustable suspension, wider wheels, and larger brakes. GT Performance Pack adds more cooling and active exhaust. Speaking of exhausts, the 2024 Mustang has a remote rev feature that allows owners to rev the engine from the key fob.

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“The Mustang has stood the test of time and remains one of the most recognizable and iconic nameplates in the automotive industry, despite relatively modest sales today,” said Paul Watty, industry analyst manager at AutoPacific. We have established a strong position,” he said. Newsweek“It has a proven recipe that Ford was careful not to completely rewrite in the seventh generation.”

For the first time, the Mustang GT gets a different front fascia than the lower models. As expected, the GT looks more aggressive, while the 4-cylinder version looks more understated, but still Mustang-like.

“The Mustang isn’t just an American icon, it’s a global icon, and we have many international designers,” Ford exterior designer Chris Walter said at a press event. But it doesn’t matter where they are, they know the Mustang has a long beautiful bonnet and a short deck and all the details.”

“In short, the 7th generation Mustang is a modern take on a traditional classic, and we wanted to capture the broadest Mustang customer base so we could learn how to appeal to a new generation of buyers. I’m underway,” he said.

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The 2024 Ford Mustang will continue to offer both manual and automatic transmissions.
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The new Mustang continues tradition, but also takes enthusiastic technical cues from the Focus RS, Ford GT and even the electric Mustang Mach-E crossover.

The new Mustang has a Sync 4 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The central screen containing the animation is powered by the Unreal video game engine. So when you see the Mustang and parts’ graphic representation changing colors to indicate whether it’s in normal, sport, or track mode, you’ll notice that it’s the same programming that created the popular video game Fortnight. brought.

“This is a real-time rendering vehicle that helps enhance selection across custom modes. We use vehicles and visuals to enhance what is changing as you look at the exhaust, suspension, and steering. said Craig Sandvig, interaction design manager at Ford Mustang, at a press event in Dearborn.

“For the track app, a lot of the development work by the engineering team was done at the Grattan Racecourse, so we wanted to reference a bit of that in the track icon, and we’re really proud of it. is how this whole team blended the exterior interior and digital space all together.”

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The 2024 Ford Mustang now offers bronze wheels.
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Mechanically, Ford borrowed the drift stick from the now-defunct Focus RS. This special parking brake his steering wheel is electronically activated in track mode, instantly locking the rear wheels. This can cause the back end to slide and force it into a smoky drift. That’s when the car slides diagonally while the rear tires keep spinning.

The rectangular 13.2-inch touchscreen glass in the center uses many of the same features as the Mach-E, but the screen-mounted volume buttons are mounted below. Drive Modes change themes, colors and moods like a Mach-E, both on the central screen and the connected 12.4-inch digital driver information cluster. Cheaper models have separate screens, but they’re still digital.

“We wanted our customers to be able to choose from three different things they were looking at. We also looked at unique lineups like the Ford GT for inspiration for things like Track Mode,” Sandvig said. says.

“On the right side, the speed is a bit hidden and the gears are front and center. A smart surface design language that combines 2D and 3D elements, but also integrates with the copper theme.”

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The 2024 Ford Mustang has two different front fascias for the first time.
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The gauges also have more customizations, including both the digital and analog look of the Ford GT. There are a few options for viewing tachometer and speed, but the central screen can display classic-looking round gauges divided into 3 or 5 segments. Buyers can also customize the gauge to make it look like his Fox Body Mustang from the 1980s.

A flat-bottom steering wheel is standard, as are the fabric seats. Microsuede and leather inserts are optional. The top model has a full leather steering wheel and perforated seats. Several interior color options are available to match 11 exterior paint options. Wheels range from 17″ to 20″.

“The 2024 Mustang addresses two main pain points of the current model: interior and technology. It has a driver-centric cockpit with an integrated layout,” said Waatti. “Moving to a new electrical architecture that allows for over-the-air updates and more advanced driver assistance system features is a big step forward for the new generation.”

The Ford Co-Pilot360’s list of safety features includes intelligent adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane centering assist, avoidance steer assist, and reverse brake assist, but Ford has opted for hands-free and eye-popping BlueCruise driving. You didn’t mention the system. Works on pre-screened roads in the US and Canada. However, it seems to have all the hardware and is frequently updated over the air, so it may come later.

No prices were quoted, but the current base EcoBoost Mustang with a 2.3-liter engine starts at $27,470, with the cheapest V8 GT at $38,045.

Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Farley said in a press release: “But Ford is accelerating ICE’s growth plans, adding connected technology, arbitrary derivatives and hybrid options to its most profitable and popular vehicles.”